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longtimefollower 49 posts  |  Last Activity: Sep 11, 2014 5:54 PM Member since: May 12, 2000
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  • a canard. The notion that the "lumps and bumps" Rouleau referred to in the June quarter is a relection of something "wonderful"......when it is really code language for the fact that they have ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT clearance markdowns to take, bespeaks of a restructuring and repositioning that is not only "out of comtrol"....but is a failure.

    The proof will be in the pudding in two very important outcomes. 1) Will they be able to show increased gross margins, and continually increasing same store sales, and 2) will they be able to continue to relocate store and show massive increases in sales at those stores.

    I'm not convinced of either one, but most significantly, i'm not convinced they are going to be able to show any material gross margin increases. My own belief is that this business is going to be, at best, earning anywhere from 0-50 cents in annualized EPS.

    Rouleau's and COB's mini block buy was to "play the street," and get them to "keep the fsith." I personally believe it was comtrived, and totally for show. More significant has been Becker drapkin's selling.

    I'm waiting for higher prices to add to my short, but certainly will add, breaks into the $20's....and will "upgrade" it to a "strong sell"

    Sentiment: Sell

  • longtimefollower by longtimefollower Jun 18, 2014 3:23 AM Flag

    This was typed on May 12th, but it wouldn't "take" on Yahoo....and I never tried reposting it until now:

    5.4 M adjusted operating loss.

    Mason had $6.1, in the same 2012 quarter, and $5.2 operating loss, in 2011.

    There has been NO MATERIAL IMPROVEMENT in the company's fortunes under Rouleau. This is especially true on the merchandising front, as the company has added efficiencies in distribution and freight, and reduced SG&A. Therefore, on an absolute gross margin (merchandising) basis, Rouleau has ABJECTLY FAILED.

    Yet, perversely, the stock has TRIPLED, when Rouleau has NOTHING to show for himself.

    This guy is a least as far as his performance at TUES goes.

    I fully expect Becker Drapkin to be dumping more shares in here. They'd be fools not to.

    I plan on shorting.

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    Rouleau is doing no better than Mason!

    by longtimefollower Jun 18, 2014 3:23 AM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 18, 2014 3:28 AM Flag

    The $5.4 million is the adjusted operating loss, under the cult figure, Rouleau, in the 1st calendar quarter. The $6.1 and $5.2 million figures are the comparable Q1 loss figures under Mason, in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

    What exactly, I DEMAND TO KNOW, has Rouleau done to improve this business, over the Mason Era? The stock is up roughly FOUR TIMES OVER now! For no reason.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    Rouleau is doing no better than Mason!

    by longtimefollower Jun 18, 2014 3:23 AM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 18, 2014 6:58 PM Flag

    You idiot. You missed Becker Drapkin's sales on june 4th, 5th, and 6th!

  • longtimefollower by longtimefollower Jun 20, 2014 1:15 PM Flag

    the government basically decided to "punish" an insolent and defiant management, and is shutting the company down. There won't be any debtor in possession financing. shareholders are paying the price for a management that was engaging in fraudulent representations that pushed the government over the edge.

    They are deciding to make an example of corinthian, to show everyone else they better shape up.

    This, no doubt, strikes the terror of Jesus in the entire industry....especially the ESI's, CECO's, and education managements of the world.

    I am happy to get out and salvage 30 cents, as i believe this will end up worthless in fairly short order.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    I'm out.

    by longtimefollower Jun 20, 2014 1:15 PM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 21, 2014 2:09 AM Flag

    I don't believe that was knowable. The fact that, 8-9 months ago, ED waived the company's need for a letter of credit, related to the financial stability score, suggested to me that the government was NOT looking to attempt to shut down Corinthian. Obviously, attitudes within ED changed over the intervening months.....because now ED is overtly seeking to come up with an "excuse" to shut the company down. (The 21 day delay in paying COCO no doubt has the INTENTION of pushing the company over the edge.) They are basically punishing mangement, and making an example of them.

