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Here's the first of several new ideas
I have been promising:
||ZAP (OTC BB:
ZAPZ): The Right Idea At The Right Time
ZAPZ looks to be the right
idea at the right time. ZAPZ, an acronym for Zero Air Pollution,
is the California based company that invented the electric motor scooter.
The company has been innovative in
electric powered vehicles. They have a complete line of electric powered
scooters, bikes, ATV's, and cars. They are recognized as the world wide
leader in this unique market. Check out their web site at www.zapworld.com
for a complete review of their products.
ZAPZ was a red hot stock in
the late 90's. Sales peaked at $6.4 million back in '99, and the stock
traded at a split adjusted all time of $18.25. In the early 90's ZAPZ
was beaten down by two problematic events: 1. The Chinese started manufacturing
knock offs of their scooter, and flooded the market with cheaper product,
and 2. they entered into a death spiral financing.
Fast forward to March 9, 2005. Today's
financial news is driven by oil hitting the $55 per barrel mark. The dollar
is down, interest rates are up, and commodities are rocketing off the charts.
now owns its own production facility in China. ZAPZ has restructured,
spent the last year going through a rigorous regulatory process with the
DOT and EPA, and is now introducing one of the trendiest and hottest products
in the automotive world. This new car is the reason to own the stock:
ZAP Smart Car
The car you see pictured here is
the ZAP Smart Car. This car has recently been covered by CNBC,
CNN, the La Times, the Wall Street Journal online, the NY Times, and
many others. It's the hottest new car to hit the US market in quite some
time, and is considered a "gas-sipper".
600,000 of these cars have been sold
in Europe. Until now, this car has not been available to American Consumers.
ZAPZ decided to take on the
daunting task of modifying the Smart Car to meet US Standards. Much
to the surprise of many in the automotive business, ZAPZ has successfully
modified the car and passed rigorous testing by both the EPS and the DOT.
The car is now approved for sale in 45 states. Several states which include
California and New York have their own testing procedures, and ZAPZ
is expecting approval in both those states over the next few months.
The car is manufactured in France
by Daimler Chrysler. ZAPZ imports the cars from Europe, and makes
the modifications which makes them street legal in the United States. ZAPZ
holds the exclusive license to market this product in the US.
Despite it's fragile appearance,
this car has a Tridion safety cell structure which has been reinforced
with special aluminum cross beams. In crash tests, this car has actually
tested safer than a Mercedes S-Class.
Here are some specs on this bad boy:
The Smart Car was introduced
to dealers at the annual NADA (National Automotive Dealers Association)
this past January. ZAPZ left the show with $21 million in firm
The car will get up to 60 MPG, but the
EPA is only allowing them makes claims in the 38 MPG range.
Engine: 60 HP, 3-cylinder, rear mounted
Sequential 6 speed automatic transmission.
Length- 8 feet; Width- 4'11", Height-
5'; Weight- 1588 lbs (Shaq has shoes bigger than this)
Top speed: 85 MPH
Subsequently, on February
8th, ZAPZ announced orders had exceeded $55 million.
Today, after the market closed, ZAPZ
announced firm orders for the new SMART CAR have now exceeded the
million mark. This is the trendiest new car on the market, and
demand is skyrocketing.
There are currently about 100 cars
in California going through the final conversion stage and completing the
final testing phase to meet federal standards. Those cars are the first
to hit the market, and should be heading to dealers soon.
In the interim, the company is diligently
working to find production partners to help them meet the extraordinary
demand for this new car. At this time, they do not have the production
capacity to meet $100 million in purchase orders.
In my view, this is an outstanding
chart. As you can see, the stock rocketed from the $1.25 level to $5.15
mid November when the word on the Smart Car started to spread.
The stock then pulled back and made
a bottom in January. Since Mid January, the stock has been in an uptrend
which I believe will carry this stock to much higher levels, especially
in light of the revelation that the company has exceeded the $100 million
in orders mark.
The cars sells to dealers in the
$15,000 to $20,000 range. Therefore, I estimate they have purchase orders
in hand for about 2,000 cars. In light of the 600,000 cars that have been
sold to the European market, there is plenty of upside in order flow.
As it stands today, ZAPZ cannot
handle the demand for cars. They will have to find a manufacturing facility
or partner to help them ramp up. There will probably be a lot going on
as the company moves towards larger production capacity.
In November ZAPZ reported
25.7 million shares I&O-Since that time they have probably issued additional
shares from fundings and warrant conversions, so let's use 30 million as
a working number. As of today's close, the market was valuing the company
about $100 million.
I don't have a forecast for profit
margins, but will be addressing that issue as more information comes to
With $100 million in revenues as
a near certainty in their future, I believe this stock could command a
much higher market value in the future, especially in light of a mere 2,000
cars order vs the 600,000 that have been sold in Europe.
The hard part is going to be buying
this stock. The stock will not open tomorrow where it closed today. The
$4 level is a near certainty, and I'm wondering if the stock might even
try to get back to the November high.
If history repeats itself, the stock
will probably make the high of the day in the 1st half hour of trading,
and then likely pull back. You might get a favorable entry level later
in the day.
The bad news: I will be on a plane
when the market opens tomorrow, so I won't be able to post on BLOG
to provide some guidance on the trading side. You will have to use common
Nevertheless, this is just the beginning
of what could be a multi year expansion for this company. Against a back
drop of skyrocketing oil prices, this is the right idea at the right time.
