To help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Acme United (ACU – $17.29) donated 150,000 disposable respirator masks, worth about $500,000, to the non-profit organization MAP International.
Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO of Acme, said, “We are very fortunate to be able to help the humanitarian efforts, and I’m delighted to announce this donation.”
The key to containing Ebola is having enough medical supplies. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Africa at the moment, where the affected countries have a shortage of medical staff and goods to treat the patients. As a result, the disease continues to spread.
Exactly for that reason the chance of Ebola becoming a pandemic in the Western world is minimal. However, it does mean that countries and cities in North America and Europe need to prepare themselves in case they’re confronted with infected people coming from Africa.
This is where Acme’s first aid brand Pac-Kit can be [click to continue…]
Although MCW Energy Group (TSXV:MCW – $0.84 & OTCQB:MCWEF – $0.75) is a Canadian Company, it conducts almost all of its business in the United States.
The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary MCW Fuels is engaged in the marketing and sale of unleaded and diesel land fuel products and related services in Southern California. MCW Fuels also holds a 51% interest in MCW Oil Sands Recovery, which is engaged in a tar sands mining and oil processing operation using a closed-loop solvent based extraction system that recovers bitumen from surface mining.
While the fuel distributing business has been the only source of revenues for MCW Energy so far – $431.9 million in fiscal year 2013 – we’re mostly attracted to this Company because of its revolutionary oil sands recovery business.
The timing of this recommendation is ideal as the oil sands extraction technology was successfully demonstrated for the first time just a couple of weeks ago. [click to continue…]
Innovative Food Holdings’ (IVFH – $1.57) stock price was on a roll the past week. After Smallcaps.us recommended the stock last week at $1.35, it closed at $1.57 yesterday, up 16 percent and it had even been as high as $1.75, or up 30 percent, during the week.
In itself this is a nice achievement, but it makes it even more remarkable knowing through how much turmoil the markets went the past five trading days.
The Company didn’t issue any news and volumes weren’t extremely high, so these were all savvy small cap investors picking up cheap Innovative Food shares. This truly demonstrates the power of investing in small cap stocks. These little ones don’t follow the whims of major Wall Street indexes, they’re in a category of their own.
It’s just a matter of doing your homework and buying undervalued companies that already have a solid business, like Acme United or Innovative Food, or companies that are on the brink of a breakthrough with an extraordinary [click to continue…]
Innovative Food Holdings (IVFH – $1.35) enables, through a fully managed specialty food platform, the distribution of direct from source specialty food products in the United States. The Company has had 19 consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue growth and is trading at a P/E of 5.2, excluding one-time items.
The Company receives orders from its customers and then works closely with its suppliers and warehouse facilities to have the orders fulfilled within 24 to 72 hours. In order to maintain freshness and quality, suppliers are carefully selected based upon their quality, uniqueness, reliability and access to overnight courier services.
In the professional foodservice channel, Innovative Food Holdings’ platform manages the nationwide sales, sourcing and procurement, logistics, customer service and distribution of over 7,000 specialty food products. Many of Innovative Food Holdings’ products are used on a daily basis by some of the approximately 40,000 leading professional chefs across the United States. Customers include restaurants, hotels, country clubs, national chain accounts, casinos, hospitals and catering houses.
In the direct to consumer channel, the Company offers [click to continue…]
Calgary Tunneling, a subsidiary of Enterprise Group (E – $0.73), which is a consolidator of construction services companies operating in the energy, utility and transportation infrastructure industries, was awarded a significant waterway crossing project from a major Alberta based corporation.
Direct Pipe, one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly tunneling systems in the world, will be employed to install a 42-inch pipe casing under the Bow River in the city of Calgary, Alberta.
The value of this project is approximately $2.5 million and is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Direct Pipe, manufactured by Herrenknecht of Germany, is a sophisticated hybrid that incorporates the best features of both micro tunneling and horizontal directional drilling. It’s unique in both [click to continue…]
Verisante Technology (VRS – $0.15), a medical device company committed to commercializing innovative systems for the early detection of cancer, started the application process with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and sell the Aura, a device for the detection of skin cancer, in the United States.
Aura is a non-invasive Raman spectroscopy system designed to aid medical professionals in the detection of skin cancer. The system provides valuable information by identifying spectral changes associated with the biochemistry of skin cancer cells in less than a second; providing immediate results.
The Aura’s patent protected technology was jointly developed by the BC Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, and has already been used in a human clinical study spanning six years. Clinical results published in 2012 show that the technology offers a statistically significant improvement in the detection of skin cancer over current methods.
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Creative Learning Corporation (CLCN – $1.95), operating under the trade names of Bricks 4 Kidz, Challenge Island and Sew Fun Studios offers educational and enrichment programs to children ages 3-12+. Through a unique franchise business model that includes a proprietary curriculum and marketing strategies, the Company provides a wide variety of programs designed to enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills.
It’s amazing how fast Creative Learning’s number of franchises continues to grow. Early 2014, for example, Bricks 4 Kidz had 440 franchises and was active in 20 countries. Now, nine months later, CLCN just awarded its 614th franchise, a rise of 40%, and is already active in over 30 countries. This growth is also reflected in the Company’s financials.
Bricks 4 Kidz offers programs designed to teach principles of engineering, architecture and physics to children ages 3-12+ using LEGO bricks. Bricks 4 Kidz provides classes, both in school and after school, special events programs and [click to continue…]