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Software & Computer Services 1.3 0.5 0.6 39.3 34.10

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15/8/2014
13:37
landsker: that tempus guy puts on a sell rec with false technical informaton possibly causing a fall in the share price, surely this is wrong, if i was one of the bsd directors i would be on the blower to the times complaining about it
06/8/2014
11:35
landsker: i thought this would go down to the 30's on relisting but not this far down, down almost 30% on tiny volume, well the company has changed hands but the manipulation of the share price still goes on, why should 50 thousand quids worth of shares changing hands send it down 30%
31/5/2014
17:18
colinhy: seekingalpha.com May. 29, 2014 G. Willi-Food: This $6 Food Stock Is A Bargain For Activist Investors Summary This stock is way too cheap after a disappointing earnings report. Investors appear to be overlooking a major cash horde and buyout potential. With a cash horde that is equivalent to about half the current share price, downside risks could be limited and the company could be a takeover target. A billionaire recently took a major stake in this company at a significant premium, and this could lead to a 100% takeover in the future. A spokesperson for the billionaire also made comments that indicate major expansion potential into the USA, which could increase revenues and profits. With the shares now at oversold levels, this stock appears due for a significant short-term rebound, but longer-term investors could see much more. G. Willi-Food International Ltd. (WILC) shares recently took a hit after reporting an earnings miss. However, this stock appears too cheap to ignore, and the recent pullback is giving investors a classic "buy low" opportunity. This company distributes its food products to over 2,000 customers, which includes wholesalers, supermarket chains, mini markets, restaurants and many others. Based in Israel, this company is one of the largest providers of Kosher foods, and it currently offers about 600 different products, which are distributed in Israel, the U.S. and Europe. These products range from pasta, dairy, specialty foods, canned goods, desserts and more. The food business is relatively recession-proof, and it is typically very stable in terms of cash flows. This stability is why many well-known food stocks trade for above-average market premiums. For example, The Hershey Company (HSY) and the Coca Cola Company (KO) are both trading for about 20 times earnings. Some specialty food companies like Annies's, Inc. (BNNY) are trading for about 35 times earnings. This company is trading for a mere fraction of that level. When you factor in a cash horde, this company is incredibly cheap, trading at just over three times earnings. This company has an incredibly strong balance sheet, which reduces potential risks for investors. It has roughly $43 million in cash and just around $5,000 in debt, which is nearly nothing. The cash on the balance sheet is equivalent to $3.30 on a per share basis. That means nearly half of the current share price is backed up by cold, hard cash. This indicates the stock is trading near bargain levels, and the discount to the $8.09 book value suggests the same. The huge amount of cash on the balance sheet and the lack of debt means that this company could be an attractive takeover target. It also means it is well-positioned for a management buyout or "going private" transaction. Either one of these options could become major upside catalysts, and it could very likely happen, especially with the stock trading at depressed levels. This stock was already cheap, but after a recent earnings miss, it is even more of a bargain. This company reported that first-quarter revenues rose by 4.9% to $27.2 million, as well as earnings of 16 cents per share, which missed analyst estimates of 22 cents per share. While this was a miss, investors seem to be temporarily overlooking the fact that this stock is still a bargain. Analysts expect this company to earn 79 cents per share in 2014 and $1 per share for 2015. This means the stock is trading for just about 6.5 times forward earnings. When you back out the cash on the balance sheet of about $3.30 per share, this stock is only trading for just over 3 times earnings! After a recent pullback, this stock is oversold and likely to rebound in the short term. The chart above shows that the Relative Strength Index, or "RSI", is now at just 28. That is clearly into oversold levels, and that means it could be due for a major rebound very soon. I strongly believe in the strategy of buying cheap stocks that reach oversold levels due to an earnings miss. I recently wrote about another stock that was a bargain and also oversold after an earnings miss. It subsequently rose from about $7.70 per share to $8.50 within days, which scored gains of about 10% for investors who bought in for short-term gains. As for the longer term, this stock could jump much more, especially if earnings improve. However, the biggest single catalyst could be a takeover situation, a management buyout or a go-private transaction, which, as suggested by another contributor in a Seeking Alpha article, could result in a potential 100% gain in the share price. As yet another Seeking Alpha article reported a few weeks ago, a major deal was reached, whereby two founders of this company will sell their 58% stake to a company called Emblaze (OTC:BLZSF) for about $10.15 per share. The article states: "Beneath the surface, investors will see that Emblaze Ltd. is controlled by Ukrainian businessman Alexander Granovsky, a reported billionaire with experience in food investments, who purchased a controlling stake in Emblaze last year." With a billionaire taking a major stake in G. Willi-Food and at a significant premium, investors selling right now are