Company Remains 100-times Overvalued
The problem with so many penny stocks is that they have so few assets and earnings that even after a precipitous drop in the stock price they can remain very overvalued for a very long time. When I last wrote about Continental Fuels (OTC: CFUL) on September 15, its stock price was $1.70 per share and it had a fully diluted market cap of $972 million. At the recent closing price of $.71, the stock has a fully diluted market cap of $406 million. Because the company has a negative book value and no earnings to speak of, I cannot value it using traditional means. Also, I am feeling generous, so I will value the company using its total assets of $3.8 million as of its most recent 10-Q filing. This is the equivalent of $.0067 per share. This, of course, ignores the company’s liabilities. Even using this generous measure of assets to value the company, it still looks over a hundred times too expensive. Needless to say, I still believe that Continental Fuels is one of the worst possible investments that anyone could make right now.
Just for fun, I did a little more research on Continental Fuels and I found out some more interesting information about the company.
Yet Company Spent Money to Hype its Stock
Continental Fuels paid an internet stock tout company, Crosscheck Capital LLC of Arizona, $525,000 to pump up the stock in a mass mailing to 500,000 people. The company states this in its May 2007 10-Q filing. From the filing:
“On March 15, 2007, the Company entered into an agreement with Crosscheck Capital, LLC (“Crosscheck”) to pay aggregate advance retainers of $525,000 to prepare and distribute to no less than 500,000 US residents an advertising/advertorial mailing package that prominently features a report on the company. As of March 31, 2007, the Company has remitted $150,000 of the advance retainers due to Crosscheck. The remaining amount, $375,000, was paid in April 2007.”
The company touted its stock at a time when it admitted elsewhere that its stock was worth much less than the market price. Considering that Continental has acknowledged in many instances that its stock is overpriced, I can conclude only that the company acted immorally in willfully soliciting new investors for its stock so as to maintain the absurdly high share price. Unfortunately, I do not have copies of the materials sent by Crosscheck Capital, so I cannot determine whether the company’s actions crossed the line between misleading statements and lies.
If you have any copies of the materials sent out by Crosscheck Capital, please let me know. If you are a fan of the company or are associated with the company, I would be interested in knowing your opinion as to why the company spent a significant chunk of its assets to promote its stock, then priced at $1.93 per share, when the company itself valued its shares just five months later at $0.008 per share.