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The paper and printing specialist has got rid of its preference share baggage, has changed its board and management and is generating strong cash flow. Its stock trades at a 40% discount to its net tangible assets and almost half its valuation is cash. This looks to be great value.


The stock in the paper and print specialist is unloved and over looked but Spicers is producing positive cash flow. The balance sheet has been repaired to a large degree and a new board and management are focused on product lines and cost reduction. This stock trades at a 40% discount to its net tangible assets and is aggressively improving profitability. Management and the major shareholder, a Wall Street based hedge fund Coastal Capital are highly incentivised to generate big returns after a long-period of pain. It’s a high risk, hopefully high reward stock.


017 has been a huge year for Spicers, and its change of name from PaperlinX was the least of it. The group finally cleaned up its capital structure which had been a millstone around its neck and has a new board and management intent on aggressively cutting costs. The group issued 1.4bn shares to buy out the $285m worth of preference shares issued back in 2007. Now these “hybrid” holders own 68% of the expanded capital, and it delivers a New York hedge fund Coastal Capital a 14% stake. Here in Australia the two biggest paper distributors have merged, creating a big opportunity for Spicers to boost its sales in this struggling market. Last, the group’s FY17 result shows that this company can produce substantial cash flow relative to its market cap, having reported cash inflows of $6.3m versus an outflow of $13.7m in the prior year.


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10 Jul, 2019

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SPICERS: RESEARCH TIP UPDATES - JULY 2019 10 Jul, 2019 9c09b8c3 View Research
SPICERS: RESEARCH TIP UPDATES - JANUARY 2019 23 Jan, 2019 e0a699c1 View Research
SPICERS: RESEARCH TIP UPDATES - November 2018 21 Nov, 2018 ee430408 View Research
SPICERS: THE DIVIDEND REPORT - OCTOBER 2018 17 Oct, 2018 fcabe401 View Research
SPICERS LTD: RESEARCH TIP UPDATES - OCTOBER 2018 02 Oct, 2018 adf587dd View Research
SPICERS LTD: FY18 REPORTING SEASON - AUGUST 2018 29 Aug, 2018 a749e1d8 View Research
SPICERS: NEW STOCK UPDATES - JUNE 2018 27 Jun, 2018 35aae000 View Research
SPICERS: RESEARCH TIP UPDATES - MAY 2018 22 May, 2018 6cc13a8e View Research
SPICERS: RESEARCH TIP UPDATES - MARCH 2018 29 Mar, 2018 d3c5b0d0 View Research
SPICERS: RESEARCH TIP - NOVEMBER 2017 30 Nov, 2017 fdaedf6d View Research