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13/2/2011
08:43
ziggyboy: "The small punters' favourite share for as many years as I can remember. I've never understood what they do and I don't think their shareholders do either. The share price has occasional rises when it announces an exciting new development. But these never come to anything and the shares slump back. Investors just like the name I guess." Quote - Robbie Burns, The Naked Trader.
10/6/2008
21:12
2trying: cheers lord of the land any ideas/suggestions of short/long term implications ? ( both for TAD , and ( of course ) the share price ? ) thanks 2t
29/4/2008
12:22
snappy: ROFLOL! A little spike up in share price and the barmy army all return to fill their boots! DYOR!
01/2/2008
16:44
valentine: Why not Tadpole eh? why not? What's Yahoo got that Endaevors ain't then? (Update)The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 110 points or 0.9% after half an hour of trading on Friday afternoon, boosted by Microsoft's hostile cash and share offer for Yahoo. Microsoft has offered $31 per share equating to a 62% premium to Yahoo's closing share price on Thursday. In pre-market trading Yahoo's shares were up by almost 60% while Microsoft shares fell 2.6% with analysts predicting it would lead to an early surge in trading when Wall Street opened.
05/11/2007
19:21
2trying: fair comment my friend ! difficult to disagree with you ! any thoughts on effect on share price ? thanx in advance
10/8/2006
12:18
fredm: You may be interested in the following article from the Cambridge Evening News, Tuesday 8th August 2006 Tadpole meeting is friendlier than expected "I WANT to be sitting at the back of the room next year, not the front," Tadpole chairman, David Lee murmured to shareholders during a break to count votes at the annual meeting. Unhappy Tadpole, the Cambridge technology company once the darling of the tech sector, but now offering little more than two decades of disappointment, is a strange beastie. Although its consistent failure to perform should hardly have endeared it to shareholders, they do seem fond of the firm. Last week's meeting, held in The Strand in London, was more like a reunion of old brothers in arms than the fierce confrontation predicted, with rumours that the directors would be arriving accompanied by heavies. As things turned out, the meeting, which lasted more than three hours, was a chummy affair, with the 50 or so shareholders present and five directors calling each other by their first names and nobody saying anything much that was not expected. Steig Westerberg, ceo of the streaming division, was asked if he would take a pay cut in view of his failure to do much in the way of business, but he said he could not expect his family to suffer, so would be holding on to his £150,000 salary He was criticised for selling off so many shares over the past year, but explained this was to pay tax bills, so he'd had no choice, to which one of the shareholders offered to give him advice in future as to how to dispose of shares without caning the share price. Very little was heard from Mark Ketteman, ceo of the geo-spatial division, which is actually making a profit (£14,000) - quite a rarity for Tadpole. The directors appeared at ease with one another, even friendly, yet only a few months ago the opposite seemed to be the case: "How have you managed to kiss and make up after you tried to stab the chairman in the back?" asked shareholder Anthony Whittle." "I was not trying to stab David in the back," Steig said. The long and the short of it is that, as Mr Lee famously said about Tadpole buying Mr Westerberg's streaming company "We're betting the farm on this," and all that's going to be left is a small-holding. Tadpole is selling off 80% of the streaming business, it hopes, although the deal has yet to be finalised with New York management corporation DivestCap; and if this doesn't happen, it is unlikely Mr Lee will be sitting at either end of the room next year. "I'm resigned to losing the lot," one shareholder said. "Oh, I'm not that pessimistic," Mr Lee countered. "It can't get any worse," another shareholder said. Most of the 50 or so shareholders did their best to vote down the resolutions, but, it was only a gesture, as the millions of shares held by directors, and shareholders not present, outweighed their protest. After that, there was talk of everyone adjourning to the pub. JC
08/12/2005
22:52
