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September 7, 2022

This week, we had limited news but there was one update that I wanted to highlight:
RediShred (RDCPD) completed a reverse split on August 18th. For every five shares that you previously owned, you now own one share. The stock price adjusted up to account for the reverse split. The reverse split has no economic impact on RediShred. You still own the same percentage of the company.

I love reading books. My two favorite genres are business/investing books and biographies (all books, really).

One book that I recently read is called The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street.

The book is about Shelby Davis and his extraordinary track record.

He turned $50,000 into a $900MM fortune by investing (primarily) in insurance stocks.

One of his most famous quotes is the following.

“You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time.”

With that in mind, I’ve been slowly adding to my positions.

I had a limit order to buy some Cogstate (COGZF), and it finally got filled.

I also bought some more Kistos PLC (KIST: GB) on its recent pullback.

I think September will continue to be volatile, but I think it’s a good time to be adding to high-conviction ideas.

This week, we had limited news but there was one update that I wanted to highlight:

RediShred (RDCPD) completed a reverse split on August 18th. For every five shares that you previously owned, you now own one share. The stock price adjusted up to account for the reverse split. The reverse split has no economic impact on RediShred. You still own the same percentage of the company.

The next issue of Cabot Micro-Cap Insider will be published on Wednesday, September 14. As always, if you have any questions, please email me at

Changes This Week

Aptevo (APVO) reported quarterly results on August 11. The company continues to report positive results from its key drug, APVO436. Further, it has additional drugs that are progressing well. Aptevo renegotiated its royalty agreement with Pfizer which allows Aptevo to recognize a gain and regain compliance with Nasdaq’s shareholder equity listing requirement. This is a positive. Currently, Aptevo has $25MM of net cash on its balance sheet and projects that it has enough liquidity to continue to operate for 12 more months without raising capital. This biotech bear market is no fun, but Aptevo continues to be an asymmetric bet. Original Write-up. Buy under 7.50

Atento S.A. (ATTO) reported another weak quarter on August 3. Management lowered revenue guidance to flat versus the consensus of +4% growth and previous guidance of “mid-single-digit” growth. EBITDA margin guidance has been reduced to 12% (at the midpoint) from 13.5%. While the quarter and guidance cut were disappointing, the stock is incredibly cheap and is not at risk of defaulting on its debt (no maturities until 2025). Thus, it makes sense to stick with the stock. Original Write-up. Buy under 10.00

Cipher Pharma (CPHRF) reported strong results on August 11. Revenue declined 8%, driven primarily by lower Absorica sales (as expected); however, adjusted EBITDA grew sequentially to $3.6MM. The company’s cash balance stands at $24.2MM, 51% of its market cap. This limits downside risk. Further, the company continues to generate significant free cash flow and buy back shares. Finally, the company had positive pipeline developments with two compounds (MOB-015 for nail fungus and Piclidenoson for psoriasis). Both drugs are progressing in phase III trials. Original Write-up. Buy under 2.00

Cogstate Ltd (COGZF) provided guidance for its fiscal year. It expects 1H23 revenue to be in line with 2H22 revenue ($19.5MM). At this point, the company decided against providing revenue guidance for the second half of fiscal year 2023. Ultimately, Cogstate’s revenue potential this year and beyond will be determined by key Alzheimer’s drug read-outs which are expected this year and next year: 1) Lecanemab from Eisai (phase 3 data expected in September 2022), 2) Gantenerumab from Roche (Phase 3 data expected in Q4 2022), and 3) Donanemab from Eli Lilly (phase 3 data in mid-2023). All things considered, the thesis remains on track. Original Write-up. Buy under 1.80

Copper Property Trust (CPPLT) had no news this week. It is an attractive special situation. It is a liquidating trust that will pay out all proceeds as its assets are sold over a period of five years. The proceeds should generate a 50% return over its current price. But the kicker is that this trust pays yield while we wait. The current yield is 10%. And the trust has no debt, so our downside is protected. Copper Property CTL Pass Through Trust represents an attractive, low-risk idea. Original Write-up. Buy under 14.00

Crossroads Impact Corp. (CRSS)had no news this week. On July 11, the company announced that P10 Holdings (PX), another CMCI recommendation, is investing $180MM of equity capital (through one of its investment funds) at $10.76 a share with the ability to commit an additional $310MM of equity capital at the same price. This will enable Crossroads to really ramp up its ESG lending ability and grow earnings. It will also enable Crossroads to scale up and eventually explore an uplisting to a major exchange. Original Write-up. Buy under 15.00