probably making a huge mistake. This billionaire could be planning to buy the rest of the company next. Furthermore, if he plans to significantly expand sales into the United States, revenues and profits could rise substantially and take the share price much higher. A spokesperson for the billionaire was quoted in an article stating: "We looked for investments in companies that have human capital and growth engines in Israel and abroad. It's not easy to find such deals, but we identified Willi-Food as a company that meets those conditions," said Yossi Schneorson, CEO of BGI and Granovsky's representative in Israel. "We think Willi-Food has the potential to expand in the United States." Aside from major expansion potential into the USA, this company could also see growth from a number of new products. G. Willi-Food often adds new food products that could increase revenues and profits. For many companies, natural or organic foods are a major growth category. This company recently announced that it is entering the soft drink market with the launch of the "Green Cola" brand, which is a carbonated soft drink that is naturally sweetened by stevia plants. Green Cola is already selling well in other countries, probably because of the flavor and the fact that it has no preservatives and only two calories. The potential downside risks could include some type of geopolitical issue in Israel, since a major part of its revenues are derived from that country. However, people need food, so this would probably be one of the least-affected companies in the event of something like that. Furthermore, this risk might be minimized in the future as it expands sales into the USA and other countries. With the price-to-earnings ratio at very low, bargain-like levels, and with a cash horde and nearly zero debt, the potential downside risks from these levels seem quite limited. With that being said, the potential upside is creating an excellent risk-to-reward ratio, especially as a buyout or go-private transaction (which is increasingly likely due to the cash horde) could provide gains of up to 100% or possibly more from currently depressed levels. Even without a buyout, this stock could be poised for major upside. One analyst has a $10 price target, and that implies significant upside from current levels. As the selling pressure from investors who were disappointed with the earnings report fades, I expect this stock to mount a strong comeback in the short term to about the $7-$7.25 level. That will give investors who buy now solid gains, but those who hold for the long term could get much more. Here are some key points for G. Willi-Food International: Current share price: $6.57 52-week range: $6.40 to $8.91 Earnings estimates for fiscal year 2014: 79 cents per share Earnings estimates for fiscal year 2015: $1 per share Annual dividend: n/a HTTP://seekingalpha.com/article/2244123-g-willi-food-this-6-food-stock-is-a-bargain-for-activist-investors
01/4/2014
13:02
colinhy: An interesting trade between the principal shareholders and the holding company , Emblaze Ltd. . An extremely interesting trade has recently been arranged, as further indicating that Willi -Food may be a bargain . The company is run by two elderly Jewish brothers Zwi and Joseph Willinger . Zwi and Joseph founded Willi -Food in 1992. The brothers own total 58% of Willi -Food Investments Ltd. . (WFI ), which owns 58% of Willi -Food (G. Willi - Food International Ltd. . ) . Willi -Food is acting mainstay of the holding company. In early March, the brothers sell their stake in WFI to the holding company , Emblaze Ltd. . Controlled by the Ukrainian billionaire Alexander Granovsky , the brothers have a good relationship in advance. Granovsky is known to be an international businessman , in contrast to the two brothers , and the primary reason for the brothers' sales have probably been that Zwi and Joseph looking Willi -Food International adventures in better hands with Granovsky , who has long shown an interest to invest in Israel's food industry . Zwi has announced the company's webcast Q4 2013 to Granovsky has already presented the brothers for 3-4 acquisition targets in the U.S. market , which is currently in the process of exploring. The deal between WFI and Emblaze Ltd. . expected to be completed in Q2 2014. The plan is that the brothers continue to drive Willi -Food for a minimum of 18-36 months with possibility of extension. If the brothers terminate their contracts ahead of time will result in a six -year suspension from starting a competing business to Willi -Food . The brothers' age in mind ( Zwi and Joseph are respectively . 59 and 57 years) , so it's hardly their plan to start a new business. The market reacted to the sale by sending shares down 15% over two days, but it seems that the deal has been misunderstood , because at that time just sent a message out that the brothers had chosen to sell their share of Emblaze Ltd. . This could in itself sounds very negative , why would the company's two founders suddenly decide to sell their own business? They forgot , however, just to mention that Granovsky had bid about 76.6 m USD for the brothers' interest in WFI , which corresponds to a total value of the holding company of just 132 m USD (115 mUSD if you subtract the 17 mUSD which the holding company has in cash) . Next, remember that WFI only owns 58% of the Willi -Food , which is the holding company's only source of income . Emblaze Ltd. . have the opportunity to acquire a total of 61.8% of WFI to a total of 81.6 m USD . Thus, one can assume that Granovsky estimates that the Willi -Food currently approx. 198.3 m USD worth ( if 58% is 115 m USD worth then 100% to 198.3 m USD worth ) , that is roughly twice the current market value. It becomes even more funny when you pull cash balances out of the deal , which Willi -Food business then valued at approx. 