Zix Corp (NASDAQ:ZIXI)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

The Company provides easy-to-use-and-deploy e-communication services that connect enterprises and consumers in the healthcare, finance, insurance, and government sectors to protect and deliver sensitive information.

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Member Avatar vaderblue (< 20) Submitted: 4/8/2014 7:58:47 PM : Outperform Start Price: $4.09 ZIXI Score: -31.68

Net Income up 21%, Rev Increase 5.3% Net profit Mrgin is 39%, Debt to Equity is zero people, Gross Margin better than 87%. Growth Stock, slow and growing. I believe u can make $2 per share 2014. Small Mkt Cap, lots of room

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Member Avatar QaziA (< 20) Submitted: 3/21/2014 5:09:20 PM : Outperform Start Price: $4.04 ZIXI Score: -29.96

zixi has fallen 20% for no apparent reason- time to get in the stock now

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Member Avatar rknapton (< 20) Submitted: 8/22/2013 5:31:32 PM : Outperform Start Price: $4.45 ZIXI Score: -50.96

Long. Growing revenues recently.. buying back stock.. look ok, but earnings have been falling. Lets see if they can turn that around. If so it could be a big winner.

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Member Avatar hittheflan (< 20) Submitted: 6/14/2013 3:55:10 PM : Underperform Start Price: $3.94 ZIXI Score: +44.00

1. Zix itself says that revenues will decrease this quarter for the first time in history.

2. Zixi P/E at 28 is twice the S&P 500 average

3. Zixi will have to pay unknown royalties going forward in a recent patent settlement. As it was, zixi profits was only .01 per share last quarter

4. Zixi profits rapidly dropping compared to last year

5. Zixi is locked into OEM agreements with industry giants, who can squeeze them anytime they want

6. Email encryption is so dated. It's been around for 20 years, is free on MS outlook and dozens of other systems. All google email accesses are automatically encrypted via https. Demand is dying.

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Member Avatar DCHomer13 (< 20) Submitted: 6/12/2013 10:51:22 AM : Outperform Start Price: $4.07 ZIXI Score: -46.70

High renewal rate with customers. Email is becoming more frequent and at the same time people are starting to be more wary (NSA) of their internet security. Zix Corp stands to capitalize on this combination through their secure email encryption software.

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Member Avatar chris293 (87.98) Submitted: 4/29/2013 1:15:37 AM : Outperform Start Price: $3.70 ZIXI Score: -42.21

It goes up and down , at the bottom since ZIX is still making money with very little debt, I suspect that this company will outperform the S&P 500. That opinion is determined since the 500 is at the top of cycle of earnings whereas ZIX might be in a low cycle of its services and therefore could be better with any increase in its own earnings of over 99% annualized over 5 years.

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Member Avatar adamsawesome (40.73) Submitted: 1/13/2013 5:27:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $3.16 ZIXI Score: -37.56

ZIXI is undervalued and has a lot of potential to grow. Right now isn't the greatest time to buy due to recent spikes, but if it hits a support level around 3 bucks I might pick this up in my actual portfolio

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Member Avatar poesada (< 20) Submitted: 7/27/2012 4:01:20 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.46 ZIXI Score: +16.57

Zix had a terrible 2Q.

By their own admissions, revs were flat from 2011 and are not expected to grow in the next quarter.

Revenues were flat from 1Q to 2Q.

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Member Avatar may199 (< 20) Submitted: 7/6/2012 9:48:02 AM : Underperform Start Price: $2.55 ZIXI Score: +24.68

Look for the 2Q revenues.

I expect them to be nearly flat. This has been the trend for the past year. It's no surprise that zix founder and board member, Cook resigned last year and sold all of his stock.
Since then the stock has gone down from $4.75 to its current value.

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Member Avatar Pisstoolpete (< 20) Submitted: 5/7/2012 2:49:55 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.81 ZIXI Score: +34.32

Zix's Total Orders, up a imperceptible 1 % from last year.

Revenue growth is a sluggard 11%, down from 30% just a few years ago. Market place is clearly drying up.

In 10Q zix used to say that they were THE leader in email encryption. Now they simply say they are A leader.