Currency Exchange International (CURN) reported earnings on June 14. Results were strong but not strong enough, as the stock sold off in response (it has since recovered). Revenue increased 109% y/y to $13.3MM. Net operating income increased to $2.9MM, up from a loss of $600,000 last year. Both Banknotes (+103%) and Payments (+127%) grew very strongly. Importantly, management noted that it expects a strong summer travel season which should drive (my opinion) record results. The stock continues to look very cheap. Original Write-up. Buy under 16.00

Epsilon Energy (EPSN) announced strong results on August 11. The company continues to benefit from high natural gas prices. Revenue increased 46% sequentially, driven by 68% higher natural gas prices. Revenue should continue to soar as long as natural gas prices remain elevated and Epsilon is mostly unhedged. During the quarter, the company generated $5.9MM of free cash flow, or $23.4MM on an annualized basis. The stock looks attractive given its $31MM of net cash and strong earnings power. Original Write-up. Buy under 8.00

Esquire Financial Holdings (ESQ) reported earnings in July. Results were excellent. Revenue grew 23% y/y while EPS grew 37%. Credit metrics look very strong as the company has an allowance-to-loans ratio of 1.2%. The company has a long runway for growth, as articulated by CEO Andrew Sagliocca: “There is tremendous growth potential in both our national platforms due to the limited number of participants and the fragmented approach to finance and technology in both markets.” Despite its strong outlook, the stock trades at just 14x earnings. Original Write-up. Buy under 35.00

IDT Corporation (IDT) had no news this week. The company reported quarterly results on June 2. At a high level, the quarter didn’t look great. Revenue decreased 12% y/y which was driven by a 17% decline in traditional communications revenue. This segment benefitted from the boom in paid calling during the pandemic, but that surge is normalizing. Most importantly, IDT’s high-growth segments continue to grow well. National Retail Solutions (NRS), IDT’s payment terminal business, grew 102% y/y. Net2phone, IDT’s other highly valuable subsidiary, grew recurring revenue by 42%. Further, IDT expects subsidiary growth to contribute to consolidated profitability in the second half of this year. While the spin-off of net2phone has been temporarily delayed, we know that it and NRS will ultimately be monetized. The investment case remains on track and my price target is 55 based on an updated sum-of-the-parts analysis. Original Write-up. Buy under 45.00

Kistos PLC (KIST: GB) had no news this week but it is generating significant earnings given soaring natural gas prices in Europe. Kistos is taking advantage of a booming natural gas market in Europe yet only trades at 1x current free cash flow. It has very little debt. The management team is excellent, and they own ~20% of the company, ensuring that we are well aligned. I see at least 100% upside ahead. Original Write-up. Buy under 7.50

Liberated Syndication (LSYN) has had no news recently. I had a chance to speak to the CEO in June. He said the team is working through re-filing its financials, and he expects to “go public” again by the end of September. Instead of just “turning on” trading, he would like to raise a little capital and also pick up coverage from some sell-side analysts. He noted the advertising business is growing very well and that the podcast hosting business is growing again. It had experienced limited growth last year given free hosting competition, but business has picked back up. While Libsyn has been a frustrating stock, I think (and hope!) our patience will be rewarded by the end of September. Since you can’t actually buy the stock until then, I rate it a Hold for those who already own it. Original Write-up. Hold

Medexus Pharma (MEDXF) reported earnings on August 9. They were excellent. Revenue in the quarter increased 33% y/y to $23MM. Sales drivers were IXINITY and Gleolan sales in the U.S. Adjusted EBITDA was $1.9MM. A huge positive was the announcement that Medexus has amended its agreement with Medac to extend the payment date for regulatory milestones triggered by an FDA approval to October 2023, which therefore allows Medexus to launch and begin commercialization well before these license payments must be paid. This is a major positive. Recently, Medac provided the FDA with the information that it requested for its Treosulfan review. We will find out within a month whether the FDA deems the re-submission complete. If it does, the FDA will decide on Treosulfan’s approval within six months. Approval would be a huge catalyst for Medexus as its revenue potential would double. I continue to think the risk/reward profile of Medexus is asymmetric to the upside. Original Write-up. Buy under 3.50

NexPoint (NXDT) finally had its shareholder update call on August 10, in which they provided significant detail into the assets that make up NAV. Management spent a lot of time discussing how they are confident that they can close the gap to NAV. Unfortunately, no comments were made on an increase to the dividend or whether the company will start buying back stock. Both of these would be significant catalysts for NXDT shares. Last month, we saw more insider buying by CEO James Dondero. The thesis remains on track, and I see ~50% upside in the next 12 months. Original Write-Up. Buy under 17.00