    If the truth of the manipulation of information is true, i hope there will be criminal fraud charges against appropriate COCO mangement figures.

  • longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 21, 2014 2:12 AM Flag

    I think they knew EXACTLY what they were doing, when they put COCO on a 21 day delay. And that their intentions are clear.....even though they are DISINGENUOUS in the way they are communicating those intentions.

  • longtimefollower by longtimefollower Jun 22, 2014 4:06 PM Flag

    The very fact that it could come to this testifies to the height of his arrogance and stupidity and grandiosity. Why didn't he voluntarily leave the company months ago, in order to save it? Why didn't this stupid 11 member board know that It was getting to the final straw with ED.

    Will the government, in the end, be able to prove fraud, and will Jack be criminally indicted?? One would feel better if such was the case. Otherwise, That he could get away with "mere" stupidity and arrogance would leave a sorry taste in one's mouth.

    The fact of the matter is that he, and this stupid board, should have known the company was WAY out on a limb with ED.

    Jack's statement referring to an "orderly transition of our operations" shows it is, indeed, over, and that ED has effectively decided to force COCO to close. Everything from this point onward will be on ITS terms.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    Rouleau is doing no better than Mason!

    by longtimefollower Jun 18, 2014 3:23 AM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 22, 2014 4:29 PM Flag

    Ive lightened up considerably in emms....but was buying when it got down to $2.65.

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    Director BURMAN TERRY LEE buys $10k at $14.08 on 5/15

    by smaycs4 May 19, 2014 11:59 AM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 22, 2014 4:39 PM Flag

    Pure contrivances. They wanted to show "faith," that the story is still intact. But the buys are token. If they hadn't bought, the street wouldn't have trusted rouleau's "new company on sept 1st" folderol, and the stock would have dropped to $8-10, after the last earnings release.

    Rouleau and burman are just buying time. But it only means the stock goes down MUCH HARDER, after the xmas results come out, are disappointing... and rouleau starts talking about more merchandise "repisitionings," and "necessary clearances," to set us up for an "absolutely fantastic future."

    We're getting pretty close to the "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" time with these bozos. In fact, that's EXACTLY what burman 's and rouleau's open market buys fatuously represent. I see it as an integrity issue. What they have to lose, they're thinking, if it "buys" them credibility, for another 6 months....when that credibility should be in tatters, at this point.

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    Massimino must have a tin ear.

    by longtimefollower Jun 22, 2014 4:06 PM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 23, 2014 3:06 AM Flag

    Nonsense. I sold 2.6 million shares over two days. Salvaging the capital will almost certainly be the smart move. And the courageous one.

    The government made a decision. They are not going to go back on it. They are going to make an example of corinthian....and "punish" and humiliate Massimino and Co. For defying them, and making a mockery out of their authority.

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    by davenport_mba Jun 23, 2014 10:37 AM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 23, 2014 11:05 AM Flag

    Insiders would not be allowed to sell stock in the open market. They'd be thrown in jail.

    I don't you've EVER been short this stock...or ever made a dime in the stock market in your life. Your just too busy lording over yourself. Goo'gooing and gaa'gaaing.

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    longtime lost big on COCO?

    by svenkarls1 Jun 25, 2014 12:32 PM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jun 28, 2014 11:36 AM Flag

    It wasn't that "the book value didn't have value" with's that the government decided it had had enough, and had state attorneys general breathing down its back, and decided to shut COCO down suddenly. That really fouls up any reasonable expected value scenario one had with COCO, because the game of musical chairs suddenly stops. I estimated the risk of the government doing such a thing as much lower than it was. I partly made that assumption based upon the fact that, last fall, the government "waived coco through" on the financial sustainability ratio, and did NOT require a posting of a letter of credit. Unfortunately, things changed drastically, since then, and "the powers that be," including, i believe, the POTUS himself, decided it was time to "make an example" of "the worst of the worst" of the for profit colleges. In restrospect, Leon Panetta getting on the board of COCO, and then off, 3 months later, may have been the canary in the coal mine.

