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Tuesday, 19 August 2003
August 19, 2003 Dynacq International, Inc. (DYII)
Welcome Back! Thanks again for stopping by. Please leave comments here or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com

Anyhow, market is see-sawing (?sp?) back and forth but seems to want to move ahead. We had good numbers from Home Depot...2 cents ahead of expectations...and the housing starts hit a multi-year record (although housing construction permits were not quite as strong.)

Dynacq International (DYII) showed up this morning in the greatest percentage gainers. According to CNN.Money, one of my favorite starting points, Dynacq "...owns and operates an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes outpatient surgical center, hospital, physician management services and home infusion therapy."

DYII is having a nice day today trading currently at $24.50 up $1.25 or 5.38% on the day. On July 14, 2003, DYII reported their third quarter (ending May 31, 2003) earnings results: Net patient service revenues increased to $25.6 million from $19.5 million in 2002, a 31% gain from the prior year. Net income rose 52% to $6.27 million from $4.127 million the prior year or $.40 from $.27 a 48% gain for the diluted per share earnings 2003 from 2002. This was reported from BUSINESS WIRE on the NYTimes on the Web.

Morningstar.com is overall favorable with a steady revenue growth from $11 million in 1998, $16.2 million in 1999, $26.0 million in 2000, $43.8 million in 2001 and $64.9 million in 2002. With current revenue at $25 million plus, it looks like current 2003 year should be in range of $90 to $100 million in revenue. Not too shabby at all!

Free cash flow is a bit bouncy with $4 million reported in 2000, $2 million in 2001, $5 million in 2002, but ($1) million in the trailing twelve months. Apparently there has been a large increase in capital spending the past twelve months causing the drop back into negative territory.

The company is solvent with $4.9 million in cash and $29.5 million in other current assets. According to Morningstar, current liabilities stand at $7.6 million and long-term liabilities are at $4.7 million.

According to Yahoo.com, this is a fairly small company with a market cap of $343.8 million. There are 14.8 million shares outstanding with a float of 6.10 million. No dividend is paid. The p/e is a reasonable 18.96, and as of 7/8/03, there were quite a few shares out short...1.17 million ot be exact....representing 9.31 days of average trading volume (short ratio). This is bullish for the stock as these shares need to be eventually covered.

I do not own any shares of this stock....and actually prefer to personally avoid HMO, hospital type companies, which might be strange as I am in that medical field of business. But maybe I am too close to the trees to see the forest? Anyhow, the company DOES look nice and may very well represent an excellent investment.

Regards to all of my friends and please come back and visit often. If you have a website, I would love for you to provide a link for this site on yours....would help me get recognized by Gooogle!

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 10:23 AM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Monday, 18 August 2003
August 18, 2003 Measurement Specialties, Inc. (MSS)
I haven't posted much the last few days...in fact I need to do my weekend update...and now it is almost TUESDAY (yikes)....so here is another one for you to ponder!

Again, I came across this stock in the greatest percentage gainers today. This stock, Measurement Specialties (MSS), is on the AMEX...and is a smaller issue than some of the stocks we have examined before. Smaller issues tend to be quite volatile both on the upside and downside....especially with a small float.

By the way, I do not own any shares of MSS, nor do any members of my family.

Measurement Specialties closed today at $12.31 up $.98 or 8.65% on the day. According to the NYTimes on the web, Measurement Specialties is "...a designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based consumer products." According to Yahoo, these products "...include pressure sensors, custom microstructures, accelerometers, tilt/angle sensors and displacement sensors for electronic, automotive, medical, military and industrial applications."

On August 7, 2003, MSS reported results for its first fiscal period ending 6/30/03. Net sales for the 3 months increased 9.8% to $26 million compared to $23.7 million for the same period in 2002. For the same period, net income was $3.7 million or $.29/diluted share compared to a net loss of $2.2 million or ($.18)/diluted share in 2002.

Morningstar.com shows a fairly history of revenue growth from $29.3 million in 1998, $37.6 million in 1999, $60.0 millio in 2000, $102 million in 2001, $132 million in 2002.

Free cash flow has just turned positive with ($10) million in 2001, ($8) million in 2002, $2 million in 2003 reported.

