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Today's new idea has profits, profits,
profits written all over it. This industry group is going to get extremely
hot in a month or two, and investors will be searching for ideas in the
space. Guess what- they are only going to find two pure plays, and today's
idea is the only one you can invest in now.
It's all about digital photo processing-
getting your pictures out of your digital camera and into print. There
are currently four ways of doing it:
Of the four choices above, which do
you think analysts project will have the strongest growth over the next
five years? You guessed it- uploading to a web site an picking up your
prints locally in one hour. It's known as "Online to Retail". Online
photo finishing, which was about a $1/2 billion market in '05, is expected
to grow to $2 billion by '09.
Printing them yourself on a high end
home printer (if you've tried it, you know it is extremely expensive and
Plugging your memory stick into a kiosk
and waiting for the photos to spit out (not popular)
Uploading your images to a web site
and mail ordering your prints
Uploading your images to a web site,
and picking up your prints at a nearby store
There are several advantages to "Online
to Retail" vs mail order. First and most importantly, it provides the
instant gratification we are all used to from one hour photo finishing.
Secondly, it's cheaper because there are no shipping costs. And last but
not least- retailers can be very aggressive on pricing because photo finishing
is a high margin item, and it gets shoppers in the store. Mail order processing
doesn't have this advantage. Online to Retail is where the growth
PhotoChannel- The Unseen Back End
You may have used a PhotoChannel
solution, but you have probably never heard of the company unless you read
the OTC Journal back in 2001 when I first reported on them (pre
dot com crash). The stock is just starting to come off a multi year low,
and the company is exploding.
PHCHF is a B2B company (remember
that buzz word from the '90's?). They provide the technology infrastructure
for brick and mortar stores who want to offer Online to Retail photofinishing
services. They don't print out the photos. The just provide a private label
web site for the store. You upload your images on their servers, they send
the order to the store, the store prints them, and you pick them up in
one hour. They collect a couple of pennies for every print ordered over
Check out this list of retailers
for whom they provide the "silent back end":
Now, going back to the mid week edition
entitled "Dot Bombs Turned Into Dot Profits", you might ask yourself
why this stock now? What has changed? The answer- CVS- the CVS
has vaulted PHCHF to a whole new level, and the arrangement just
rolled out this summer.
WalMart Canada and Sam's Club
Canada: 280 stores
Costco Canada: 20 stores
Black's Photo (Fuji subsidiary):
150 small retail stores
CVS: Includes over 5,000
locations in the US all of whom offer 1 hour photo finishing.
In addition, CVS has recently acquired Albertson's, SavOn, Osco,
and Jewel- all of whom are expected to be outfitted with one hour photofinishing
Brooks/Eckard- Recently bought
out Rite Aid- the 3rd largest drug store chain in the US- photolabs to
Prior to CVS selecting PhotoChannel
for the back end solution, there were about 500 stores in North America
using them. CVS brings over 5,000 retail outlets to
the table, all of whom are local "neighborhood" operations. In short, PhotoChannel's
business grew 10 fold this summer. I have read one research report predicting
that PHCHF turned cash flow positive in August for the first time
in its history.
Do They Generate Revenues?
There is a research report out on
the company which was written after the CVS launch. Here's the assumptions
If you quickly do the math, you will
find the numbers equate to about 1 million prints per day, which equates
to $22,500 in cash- $8.2 million in annual sales, which doubles in 2007.
Every store they service averages 4.8
orders per day for the remainder of '06, ramping to 9.5 orders per day
by the end of '07. The CVS chain is just starting to advertise the
Each order averages 40-50 prints
PHCHF gets about $.02 per print
PHCHF serves 5182 stores (this
assumes no new relationships by end of '07, which is not likely)
The research report projects PHCHF
will deliver about $5.6 million in '06 and $.02 per share in losses. He
then forecasts $12.8 million in revs in '07, and a turn around to $.02
per share in profits.
Catalytic Events For the Stock Price
This is a huge industry, so naturally
there is some competition. However, as it stands today, PHCHF is
really the only pure play in the B2B space for photofinishing.
Two of the more commonly known names
are Snapfish and Shutterfly. Snapfish provides both
B2B and B2C services. The company serves as the back end for WalMart
US (#1 in US photofinishing- CVS is #2).
