Investor Conference, Set for September 23
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Red Chip Review, the nation's
leading source of independent research on small- and micro-cap stocks, will
present an array of both value and growth stocks in San Diego on
September 23, 1999. Senior management from 12 small- and micro-cap companies
will present their stories at an investor conference hosted by The Red Chip
Review at the Westin Harbor Island Hotel.
Unify Corporation (Nasdaq: UNFY) leads the parade of presenting companies
at 8 a.m. Its stock has nearly doubled since The Red Chip Review initiated
coverage on July 28 -- spurred on by the announcement last week of an
extension of its developer partnership with Red Hat Software and its Linux 6.0
operating system. With two decades of leadership in the database and
application development field, UNFY has the experience and expertise in
database connectivity crucial to businesses eager to create Internet revenue
Completing the day with its presentation will be Titan Corporation
(NYSE: TTN), representing the more than 100 companies not followed by The Red
Chip Review that are a part of the The Red Chip Register, an online product of
RedChip.com featuring profiles of small- and micro-cap companies. Investors
may access these profiles free of charge at www.redchip.com by clicking on the
button "RedChip Register."
* Bel Fuse Inc. (Nasdaq: BELFA) is currently increasing both its sales
and engineering presence in the telecommunications and networking
industries by developing and supplying custom magnetic components that
filter interference in the new high-speed voice, data, and video
applications. At 9x trailing earnings, BELFA is undervalued when
compared to the industry P/E of 24x. The recent acquisition of Lucent
Signal Transformer Group will enable BELFA to leverage its existing
filter business and infrastructure.
* Measurement Specialties, Inc. (Amex: MSS) boasts a five-year EPS growth
rate of 26%. MSS' development and marketing of such digital electronic
devices as electronic bath, kitchen, and postal scales, coupled with
its ability to adapt advanced aerospace technology for consumer and
industrial use, have noticeably increased revenues. The Company's goal
is to achieve 50% of its revenues from the industrial sensor business
* Using its team of scientists, physicians, engineers, and business
consultants, Exponent, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPO) solves product, equipment,
and service failures for companies in over 50 technical disciplines.
The Company's services range from fracture analysis to environmental
risk assessment. EXPO has spent the past five years rebuilding itself
while achieving a EPS compound annual growth rate of 45%.
* Advanced Marketing Services (Nasdaq: ADMS) distributes discounted books
to nontraditional outlets such as Costco, Sam's Club, Internet sites,
and office product superstores. In FY99, the Company served 822 of the
832 membership warehouse club locations in the United States and
Canada. With strong sales from bestsellers, and from the Oprah Winfrey
book club titles, ADMS enjoyed a stellar 1Q00, increasing earnings on a
year-over-year basis for the ninth consecutive quarter. A robust
balance sheet ($30 million in cash, no long-term debt) suggests
potential for expansion in two particular areas: e-commerce and
* From a single roll of film, Seattle Film Works (Nasdaq: FOTO) can
develop prints, slides, images stored on a floppy disk or CD; deliver
photos as digital images via email; and now, offer free scanning and
archiving of photos on the Company's server for regular customers.
FOTO's Web site, which currently holds more than 30 million images,
should increase the Company's customer base. FOTO is also partnering
with Vstream, which will allow FOTO customers to record a verbal
message over the phone. The message is then sent as an audio attachment
along with emailed photos.
* Titan Corporation (NYSE: TTN) provides integrated communications and
information technology solutions to the U.S. military, government
agencies, and commercial businesses, as well as to a separate division
in food pasteurization and medical product sterilization. TTN has
annual sales of $400 million, with a current backlog of over $1
billion. Sales for 2Q99 grew 19%, with net income rising 32% over 2Q98.
* Six years ago, Summa Industries (NYSE: SUMX) launched an acquisition
campaign that has brought the Company to the forefront of the plastics
industry. Over the past five years, sales have grown at 110% per year
and earnings at nearly 35% per year. In 3Q99, revenue leapt 34% over
the same period last year. SUMX meets the needs of manufacturers as
they look to replace costly natural materials with light and durable
plastics that perform as conveyor belts and chains for the food
processing industry; as fittings, valves, filters, and tubing for the
agricultural irrigation industry; and as lenses for commercial light
* Although the stock price of National R.V. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NVH)
has risen over 7% in the past three months, we still believe the stock
is undervalued. A manufacturer of Class A motor homes and fifth-wheel
trailers, NVH has increased its revenues fivefold over the past four
years, to $360 million. NVH plans to continue this trend by introducing
several new models in the 2000 model year.
* Supply, not demand, is the current challenge for the temporary staffing
services industry. However, Barrett Business Services, Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBSI) is continuing an acquisition strategy and holding its
own with a 2.6% increase in revenues from 1Q98 to 1Q99. Overall margin
improvements resulted in a net income increase of $0.10, compared with
$0.05 in 1Q98.
* Berry Petroleum Company (NYSE: BRY) locates, extracts, and sells crude
oil and natural gas in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles County.
The Company capitalized on its own financial health as oil prices
dropped in 1998, purchasing a 700-acre oil field in Placerita, Calif.
BRY also owns three cogeneration facilities, which produce electricity
and steam. We believe BRY is positioned to increase earnings
substantially as oil prices rebound.
"The Red Chip Review Investor Conference 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 Wall Street professionals."
The Red Chip Review Investor Conference is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the Westin Harbor Island Hotel in San Diego. Tickets are free for
subscribers of The Red Chip Review, $30 for nonsubscribers, and $45 at the
door. Each ticket holder receives the latest two-page comprehensive analysis
on each of the presenting companies that are covered by The Red Chip Review. A
nutritious sit-down lunch also will be provided free by The Red Chip Review.
A reception sponsored by the presenting companies will begin at 4:30 p.m.
Investors will have an opportunity to meet the top executives of this
promising group of companies, which have been screened through Red Chip's
demanding selection criteria and tough objective analyses.
Typically, companies followed by The Red Chip Review are undervalued and
underfollowed, yet they show exciting promise. Because they are smaller, they
are usually nimbler in taking advantage of opportunities, and are often in the
early stages of development. They tend to be fast-growing, possess a leading
technology, or in some way have a unique story.
The Red Chip Review provides in-depth research and analysis on
approximately 200 publicly traded small-capitalization companies across
28 industry sectors. The Red Chip Review is published biweekly. Visit the Red
Chip Web site at www.redchip.com.
Those unable to attend the conference in San Diego may hear it live over
vcall.com. Beginning on Sept. 27, growth and value investors may listen to
individual company presentations, also over vcall.com. Subscribers to
StreetEvents.com may also hear the conference live over the Internet.
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