TBS International Limited (NASDAQ:TBSI)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

An ocean transportation services company that offers worldwide shipping solutions through liner, parcel, bulk and vessel chartering services.


Player Avatar joaquingrech (97.80) Submitted: 4/7/2011 10:38:11 AM : Underperform Start Price: $1.53 TBSI Score: +148.22

I was majorly hurted by this purchase. I went into it without even reading the 10k just based on what other people was saying. Biggest mistake of the year, i'm down 50% on real $. I took the time to pull out the 10k and analyze it in detail before deciding to sell/buy it and this is my conclusion:

This company is burning cash, way too fast. The issue is that due to a slowdown in the sector they are not generating cash flow. To finance themselves they've pulled a bunch of loans but what they used to be long-term debt are not short-term debt. To give you an idea they ended 2010 with $332mm debt due this year and only with $18mm cash and total current assets of $80mm. Basically the only way to raise the cash with their income is to begin selling assets quick. You know that's not a good sign already.

If they are able to raise some cash to survive this year, they might be able to not go kaput, but as an investment that's highly speculative. Looking at the debt, assets and market cap, the company is worth more dead than alive, and I don't feel it can beat the market at this moment.

I'm flipping my outperform (wihout analysis) to underpeform (after looking at it myself). Conclusion, do your own reseach so at least when you get burned you learn something from your mistake.

Member Avatar joaquingrech (97.80) Submitted: 5/19/2011 1:38:30 PM
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by "not shor-term debt" i meant "long term-term debt is NOW short-term debt"

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