The assets and liabilities are fairly well balanced with $2.7 million in cash reported with $26.7 million in other current assets balanced against $23.6 million in current liabilities and $3.6 million in long-term liabilities.

Yahoo.com shows a tiny market cap of $140.0 million wiht 12.4 million shares outstanding and 10.7 million of them that float.

No cash dividend is paid. Due to prior losses, no significant p/e is reported. There is a HUGE short interest of 1.33 million shares representing 12.5% of the float or 55.54 days of average trading volume (!). This was as of 7/8/03 as reported on Yahoo.

Technically, the stock graph shows a steady, ascending curve...and looks quite strong (imho) although certainly not maintainable.

This is an interesting investment selection. I would rather see a longer period of positive earnings to allow a low p/e....also the small market cap may or may not be attractive to you. It certainly deserves your consideration!

Regards again...and thanks for stopping by!

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 10:52 PM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
August 18, 2003 PolyMedica Corporation (PLMD)
Hello friends! Was away from my computer for a few days and am back on a great day in the market!

Looking over the greatest percentage gainers, I have found a new one for me: PolyMedica Corporation (PLMD). I do not own any shares of this issue nor does any member of my family.

PLMD had a nice day today closing at $46.05 up $5.01 on the day or 12.21%. Looking through the news, we find that Polymedica did have some accounting questions regarding how they account for advertising expenses...this was reported on 8/13/03....and would affect some of their earnings for 2002 and 2003. Regardcless, they reported a nice earnings report on 8/13/03: revenues for the first fiscal 2004 quarter ending 6/30/03 were $98.9 million an increase of $17.3 million or 21% from the prior year's result of $81.6 million. With the more conservative accounting of advertising expenses, as reported on NYTimes on the Web, net income for the quarter would be $8.9 million or $.70/diluted share compared to $7.3 million or $.58/diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2003.

By the way, according to CNN.Money, PolyMedica "...is a nationwide provider of direct-to-consumer specialty medical products and services, primarily focused on the diabetes supply and consumer healthcare markets."

Examining Morningstar.com, we find that revenue growth has been excellent. In 1998, $73.8 million in revenue reported, $104.8 million in 1999, $156.9 million in 2000, $220.0 million in 2001, $279.7 million in 2002, and $334.6 million in the 'trailing twelve months.'

Free cash flow has been positive with $6 million in 2001, $8 million in 2002 and $7 million in 2003.

The balance sheet shows $28.6 million in cash and $97.4 million in other current assets, more than enough to cover the $31.9 million in current liabilities and $22.4 million in long-term liabilities.

It is revealing to look at Yahoo.com 'profile' section on PLMD. We find that the market cap is a moderate $506.9 million with 12.4 million shares outstanding with 10.1 million of them that float. The company DOES pay a dividend (!) with a $1.00 dividend reported on an annual basis with a projected yield of 2.44%. The price/earnings is very reasonable at 12.21. Price/sales is not inflated either at 1.38.

It is interesting to see that as of 7/8/03, there were 3.78 million shares out short representing 37.4% of the float or 10.15 days of average volume. Perhaps some of the current upward price movement involves some of the nervous short-sellers covering their short position (?). If not, they may be nervous soon, releasing additional buying pressure for this company.

I like this stock due to earnings momentum, reasonable price (on a p/e basis), income support, and technical price movement. I have a little concern over accounting questions regarding capitalization of advertising costs...but this does not take away the underlying revenue growth and earnings of this company. I am certainly thinking about buying some shares in here....if I can find some available cash!

Regards again and thanks for stopping by. Please email me if you have any questions or comments at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 10:32 PM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Thursday, 14 August 2003
August 14, 2003 Tyler Technologies, Inc. (TYL)
I guess if you are reading my entry tonight you probably do not live in New York City. What a night! We will have to see if New York gets the power back...and what this means for the market. Perhaps a fuel cell company is a good bet?

Anyhow, I first heard of Tyler in a Yahoo chatroom. Yes I sometimes drop by there to chat and share some ideas. And browsing the big percentage movers, Tyler Technologies shows up. they had a great day today: TYL closed at $5.75 up $.44 or 8.29% on the day.

