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Last week, QQQ hit a fresh 6 month low. The other major averages aren’t far behind. Oil stocks, pott stocks, cryptocurrencies, and even FAANGs have been particularly pummeled. I’ve been outspoken about the pott stocks and cryptocurrencies this year. Being short in those areas have provided investors with great profits in a year when nearly nothing has.
For the record, I believe a bounce may be coming, but remain cautious on the market and continue to hold large short positions (particularly in ETFs like the Russell 2000 (IWM) and the China 25 ETF (FXI).
Due to the influence of ETFs, almost every stock with a market cap above $30 million experiences selling pressure when the indexes get hit. That creates a great opportunity for investors who can separate undervalued names from overvalued ones.
Techprecision (TPCS) is one of the few stocks that isn’t a part of a major ETF / index. Perhaps that’s why it’s quietly been among the year’s best performers.
Things keep getting better there. TPCS typically generates less than $4 million in revenue per quarter. However, by my estimation, they received about $14 million in orders between July 1 and October 1. As expected, it appears that government contracts are starting to roll in.
If that continues, I believe this 90-cent stock could be producing 30-cents of annual EPS before too long. The shares and chart indicate that investors are waking up to this:
One of the things I love most about this story is how many of my readers are contributing to the research effort. Check out some of the data shared by “Sub Guy” from our comments sections:
Here is an interesting link from General Dynamics Electric Boat to its suppliers that explains the nuclear submarine order flow. It clearly states that Block V Virginia Class Subs will be released late this year or early next year and that construction will start the first quarter of 2019.
To date there has been about 8 Billion dollars of submarine orders for Virginia Class Block V and design build of the first Columbia Class Sub. TPCS has received advance orders for both classes of submarines. This is a quote from Alex Shen on the August 13, 2018 earnings call transcript:
“The path forward with our core customers remained clear and our drive towards top line growth and bottom line profitability. This path is validated with the recent sourcing activity in both Virginia class and Columbia class submarine programs. In the first quarter of fiscal 2019, Ranor successfully secured initial contracts for select Virginia class Block 5 components as well as select Columbia class components.”
The Navy awards advance material orders to keep the submarine build moving forward in between Blocks. The balance of Block V should be in the 30 Billion range and hit late this year or early next year.
My best guess on revenue for TPCS for fiscal years ended March 31:
If you use a DCF analysis the stock should be trading substantially higher than it is now. I believe Mark has a near term price of $2.5-$3.00 per share. I agree.
When the Columbia Class Submarine program hits it’s stride, TPCS will need to add plant capacity and labor force. I would not be surprised to see them doing over 100 million in revenue 5 or 6 years from now. What is really exciting is the submarine program is strong for the next 30 years.
TPCS remains the best risk reward stock I have come across in a very long time. AND, very few people know about this story.
FYI, if he’s right, that should enable 2019 EPS of about $0.07 and 2020 EPS of about $0.15.
Their operating leverage is about .01 per $1M in revs until they max out their capacity, so that gives us $0.22, $0.34, and about $0.50 for 2021-2023.
The market tend to discount next year’s earnings in the middle of the preceding year, so put whatever P/E you wish on the .15 and that gives you a lazy man’s (non-DCF) valuation for the end of this coming June.
A real (DCF) valuation with a 15% WACC and $1 limit of EPS yields a current valuation of $3.60. Its current technical channel is rising by about 50% per 6-months (125% annualized), which can get the stock to $5 by the end of 2020 if it holds, FWIW.
In Other News, many of my top investments did very well last week. Investors are searching for bargains in the rubble, so this many be have been a contributor. Here’s a rundown on some of my most notable holdings…
GAIA — After speaking bullishly on its earnings call, GAIA’s CFO stepped in and bought $40,000 of the stock. I spend part of the weekend reviewing their content (including their new Alternative Healing channel) and came away bullish on their prospects.
At current levels, the company is valued at just 5-cents per video per subscriber. It’s not hard to profit with the kind of metrics they’re showing. The only reason they’re not profitable is the investment they’re making into growing their subscriber base.
I agree with that strategy 100%. I believe GAIA could be one of the winning channels of the Internet era (just as channels like MTV, ESPN, and BET emerged in the cable era). Accordingly, I believe the company has a great chance to provide strong capital appreciation to shareholders (either on its own or as an acquisition target).
