Feb 5, 2010 – CONCORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technical Communications Corporation (OTC BB: TCCO.OB – News) today announced its results for the fiscal quarter ended December 26, 2009. For the first quarter of the Company’s 2010 fiscal year, the Company reported net income of $2,356,000, or $1.62 per share, on revenue of $4,764,000, as compared to net income of $206,000, or $0.14 per share, on revenue of $1,844,000 for the quarter ended December 27, 2008. Included in net income for each of the quarters ended December 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008 is $(19,000), or ($0.01) per share, respectively, in stock-based compensation expense.
Once again, our main criterion is growth: earnings, sales, and/or revenues must be increasing. The second criterion is profitability. All companies listed are currently profitable. Prices reflect close of business 12/31/09. Best of Luck!
1) Brekford Corp BFDI (.15)
57,815,513 shares outstanding (s/o) as of 11/2/09
$1.06m cash; 86k debt
9-month sales up 16%
9-month net earnings (+ .01) v (- .03)
Market Cap – $8.67m
Brekford Corp. is a leading homeland technology service provider of fully integrated vehicle installation and rugged technology solutions geared towards mission critical operations. For more than a decade, the company has provided services to branches of the U.S. military, various federal entities and numerous security and public safety agencies. Brekford provides these agencies with an end-to-end suite of mobile products and services designed to streamline procurement and operations.
Brekford 360 Degree vehicle solutions provides complete vehicle upfitting, mobile data and video solutions including municipal financing and leasing services for agencies. The 360 Degree vehicle solutions approach provides customers with a one stop upfitting, cutting edge technology and installation service.
For more Company information, please see website: http://www.brekford.com
2) Biostar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. BSPM (4.45)
23,240,899 s/o as of 11/10/09
$2.45m cash; 0 debt
9-month net sales up 52%
9-month net earnings (+ .37) v (+ .18)
Market Cap – $103.43m
Biostar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary in China, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical and medical nutrient products for a variety of diseases and conditions. The Company’s most popular product is its Xin Ao Xing Oleanolic Acid Capsule, an over-the-counter (“OTC”) medicine for chronic hepatitis B, a disease affecting approximately 10% of the Chinese population. In addition to its hepatitis product, Biostar manufactures two broad-based OTC products, two prescription-based pharmaceuticals and thirteen nutrients. The Company has adopted international standards and is in the process of applying for two patents.
3) Destiny Media Technologies DSNY (.49)
52,059,647 s/o as of 11/26/09
$253k cash, 68k debt
Net income 2009 (+ .01) v (- .05) (2008)
Market Cap – $27.59m
From 10-K (11/30/2009)
Revenue continued to grow during our fourth quarter and was the highest in the Company’s history. Fourth quarter revenue was 77% higher than the same quarter in the prior year and more than 31% above the previous quarter in fiscal 2009. Total revenue for the quarter is $872,569 (third quarter fiscal 2009 – $665,829). Total revenue for the year was $2,560,447 (2008 – $1,578,888), an increase of approximately 62% over the fiscal 2008 year.
Destiny Media (http://www.dsny.com) is the developer of the Play MPE® system (http://www.plaympe.com) which the recording industry uses to securely distribute new pre-release music through the internet to trusted recipients such as radio, media and VIP’s. Real time usage statistics are available at http://www.plaympe.com/v4/company/plaympestats.php
4) Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc SLXCF (.98)
23,495,040 s/o as of 9/30/09
$1.91m cash; minimal debt
9-month net revenues up 61%
9-month net earnings (+ .01) v. (- .01)
Market Cap – $23.03m
Stellar Pharmaceuticals Inc has developed and is marketing direct in Canada and in countries around the world through out-license agreements two products based on its core polysaccharide technology: NeoVisc, for the treatment of osteoarthritis; and Uracyst, its patented technology for treatment of interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, an inflammatory disease of the urinary bladder wall. Stellar also has in-licensing agreement for the distribution and sale of NMP22 BladderChek, a proteomics-based diagnostic test for the diagnosis and monitoring of bladder cancer.