P10 Holdings (PX) announced a meaningful acquisition in August. The company is acquiring Western Technology Investment, a market leader in venture debt. The acquisition will add $12.5MM of additional EBITDA to P10. It appears that P10 is paying ~12x EBITDA for the acquisition, a cheap but not dirt-cheap price. This acquisition will add to P10’s growth potential. P10 is currently trading at 15x 2022 adjusted EBITDA which is a very reasonable valuation for such a stable business with strong organic growth potential. The investment case remains on track. Original Write-up. Buy under 15.00

RediShred (RDCPD) completed a reverse split on August 18th. For every five shares that you previously owned, you now own one share. The stock price adjusted up to account for the reverse split. The reverse split has no economic impact on RediShred. You still own the same percentage of the company. Other than the reverse split, RediShred has had no recent news. It’s a Canada-based, leading document destruction services company. Insiders own more than 30% of the company. It has grown revenue at a 31% CAGR and EBITDA at an 80% CAGR over the past 10 years through organic and inorganic growth. Future growth is poised to continue, yet the stock trades at just 5x forward EBITDA. I see 100% upside over the next 12 months and significantly more upside looking out a few years. Original Write-up. Buy under 3.50

Truxton (TRUX) reported a great quarter in July. Despite a volatile market, pre-provision net revenue grew 9% sequentially, 30% y/y. EPS grew 16% y/y. Credit metrics remain strong. The bank has $0 in non-performing loans and $0 in net charge-offs. During the quarter, the company repurchased 22,000 shares for an average price of $70.05. The Truxton investment case remains on track. The bank will continue to grow loans and earnings prudently while returning excess cash to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks. The stock is trading at just 14x annualized earnings. This isn’t the most exciting stock, but it’s a slow and steady winner. Original Write-up. Buy under 75.00

Zedge, Inc. (ZDGE) announced on August 16 that it has authorized a 1.5MM share repurchase authorization (10% of shares outstanding). This is a positive as it conveys management’s conviction in Zedge’s fundamentals and cheap valuation. The stock remains very cheap, trading at 3.4x EBITDA. Original Write-up. Buy under 6.00

Price on
Aptevo Therapeutics (APVO)32.013/10/213.51-89%Buy under 7.50
Atento SA (ATTO)21.574/14/215.18-76%Buy under 10.00
Cipher Pharma (CPHRF)1.8010/11/212.3028%Buy under 2.00
Cogstate Ltd (COGZF)1.704/13/220.96-44%Buy under 1.80
Copper Property Trust (CPPTL)12.938/11/2213.202%Buy under 14.00
Crossroad Systems (CRSS)14.102/9/2211.76-17%Buy under 15.00
Currency Exchange (CURN)14.1005/11/2213.14-7%Buy under 16.00
Epsilon Energy (EPSN)5.008/11/216.7936%Buy under 8.00
Esquire Financial Holdings (ESQ)34.1110/10/2136.387%Buy under 35.00
IDT Corporation (IDT)19.372/10/2124.9829%Buy under 45.00
Kistos PLC (KIST)3.067/13/225.4979%Buy under 7.50
Liberated Syndication (LSYN)3.066/10/203.7523%Hold
Medexus Pharma (MEDXF)1.785/13/201.780%Buy under 3.50
NexPoint Diversified Real Estate
Trust (NXDT)
14.151/12/2215.6210%Buy under 17.00
P10 Holdings (PX)**2.984/28/2011.72293%Buy under 15.00
RediShred (RDCPD)0.666/8/223.45423%Buy under .70
Truxton Corp (TRUX)*72.2512/8/2166.25-7%Buy under 75.00
Zedge (ZDGE)5.733/9/222.70-53%Buy under 6.00

Buy means accumulate shares at or around the current price.
Hold means just that; hold what you have. Don’t buy, or sell, shares.
Sell means the original reasons for buying the stock no longer apply, and I recommend exiting the position.
Sell a Half means it’s time to take partial profits. Sell half (or whatever portion feels right to you) to lock in a gain and hold on to the rest until another ratings change is issued.

Disclosure: Rich Howe owns shares in KIST:GB, LSYN, MEDXF, PX, IDT, APVO, NXDT, COGZF, and RDCPD. Rich will only buy shares after he has shared his recommendation with Cabot Micro-Cap Insider members.