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My last post (Fri around 3:30PM ET) predicted that SMSI would file an S-3 (Registration Statement) with the SEC imminently. Sure enough, it was released two hours later (just before 6PM on Friday).
For those who don’t understand S-3 filings, the Registration Statement related to SMSI’s last round of funding. It’s not a new offering. SMSI has tons of cash and doesn’t need more. Besides, Founder/CEO Bill Smith owns 17% of the outstanding common stock and you can bet that he doesn’t want it diluted any more than necessary to get the job done.
So, don’t be fooled by fear mongers, shorts, or people who simply don’t know what they’re talking about. This filing is just a formality pursuant to its May 3 financing.
The impact of these filings have to be taken on a case-by-case basis. In this case, the 3.2 million registered shares were purchased at $2.21. Selling them below that level (which is where we sit right now) would produce a loss for the “selling shareholders” listed in the S-3.
The only reason to do that is to keep the warrants (which require the holders to pay $2.11 to obtain common shares, so that’s not profitable for them either!). However, over 2 million shares were shorted ahead of Friday’s S-3. That represents a significant amount of hedging. In fact, if you read my Friday post, you know that the shorting activity started slowing down a couple weeks ago.
So, that’s the 6.4M shares listed in the S-3… 3.2M shares purchased at $2.21 and 3.2M warrants that require the holders to pay $2.11 for shares. Obviously, it’s silly to think that we’re going to see any notable selling from those holders, especially since the shorting (to hedge their positions) occurred earlier in the month.
In other words, this S-3 is nothing like the last one they filed. Institutional / professional investors have surely figured this out, so it’s important for you retail investors to understand. Otherwise, you might panic out of your shares and end up buying them back at a higher price (or worse, not at all).
There are several reasons to believe that this is a risk to anyone who sells their stock today.
For one, I know about multiple investors who have been intentionally keeping their stake below 5% of SMSI’s outstanding shares (because owning 5% triggers an SEC filing requirement). With this S-3, the share count has officially been raised, enabling those investors to buy an additional 150,000+ shares each without having to file with the SEC.
If they do, the effective float will shrink even further than it already has. As it stands, the shares will soon start acting violently to any spike in demand (as I discussed in a prior post). Indeed, several professionals and institutions have been buying (one of my last posts covered that topic too) knowing this S-3 was coming.
So, that should tell you something.
Basically, if every S-3 was bearish, every stock would go down before they get filed. As I’ve been preaching for years, each event has to be analyzed separately. In this case, I knew it was coming, wrote about it and was BUYING the stock on Friday afternoon.
In short, this is a non-event, for the reasons outlined in my last post and should be treated as such.
OK, enough with the public service message. I wasn’t even going to bring it up, but I saw some misinformation being spread this weekend and hate seeing retail investors getting scared out of a good investment (like I used to).
FYI, I personally think it was smart for SMSI to file the S-3 a little early (it wasn’t due until June 2). Getting it out on Friday afternoon gives everyone the weekend to realize what it is. Not only that, but they’ll be presenting at the LD Micro conference this week and meeting one-on-one with new/existing investors for much of the week.
I’ll be meeting with them this morning (before most anyone else). So, stay tuned for my write-up and you’ll have the scoop before the ~20 institutional investors who’ll be meeting them after me. Could be a great catalyst for the stock.
Truth be told, I bumped into Mr. Smith and two of the company’s directors last night. We traded a few notes and it’s now clear to me that the Safe & Found roll-out is going even better than I thought.
I’ll get more details this morning (Pacific time).
FYI, this weekend I visited some Sprint stores (they say Safe & Found is being well-received) and even stopped by SMSI’s headquarters (which was just down the road from one of the Sprint stores) for a quick photo…
Bottom Line: I’m pleased with how the financing and registration process was handled.
Aside from the conference, our next trading data point comes at 6PM on June 11 when the short interest data for May gets released. Anything over 2 million shares would be bullish. I expect something closer to 2.2 million.
Either way, I’m excited to have the S-3 behind us. Now we can all focus on the fundamentals and this week’s conference (especially with the Sprint roll-out finally kicking into high gear).
BTW, based on my due diligence, I expect some news about that to be released between now and Wednesday. I’ll let you know when it comes ;^)
Should be a great month.
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