Friday, January 7, 2011

Micro Cap Conference Companies: Selective Profiles

The Sidoti Micro Cap Conference is this Monday in New York and here at we want to take the time to mention a few companies that we think stand out. Hope to see you there.

IntegraMed America, Inc., a specialty healthcare services company, manages outpatient centers offering products and services to patients and providers in the fertility and vein care segments of the health industry in the United States. It operates through three divisions: Fertility Centers, Consumer Services, and Vein Clinics. The Fertility Centers division provides business and management services to a network of 14 contracted fertility centers that perform diagnostic tests on women and men to determine the cause of infertility, as well as offer various treatment options, including IVF treatment, frozen embryo transfer, intrauterine insemination, and minimally invasive surgery to correct anatomical reproductive problems. The Consumer Services division offers Attain IVF programs, which are designed to help patients attain their goal of starting a family. It offers these programs directly to fertility patients, including patients of its partner centers and patients of the division’s contracted network of independent medical providers under its affiliate program. As of December 31, 2009, this division maintained a contracted network of 25 independent fertility centers under its affiliate program. The Vein Clinics division provides business and management services to clinics. This division managed a network of 34 clinics in 13 states, which specialize in the treatment of vein disease and other vein disorders. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Purchase, New York.

Lenco Mobile Inc. develops, owns, and operates mobile phone and Internet advertising platforms for brand owners and wireless carriers to design, manage, and execute mobile and Internet-based marketing campaigns. The company’s mobile products and services include Multimedia Message Service (MMS) platform that comprise FlightDeck, a bulk MMS messaging server; FlightPlan, a mobile marketing campaign design and management system; and the EPS server application that enables wireless carriers to deliver bulk MMS messaging outside their multi media switch centre by encoding MMS messages. Its mobile products and services also include Mobi Sites, which are Internet sites for and accessed via mobile phones; MMS Greeting Card, the digitally downloadable MMS cards for special events; and Mobile Phone Statement application, which delivers consumer statements into mobile phones. The company also operates Internet advertising platform under the AdMax Media and AdMaximizer brands, which helps brand owners to generate consumer leads for their businesses. Its Internet advertising platform solutions include Opt-in lists that helps brand owners to target qualified prospective customers by sending emails; Co-registration that helps brand owners to invite online customers visiting or registering to use a publisher’s Website; Display ads, which enables brand owners to publish advertisements though the company’s publisher network; and AdMaximizer platform owned and operated Websites that include continuing education, healthcare, auto, and personal financial services Websites. The AdMaximizer platform, a real-time campaign management tool for online advertising, also provides reporting capabilities at the affiliate, campaign, Website, and individual advertisement level; and provides multi-level fraud detection solution for advertisers. It serves customers primarily in the United States and South Africa. The company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.

MicroFinancial Incorporated (MicroFinancial) operates primarily through its wholly owned subsidiaries, TimePayment Corp. and Leasecomm Corporation. TimePayment is a specialized commercial finance company that leases and rents microticket equipment and provides other financing services. It provides financing alternatives to a range of lessees ranging from start-up businesses to established businesses. It primarily leases and rents low-priced commercial equipment, which is used by these lessees in their daily operations. MicroFinancial does not market its services directly to lessees. It primarily sources its originations through a nationwide network of independent equipment vendors, sales organizations, brokers and other dealer-based origination networks.MicroFinancial leases a variety of equipment including advertising and display equipment, security equipment, paging systems, water coolers, restaurant equipment and card-based payment authorization systems.

SinoHub, Inc. operates as an electronics company that engages in manufacturing and distributing custom design, private-label mobile phones (VCM - Virtual Contract Manufacturing) worldwide. The company also provides electronic component purchasing (ECP) services to manufacturers and design houses in China, as well as supply chain management (SCM) services, offering logistics, warehousing, importing, and distribution services to companies operating in China. SinoHub holds the database of approximately 50,000 different electronic components, in combination with its long term industry relationships. Through its relationships with design houses that were formed through the SCM and ECP businesses, the company gets access to the mobile phone roadmaps from approximately 20 design houses in China, and SinoHub uses this information anonymously in its custom design mobile phone business to provide strategic support to customers, including mobile phone distributors and operators. Its ECP business engages in procurement-fulfillment and spot electronic component sales to manufacturers and design houses. The company offers SinoHub SCM, a proprietary platform based on its Web-based software system that provides order entry, automated price and category checking, order tracking and monitoring, inventory management, payment system, finished orders database, executive dashboard reporting system, shipment tracking, bonded inventory control system, vendor managed inventory, and VAT tracking for recovery on export of finished goods. SinoHub, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, China.

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in expansion financing, growth capital, management buyout, recapitalization, industry consolidation, corporate spinout, and early stage financing transactions. The firm prefers to make investments in companies engaged in the technology and life sciences sectors. Within the technology sector, it invests in software as a service, technology enabled services, Internet/new media, financial services information technology, healthcare information technology with capital requirements of up to $25 million, and internet-based businesses. Within the life sciences sector, the firm invests in molecular and point-of-care diagnostics, medical devices, regenerative medicine, and specialty pharmaceuticals. It invests throughout United States and Canada. The firm primarily invests between $10 million and $25 million in growth equity financing and between $5 million and $10 million in early-stage financing. It typically invests in the capital structures including owner financed and bootstrapped companies, corporate division or business unit, and venture capitalbacked seeking a growth partner. The firm seeks primary or minority ownership in the portfolio company. It prefers to invest in companies having proprietary technology and intellectual property. The firm was formerly known as Lancaster Corporation. Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. was founded in 1953 and is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania with an additional office in Weston, Massachusetts.

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Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (MREIC) is a real estate investment trust. It owns, manages, and leases properties to investment-grade tenants on long-term leases. The firm invests in the public equity and real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in industrial properties and holds a portfolio of REIT securities. Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation was founded in 1968 and is based in Freehold, New Jersey.

T3 Motion, Inc. is engaged in the design, manufacturing and marketing of personal mobility vehicles powered by electric motors. The Company’s initial product is the T3Series, an electric stand-up vehicle (ESV) designed specifically for public and private security personnel that is powered by a quiet zero-gas emission electric motor. The CT Micro Car is a four-wheel electric car. In September 2009, it introduced the CT Micro Car, a four wheeled electric car categorized as a low-speed vehicle (LSV) and a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV).

XZERES Wind Corp., formerly Cascade Wind Corp., Inc., is engaged in the business of designing, developing, and marketing small wind turbine systems and related equipment for electrical power generation, specifically for use in residential, small business, rural electric utility systems, other rural locations, and other infrastructure applications globally. The Company works with manufacturers of inverters, lightning protection equipment and towers to integrate their equipment into the products. In January 2011, the Company announced the opening of its European Subsidiary, XZERES Wind Europe Ltd.

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