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Member Avatar jschecter54 (< 20) Submitted: 5/2/2012 10:05:26 AM : Underperform Start Price: $2.82 ZIXI Score: +32.20

Today the US Patent Office confirmed that they will issue RPost with a certificate of reexamination. Rpost is suing zix for patent infringement. Rpost wants zix to cease and desist from using its invention.
From what I can tell Rpost's invention involves authenticating an encrypted email message using time stamps etc.
Seems like this is what zixmail does.
This is the basic problem with zix - they only have essentially a single product line - encrypted email.
If this is vulnerable, they are dust.

Wouldn't be surprised to see zix go under by this time next year.

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Member Avatar bichhazel (< 20) Submitted: 4/13/2012 5:28:11 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.80 ZIXI Score: +33.50

The Rpost patent lawsuit case against zix is moving ahead and it looks really serious. Zix hired one of the most expensive and prestigious firms in the US, yet refuses to acknowledge the serious of the suit to its shareholders.
The US patent office has agreed to re-certify the Rpost patent with minor changes. A Northern California judge has already ruled that the Rpost patent is valid.
Rpost is asking that zix stop using its patent. Since zix has only one product, they may have to close up shop, or pay dearly.

Zix could be out of business in a year. The stock will soon tank. It is already down a third from last year due to stagnant revenues.

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Member Avatar winniebaggo (< 20) Submitted: 3/21/2012 11:40:54 AM : Underperform Start Price: $2.97 ZIXI Score: +37.60

Looks like the Rpost patent being asserted against zix will be certified by the patent office with a minor clarification of the claim language.
The minor clarification seems to fit zixmail to a tee.

Look for panic when the first Rpost case goes to court in June.

Zix may not be around much longer.

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Member Avatar umntorch (< 20) Submitted: 1/31/2012 10:35:00 AM : Underperform Start Price: $3.15 ZIXI Score: +54.20

Just got a court ruling that says that the Rpost patent against zix is valid
http://production.broadcastnewsroom.com/article/RPost-Patents-Validated-by-California-Federal-Court--1839459

Rpost wants them to cease using its technology, but without this techology zix will go under in less than a year. Zix needs the time stamping authentication to comply with HIPPAA regulations.

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Member Avatar whichhazel (< 20) Submitted: 12/12/2011 5:21:46 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.78 ZIXI Score: +48.31

No insider has bought zixi stock in 2 years!

David Cook, founder, former CEO and board member quit in Jan after hearing about Rpost lawsuit. Sold all of his shares. Stock has plummeted since.

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Member Avatar whoodunit (< 20) Submitted: 12/12/2011 5:13:07 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.78 ZIXI Score: +48.31

I expect to see negative revenue growth in this quarter. I also expect that the RPost reexam will re-affirm Rpost's patents and that zix will not be allowed to do sender authentication and time stamping. This will drive them out of business since they only have one product.

I look to early next year to be the point where the stock will really flounder.

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Member Avatar buzehound (< 20) Submitted: 10/27/2011 7:08:57 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.50 ZIXI Score: +31.02

Finally, the Fool gets it!

Two negative articles.

Not surprising. Virtually no growth this year.
Year to year growth is deceptive - zix omits e-prescribe revenue last year which they shut down at year end.
Zix has deliberately omitted to tell its shareholders about serious patent suit brought about by Rpost, a competitor who wants to shut it down.
New first year orders down by 25%.
In earnings call, zix admittted SYMANTEC is serious competitor. (SYMANTEC bought PGP last year and is eating into new zix orders).
No buys by insiders for 2 years.
Zix founder, David Cook quit board in January and sold all of his stock.
This is a no-brainer.

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Member Avatar Astuteone2 (< 20) Submitted: 10/17/2011 6:55:13 PM : Underperform Start Price: $2.78 ZIXI Score: +54.85

Revenue growth is nearly gone. 3Q is announced to be 1% over 2nd quarter, which was 1% over the 1st quarter of this year.

Zix has not diversified. They put their cash into a stock buyback at $3.5 which only served to cover up the massive dilution due to overpaid management getting fat stock options.

Zix's founder, David Cook quit the board 6 months ago and sold all of his stock.
No insider has bought stock in 2 years.

Dead meat.