  • longtimefollower by longtimefollower Jul 7, 2014 9:25 AM Flag

    Nothing short of astonishing, really. Calls for all manner of superlatives.

    The stock could easily trade for double the current price....and damn well should.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • longtimefollower longtimefollower Jul 7, 2014 7:38 PM Flag

    I didn't say i doubled down last week. I didn't say anything, nor shall i right now. Because i have nothing to say. Except that i think uptab is very savvy.

  • longtimefollower longtimefollower Jul 8, 2014 7:33 PM Flag

    You're in dreamland. The company said nothing about shareholders. They are in a FIRE SALE of assets, which will get much less than you say. And the wind down expenses will be extraordinary.

    The stock is trading at 20 cents for a reason. My guess is there is less than a 10% chance that shareholders get anything. "The powers that be" have decided to drive a stake through the heart of COCO. That means that they "plan" on shareholders getting order to "teach a lesson" to the "evil people" that were running this thing.....and to the other for profits.

    I hope Masimino is charged with criminal fraud. Separately, I feel the company hid from investors, and downplayed the fact that ED was looking for very specific info, that the company was not providing. And WHY weren't they providing it. Isn't THAT a breach of fiduciary duty, in its own right? Ignoring the goverment, that supplies 85% of your revenues?

    Basically, ED decided "You don't provide us with information when we ask for it, we close you down." If that is what they decided (that the clowns at the top of COCO will NEVER run a for profit college again, essentially), they are SEEKING to ensure that shareholders get nothing. And that WILL be the outcome here. This is not a good time to be selling these assets.

  • longtimefollower longtimefollower Jul 8, 2014 7:38 PM Flag

    To say you NEVER sell a stock you buy, for any reason, is the mark of an amateur. You HAVE to be willing to sell. If you can't change with the fundamentals, you will lose as much as you win in the stock market, and your returns will be BELOW average, or even negative. Curring losses is critically important. (Mind you, I am also a huge fan of averaging down....but only when I should. COCO being one case when I was mistaken in averaging down. But I turned on a dime, when ED announced they were ripping the rug out from under these stooges.)

  • longtimefollower by longtimefollower Jul 8, 2014 9:16 PM Flag

    This is now my largest coal holding. I prefer it to ACI, now.

    This is a spectacular intermediate to long term buy, imho. I agree with the Seeking Alpha article.

    Buy it for the discount to book, and turnaround potential. Sell it for break even or better, a year or more from now, if things don't turn around.

    This one is due for a major dead cat bounce....regardless of the near to intermediate term fundamentals. They have liquidity, so bankruptcy is NOT an issue for a good long while.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • longtimefollower longtimefollower Jul 9, 2014 9:05 AM Flag

    DOE is certainly not "helping" the company. It is facilitating an "orderly wind down." That means shareholders are the LAST people DOE is concerned about.

    They are basically, astonishingly, taking the assets AWAY from this sleazy management team, and saying "game over." The outcome of that process is very likely to involve 1) fire sales, and 2) outsized costs in the winding down process.

    DOE, in my opinion, WANTS the shareholders of COCO to get nothing, and wants the remaining entity to go bankrupt....after all of the students are provided for. The reason they WANT that to happen is that they want to teach a lesson to similarly sleazy operators. To remind shareholder owners that if you get in bed with the devil, DOE will no longer just turn away its gaze, and hand over its money to you.

    I can't believe the board didn't fire Jack, IMMEDIATELY upon this happenstance. It shows how feckless and cowardly they are. Although it wouldn't matter, at this point.

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    Corinthian purchase of Herald at $395 million

    by drdilipdo Jul 9, 2014 4:32 AM
    longtimefollower longtimefollower Jul 9, 2014 9:11 AM Flag

    You're living in the past. This doesn't matter any more, because entities looking to acquire COCO assets are more fearful than ever about the liabilities attached. The assets are going to go for a fire sale price, now. They are tarred and feathered, and buyers are FEARFUL. Unless COCO settles a ton of legal cases pronto, which seems highly unlikely.

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