Tyler "...provides technology, software, data warehousing, electronic data management outsourcing services, title plant and property records database information and other services for local governments and other enterprises." according to CNN.Money.

On July 31, 2003, TYL reported second quarter earnings results: total revenue increased 8% to $36.1 million from $33.6 million in the quarter ending June 30, 2002. Operating income for the quarter was $3.1 million, an increase of 35%, compared with operating income of $2.3 million in 2002. Net income for the quarter was $2.0 million compared with $1.3 million last year. Apparently there must be more shares outstanding because on a per share basis the increase was only from $.03 to $.04 per diluted share.

Morningstar shows a steady increase in revenue from $23.4 million in 1998, $71.4 million in 1999, $93.9 million in 2000, $118.9 million in 2001, $133.9 million in 2002. Extrapolating the current quarter gets us somewhere in the neighborhood of $140 million in revenue for 2003.

Free cash flow has improved nicely from ($10) million in 2000 to $10 million in 2001 and $17 million in 2002.

The Balance Sheet as reported on Morningstar.com shows $45.0 million in cash and $38.5 million in other current assets. This is significantly greater than the $43.9 million in current liabilities and $4.4 million in long-term liabilities.

Reviewing Yahoo.com, we find that Tyler is a small company with a market cap of $214.5 million and 40.4 million shares outstanding with 27.9 million of them that float. No dividend is paid. The p/e is a very reasonable 10.71, there are only 78,000 shares out short...representing a half-day of average trading volume.

I like this stock a lot overall....the price is reasonable, the growth is steady, and the finances are intact. Downside: price is under $10 making it more volatile (on percentage basis), and stock only trades an average of 148,000 shares/day. Otherwise, really everything looks nice and this is a stock that should be evaluated for purchase.

Needless to say, I do not own any shares nor do any members of my family. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com or leave a comment right here on the website! Thanks for stopping by and please come and visit again soon.

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 10:12 PM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Tuesday, 12 August 2003
August 12, 2003 Techne Corp. (TECH)
I first heard of Techne Corporation (TECH) at my stock club last year when one of the members presented the stock....and we owned it as a club for a short period. I do not currently own any shares nor do any members of my family.

TECH had a great day today closing at $32.08 up $3.65 or 12.84%. The stock moved on news of its earnings report which was released today. TECH "...is engaged in the development and manufacture of biotechnology products and hematology calibrators and controls which are distributed throughout Europe."

The earnings report, mentioned above, was for Techne Corporation's fourth quarter ending June 30, 2003. Net earnings were $12.6 million or $.31/share (diluted) compared with a loss of $303,659 last year or ($.01)/share (diluted in 2002.

Results for 2002 were adversely affected by an $11.4 million charge or $.27/share last year due to a settlement with Amgen, Inc.

Consolidated net sales for the quarter were $39,425,932 and increase of 11% from the year earlier sales results.

Morningstar.com shows that revenues have increased consistently since 1998 when $67.3 million in revenue, $90.9 million in 1999, $103.8 million in 2000, $115 million in 2001, $131 million in 2002, and $145 million in 2003.

Free cash flow has been positive if somewhat inconsistent with $8 million reported in 2000, $40 million in 2001, and $5 million in 2002.

The company is loaded with cash with $107.7 million reported, way more than the $11.9 million in current liabilities and $16.2 million in long-term liabilities combined. In addition, the company has an additional $28.6 million in other current assets.

Yahoo.com shows a market cap of $1.16 Billion, with 40.8 million shares outstanding and 38.3 million of them that float. No dividend is paid. The price/earnings is moderate at 36.97, there are 2.48 million shares out short as of 7/8/03. This is significant as it represents over 8 trading days of average trading volume of 296,000 shares.

With no debt and great earnings reported, I like this stock a lot. Not exactly cheap with the p/e of 36.9 but the stock looks nice on a growth basis. I don't have any cash to buy any now.....but...one never knows....On ne sait jamais!
(did I get my French right?)

Thanks for stopping by and please do visit again and share this URL with your friends. Drop me a line at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com if you have any questions or comments.