moneylender: TADPOLE SHAREHOLDERS TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND PUT REBEL DIRECTORS UNDER THE COSH Tadpole Technology PLC's shareholders "army" organizes to fight Board coup LONDON (December 7, 2005) – The small shareholders of Tadpole Technology Plc (LSE: TAD) have had all they can take. For many years, Tadpole has been a favorite of the small shareholders who are extremely active on internet bulletin boards. They have had an unswerving, almost messianic, faith that the company will succeed. There are reputed to be 40,000 small shareholders and no big institutions. Now, the "Tadpole Army" has gone beyond just posting on discussion boards and organized to fight a Board and management shake up that would be the fourth in less than three years. Tadpole's shareholders faith has been tested in the last few years with the sale of its original hardware group and the subsequent departure of two Chief Executive Officers and appointment earlier this year of a third to one of its groups, now known as the "Streaming Division". The current CEO of Tadpole's Streaming Division and Tadpole director, Steig Westerberg, along with his long-term associate and Tadpole Non-executive director, John Dilts, want to reorganize management again by calling an EGM with the intention of ousting the current Board Chairman, David Lee, and installing two new directors of their choosing after Lee and the rest of the board refused to support a funding package they put forward. Mr. Westerberg came to Tadpole as a result of an acquisition in October 2004 of his company, Stream Theory, for approximately $25 million in Tadpole shares, making him and other associated employees and investors the largest block of Tadpole shareholders with about 40M shares. It seemed, given their position, that they reckoned imposing their will upon the company would be easy. What has happened, however, is that it has served as a rallying cry for small shareholders who have organized with the intention of giving Messrs. Westerberg and Dilts the boot if they can't resolve these board room differences and come up with a sensible funding plan. The Shareholders Group has a number of complaints against Messrs. Westerberg and Dilts: Mr. Westerberg has yet to deliver any revenue-generating deals beyond the one that was already expected with the acquisition of Stream Theory. This despite his statements at the EGM, held last year to decide on the acquisition of Stream Theory, indicating that several deals with a sales cycle of 3-9 months were in the pipe. In the fourteen months since then, nothing has appeared. His share sales over a prolonged period earlier this year are also believed to have contributed to the large decline in Tadpole's share price. His calling of an EGM a month ago and then its subsequent postponement and the associated uncertainty and continued low share price have finally tipped shareholders over the edge. Add these failings and others together with strong sentiment among shareholders about the proper constitution of a board and you have a growing group representing a surprisingly large number of shares to challenge the coup. They do not want to see Tadpole become an American company or its successful Geospatial Division pledged as sureity again the success of Streaming Division. Messrs. Westerberg and Dilts and their proposed new directors are American and in many shareholders eyes, lack the independence and accountability expected of a UK NED. Statements on the website of the Tadpole Shareholder group, say, in essence, "The small shareholders are very angry at the failure to produce any deals during a period when the Geospatial Division has shown consistent success working within the same constraints. They are angry that the use of an EGM call as a blunt bargaining tool is damaging the share price and showing up the American Directors as inept negotiators at a corporate level". This has motivated in excess of 200 of them to pledge their shares to block Mr. Westerberg's takeover attempt and have him and Mr. Dilts removed as directors by calling an EGM of their own. It has been a challenge organizing so many shareholders, but these are a motivated group, angry at the decline in the share price and unwilling to see it evaporate completely without a fight. Their cooperation and participation is truly impressive. Hits to the website (www.in2tadpole.net) and share pledges supporting the action continue to grow, and they expect further support as other shareholders learn about what is going on. Please... if you have not registered you support at www.in2tadpole.com, it would be a welcome boost. You can browse the site without registering, but if you are a shareholder and don't want Steig running Tadpole then login - member numbers also count. You can read in the above that only 200 shareholders, representing the largest voting group, have organised this so far, but that still leaves many shareholders unaccounted for. They/we/TAD is desperate for all possible support - don't give up, it's only just beginning! rgds, P P.S. Apologies to everyone who has received this already.
