American Lorain Corporation (NYSEMKT:ALN)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

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Member Avatar ChinaBottom (< 20) Submitted: 6/23/2011 11:54:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $1.40 ALN Score: -68.43

Tracking portfolio for China based companies that gained listings on US exchanges (Nasdaq, NYSE, or Amex) after conducting reverse mergers. Stocks that have been delisted have been omitted. Start date: Jun 24, average P/E of these companies: 3.

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Member Avatar almostgem (22.01) Submitted: 4/14/2011 8:30:12 AM : Outperform Start Price: $2.05 ALN Score: -92.74

While this company has recently taken on long term debt, it also appears to be growing at a tremendous rate.

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Member Avatar ChinaRTO (99.89) Submitted: 4/14/2011 3:17:34 AM : Underperform Start Price: $2.05 ALN Score: +92.74

This is a tracking portfolio of all CAPS-ratable tickers in the Chinese RTO/SPAC space (i.e., companies that listed without filing an IPO).

American Lorain Corp. went public via a reverse merger in 2007. The company is based in China.

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Member Avatar BuffettJunior1 (97.51) Submitted: 4/12/2011 7:16:46 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.09 ALN Score: +92.28

At first glance the average investor would think this is a great company trading at a huge discount, however this is not the case. This stock is what some call a "value trap."

Based on the accrual method of accounting, the fundamentals look very sound, but when you look at the Cash Flow statement the story changes. I am shocked at how many investors fall for these little accounting tricks. In fact, it only takes about 2 min to see that the company is employing some aggressive accounting practices to make its stock look undervalued.

People be warned! This is a shady company with incompetent management. The companies cash flow sucks, and so does the return on capital. Anybody who puts their money in this shouldn't call them selves an investor.

Every time before people buy a stock they should ask themselves one question. What would Warren Buffett do? This will help you make better decisions and it will make you a lot more money in the long run.

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Member Avatar jlanganki (< 20) Submitted: 4/6/2011 7:36:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.34 ALN Score: -96.91

High growth potential in packaged food business.

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Member Avatar f0xins0x (< 20) Submitted: 1/10/2011 7:56:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.69 ALN Score: -110.54

Trading below book value, spec play

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Member Avatar daveynels (< 20) Submitted: 1/9/2011 12:05:44 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.64 ALN Score: -110.75

Pretty cheap, balance sheet appears to be cleaning up and decreasing overall debt

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Member Avatar rosssmith20 (24.82) Submitted: 1/8/2011 12:42:05 AM : Outperform Start Price: $2.64 ALN Score: -110.75

aln has been under the radar for awhile now. i recently bought shares at 2.64 per share which is a bargain. their balance sheet and cash flow are incredible and this company is well worth a look.

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Member Avatar 1Landmark (< 20) Submitted: 1/1/2011 7:52:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.66 ALN Score: -110.93

I like food!

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Member Avatar moyerbj (< 20) Submitted: 12/31/2010 6:11:19 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.66 ALN Score: -110.93

Issuing new stocks have diluted ALN's EPS (earnings per share). In December 2009, there were 26.08 million outstanding shares. Today, there are 34.42 million shares. The sale of its chestnut products are seasonal and they are sold mostly in the fourth quarter. Though selling chestnuts is a good business model, it does not make best use of the company's plant and equipment. The company needed to make better use of its plant and equipment throughout the year. By expanding its convenience food business, ALN have year round use of their plant and equipment. This expansion required large investments. ALN have invested in the expansion of its convenience food business through the issuance of new stock. In the near term, this has diluted the earnings per share and have caused its stock's price to drop to its current levels. ALN's business was also impacted by the soft economy in 2009 and revenue grew at a slower pace. The business appears to be picking up again. In Quarter 1, 2010, revenue increased by 15.84%. In Quarter 2, revenue increased by 21.92%. In Quarter 3, revenue increased by 24.30%. The convenience food business is a fast growing segment of ALN's business. In the year 2007, convenience food business' revenue was 15,289,000. In 2008, it was 25,737,000. In 2009, it was 34,624,000. In the first nine months of year 2010, it was already 35,911,000. The investment made in expanding its convenience food business appears to be a wise decision. I have purchased ALN as a long term investment of five years. Its revenue in year 2005 was 30.2 million and by year 2009, it had grown to 146.7 million. This is tremendous growth. The value of the company is reflected in its book value. In year 2005, its book value was $1.04 and today, it is $3.22. The market price is selling currently lower than its book value. This stock could be selling at $3.22. As a long term investor, I am not interested in its current market price. In each quarter as ALN earns money, its book value will continue to rise. Sooner or later, the market price will follow. I recommend that you buy and hold ALN for five years. The rewards of holding the stocks of this company will be greater than day trading this one. Even if this stock reaches $3.22, it is undervalued.

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Member Avatar 21popsontop (< 20) Submitted: 12/1/2010 2:03:51 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.64 ALN Score: -117.80

Sleeper could roll.

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Member Avatar Brian33032 (26.02) Submitted: 11/20/2010 10:45:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.75 ALN Score: -121.69

3Y EPS>10%/yr, P/E < 20, insider interest, P/B < 20

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Member Avatar motox77 (< 20) Submitted: 11/10/2010 5:42:20 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.85 ALN Score: -121.23

just look at the financials for 5 years,just a matter of time befor it gets noticed

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Member Avatar Maribaza (91.04) Submitted: 10/13/2010 3:14:09 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.58 ALN Score: -120.82

91,59,83
23,33,29

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Member Avatar tttchicattt (98.53) Submitted: 8/19/2010 3:54:15 AM : Outperform Start Price: $2.90 ALN Score: -139.65

tmf bravobevo

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Member Avatar ztur2218 (< 20) Submitted: 8/15/2010 5:40:05 AM : Outperform Start Price: $2.81 ALN Score: -138.37

great discounted company

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Member Avatar mudddd (32.01) Submitted: 6/29/2010 11:11:11 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.92 ALN Score: -149.17

china and us markets

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Member Avatar djsk (< 20) Submitted: 6/11/2010 12:30:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $2.94 ALN Score: -140.93

V, 6/11/10

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Member Avatar vanamonde (99.97) Submitted: 6/11/2010 11:09:20 AM : Outperform Start Price: $2.94 ALN Score: -141.33

RL portfolio average on this is $2.6 from early June. The fundamentals for ALN, but also NIV and some other Chinese microcaps are just too nice to pass them up, even if taking into account the usual Chinese earnings unpredictability.

Somehow I thought this could not be rated due to the <100m market cap. Did I sleep through something on CAPS or do the rules still stand and this is just a little error?

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Member Avatar Randseed (35.61) Submitted: 5/17/2010 5:59:47 PM : Outperform Start Price: $3.24 ALN Score: -135.07

Great fundamentals, and outlook. Packaged convenience food is going to become more and more popular. On the one hand, when people stop eating out as much due to economic woes, they obviously eat at home more, increasing demand for easy to prepare meals. On the other hand, when the economy is going well, people buy higher quality easy to prepare meals for home. It's a win-win.

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