Global Sources Ltd. (Bermuda) (NASDAQ:GSOL)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

The Company is a provider of trade information in print media, online media and face-to-face events, meeting the marketing and sourcing needs of its supplier and buyer communities.

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Member Avatar JackRocks (21.03) Submitted: 3/14/2014 8:26:18 AM : Outperform Start Price: $8.09 GSOL Score: -28.35

Strong fundamentals.

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Member Avatar questions101 (< 20) Submitted: 4/30/2012 7:29:13 PM : Outperform Start Price: $6.16 GSOL Score: -38.18

A small overlooked company.

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Member Avatar HardnoseDotCom (69.91) Submitted: 4/25/2011 1:35:11 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.15 GSOL Score: -97.19

low PEG, strong price uptrend

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Member Avatar ChinaRTO (99.91) Submitted: 4/15/2011 3:46:53 AM : Underperform Start Price: $11.59 GSOL Score: +96.68

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).

Global Sources Ltd. went public via a reverse merger in 2000. The company is based in Bermuda, with primary operations in China.

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Member Avatar creek138 (30.18) Submitted: 3/15/2010 1:08:01 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.74 GSOL Score: -107.49

I've followed this one for years and I own shares in RL. This company is undervauled. Debt to equity is nearly nil. No Long term debt. They have 1/3rd of their current valuation is on the books in cash. Ridiculously low P/E for a tech stock and still low for a print media company...especially when cash, debt, etc are considered.

The elephant in the room is Alibaba inc, and to a lesser extent, there's the baby elephant that is the trade disparity between the US and China. If Alibaba continues to depress GSOL's revenue potential, then this company will need to continue to develop new products and into new markets. If the next two years proves that revenues can grow steadily alongside Alibaba, then we'll see an impressive increase in share price--2 to 3 times what we're seeing now.

Alternatively, with the low price and large chunk on cash on the books, this company could be a potential buyout target for the right company, unfortunately, many of the right companies are in the much maligned media business.

I liked this at 10 and I really like it at 6.50, so I've tripled my investment. It's worth taking a look.

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Member Avatar Dart65GTConv (< 20) Submitted: 8/26/2008 6:23:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $10.57 GSOL Score: -101.36

Bottom

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Member Avatar NoTouch5Yr (98.99) Submitted: 5/22/2008 5:28:55 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.75 GSOL Score: -109.06

As with all my picks: A very attractive P/E, excellent EPS growth rate and high five year growth prospects.

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Member Avatar Stusheck (< 20) Submitted: 5/6/2008 1:58:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.50 GSOL Score: -102.69

trending up

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Member Avatar Towlow (37.95) Submitted: 4/18/2008 8:05:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.55 GSOL Score: -99.19

This company acts as a middleman between manufacturers and large scale buyers of products. Global Sources provides a verification of the manufacturers of these products in developing economies while minimizing negatives surprises down the road for the buyers. This verification includes on going site visits of the manufacturing sites. This ensures that the purchaser may rely upon timely delivery, product consistency and general reliability of the product. Global Sources also produces trade shows. However the primary business for Global Sources is an internet application that allows for the large scale purchase of products for export and sale in the US and other nations. www.globalsources.com

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Member Avatar Nico357 (57.50) Submitted: 4/15/2008 10:25:28 AM : Outperform Start Price: $12.94 GSOL Score: -107.04

gsol

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Member Avatar chaitanyadabke (79.35) Submitted: 3/14/2008 1:42:03 AM : Outperform Start Price: $15.88 GSOL Score: -117.20

Good to hold

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Member Avatar glfrjerry99 (< 20) Submitted: 3/7/2008 5:09:51 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.44 GSOL Score: -104.84

nobrainer

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Member Avatar BOSINVMTSOLUTION (< 20) Submitted: 2/25/2008 2:56:04 AM : Outperform Start Price: $13.00 GSOL Score: -104.85