5) Superclick, Inc SPCK (.115)
45,312,251 s/o as of 8/31/09
$1.9m cash; 52k debt
9-month net revenue up 16%
9-month net (+ . 02) v. (+ .01)
Record quarterly revenues for the third quarter ending July 31, 2009
Market Cap – $5.21m
Superclick, Inc. through its wholly owned, Montreal-based subsidiary Superclick Networks, Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports the Superclick Internet Management System (SIMS(TM)), Monitoring and Management Application (MAMA(TM)) and Media Distribution System (MDS(TM)) in worldwide hospitality, conference center and event, multi-tenant unit (MTU) and university markets. Current clients include MTU residences and Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Four Points by Sheraton, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Marriott, Novotel, Radisson, Sheraton, Westin and Wyndham hotels in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.
6) Technical Communications TCCO (4.10)
5.42m cash; 0 debt
Market Cap – $6.02m
For the year ended September 26, 2009, the Company reported revenue of $7,752,000 and net income of $943,000, or $0.65 per share, as compared to revenue of $6,852,000 and net income of $1,061,000, or $0.75 per share, for fiscal 2008. For the quarter ended September 26, 2009, the Company reported net income of $235,000, or $0.16 per share, on revenue of $1,765,000, as compared to a net loss of $(87,000), or $(0.06) per share, on revenue of $1,204,000 for the quarter ended September 27, 2008.
TCC designs, manufactures, and supports superior grade secure communications systems that protect highly sensitive information transmitted over a wide range of data, voice and fax networks. TCC’s security solutions protect information privacy on every continent in over 110 countries. Government agencies, militaries, financial institutions, telecommunications carriers and multinational corporations worldwide rely on TCC to protect their communications networks.
Web Site: http://www.tccsecure.com
7) Tikcro Technologies TIKRF (.92)
~ 8.42m s/o
$7.4m cash; 0 debt
Market Cap – $7.75m
Net income for the third quarter was $590,000 or $0.07 per diluted share. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was $4.7 million or $0.56 per diluted share. Results for the third quarter included financial income of $692,000 primarily from to the valuation of Tikcro’s holdings in BioCancell Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company operating in the area of cancer treatment. Tikcro holds 36% of BioCancell, taking into account the conversion of a convertible note and exercise of warrants, and 27% on a fully diluted basis. Shares of BioCancell are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Tikcro Technologies has holdings in BioCancell Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company operating in the area of cancer treatment. BioCancell is conducting the following clinical trials in Israel and in the U.S. using its leading drug, BC-819: – Phase IIb clinical trial for the treatment of superficial bladder carcinoma cancer – Phase I/IIa clinical trial for the treatment of ovarian cancer – Phase I/IIa clinical trial for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
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I am reluctant to write about Technical Communications Corp. (TCCO.OB), a microcap manufacturer of encrypted communications devices. It took me weeks to even accumulate a small position at the prices I wanted to pay. The stock is damn difficult to buy, at least near the bid.
But it’s worth it. There are three reasons why I think that Technical Communications Corp. is a stock worth owning:
1. Low float could make any move explosive. The float is only 1.35 million shares, and the total share count only 1.45 million. Another plus: unlike many microcaps, this one won’t dilute you into oblivion. The share count barely nudged over the past year.
2. Very low enterprise value-to-sales ratio. TCCO has a market cap of 6.23M and posted sales last year of over 7M. But TCCO.OB also has 3.97M, or $2.73/share, in cash and equivalents. Back that out and the EV/S ratio is only 0.33 (all figures courtesy of Yahoo Finance).
3. Technical Communications made $0.19/share last quarter ($0.17 fully diluted). Even without backing out the cash, that annualizes out to a forward P/E under 7. Back out the cash and the forward P/E drops under 4. Now I’m not sure that TCCO can earn as much over the next 3 quarters as it did the last quarter, but it seems to me there is what Seth Klarman might call a Margin of Safety here.
A few caveats. As mentioned, the stock is very thinly traded. Sales are concentrated — 2 customers account for 78% of revenues. One of the big customers is Uncle Sam. Also, the earnings were boosted in part because tax loss carryforwards allowed the company to dramatically cut its tax liability and avoid paying taxes. There are still over $3 million in carryforwards, so I don’t anticipate a big jump in the tax burden this year. However, if TCCO remains profitable, understand that at some point the carryforwards will be utilized and TCCO will have to pay taxes just like you and me.
(TCCO closed today at $4.04)