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netmargintrumps 9 posts  |  Last Activity: Jun 18, 2014 11:33 AM Member since: Aug 16, 2012
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  • netmargintrumps netmargintrumps Jun 18, 2014 11:33 AM Flag

    ... And again, they're still screaming "buyout". It's sad really; they are their own worst enemies.

    These PE firms are smart, clever, and sly. They're not giving common stockholders a premium, they're offering these struggling retailers high-interest loans with options for preferred stock and other investment vehicles that put themselves in line in front of the commons in the case of bankruptcy and more advantageous returns in the case of a turnaround. The PE firms are not your ally, they're siphoning off your future profits.... And they're smart to do so.

  • netmargintrumps by netmargintrumps Apr 17, 2014 4:27 PM Flag

    Finally! (insert footage of Chevy Chase running through an empty parking lot to Wally World with 'Chariots of Fire' playing in the background)

    Just kidding!... But, seriously though, it was rough waiting for buyers to show up and provide some support as the price fell; I understand that micro-caps and nano-caps can be low-volume, but it was just crickets chirping for a few weeks there with just a few small buys at the bid. Hopefully, this is a sign of better things to come.

  • Well.... (glanzing over all three companies' earnings statements)..... really, hasn't it always been!?

    Actually, that wasn't fair to Books-A-Million.... unlike Barnes & Noble and Borders, Books-A-Million was profitable one year out of the last five.

  • Two years ago the posters on this board claimed "this is at least a $2 billion company", "buyout at $25 per share". Then it was "buyout at $18 per share", and "buyout at $16 per share", "management, don't let those PE firms take this for anything less than $1.5 billion". Later it was "a buyout's coming at $12 per share", and "this stock's a buy, it'll pop back up to $15". Then it was "this stock's undervalued; it's worth $10 per share", "we'll get a buyout in the mid-double digits". "This is a billion-dollar company!" More recently we've heard "Sycamore is trying to steal this company at $10 per share", and "this company is worth $750 million". More recently, posters were proclaiming "buyout at $9 per share", and "this stock is undervalued, it should be at least $6 right now". "This company is worth at least $500 million, it's a steal down here". Now, someone just posted "buyout at $8 per share."

    Anybody notice a pattern here?...

    It's Funny, Really!... The posters on this board are their own worst enemies, just grasping for straws and throwing everything they can up against the wall hoping something sticks.

  • Technically, we're falling back to the lows, which makes sense because the news of a new person at the top is not news at all. COSI has shuffled through a Rolodex of leaders, and all of them have only proved one thing. This company is perennially unprofitable...... Don't blame the weather, don't blame the sandwich/salad maker, don't blame the cashier for not up-selling, don't blame the last CEO, or the one before that.... It's just a broken business model. It reminds me of Warren Buffett's quote about when a good management team with a history of success meets a business with bad economics, it's usually the latter that wins out. Yeah, that's the problem with the revolving doors of CEOs here. There's nothing they could do.

  • The restaurant industry is a low-margin business... However, the couple individuals at the top earn between a half million and almost a million dollars per year. So if you're wondering where your stockholder equity is disappearing to.... (chuckles).... Just think about how many waitresses would have to up-sale their customers appetizers and desserts just to come near to $1.5mill.

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    I'm done here

    by mary5connelly59 Mar 25, 2014 5:15 PM
    netmargintrumps netmargintrumps Mar 25, 2014 7:08 PM Flag

    Ohio Man, take a look at AEO for a good pick. American Eagle Outfitters just hit a 52-week low (like many retailers have been doing), but at this lower price the dividend is now almost 4.0%. This company is maintaining its market share through this tough retail environment. As this company turns around, you'll be earning a 4% dividend to wait. The stock was as high as $23 per share last year, now its 12 bucks. So a 100% return over time is quite possible. If BODY, WTSLA, ARO, and/or PSUN has to continue closing stores or go out of business altogether, that's less competition for AEO. It could end up standing atop the mountain of 'BODY's.... I mean bodies.... of all the failed teen/young adult clothing retailers.

  • netmargintrumps netmargintrumps Mar 23, 2014 11:03 AM Flag

    This is a classic example of the bond holders and/or preferred stock holders getting their big interest payments/dividends off the top, while the common stock holders spend years watching the value of their investment continually trend in the wrong direction.

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    ARO is a real buy-out candidate.

    by almlk Mar 21, 2014 3:39 PM
    netmargintrumps netmargintrumps Mar 23, 2014 10:55 AM Flag


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