Small Cap

Under $1 Billion


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Sale Recommendation - July 2017

This stock’s results have improved to the point where its stock valuation is now comparable to its peers.
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While this value stock offers considerable upside potential, it also carries significant risk.

Purchase Recommendation - July 2017

This small-cap stock pick disappointed investors almost from its first day as a public company, yet the Company has a lot of contrarian investing appeal: First, the accumulation of black marks has completely soured investors, leaving its shares trading at only 6.4x current year EBITDA. Further, its balance sheet and positive cash flow give the Company plenty of time for the fundamentals to rebound. Moreover, the Company continues to aggressively improve its cash flows in the face of its 62% revenue decline since 2014 and its positive free cash flow appears to be sustainable. With its considerable financial and operating leverage, this value stock is well-positioned to benefit from several opportunities.
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Small cap stocks have generally been laggards this year. 

Digging Through The Small Cap World

We thought we’d take a stroll through the small cap world to see if the market is missing anything.  Our focus was to find stocks that have weak recent performance but attractive valuations, where the company has reasonably stable operations and there is some catalyst or other driver to push the stocks higher.  We limited our search to companies with market caps below $1 billion and emphasized two of our favorite hunting grounds for value: the consumer and industrial sectors. Many potential candidates deserve their cheapness because of highly vulnerable business models, but we did find a few others that looked like potential winners.
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NII Holdings 1Q17 Earnings Show Small but Incremental Progress. Big Seller Done?

Wireless phone operator NII Holdings (NASDAQ: NIHD) reported a positive operating cash flow and improved performance on key metrics. With its high level of cash burn, the company is pursuing further debt covenant extensions and possibly major strategic opportunities. The shares surged over 54% on Monday, May 15, 2017 as a big holder may be finished with their selling.
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The Inside Track on Insider Buying

Steve Cohen, the high profile hedge fund manager, narrowly escaped a prison sentence for trading on insider information. Yet cable billionaire John Malone’s recent insider buying of $16 million of Liberty Global shares, where he is Chairman of the Board and clearly knows a lot of non-public information, is perfectly legal and may be a valuable signal to investors. Can both be possible at the same time? The not-so-simple answer: yes, and no. Read More.

Market-Beating Profit: The 200+ Club

Turnaround stocks present a unique opportunity for savvy investors to buy in at bargain prices. Take a look at this list of just a few of our purchase recommendations that have realized a return rate of 200% or better:

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* Bristow remains in our active portfolio (currently as a Hold), and 1,390% gain is as of 7/19/17.

Five Struggling Stocks That Will Turn Around


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Kiplinger points out that despite the post-election stock market surge, not all stocks have benefited from the uptick: "More than 100 issues in the S&P 500 have fallen in price this year, including dozens that have slumped by more than 10%....Yet these stocks won’t all stay in the dumps forever. Some will mount a comeback in 2017, making it an opportune time to try to identify the best candidates."


Quoting George Putnam, Kiplinger details five value opportunities for the new year.


Learn more about Putnam's investing success with turnaround stocks.