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Member Avatar hurricanehedge (< 20) Submitted: 9/30/2011 8:20:16 AM : Outperform Start Price: $2.72 ZIXI Score: -60.84

With constant growth in revenue and EPS and such a low P.E Ratio, i see this stock becoming a big company in the next 2-4 years. hopefully, since i am invested in them, they either buy someone up or someone buys them up

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Member Avatar jjstockpicks (< 20) Submitted: 7/14/2011 12:56:29 PM : Outperform Start Price: $3.89 ZIXI Score: -73.97

About this Company
Zix Corp is a leader in email encryption technology. They are a smaller company with a market cap of less than $270mm. Their customers include 1 in 5 hospitals in the USA, 1300 financial institutions, and many other companies and is offered as OEM by companies like google and Symantec.

Products
Everything Zix does focuses around email encryption. This is a fantastic long term growing market as governments continue to force companies to encrypt their emails. Between HIPPA, HITECH, GLBA and other goverment regulations, they are now calling out email encryption as required.

So how does it work? Basically they have 2 options, option 1 is your download and install a program that integrates with your outlook on your computer. When you would normally send an email, you click a little button that sends it as an encrypted email. When the receiver gets the email, they just get a link to a webpage where they must register. After registering, they can securely view the email and reply.

The even cooler product they have is called their gateway. This product sits after the sender's email server, and automatically detects emails that need to be encrypted and automatically encrypts the needed ones. This same system can scan over 200 file types and detect attachments that need to be encrypted based on the companies policies. When delivered the same applies, the user just registers (or types their password if they already registered) and sees the email.

The best part about their solution is that all the keys are stored on the cloud and shared with other gateway users which is not only a huge buzzword and massive growing market (expected to double in size in 4 years), but it means that if both the sender and receiver are customers, the receiver get the email delivered in their inbox, with no need to login to a portal. This is a huge deal!

On top of everything else, they offer everything on an OpEx basis.

Growth Potential
So, not only do we have cloud, we have a growing market for encryption, we have an OpEx offer, but every time a new user registers, they store their company data as a lead. The sales pitch is great, "Mr IT director, I see over 4000 people from your company already use our product, in fact, they are unable to see emails directly in their inbox and are spending a collective X hours a year. We can save you $x a month in wasted resource time, make your system easier to use, and on top of all that, handle all of your email encryption compliance needs. Oh, and on top of that, our product is best in breed."

Economic Moat
An economic moat, for those of your wondering, is the competitive advantage that makes it difficult for their competitors to compete with them.
Zix's economic moat is the fact that they already have 27 MILLION registered users. The more gateway devices they deploy, the more people's emails they can receive without logging in to a website. That makes them able to sell not just on their technology, but on the fact that this is the industry standard device and anything else requires you to log into some website. As they already have a 20% market share in healthcare, they are the obvious choice. No one else has the shared keys, meaning with EVERY OTHER provider, you MUST both login for everyone sending emails using their service, but you require the people you send emails to to login as well. I really forsee a significant monopoly which drives great pricing power.

Subscription Business
The Zix business model is something I am very familiar with as it has alot of similarities with the hosting industry which as I completely understand. The trick with subscription model is that while your profit margin is VERY high, you must sell enough to cover your sunk costs. Once you break the sunken costs, you are VERY profitable moving forward. The cost of revenues is only 19.5%, that means the profit margin is over 80%. That is AMAZING. Every sale they make will add a ton of profits!

The Numbers
Market Cap: 265MM - This Stock is considered MicroCap meaning that a large number of institutional investors are unable to invest in it for a variety of reasons. First the large institutional investors need to be able to invest millions and millions of dollars in a single stock in order to justify the time needed to make an educated trade. With Micro-Cap stocks, they are often unable to invest enough to justify the research costs due to maximum ownership limitations.

EPS: 0.66c - This is the first year that Zix was profitable, because they have already broken through the sunken cost threshold, I think we will see a huge growth here as on boarding additional customers will not require a large amount of additional costs.

P/E ratio: 6.08 - Flat out, this is very good, very cheap.

Debt:
Zix has very little debt, and actually is sitting on around 25mm in cash. I love good cash and little to no debt.

Catalyst:
Zix is going to be announcing their quarterly earnings. I think we will see a nice increase in sales which will bump the earnings and cause the stock to jump. As the market cap gets larger, it should attract the attention of more institutional investors causing a large amount of demand. I am long on this stock and see a lot of growth in the next few years.

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