rtunities In High-Performance Small-Cap Arena PORTLAND, Ore., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Twelve of the fastest-growing publicly traded companies present their stories to the public on May 8 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at a conference hosted by THE RED CHIP REVIEW. "This is a unique opportunity for individual investors to gain information on quality small-cap stocks directly from company management," said Marc Robins, editor-in-chief and publisher of THE RED CHIP REVIEW, the event's sponsor. "Most investor conferences are targeted for retail brokers and institutional money managers. The mission of THE RED CHIP REVIEW is to make available to individual investors information that is generally available only to the profession." THE RED CHIP REVIEW Investor Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SunBurst Resort in Scottsdale. Tickets are free for subscribers to THE RED CHIP REVIEW, $30 for nonsubscribers. Admission includes a two-page comprehensive analysis by RED CHIP's expert analysts on each of the 12 presenting companies, plus a healthy sit-down lunch provided free by THE RED CHIP REVIEW. At the May 8 conference, investors will meet the top executives from 12 promising companies that have made it through RED CHIP's demanding selection criteria and tough objective analysis. Mobile Mini, Inc. (Nasdaq: MINI) RED CHIP Rating: A MINI is attracting special attention at the Scottsdale conference. A manufacturer and lessor of mobile steel containers used for on-site and off-site storage, MINI is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, with operations in five Southwestern states including California, Texas and Nevada. Propelled by a 39% increase in leasing related revenues, Mobile Mini grew its earnings by 150% in 1997. Other companies presenting at the conference include: Three Five Systems (NYSE: TFS) RED CHIP Rating: A TFS is an Arizona-based turnaround story that increased its sales last year by 39% and started this year with the highest backlog in its history. TFS specializes in LCD (liquid crystal display) technologies and boasts the highest volume LCD manufacturing line in North America. Visit their Web site at www.threefive.com. Cell Robotics, International (OTC: CRII) RED CHIP Rating: B CRII has developed a series of laser instruments for medical, biological, and genetic applications. CRII is now introducing medical devices designed for sale to broader commercial markets. These include: an In-Vitro Fertilization Workstation; the Lasette, a laser finger perforator for blood sampling for glucose monitoring and the Erbium: YAG dermatology laser. Visit its Web site at www.kumo.swcp.com/cell. Air Methods Corp. (Nasdaq: AIRM) RED CHIP Rating: B AIRM maintains and operates one of the nation's largest fleets of emergency medical aircraft with 39 helicopters and three airplanes located in 16 states. With three record quarters ('97 revenues rose 28% over '96) under its belt, AIRM is an undervalued growth stock. Datum, Inc. (Nasdaq: DATM) RED CHIP Rating: B DATM produces and markets time-measurement products used to enhance the performance of telecommunications systems. The current slowdown in the PCS build out has pressured the stock, offering the long-term investor an opportunity to invest at 1996 prices. Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MYGN) RED CHIP Rating: B MYGN has a patent on a genetic process for diagnosing susceptibility to 47 different mutations of the BRAC 1 gene for breast cancer. The company also holds a patent for its ingenious "linkage analysis" process. Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. (Nasdaq: PHHM) RED CHIP Rating: B PHHM has successfully carved out a niche selling high-end manufactured homes with custom floor plans. Its transition from manufacturer to marketer and retailer should enable Palm Harbor to capture market share in the outstanding growth of retail home sales. Visit its Web site at www.palmharbor.com. Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: RUSH) RED CHIP Rating: B RUSH operates 13 one-stop-shopping truck dealerships in the Southwest. With current expansion and acquisition plans in place, and trading at a discount to its peers, RUSH holds potential for the long-term investor. SOS Staffing (Nasdaq: SOSS) RED CHIP Rating: A SOSS, a temporary staffing company focusing on the light industrial, clerical, and "hot" information technology sector, has grown at a 31% compound annual rate over the last four years. SOSS is expanding nationwide through an aggressive acquisition strategy as well as internal growth, which continues at a 20% rate. Visit its Web site at www.sosstaffing.com. TAVA Technologies (Nasdaq: TAVA) RED CHIP Rating: B TAVA, formerly known as TOPRO, provides industrial information and engineering services to design and assess factory automated systems. TAVA is experiencing a rapid rise in business opportunities resulting from the Year 2000 issue and, as a result, its stock has risen by more than 1,000% in the last year. THQ, Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) RED CHIP Rating: A THQI develops, publishes, and distributes entertainment software, primarily for console and hand-held entertainment devices. New management and a change in strategy in 1995 marked a turnaround for the company and the beginning of a rapid ascent in revenues and profits. THQI's 1997 revenues were up 78% and earnings skyrocketed 390%. Vari-L Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: VARL) RED CHIP Rating: B VARL designs and manufactures patented signal-source and signal-processing components that enable wireless signals to be sent over the airwaves. Deployment of new wireless installations in Europe and North America drove demand, which helped produce a 74% increase in revenues for 3Q97 over 3Q96. Visit its Web site at www.vari-l.com. Biopool International (Nasdaq: BIPL) RED CHIP Rating: C BIPL develops, manufactures, and markets diagnostic test kits for the health care market. With 150 products already FDA approved, BIPL is looking to develop joint ventures as a way to develop broader market coverage. Companies followed by THE RED CHIP REVIEW are typically undervalued and underfollowed, yet they show exciting promise. Because they're smaller, they're usually more nimble companies, often in the early stages of development. They tend to be fast-growing, possess a leading technology, or have a unique story. THE RED CHIP REVIEW is the nation's leading source of information on small-cap stocks, providing in-depth research and analysis of approximately 300 publicly traded small-capitalization companies across 28 industry sectors. THE RED CHIP REVIEW is published biweekly. Visit its Web site at www.redchip.com. SOURCE The Red Chip Review -0- 04/22/98 /CONTACT: Linda Meyer of THE RED CHIP REVIEW, 800-RedChip, or 503-417-2243, or fax, 503-417-2256/ /Web site: www.redchip.com/ CO: Red Chip Review ST: Oregon IN: FIN SU: RTG -0- (PRN) Apr/22/98 08:05 EOS (PRN) Apr/22/98 08:05 86 â -0- (PRN) Apr/22/ 98 8:20
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