15/8/2005
19:01
paleface2002: Just a quick hello to the few names I recognise. Hello! I'm tempted to buy a few 100 thousand of Tadpole for old times sake, but I can't really be bothred to watch it like a hawk all the time. I've re-invested in a couple of shares and doubled my money. Cybit before consolidation and Northern Petroleum before consolidation. Not saying they were any safer than Tads, but I do have to make some money back after the catastrophic failure of the Tad share price. I am hoping that despite the present management Tadpole cannot really fail with a technology that will replace CD's and software as we know it...if they fail they deserve to be shot! Anyway best of luck to those who know me in your share dealings, my money is perversley in BAY at the moment after it's pullback...nice to have a small spread for once! Cheers, Paleface
06/5/2005
09:24
moneylender: Copy of a very good summary from Wiltshire Ram, I hope he doesn't mind! M For what it is worth, here is my AGM report (unfortunately 0 pints before writing). I have to say that I am more confident about my investment in TAD following today's meeting. DL and the rest of the board appear honest, open people who are trying to move TAD forward in a professional way; maximising shareholder value is high on their priority list. I trust them with my investment and I will not be selling up at this stage – I believe TAD will (at least) break even this year. Points I noted, not structured very well I'm afraid but I'm knackered after a long day, are as follows: 1. DL wasn't prepared to give predictions on profitability etc. However, some quotes from him "We do have a strong future", "the potential we have to grow revenue and profitability will make a very substantial difference, in my view, to the share price" and "I believe we will improve our performance and it is inevitable to me that market capitalisation and share price will grow". I developed a very strong impression that the board is confident of profitability this year. 2. GEM was required in the main to address a temporary cashflow problem caused by a re-scheduling of Softbank payments. 3. DL would not talk about the KB issue. He said that he had been advised by lawyers not to comment. However, he did say that "we will hold KB accountable for his actions". DL did not comment on the 'Italian Job' but I sensed from him that there is something to the rumours. 4. SW advised that he now has an established price list and methodology for doing deals. This is good news as it saves having to go back to basics each time a new opportunity comes along. 5. SW wants the Streaming division to be a product not service company. For example, at present we host for MSFT, Adobe etc and Steig's preference is for us not to do this but to sell product – a business model that is much easier to scale. 6. Caplin resigned. 7. The board decided not to re-new with Patcom. Note there was no formal contract with Patcom. DL gave them 1 weeks notice but paid 2 months fees in lieu. 8. KB did not receive any pay off. 9. The board told KB to reduce costs. With ~75% of costs being staff costs KB decided to take out staff and it was KB who took the decision to terminate Greg Bolcer's contract. 10. SW. The interims are very encouraging and it is 'my belief and goal that future results will continue the trend" 11. SW didn't know anything about the Volvo deal. 12. Macrovision is a strategic partner – SW is currently working with Macrovision to get the agreement renewed. SW talked here about the ability to stream Safedisk encoded content. 13. DL in answer to the question 'Have you had any talks with anyone wanting to take over TAD?' answered "No". 14. DL in answer to the question 'Have you been involved in any talks with third parties to help fund TAD?' answered "Yes". Apparently, SW and John Dilts have been talking to institutional investors and/or strategic partners on a regular basis. They said they will make sure they have the right proposal before taking it to the board. 15. Regarding Magi, SW said that TAD had never successfully sold Magi so, as part of looking at the cost of maintaining patents, they had put ETI and ST patents together and reviewed them all. ST holds the earliest patents for streaming and therefore some patents will be kept, some lapsed. For Magi, some patents will be kept, some dropped. 16. Regarding Greg Bolcer. The board instructed KB to reduce his cost level. Since ~75% of the cost base is staff cost, KB reduced people numbers. It was KB who made the decision to terminate GB's employment. 17. Regarding EVO as house borker. DL said he was happy with EVO. However, he did get significant criticism from shareholders who wanted a change. The EVO rep disappeared part way through the AGM (says it all to me!) 18. DL admitted that the greatest opportunity for revenue growth and higher shareholder value was via the Streaming business. 