Bob


Posted by bobsadviceforstocks at 11:13 PM CDT | Post Comment | Permalink
Monday, 11 August 2003
How are we doing? A look at the week of June 30, 2003
The week of June 30, 2003, was a relatively slow week for this site. We posted five selections that week starting with TransMontaigne, Inc. (TMG) which was listed on 6/30/03 at $6.48. TMG closed today at $5.50 down $.98 or down (15.1%).

July 1, 2003, we selected Choicepoint Inc. (CPS) at $36.14. CPS closed today at $37.34. This is a gain of $1.20 or a gain of 3.3%.

Three stocks were selected on July 2, 2003, to close out the week of June 30th for selections: Digital River (DRIV) at $21.69, Metrologic Instruments (MTLG) at $35.60, and Mid Atlantic Medical (MME) at $55.56.

DRIV closed today at $20.84, down $.85 or down (3.9%), MTLG closed today at $29.89, down (16.0%), and Mid Atlantic Medical (MME) closed today at $50.53, down $5.03, or down (9.1%).

The market was NOT kind to our picks of 6/30/03; we had (9.1%), (16.0%), (3.9%), and (15.1%). We had only one stock with a gain of 3.3%.

We will have to see how these stocks do long term, but if they were in our trading portfolio, we would have sold all which reached an 8% loss.

Bob


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August 11, 2003 Possis Medical, Inc. (POSS)
Market is still trading sloppy today. Currently NASDAQ is up while DOW is down. Was the opposite way most of last week. Anyhow, here is a stock that I do own some shares (or did the last time I checked) in a managed account...

Possis Medical "...is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices." The stock is currently trading at $17.33, up $1.65 or 10.52%.

On May 13, 2003, POSS reported last quarter earnings of $.10 vs $.09 last year on a fully diluted basis.
Sales were at $14.6 million, up 36% from last year.
Most likely, stock is moving up (?) because we are approaching the 3 month period from last year...and thus new earnings.

Morningstar.com shows steady growth since 1998 of this small company with revenue of $6.1 million in 1998, $13.2 million in 1999, $20.6 million in 2000, $30 million in 2001, $42 million in 2002 and extrapolating the current quarter would get us just shy of $60 million for 2003.

Free cash flow has steadily improved the last few years from ($11) million in 2000 to ($4) million in 2001, $6 million in 2002 and $10 million in the trailing twelve months.

The Statement on Assets & Liabilities as reported in summary on Morningstar.com looks excellent. POSS has $30.1 million of cash on hand, more than enough to cover the current liabilities of $5.8 million and there are NO long-term liabilities reported.

This small company has a market cap of $279.1 million with 17.8 million shares outstanding and 17.5 million of those that float. No dividend is paid. There are 604,000 shares out short as of 7/8/03, representing 2.46 days of trading volume.

I like this stock a lot...there is one cautionary note...on 2/12/03 they were warning about possible earnings shortfall in the third quarter. (This was the quarter reported in May, 2003.) We are now in the fourth quarter of their fiscal year and I see no reason to believe that they will have anything but a good quarter....but we should know soon.

Thanks for stopping by! Bob


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August 11, 2003 Trading transparency WebSense (WBSN)
On Friday, August 8th, with WBSN position down 7%, I went ahead and pulled the plug on our 200 shares at $18.83. Fundamentals haven't changed but the stock was trading so I had a nearly 8% loss and out it went. Will be updating the positions in the trading account and current prices ASAP. Regards! Bob


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Friday, 8 August 2003
August 8, 2003 eSpeed, Inc. (ESPD)
O.K. got lots of stuff to do this afternoon so this may be my last post of the day. I mean I don't charge much for this service, so what do you expect? I should just stay glued to my computer screen and hash out stuff for you all day long? Just kidding!

Anyhow, came across what must be considered a dot.com again. Some of these are turning into real businesses! eSpeed, Inc. (ESPD) "...operates global interactive electronic marketplaces that enable the trading of financial instruments and other products instantaneously, more effectively and at lower cost than traditional trading methods." according to CNN.Money. ESPD announced today that they will be having their earnings "call" on August 14th..and I guess that anticipation of good results was enough to fire up the stock. ESPD is currently trading at $18.98, up $2.17 or 12.91% on the day.

