Well, the delinquent numbers have finally come out, and there are a couple of nasty surprises in the disclosure. I will need some time to digest the whole thing, but here’s my initial reaction.
The company delivered $122 million in revs and reported a loss of $24.4 million. However, they took non cash write downs totalling $25.5 million in their Communications and Global Brands Divisions- meaning, their cash flow really wasn’t too bad.
Here’s the big negatives in my mind. First of all, TTGL clearly has problems in the Oblio Telecom division, which was the acquisition and turn around story that got the company headed in the right direction in the first place. In today’s press release, they admit their internal switching facility, which was supposed to decrease costs and increase margins, has been a complete failure. Hence, the reports of card failures in December and contentious relationships with distributors. They claim they will evolve back to a straight marketing company without the hardware or network, which doesn’t give investor a warm and fuzzy feeling about the management team.
Secondly- USA Detergents seems to be problematic as well. Apparently, the bought a very distressed company, and have decided the proper direction to go would be to shut down the operations and outsource the manufacturing. Therefore, all they bought was the label itself, and this division is contributing nothing but losses.
The Energy division is chugging along adequately, albeit no barn burner in the profit department- perhaps there is some substantial upside here.
I’m not surprised the stock is not selling off today. They will probably lose the dreaded “E” on the symbol tomorrow, and move back to the normal listing.
I’m also not surprised they needed the extension to get these financials filed- I’m sure there was major debate on how to book the writedowns for the various divisions. It looks to me like the accountants chose the most aggressive direction on writing down the value of the assets.
So- where to from here? I’m pretty sure all this bad news is already priced into the stock. A couple things need to happen- first and foremost- the management needs to hold an open ended conference call with a complete question and answer period open to anybody and talk about all the issues facing the company.
Simply looking at the hard numbers, the company is trading today at about a $45 million market value on $122 million in revs (nearly $1/2 billion annually), and they didn’t lose much hard cash. The energy division is probably worth more than where the stock is trading on a stand alone basis.
However, they recently bought another division- the shoe manufacturer. If the integration of this division go as smoothly as the past ones have gone, one can expect the roller coaster ride to continue.
I suspect there is some upside in the stock from here. Something good is bound to start to come out and turn the tide. However, this is no Berkshire Hathaway mini clone. Right now, its a stumbling, bumbling, de “worsified” company that needs to get back on track. Their turn around initiatives don’t seem to suggest the management is very skilled.
Bottom line- I wouldn’t be a seller right now- it’s all priced in already. On a rebound we can start looking at options and consider the future. By then, we will have more information.