136.5 mUSD with a current enterprise value of only 38 m USD ( 198.3 minus 61.8 m USD cash) . Despite a few daring assumptions on my part, so does it look interesting, does not it? Granovsky has seen something of a growth potential , since he would pay so much for the brothers share . There are some related parties who clearly sees great potential in Willi -Food . Although some might think that I totally miss with these estimates , I see things being equal Willi -Food as an interesting investment opportunity regardless of the offer from Emblaze Ltd. . Shareholder Return Willi -Food is a small growing company with a very strong balance sheet . Will be distributed no dividends when profits are invested in the company. This is , in my view makes sense, since it makes no sense to distribute money to shareholders when they in fact can do more good in the company and thereby create long-term shareholder value. The management is, however, open to a potential share buyback program in 2014 , as also the management is aware that Willi -Food is affordably priced . Willi -Food is a good investment for the company itself , as the share buyback is a sensible way to pay the money back to shareholders if the company is trading at a fair or undervalued price - especially in terms of net asset value. This technique increases the remaining shareholders' share of the company's assets and profits - including Higher EPS and NAV to follow. Management is also very conservative and cautious in terms of capital , and as I have mentioned in several places , so saves you money to one or more strategic acquisitions - probably in the United States . risk Factors Despite the fact that Willi -Food is a very interesting company , then there is , as with all companies , many risk factors to consider. I will try to mention some of the key below. First of all, there is a currency risk in that company's main revenue takes place in Israeli shekels but appears in both ILS and USD accounts ( 1 USD = 3.5 ILS ) . These can also include potential political and social uncertainty in Israel and rising food prices. The competition in the kosher industry is also significant , and Willi -Food must be able to continue to adapt and expand its product range with appealing kosher products. A growing market should also mean increased competition in the long term . Arla accounted for 47 % of Willi -Food milk deliveries in 2012, which puts Arla in a strong position of power in cooperation with Willi -Food . Zwi Willinger has said that working with Arla is strong and lasting . In March 2015 expiring contract, but management seems confident that this renewed 5-10 years . Let's hope it continues . Willi -Food dairy sales amounted to approx. 20 m USD in 2012, of which Arla supplies therefore must stand for about 10 mUSD of sales. Two major chains in Israel ( Shufersal Ltd. . And Mega Retail Ltd.). Was gathered around . 32% of Willi -Food sales in 2012, but Willi -Food products are gaining market share , and there is no indication that any of the chains would be interested to stop cooperating . These two collaborations are not contractual equally and chains demand for Willi -Food products may vary from year to year. The company is experiencing , however, a growing demand . Currently, Willi -Food is a large net interest income from their capital stock (net interest income in 2013: 3.5 m USD ) , and in the short term, a great investment is likely to result in a decrease in interest income . You then have to assume that the company through investment manage to create additional value and profit in the long term , but even here there is obviously a risk that a potential acquisition are not getting the desired long-term effect (normal acquisition and investment risk). If the deal with Emblaze Ltd. . goes down the drain , it can of course also affect the market value negatively , but you must remember that Willi -Food is an interesting and inexpensive company regardless of trading Granovsky . Key people also have high value in the company , and it is therefore hoped that Zwi and Joseph Willinger can be replaced with one or more new competent and skilled business people when the time comes. conclusion Willi -Food is an interesting investment opportunity for patient investors . It is a modest presence in the U.S. and Europe, and it would be good to see an acquisition in the U.S. market in 2014 , as Willi -Food can really grow internationally and have used some of the large capital stocks that are currently waiting to get out and work. Management also puts strong up to that in 2014 expects to execute an acquisition . It is hoped that cooperation with Granovsky and Emblaze Ltd. . runs smoothly , that the transaction is completed and that he can help Willi -Food to grow outside of Israel . Perhaps his plan to buy Willi -Food of the stock market ? In this case, it will probably be at a significant premium . The company is trading very cheap in terms of ratios , which is odd for a company that is growing so resistant without debt and expects continued growth . It is also interesting that the company trades at a NCAVPS of 7.3 USD with a current share price of 7.7 USD. The extremely solid balance sheet, the positive outlook and the very low pricing creates an excellent safety margin despite a cash flow affected by negative changes in working capital. Downside seems therefore to be limited while the upside is great. Why Willi -Food traded so cheaply is not to know. It may, because the company is small with limited liquidity of the share. It runs probably under the radar of the major institutions due to this. Had the company had its main activities in the United States had the case and the pricing might have been different , and perhaps keep some away because they see it as a little risky share in a developing country ? I estimate ceteris paribus , that here is a situation where the underlying value is significantly lower than the current market value . If it sounds interesting , so I advise strongly reader to undertake its own due diligence, and this is not a BUY recommendation. I've probably forgotten or overlooked numerous important factors that speak for and against this company as an investment. Below the reader can find various relevant sources of information . Willi -Food can be found under the ticker , WILC , on various financial sites . A preliminary financial statements for 2013 (it should be noted that the lending of 18.8 m USD , which is recorded in the balance sheet short-term assets that have already been repaid with interest income of approx. 120 to USD )