Since we don't have the latest earnings...which are to be reported in six days...let's take a look at the latest REPORTED earnings....came out on May 12, 2003. First quarter revenue 2003 increased 13% from last year to $34.0 million from $30.0 million. Now get this, this is not their revenue, but contained withing this quarterly report is an indication of the volume of transactions....electronic "volume" (not revenue or earnings) was $6.8 trillion....yes TRILLION in the first quarter. (How many zero's is that?)....anyhow their net income was $.17/share compared to $.10 last year.

This is a very new company and Morningstar.com shows revenue of $34.7 million in 1999, $91.0 million in 2000, $125 million in 2001, and $139 million in 2002.

Free cash flow has turned positive (I guess you could stay they have stopped 'burning' cash...one of those problems for those miserable dot.com's): ($22) million in 2000, ($9) million in 2001, $49 million in 2002 and $37 million in the trailing twelve months.

Looking at the balance sheet as reported on Morningstar.com we find this company LOADED with cash with $175.1 million in cash on hand reported compared to a small $16.0 million in current liabilities and $100,000 in long-term liabilities.

Yahoo.com shows this company with a market cap of $929.0 million with 55.2 million shares outstanding and only 17.7 million of them float. No dividend is paid. The p/e ratio is a downright reasonable 21.02, and as of 7/8/03 there were 1.03 million shares or 5.8% of the float out short...a decrease from 1.06 million the prior month. This represents 2.49 trading days worth of volume.

Overall this is a very interesting, if slightly (?) speculative position. Much may depend on the results of next week's earnings report and if this stock is anything like other stocks...then stock may very well sell-off short-term on the earnings news if it merely hits expectations. But longer-term, this stock is very interesting, and if I had some free cash...lol...I would buy a few shares! Needless to say, I don't own any shares of this company nor do any members of my family!

Regards! Have a great weekend everyone. I will try to update the trading portfolio and stock prices later this weekend.

Bob


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August 8, 2003 Emulex Corp. (ELX)
Hello Friends! Finally, a nice steady day in the market....so far....Looking at the lists of best gainers I came across Emulex. This was an old favorite of mine when I was still blindly investing in tech stocks before the bubble broke...and Emulex is still cranking out growth!

Emulex (ELX)is trading currently at $22.46 up $1.04 or 4.86% on the day. According to Cnn.money, Emulex "...is a designer, developer and supplier of a broad line of fibre channel host adapters, hubs, ASICs and software products that enhance access to and storage of electronic data and applications." It has been awhile (!) since I looked at stocks that did ASICs....hmmm...whatever they are!

The stock is up today after releasing an earnings report after the close yesterday. According to Yahoo.com 'news' on ELX, revenues were up 3% sequentially and 16% from last year, growing to a record $81.8 million. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $.23 for the quarter up 44% from last year. (Non-GAAP also explained as 'pro forma'...I presume this involves continuing operations....but then again...I am not an accountant and would prefer to have a 'cleaner' number to work with.)

Morningstar.com shows sequential revenue growth from $59 million in 1998, $68.5 million in 1999, $139.8 million in 2000, $245.3 million in 2001, and $255 million in 2002. Extrapolating the current quarter's revenues would get us somewhere 'north' of $320 million in 2003.

The company is solvent, generating $39 million in free cash flow in 2000, $45 million in 2001, $80 million in 2002, and $78 million in the trailing twelve months.

Looking at the Assets and Liabilities as reported on Morningstar, we find that there is LOADS of cash with $393.7 million in cash reported....way more than current liabilities of $77.8 million and long-term liabilities of $215.0 million combined. In addition Emulex reports $142.5 million in other current assets.

Looking at Yahoo.com we find that the company has a sizeable market cap of $1.76 Billion with 82.3 million shares outstanding and 79.1 million that float. No dividend is paid. The p/e is a bit steep (for me) at 51.86 and there are 8.6 million shares out short as of 7/8/03, representing 4.10 days of average trading.

The stock looks nice but is not a big bargain. However if this current growth continues, this stock may well be positioned for a nice move upward and is deserving of your attention. Needless to say, I do not own any shares of this company.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit often. If you like this site, be sure to link it to your site....if we can get some links like that...we will get noticed on Google...:). Drop me a line at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com if you have any questions or comments!

Bob


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