Here is the complete text of today's
release for your review:
ZAP Crosses $100
Million Threshold for High-Efficiency ZAP! SMARTCAR Advanced Transportation;
$45 Million in New Bookings Validates Powerful U.S. Consumer Demand for
Popular European-Made Microcar
Business Wire via COMTEX
Mar 9, 2005 4:01:01 PM
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Mar
09, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
-ZAP (OTCBB: ZAPZ), pioneering
the next generation of advanced transportation and energy technologies,
has announced that the Company has crossed the $100 million threshold for
purchase orders for its SMARTCAR high gas mileage vehicles. Steve Schneider,
CEO of ZAP, made the announcement.
"The high rate of new
purchase orders we've been booking for the Smart Car has further confirmed
that the American public is eager to purchase cars that will help drivers
save significantly on gasoline costs as well as enable them to take meaningful
steps to protect the environment," said Mr. Schneider. "Millions of American
consumers have already demonstrated a strong interest in fuel-efficient
transportation, as evidenced by the popularity of minicars and fuel-efficient
hybrid vehicles from leading automotive makers. We believe the Smart Car,
which is already a major success throughout Europe, will define the next
generation of fuel-efficient and hip transportation for Americans."
The new orders follow
the Company's announcement last month totaling $55 million from dealers
who want to supply consumer demand for cars that provide substantial advantages
in gas mileage, in a safe and stylish vehicle. The Smart Car, one of ZAP's
next-generation automobiles, was debuted for dealers in January, at the
annual convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealers
(NADA) in New Orleans. The Company booked approximately $21 million in
purchase orders at that convention and anticipates it will receive continuing
SMARTCAR purchase orders from U.S. dealers as it further expands its national
dealer network for its line of innovative ZAP Cars(R).
ZAP is continuing to
assess potential additional partners to supply the fast-growing U.S. demand
for Smart Cars. It has been meeting with prospective manufacturing partners
and suppliers in the U.S., China and in other countries. The Company added
that efforts to broaden its Smart Car auto dealer network throughout the
country have proceeded faster and more successfully than initially projected.
"Demand for the Smart
Car growing sharply, and we're focusing a great deal of energy on our business
plan to build strong relationships worldwide with vendors, subcontractors,
suppliers and all of the government agencies to help ZAP bring Smart Cars
and other advanced transportation vehicles to the U.S. market," said Mr.
ZAP "Americanizes" the
European-made Smart Car to meet U.S. safety and emissions standards at
its facility in California. The small and maneuverable SMARTCAR is one
of the most fuel-efficient internal combustion vehicles available. With
the ability to park in the space of a motorcycle, the two-passenger SMARTCAR
coupe is designed to address many of the serious problems of crowded urban
traffic and rising fuel prices. Its unique Tridion Safety Cell, manufactured
from high-tensile steel, forms the core safety element of each SMARTCAR.
It creates a cage-like safety structure for the occupants, making the SMART
coupe one of the safest small cars on the road. Additional SMARTCAR design
features include advanced "crashbox" low-speed dent-resistant body panels,
dual airbags, performance engine and transmission technology, and a range
of standard features and options. ZAP also produces all-electric cars,
scooters, bikes and ATVs.
ZAP, Zero Air Pollution(R),
has been a leader in advanced transportation technologies and energy products
since 1994. ZAP serves the multi-billion-dollar markets for next-generation
transportation and power products through three divisions: ZAP Automotive;
ZAP Personal Transportation; and ZAP Energy. The Company has delivered
more than 90,000 fuel-efficient and pollution-free vehicles powered by
gasoline, electric, hydrogen and other fuels to customers in more than
75 countries around the world.
ZAP holds exclusive license
from Smart-Automobile LLc to deliver the popular European-made Smart Car,
a high-efficiency gas vehicle, to the American marketplace. ZAP "Americanizes"
the Smart Car to meet U.S. federal and state safety and emissions standards.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation
have approved a Smart Car model Americanized by ZAP for domestic use in
45 U.S. states. ZAP is not affiliated with, or authorized by, smart gmbh,
the manufacturer of SMART automobiles, or the smartUSA division of Mercedes-Benz
LLC, the exclusive authorized U.S. importer and distributor of those vehicles.
ZAP purchases its vehicles from non- affiliated direct importer Smart-Automobile
The Company's all-electric
vehicles include the ZAP Intimidator LUV and ZAP Worldcar neighborhood
and urban electric cars, ZAPPY(R) Scooters, Mobility Scooters, Bikes, and
All Terrain Vehicles (ATV). These products offer convenient, dependable
and fun transportation that's heavy duty, powerful, and noise-free. The
ZAP Portable Energy division has developed a next-generation, multi-use
battery for electronic products that deliver up to four times the power
of typical batteries, to charge or power a variety of devices, including
cell phones, digital cameras, DVD and MP3 players, camcorders and laptops.
To view online videos about ZAP, visit http://www.zapworld.com/about/video.asp.
For more information, visit http://www.zapworld.com. For investor-specific
information, please visit http://www.trilogy-capital.com/tcp/html/zap.htm.
in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned
that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including,
without limitation, continued acceptance of the Company's products, increased
levels of competition for the Company, new products and technological changes,
the Company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property
rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic
reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
ZAP Steven Kim, 707-525-8658
x 298 (Investor Relations) email@example.com Alex Campbell, 707-525-8658
x 241 (Media Relations) firstname.lastname@example.org
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