18/3/2014
12:18
colinhy: This should help push up BLZ share price when it relists after completing purchase of Willi Foods in Q2. March 18, 2014 7:00 AM ET G. Willi-Food Reports Fiscal 2013 Net Profit Up 33% From Fiscal 2012 Net Profit Furthermore, Mr. Williger added, "About two weeks ago, my brother Joseph and I signed an agreement to sell to Emblaze, which is traded on the London Stock Exchange, our controlling stake in Willi-Food Investments Ltd., the controlling shareholder of the Company. We view this sale as an opportunity for the Company to continue its accelerated development in the food sector, both in Israel and outside Israel and possibly to expand into additional activities. Both my brother and I will continue to manage the Company, together with the Company's personnel and the management of Emblaze, in order to continue to develop the Company." "We believe we are well positioned to continue our expansion and the recent financial results certainly confirm our belief in our strategy," concluded Mr. Williger. "We are constantly focusing on looking to meet the demands of consumers for new kosher products, and we have the infrastructure in place and development expertise to develop and deliver these products. At the same time, we remain focused on maximizing long-term profitability and creating additional value for our shareholders." HTTP://money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=PR&date=20140318&id=17442444
28/2/2014
13:03
cjohn: landsker 26 Feb'14 - 13:45 - 36727 of 36733 0 0 im sure lots of us took advantage of the drop, but believe me investor emotions have little to do with the emblaze share price or whats said on bb's ----- Hi Landsker, As I'm sure you're aware, there's a wealth of research that shows the cardinal role of emotions in short-term share Price movements. BLZ is no exception. I haven't seen a single sensible suggestion on here as to HOW dark forces - much less BGI, - are manipulating BLZ's share price. BGI can't buy or sell without notifying the market and the Price at which the concert party can buy is now strictly controlled (and well above teh current share price ) BLZ is an illiquid share. Modest amounts of sustained selling causes exaggerated movements in the share price Panic after the expiry of the tender offer led to such selling. The Price tanked. There has been an absolute shed-load of emotion and misinformation on this board. Still that's nothing unusual on BB's.
25/2/2014
11:04
landsker: i am sure in theory they would love to keep the share price down in the high 30's thus enabling them to buy up stock cheaply and increase their holding , however the amount of buying has been miniscule, mainly because not many people will sell at this level if as you suggest it is the company that has guided the share price to these low levels on purpose as far as its logical there can only be one purpose for that, to make forced takeover of the company easier and cheaper, but then again you have people on here saying they cant do that for less than 75p now by law nobody knows whats going on here, the reason for the huge drop in the share price in my view are two things, a perception by the market that they are about to spend the cash and trouble in the ukraine, this really is more of a ukraine company now even if technically its israeli
24/2/2014
14:33
checkers2: Thanks Cjohn, thanks for this update. So far then they are doing a good job at keeping the share price down, wouldn't you say ? It is defintely not running ahead of itself and the recent tender offer of 5% was deliberate I think at keeping the price down, and managing the share price expectations. Do you know if they have the same rules as London on concert parties in Israel?
15/11/2013
10:16
fatoomch: Chaps - I think what you're missing here is what the sharks are after is the BLZ cash pile - and they only need to hold 75% of the shares/vote to get to that cash. We know the share price doesn't reflect the NAV. Example - Company A - 100 shares trading at 50p - has cash in bank of £80 - so trading below NAV - and the share price has been stuck in the doldrums for aeons. The sharks offer large shareholders 70p for their holdings. Those shareholders jump at the chance to exit at 70p - and all sell out. Sharks hold 50% of the company for an outlay of £35. They have to go a bit higher to squeeze out the next 25% - offering 80p - but they get those shares... so spend another £20. They've now paid out £55 - own 75% of the company - and can get hold of the £80 cash in the bank. They don't need to consider the PIs as they have now achieved what they wanted, access to a larger amount of cash by paying out a smaller amount of cash. A simplistic view - but that's how I see it. It's what they do with the £80 that will determine the share price - not what they've already paid out to large shareholders.
17/2/2012
10:02
moneyman18: This is exactly why everyone is happy to get out of BLZ with either a small profit or Breakeven. Nothing with the BLZ Share price is right, YET everything about what BLZ is doing is RIGHT. The market says SHOW ME THE MONEY then I will Show you VALUE
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