The company Global Sources primary business activity is promoting business-to-business transactions. They do this by linking suppliers and buyers worldwide and primarily in China. The company’s source of revenue comes from three sources: online services, other media services, and trade shows, seminars, and exhibitions. The company’s has almost no debt and any current liabilities are largely customer advances.
A ratio analysis supplemented by a general understanding of the company’s capital structure is indicative of several things. The cash to current liabilities ratio is by no means small but is not clearly indicative of the situation. If you were to take out the customer advances in regards to CL the ratio would be very much higher (customer advances in the type of model are very common). Common equity makes up the majority of the financing for the company at 2.5 times the amount of total liabilities. The Company keeps most of its cash in treasury securities maturing in 6 months or less at an amount of nearly 156 million dollars. Another attractive variable regarding this company is its profit margin growth. The only other company to even come close is Google. The actual margin is not so close but the growth is still there.
While this is a short and extremely simplified analysis of Global Sources the business can be broken down for Peter Lynch’s fundamentals. The company is definitely a fast grower with EPS advancing at a little over 50% in the prior year. The company has an extremely large amount of cash on hands considering its small market cap of 632 million. Whether this is good or bad is up to further debate. The company also seems to occupy a niche in the industry with its business-to-business solutions and its long track record. The avg. volume traded is low when compared to its peers, and only 13 independent research providers follow the company which can be indicative of a less known company. The company’s unique business plan eliminates the use of inventories and is quite attractive. Institutional investors own 93% of the company, but this figure is very misleading. One owner, Merle Hinrichs, owns 70% of all shares outstanding!! He is the founder of the company and obviously holds a substantial interest in it. This is probably the most attractive feature of the company, as passion is a key driver of success and it is evident here.

I believe Global Sources is a desirable company to own based on two criteria: company fundamentals and valuation. The fundamentals of the company are ranked very high by many independent research providers and for good reason. The company uses a capital structure consisting of no debt and finances the company with equity. Also Global Sources has a substantial amount of cash and short-term investments, which could indicate possibilities of artificial growth in the form of acquisitions. Profit margin has grown by a total of 256% in the past 5 years and earnings per share doubled in the most recent year. Another nice thing about Global Sources is the relative small size of institutional ownership in the company at 16.58%. The chairman of the company holds a 70 % stake in the company and we believe this could be a key driver for success. This company is a top performer in regards to ratio analysis when compared to all other companies in its sector, but is especially attractive in regards to valuation.
While all other companies in this sector such as Baidu have been bought feverishly by investors pushing their market valuations to extended levels GSOL has stayed relatively flat at 20 times earning. The industry has a current valuation of 32.2 times earnings, which makes GSOL appear relatively cheap in regards to its current EPS. The most recent year saw NI and EPS double for the company, and the only year that showed signs of growth problem was 2005, which will require further analysis. Overall we believe Global Sources is an attractive investment mainly due to its growth prospects and cheap valuation when compared to the rest of its industry.

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Member Avatar TokReason2 (< 20) Submitted: 1/24/2008 9:31:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $17.98 GSOL Score: -117.68

At the bottom of the bear market in October 1974 a Forbes article interviewed Buffett. Buffett, for the first time in his life, made public prediction about the stock market.

"How do you feel? Forbes asked.

"Like an oversexed guy in a whorehouse. Now is the time to invest and get rich."

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Member Avatar tenmiles (99.56) Submitted: 1/22/2008 3:48:46 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.43 GSOL Score: -117.81

Debt free with roughly 25% of its market cap in cash, Global Sources is being punished by expected gloabl and, in particular, Chinese, economic slowdown. Looks to nearing some strong technical support in the $15 zone; comfortable buying this mid-20 ROE company for longer term objective, although could easily drop a few more points over next two quarters - growth at reasonable price.

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Member Avatar TrackMasterTrack (< 20) Submitted: 10/23/2007 7:24:55 PM : Underperform Start Price: $33.59 GSOL Score: +120.35

I am getting really good with shorting winners like CROX, but this gives me a "freebie" (perhaps!)...

how can this price be sustained? growth, schmowth, this one needs a reality check. BUT i am very interested in this one for the longer term. Patience is a virtue, eh?

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Member Avatar KatWoman50 (< 20) Submitted: 10/13/2007 12:21:55 PM : Outperform Start Price: $26.44 GSOL Score: -110.55

Facilitator for China snd other Asian trade with the west. Lists, rates and trains Asian suppliers, enabling them to trade internationally. In business 36 years but now experiencing the surge creted by huge Chinese trade expansion. Provides online and print source in English and Chinese.

69% insider ownership. Trading at all time high. P/E of 50 is not a good time to get in with real money but watch and buy on dips. Benefit from China explosion without investing in Chinese company.

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Member Avatar hermschefs (< 20) Submitted: 8/28/2007 6:42:25 PM : Outperform Start Price: $17.95 GSOL Score: -110.71

Extensive management ownership, great fundementals, 0% debt. Stock looks great and China cleaning up its act.

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Member Avatar CaligiurideJesus (69.66) Submitted: 7/28/2007 12:45:28 PM : Outperform Start Price: $17.27 GSOL Score: -107.69

small cap boomer

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Member Avatar ShortCover (22.38) Submitted: 5/31/2007 12:53:22 PM : Outperform Start Price: $20.00 GSOL Score: -106.14

Cup without handle breakout on volume on 5/29/07. Also broke through 2 year old resistance level on the breakout.

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