USATP — There should be virtually no correlation between USAT and its preferred shares (USATP). In fact, weakness in USAT will often correlate with increased odds of bankruptcy or buyout — either of which would be great news for USATP shareholders.
Unbeknownst to most, USATP shareholders are entitled to the first $20 million that comes from either event. That’s about $44 for each share of USATP (which is currently going for $17). Given USAT’s customer base and other intangible assets, it is widely believed that a bankruptcy would easily bring that $20 million.
To be clear, I don’t expect USAT to go bankrupt anytime soon, but the odds of that (and a buyout) have increased, which should be bullish for USATP. In the meantime, USATP’s intrinsic value increases by $1.50 annually (via an unpaid dividend, which accrues). That’s a big yield for a $17 instrument.
Interested investors should read USAT’s last 10-K to fully understand how USATP works. I personally view this as a classic Buffett-type investment. Accordingly, it’s one of my largest holdings.
HEAR — NPD data for October showed that Turtle Beach continued to gain market share. Growth actually accelerated from already-incredible levels. HEAR experienced 100%+ growth during the month, as gamers continue to buy their specialty headsets for multi-player / battle royale games like Fortnight.
With a slew of new games coming out, I expect demand to remain robust through the holidays (and likely a bit beyond, as gift card get used in January). Of course, we should expect things to moderate in 2019, but analysts are still expecting $1.00 of earnings next year and over $1.20 in 2020.
Considering the substantial improvement in HEAR’s balance sheets / capital structure in 2018, investors should not expect much more downside risk for the stock. In fact, I think the risk/reward looks as good as it has since June (just prior to its big run). Accordingly, barring a deepening of the recent market correction, I remain an advocate of being short HEAR’s January put options.
That strategy has proven best thus far. The stock is down about 20% since June, but shorting the puts has delivered a 30% profit. This just goes to show that learning more about investment methods and strategies can make the difference between profit and loss, even among like-minded investors.
FUV — As I predicted, the company announced that it is raising money. IMHO, they did it in one of the worst possible ways, exacerbating an already-bad situation. The stock is down more than 30% since I first mentioned them in one of my Live YouTube videos.
Final Note: Coming up this week, SMSI will be appearing at an investor conference in Chicago. The shares have been strong since their NYC appearance (where they impressed attendees, by all accounts), so we’ll see whether the Chicago conference keeps the momentum rolling.
Last week, I wrote…
As Thanksgiving approaches, investors are starting to take note of the various catalysts that may spur Smith Micro’s (SMSI) share price in the coming days, weeks, and/or months. Here’s a quick run down of what/s being said out there:
Dave Andaarson on Yahoo Finance — One of the key aspects of this most recent offering was the amendment of previous warrants, allowing them to be reclassified as equity. In other words, the company expects the share price to soon rise faster than the assets, leading to huge liability/decrease in equity without this amendment/reclassification. The amendment allows them to increase equity by around $9 million from current liabilities.
In addition, I’m expecting some type of M&A activity to be announced shortly. I’m not sure what yet, but the PR statement of “maximizing flexibility to execute QUICKLY on strategic initiatives” seems to be a tipping of the hand. I’m looking forward to finding out what this means.
There is an outside chance they will be acquired, but I think it’s more likely they will be acquiring a company that will be immediately accretive.
Verdict: Agree on all counts. There were many reasons SMSI did the most recent offering. Prior to the offering, the company turned profitable and already had $8 million of cash on the balance sheet. So, we know they didn’t need cash.
Anyone who had followed my lessons knows that offerings can be bullish or bearish. The most common deliminator is whether the money was needed (bearish) or not (bullish). Those who acted on this lesson were treated to a “risk-free” trade this month:
- Long SMSI: The lack of need classified its recent offering in my book as bullish. Those who bought SMSI on the news have been rewarded with a 10% gain in just two weeks (the NASDAQ collapsed by 8% over the same period).
- Short FUV: I recently predicted that Arcimoto (FUV) would need cash before December. Sure enough, the company announced an offering on Friday that send the stock tumbling more than 30% — a big profit for those who were short. FUV has now fallen 50% in just 2 months.
