TOP IDEAS: Radiant Communications Corp. (TSXV: RCN) stock is up 67% but the take-out offer at $0.85 is an injustice for minority shareholders, just as the good gets going.
We were right about our call in September 2012 on Radiant Communications and the undeniable value of this Company's stock trading around $0.50. (See: Radiant Communications Corp. shines value for small cap investors).
We were right again that a going private transaction proposal for Radiant Communications could surface in 2013 (See: Investorfile has a view for 2013 – Prediction #6).
But we were wrong to assume that this Company's Board of Directors would act in the best interest of all its shareholders to maximize value.
In 2012 Radiant Communications Corp. (TSXV: RCN - $0.84), an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure service provider for mid-sized businesses who need reliable managed networks and cloud hosting solutions, had a very successful year generating cash flow and record profits for its shareholders. During the year the Company re-signed several existing customers to new multi-year IT service contracts and added major retailers under contract for managed connectivity and cloud IT services.
Financially, 2012 was also a turnaround year. On revenues of $32.7 million, Radiant Communications earned gross margins of 40%, produced $2 million of EBITDA and had $0.03 per share in earnings. The Company generated $3.8 million of cash from operations and, by the end of 2012, held $6.9 million in cash and marketable securities and was debt-free.
Last year Radiant Communications was a good story. This year the story may get better, except for its minority shareholders.
On March 8, 2013 the Company announced that its Board accepted an offer from two of Radiant's controlling shareholders: Maxam Opportunities Fund and Pender Growth Fund, to take the Company private for $0.85 per share.
This is a sweetheart deal for the controlling shareholders. The offer implies Radiant Communications has an enterprise value of under $6 million and is worth less than 3x EBITDA or only 18% of its annual revenues. (Cogeco Cable is buying Peer 1 Network Enterprises for 12.6x EBITDA, a comparable company to Radiant Communications.)
We have often said that the Investorfile blog is a platform for investors to become more informed about the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly practices in the small cap market that can impact share value. Radiant's going-private offer is a good example of the "ugly”. The share price offer agreed to is an embarrassment for this Company's independent board members.
For now the upside on this stock pick for our Top Ideas list has been capped at 67%. I guess an investment in Radiant Communications stock was too good to last, for some of its shareholders at least.
The Company has 15.1 million shares outstanding.
Radiant Communications website: www.radiant.net.
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