19. Another DL comment re profitability "If exclude amortisation of ST goodwill I am very confident that shareholders cal look forward (for once) in a relatively short timescale to profitability". 20. Would TAD ever sell Geospatial? DL "Today – no, and probably never". "Geospatial is a very valuable source of revenue and cash flow" 21. DL believes Geospatial has further growth. It is now less dependent on the OS contract. 22. Appointment of new NEDS: DL said it was his fault that this hasn't happened so far but he has been distracted by the other going ons! DL is a member of ITNEA and he has used this route to get the CVs of 29 potential NED candidates. He said "the next 2 months will see some action". 23. 15.75p vs 11.75p strike price for ST deal. 15.75p figure was average price in the 5 days preceding the deal. It was used to calculate the number of shares issued. The 11.75p figure was mentioned in the interims statement as the price at the time the transaction closed. This means that the actual cost of the acquisition was less than originally forecast. 24. KB pay increase. DL said the board had agreed this. The reasoning? It had been assumed that KB would only do the Endeavors CEO role and that the CFO post would be backfilled. In practice this did not happen & so the board approved the remuneration committee's recommendation for an increase. DL "I'll take it on the chin" 25. SW and John Dilts would not commit to having no pay increase before TAD became profitabile. SW " I've had a specific change to responsibility and had to move house". 26. DL said he will remain faithful to his commitment not to have a salary increase before TAD becomes profitable. 27. DL has no plan to recruit a replacement for Patcom. However, Steig has a new VP Marketing starting next week who has media relations experience- especially in NA. 28. SW's goal is for sales to do less prospecting and more work with well qualified leads. 29. SW is still looking for 2x VPs Sales (one for internet, one for enterprise) and a CFO. Candidates have been identified. 30. No legal action has been taken against TAD from departed board members. There is some legal action from US employees who had their employment terminated but SW is confident of successfully defending this. 31. Asked where the 'heart' of the company now is DL said "if you exclude OS, most operations and prospects are now in the US" 32. John Dilts impressed me. He has experience of working with emerging companies, making companies bigger and those needing investment. He said what TAD needs is 'smart money investors'. He appears to be looking at proposals 'daily'. He and Steig are very happy to be sent customer or investor referrals. 33. Softbank has 80% of Japan's software distribution market. 34. John Dilts "I am buying TAD shares at the moment" 35. DL: "I am a shareholder and have intention, at the appropriate moment, to buy more" – ien not during closed periods. 36. Re GeoSpatial – Mark K said that moving to ESRI had proven to be the right decision to make and he expects furthe growth in the division. 37. He said that there is growing interest, especially in the US, for technologies for sharing geospatial information. 38. MK said Geospatial is in a good position to see further growth in NA and that they will be starting to look at territories outside NA. 39. MK emphatically denied any involvement in the KB takeover proposal 40. DL – there are no plans for a share consolidation. 41. DL – there is a stock overhang from Gem; Gem have not sold all the shares that were issued to them. 42. We are getting real revenues in from the Dutch contract (Chello I think) 43. The MSFT £100k has not yet all been used up. S+Tips proved popular and has used up its 'allowance' from the trial. This is why this particular trial has ended – SW (quite rightly) isnt prepared to let them continue using it for free. 44. SW –"the impact of the MSFT account is not just the $ value its what else it does for us in the market place". According to Steig, MSFT are providing leads to us. SW '"I'd love to see MSFT become a licensee" 45. In response to a question about AOL – lots of smiles but a 'No comment' response. 46. SW – no contracts yet out of EDS or MCI, but, said SW "Don't read the past into the future" That's it from me. Hope some of this makes some sense and is of value. I'm sure others will provide a comprehensive analysis of what all this means in due course. As I said up front, I'm confident we're now on the right track and, I'll stick my neck out and make the bold prediction that the share price will be somewhere between 10-15p by Christmas! Now then, time for that first pint! Ram
25/11/2004
19:59
rodspotty: Not surprised to see the downbeat article in the Shares mag today...par for the course with TAD....would not be surprised to see it followed up by a SELL rec in the IC tomorrow....which we know from the past is a contra-indication for the TAD share price.....IMO the 10p support level will hold tomorrow. DYOR Rodders
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