The best thing about this situation is that buying one and shorting the other effectively insulated investors from a market crash, since one was short and one was long (thus, any market-related movement in one would presumably be offset by a near-equal and opposite move in the other). In other words, it was virtually risk-free.
diogenese19348 on Yahoo Finance:
Google Play November 20th – 6 days
82 new reviews – 13.6 per day
43-five star 11-four star 7-three star 5-two star 16-one star
App Annie rank: 65, high for period was 58, Family Locator 209
Estimated total downloads: 548,500
November estimated downloads: 46,250
Date Crossed 500K downloads: Not Yet
App Annie rank is back up, review rate is up…and still hasn’t crossed the 500K mark. We are now up against that 10% cushion I set, if it doesn’t cross in the coming week then I was overestimating things.
Diogenese has done a great job of tracking Safe & Found downloads with one of several different methodologies. Each one has its flaws, so I can’t put my full endorsement on this work. However, I do believe that he’s close to the mark.
According to my personal methodology, they ended the quarter with over 500,000 total downloads (Google Play + Apple Store). Since then, they’ve been on track to end this quarter with about 200,000 more. That adds up to about 700,000.
Now, from what I’ve heard, somewhere around 70% of downloads are on Google Play which gets us very close to 500,000 Google Play downloads, which will be a publicly known event (Google displays if an app is over 100,000 downloads, 500,000 downloads, etc.). That approaching event is causing some excitement out there, as it may draw new investor attention to the stock (which has already been building on Yahoo and StockTwits).
Dave Andaarson on Yahoo Finance — I’m hearing Sprint has a pilot program rolling out region by region to do a conversion from FL to SF and it should be completed by mid year of 2019.
I’ve also heard this from a different source. The rumor rings true because it triangulates well with information suggesting that SMSI will soon (within days or weeks) release a new version that enables the app to reside on their childrens’ phones without them knowing it. This is expected to catalyze a full-blown sunset / migration of the Location Labs product over to SMSI’s.
The rumor of a rolling conversion program rings true, since this has historically been Sprint’s modus operandi. If the timeline holds true, I estimate that SMSI’s SafePath subscription revenue will rise by upwards of $1.5 million in Q1 and then another $1.5 million in Q2.
That would get SafePath close to $5 million in quarterly recurring revenue, matching the recurring revenue coming from its CommSuite product. By my math, that would produce about $0.15 of EPS (and rising) per quarter. That’s $0.60 annualized for a company with a current (as of Wednesday morning) enterprise value of just $1.60 per share.
That’s a P/E of 2.7.
Given a P/E of 10, the stock would reach $6.50 per share. At a P/E of 20, it would trade at $12.50. I’m not going to speculate on which (if either) it will achieve. That speculation is best-suited for each individual to ponder.
Of course, this is all additive to information I provided via my most recent live broadcast:
* The Spanish version of SafePath is expected to be announced before the end of Q4. This will expand its appeal in Europe and Latin America, where SMSI has told investors it has a robust pipeline of prospects, along with existing customers.
* The IoT (Internet of Things) version of SafePath is also expected to see an announcement before the end of Q4. This will greatly expand its total available market (TAM) and leapfrog most (if not all) of the competition (due to SMSI’s long and independently-validated reputation for world-class IoT expertise).
It will also expand its image among investors to include those who are hot on IoT technologies. With carriers reportedly clamoring to add IoT-location services in 2019 (to protect their businesses from encroachment), SMSI appears poised to serve as the arms dealer to the warring factions.
* SMSI’s first IoT device in expected to be announced in Q1. SMSI management cryptically shared this information on their last earnings call. Adding a device to the mix would add yet another new revenue stream at a time when the revenue from SMSI’s product lines are finally all poised to move in the same direction (yes, “up”).
* A new major SafePath customer is expected to be added anytime between now and the end of Q2. This is widely expected to be T-Mobile. Either way, Sprint is among the smallest major carriers in North America, so any new “major” customer would likely spur a doubling in SafePath TAM (and revenue) in relatively short order.
So, there are many ways for the company to win. In the meantime, the SMSI story is spreading rapidly this month, via sell-side analyst coverage and management’s coast-to-coast investor conference appearance schedule.
The shares have responded by coming to life, with more conferences and news still to come. With a little luck, I’ll be seeing them at the LD Micro conference in two weeks.
If you missed my last live broadcast, be sure to check it out here. Cheers!
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