Micro-cap ($LDMICRO -.3%) and small-cap ($RUT -.5%) gave up the least ground last week, with the Dow sinking 1.4%.
Since this is a Monday, and most are either working, pretending to work, or busy with something, let me give everyone the important news first.
Joe and the team at SEG will be the marquee sponsor of all four of our events this year.
They have been our largest supporters through good times and bad. It is an honor to have them as our friends and allies in the industry.
We opened up registration for the Invitational less than a month ago, and nearly 150 companies have already confirmed their attendance.
If you are waiting on the sidelines or chilling at the rest stop, it may be a prudent time to start locking your time slots in.
For our investors who were at the Main Event back in December, from both near and far,…just know that this event is personal, and all of you will have a great time as intended.
Time stopped back in December. It will resume again on June 4th.
You will get three months of work done if you spend three days at the event. You may also gain weight, but it’s actually muscle generated from the consumption of steel cut oatmeal (that will be absent at breakfast).
Many tend to forget that internally, we are decent at picking up on patterns. When I spoke publicly about the decline of micro-cap equities years ago, an overwhelming majority of people in the industry thought that it was poppycock, just like the start of the Met’s season this year.
Companies were privatizing faster in this space than any other, and it was for a multitude of reasons that have been discussed at length.
Well, early last year we also noticed another trend developing with conferences in the small and micro cap space. The lack of variety and new names.
It appears that events are hosting the same companies with far more frequency than in the past. I love the fact that these companies realize the value of presenting their stories, but micro-cap is made up of thousands of names, and more of the universe needs to be discovered.
In June, you will see names present that have never presented at a conference before, or have not done so in a long time. Just like in weight training, you need variation all the time for growth and strength.
Just know that we are working on the “diversification” side of things right now.
Another alarming trend is that attendance at baseball games are down big.
Going, Going Gone
Four names to report this week.
CenterPoint Energy (CNP) and Vectren Corporation (VVC) today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to form a leading energy company servicing more than 7 million customers across the United States. $72 per share in cash.
Finally, some local news. RBB Bancorp (RBB) and First American International Corp. (FAIT) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement in a cash and stock transaction valued at $116.8 million, or $52.32 per share. The stock is the #1 gainer in the micro world thus far today.
This coming week, I shall be writing about two of my mentors. One is a writer from the Bay, and the other is an executive at a company. They could not be more different in their backgrounds, mannerisms, political beliefs, and their respected upbringings. Yet, they are both wonderful human beings that have taught me so much about the world we live in, being “true to thy self,” and whacking the s— out of the ball when it comes at you.
I’m excited to finally talk about something that is not financially related.
- Atlanta Startup Car360 Acquired by Carvana for $22 Million
- Fibrocell (FCSC) Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives
- ENGlobal (ENG) Engages B. Riley FBR for Review of Strategic Alternatives to Increase Shareholder Value
- Liquidation firms win bid for The Bon-Ton Stores
- Holy exclamation point….Neonode (NEON) Director Acquires Increased Stake in Company!
- Cherokee Global Brands (CHKE) was down 30% on dismal results. Stock is $28 -> $1 in the past three years
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