You cannot invest in Snapfish.
company is a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HP). HP
bought the company several years ago. At the time of the purchase, Snapfish
already had the WalMart relationship in place. According to industry
scuttlebutt, WalMart is a bit unhappy with the relationship which
may explain why PHCHF landed WalMart Canada. Snapfish
is very active in direct customer online printing and shipping services.
This competes directly with WalMart's in store services.
Shutterfly is a different
story. They recently filed for an IPO at a market valuation of $350
million. If this is the kind of hot IPO the market is expecting,
this will be the catalyst for major price movement in shares of PHCHF.
It should be trading in the next month or two. Investors will be looking
for sympathy plays, and PHCHF will be the only one out there. This
is your opportunity to front run the sector. Be in ahead of the crowd.
for Accelerating Growth - Kodak Caught With Its Pants Down
Here's another potential catalyst
for a skyrocketing stock price. Did you know that Kodak (NYSE: EK) is trading
at a 15 year low? The stock was $90 in 1998, and today it is barely hanging
on to $20.
This former behemoth of the photo
processing space has come under major criticism for its failure to participate
in the digital photography revolution. Much like the US auto industry,
who's complacency led to declining sales sales of gas guzzling SUVs while
Toyota was eating their lunch with the hybrid Prius, Kodak was slow
to recognize the consumer's willingness to adopt digital imaging.
Kodak's management has a renewed
mission to participate. Their bread and butter is chemicals, inks, and
paper. OFoto- the Kodak online mail order service, is the largest photo
processor in the B2C space. However, Kodak is looking at Online to Retail
a major new source of revenues, and they have the relationships with the
big retail chains. What they don't have is the back end infrastructure.
Some sort of arrangement with Kodak
and/or Kodak customers is a distinct possibility. Why?- because two of
the key board members are former Kodak executives. Keep one eye on the
news for potential developments along those lines. An event of this nature
would send shares of PHCHF to new multi year highs.
Where's the Stock Going?
Here's a weekly chart of the stock
extending back over 2 years. Several items jump off the screen. First,
note the stock has traded within a penny or two of $.10 for the last year.
Pretty boring. In the Fall of '05 it found its way briefly into the $.15
to $.18 range, but for the most part the stock went nowhere for a very
In the last two months everything
has changed. It all happened in conjunction with the signing and the roll
out of the CVS Deal. This added over 5,000 local photofinishing
locations, and guarantees the company will deliver significant revenue
growth over the coming months and years.
Also, note the volume has been increasing
as rapidly as the stock price. The last two months has seen major volume
expansion. Investors are rediscovering this idea. Since June 1 the stock
has traded over 1 million shares 18 separate days. A number of those days
have seen volume levels north of 3 million shares.
I anticipate the renewed enthusiasm
for this stock will continue as it climbs the charts. There could be supplies
to wrestle with- after all there are about 300 million shares I&O-
a substantial number.
The company is starting to garner
significant institutional interest thanks to the CVS deal. A reverse
split, perhaps 10 for 1 could be in the cards for this stock. In this case,
I think it would be a good move. The company is ready to come out of the
penny market and garner institutional participation. The money raising
dilution should be over as they have $2 million cash in the bank, no debt,
and no need for any more capital. They need to bring the stock price up
where institutions can own it.
The Great Gables research report,
prepared independently on the company, is not publicly available. I have
a copy, and can tell you they project a $.40 to $.60 stock price
near term based on significant growth, a turn to profitability,
50% gross margins, and $.02 per share in earnings on about $13 million
in sales and nearly $6 million in EBITDA profits in 2007. I will try to
get permission to post the research report on our web site.
When Shutterfly hits the market,
everyone will be buzzing about the online photo finishing sector and looking
for the next big thing. Remember this week's edition Dot Bombs turned
to Dot Profits- Look for PHCHF to follow the likes of
YHOO, EBAY, and AKAM. After 5 years of struggle their time has
come, and it's only just beginning.
Accumulate this one up to $.22.
Looking for the aforementioned target of $.40 to $.60. Consider getting
started with 1/3 of what you want to own immediately.
This stock trades on the OTC BB
under the symbol PHCHF. However, for our friends to the North, it
also trades on the TSX in Canadian dollars under the symbol PNI.
All dollar amounts in this presentation are in US dollars.