Espial Group

ESP-T

Analysis and Opinions about ESP-T

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WAIT
WAIT
October 26, 2018

They haven't won many contracts lately. They had signed a deal with Rogers to make them look like Apple TV and more user-friendly, but lost that contract, then signed a few new contracts, but those revenues haven't come to fruition. He still holds it thought it's been going down. There's lot of cash on the balance sheet. He's waiting for them to sign more contracts. Frustrating. If things don't work it, the company might be sold. They've done poorly operationally.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
October 26, 2018

They haven't won many contracts lately. They had signed a deal with Rogers to make them look like Apple TV and more user-friendly, but lost that contract, then signed a few new contracts, but those revenues haven't come to fruition. He still holds it thought it's been going down. There's lot of cash on the balance sheet. He's waiting for them to sign more contracts. Frustrating. If things don't work it, the company might be sold. They've done poorly operationally.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$1.300
Owned
Yes
WEAK BUY
WEAK BUY
April 6, 2018

This has not done much for the past couple of years. They have a great balance sheet. They have signed a couple of contracts recently and have recently beat analyst earning expectations. He thinks this is a great take-over target and he has a large holding.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
April 6, 2018

This has not done much for the past couple of years. They have a great balance sheet. They have signed a couple of contracts recently and have recently beat analyst earning expectations. He thinks this is a great take-over target and he has a large holding.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$1.880
Owned
Yes
BUY
BUY
December 21, 2017

It has a ton of cash on the balance sheet. Some think this will be taken out in 2018. They signed a couple of deals and the stock is up today. It is cheap. It will take some time. We need them to ramp up.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
December 21, 2017

It has a ton of cash on the balance sheet. Some think this will be taken out in 2018. They signed a couple of deals and the stock is up today. It is cheap. It will take some time. We need them to ramp up.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.020
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
May 25, 2017

(A Top Pick May 12/16. Up 20%.) This has been in the news with a hedge fund trying to replace some people on the board. Feels there needs to be changes. The market cap is about 45% in cash. They have 2 companies that make up the majority of their revenue. He is hoping they can bring on some new customers.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
May 25, 2017

(A Top Pick May 12/16. Up 20%.) This has been in the news with a hedge fund trying to replace some people on the board. Feels there needs to be changes. The market cap is about 45% in cash. They have 2 companies that make up the majority of their revenue. He is hoping they can bring on some new customers.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.490
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
February 28, 2017

They are trying to defend cable companies from OTT (Over the Top) markets. With their set-top boxes software, they tried to make it look more like Apple TV so it is easier to use. Just reported a very big quarter. The business is doing fairly well and the stock is very cheap. About 50% of the market cap is in cash. He is waiting for deployment of a couple of the contracts that they’ve signed, and hopefully will see it coming in the next few quarters.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
February 28, 2017

They are trying to defend cable companies from OTT (Over the Top) markets. With their set-top boxes software, they tried to make it look more like Apple TV so it is easier to use. Just reported a very big quarter. The business is doing fairly well and the stock is very cheap. About 50% of the market cap is in cash. He is waiting for deployment of a couple of the contracts that they’ve signed, and hopefully will see it coming in the next few quarters.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.370
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Down 40.26%.) Rogers was using their product, but decided they were going to do it themselves. Ended up writing off $500,000, and are now signing up with a US company. This company still has a great product. They are selling it into Europe. Thinks there is good opportunity going out for the next 3 years. A very small, competitive industry.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
January 6, 2017

(A Top Pick Oct 16/15. Down 40.26%.) Rogers was using their product, but decided they were going to do it themselves. Ended up writing off $500,000, and are now signing up with a US company. This company still has a great product. They are selling it into Europe. Thinks there is good opportunity going out for the next 3 years. A very small, competitive industry.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$2.220
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
December 20, 2016

(Top Pick May 12/16, Up 1.44%) There was controversy with a contract they had with Rogers. They rolled out with a couple of other companies. The upside is quite strong and you will start to see other deals. It is a way to play the defense against cord cutting.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
December 20, 2016

(Top Pick May 12/16, Up 1.44%) There was controversy with a contract they had with Rogers. They rolled out with a couple of other companies. The upside is quite strong and you will start to see other deals. It is a way to play the defense against cord cutting.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.020
Owned
Yes
WATCH
WATCH
September 29, 2016

They were trying to help Rogers make set top boxes look like Apple TV. They have since cut cords. They have up to $1.50 of cash per share. He thinks there are activist shareholders looking to do something with this company. We need to see them start to do well operationally before buying.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
September 29, 2016

They were trying to help Rogers make set top boxes look like Apple TV. They have since cut cords. They have up to $1.50 of cash per share. He thinks there are activist shareholders looking to do something with this company. We need to see them start to do well operationally before buying.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.000
Owned
Unknown
WATCH
WATCH
September 22, 2016

So far it has been a bit of a disappointment. It is a show-me story. He is hoping for announcements in the near future.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
September 22, 2016

So far it has been a bit of a disappointment. It is a show-me story. He is hoping for announcements in the near future.

Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA
Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Mgr, Lester Asset Management
Price
$2.000
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
September 21, 2016

(A Top Pick Sept 23/15. Down 40.35%.) Makes software that goes into set-top boxes for cable. Has a new platform that effectively allows you to do more than just connect with your cable company, but has the YouTube’s and a lot of the other apps that are in some of the smart TVs. A big client was testing in order to put these into the next line of boxes, but then put a stop to the program, which had a big impact on the stock. Valuation wise, he is sure that a lot of value managers are looking at this right now. Has over $1 in cash on the balance sheet, and are just rolling out their product in Europe with a couple of big cable companies. He is out of this, but is watching from the sidelines.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
September 21, 2016

(A Top Pick Sept 23/15. Down 40.35%.) Makes software that goes into set-top boxes for cable. Has a new platform that effectively allows you to do more than just connect with your cable company, but has the YouTube’s and a lot of the other apps that are in some of the smart TVs. A big client was testing in order to put these into the next line of boxes, but then put a stop to the program, which had a big impact on the stock. Valuation wise, he is sure that a lot of value managers are looking at this right now. Has over $1 in cash on the balance sheet, and are just rolling out their product in Europe with a couple of big cable companies. He is out of this, but is watching from the sidelines.

Bruce Campbell (2)
President & Portfolio Manager, Stone Castle Investment Management Inc.
Price
$2.000
Owned
No
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
July 20, 2016

(A Top Pick Sept 28/15. Down 30.13%.) They try to help cable companies keep their clients from cord cutting. They were dealing with Rogers (RCI.B-T) and people suspected the contract was going to be cancelled, so the stock came off. Earnings growth has been kind of pushed out. They’ve signed a couple of contracts, and in the back half of this year will start to see them get deployed. Have about $1.60 a share in cash.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
July 20, 2016

(A Top Pick Sept 28/15. Down 30.13%.) They try to help cable companies keep their clients from cord cutting. They were dealing with Rogers (RCI.B-T) and people suspected the contract was going to be cancelled, so the stock came off. Earnings growth has been kind of pushed out. They’ve signed a couple of contracts, and in the back half of this year will start to see them get deployed. Have about $1.60 a share in cash.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.120
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
June 29, 2016

Owns a small position. They basically supply cable and telcos globally with the new interface. Started riding the ITP wave with a lot of the telecoms, and are now trying to help cable companies catch up to the telecoms, in terms of making it easier to navigate more user-friendly for video subscriptions, etc. Very contract driven. There is a long sales cycle before they land a deal to develop software for a large cable or a telco. The business will be a bit lumpy, but they are onto some very good contracts in Europe that are starting to kick in. Hopefully they will make some large announcements this year.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
June 29, 2016

Owns a small position. They basically supply cable and telcos globally with the new interface. Started riding the ITP wave with a lot of the telecoms, and are now trying to help cable companies catch up to the telecoms, in terms of making it easier to navigate more user-friendly for video subscriptions, etc. Very contract driven. There is a long sales cycle before they land a deal to develop software for a large cable or a telco. The business will be a bit lumpy, but they are onto some very good contracts in Europe that are starting to kick in. Hopefully they will make some large announcements this year.

Stephen Takacsy, B. Eng, MBA
Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Mgr, Lester Asset Management
Price
$2.140
Owned
Yes
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
May 12, 2016

Looking for people to cut the cord. They look like Apple TV. This quarter there will be revenue generation so this is the right time. He owns a big chunk. There is deep value here, but people got impatient.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
May 12, 2016

Looking for people to cut the cord. They look like Apple TV. This quarter there will be revenue generation so this is the right time. He owns a big chunk. There is deep value here, but people got impatient.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.100
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 8, 2016

(A Top Pick Feb 23/15. Down 29.07%.) This company is trying to help cable companies from competing against Netflix and everybody that is going over the top. They have software for the set-top boxes. Actually reported a great quarter that beat all expectations, but in the quarter they announced that they weren’t sure if they were going to go forward with one of their clients, so the stock sold off quite a bit. Have about $1.25 a share in cash. Enterprise Value is probably only about $40 million, where he thinks they are going to do $10 million EBITDA, so it is only trading around 4X 2016 EBITDA. Once you start to see the quarters come through, you should start to see the stock move up again.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
January 8, 2016

(A Top Pick Feb 23/15. Down 29.07%.) This company is trying to help cable companies from competing against Netflix and everybody that is going over the top. They have software for the set-top boxes. Actually reported a great quarter that beat all expectations, but in the quarter they announced that they weren’t sure if they were going to go forward with one of their clients, so the stock sold off quite a bit. Have about $1.25 a share in cash. Enterprise Value is probably only about $40 million, where he thinks they are going to do $10 million EBITDA, so it is only trading around 4X 2016 EBITDA. Once you start to see the quarters come through, you should start to see the stock move up again.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$2.210
Owned
Yes
HOLD
HOLD
November 19, 2015

(Market Call Minute.) They lost a customer which really concerned him. Have very high customer concentration and until he finds out what is going on with that customer he would consider this as a Hold.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
November 19, 2015

(Market Call Minute.) They lost a customer which really concerned him. Have very high customer concentration and until he finds out what is going on with that customer he would consider this as a Hold.

Peter Hodson
CEO & Head of Research, 5i Research Inc.
Price
$2.480
Owned
Unknown
HOLD
HOLD
October 21, 2015

This is really gaining traction. They have software that goes into set-top boxes for cable TVs. There has been cord cutting and people have gone to Apple TVs and 3rd-party suppliers. This company’s software can be embedded into those to give it a more friendly user look and to be able to surf the Internet, go on YouTube, etc. Their market is expanding. He thinks there are probably a lot of bigger telcos and cable companies that are watching to see what happens with these rollouts. They are just turning into the profitable state right now.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
October 21, 2015

This is really gaining traction. They have software that goes into set-top boxes for cable TVs. There has been cord cutting and people have gone to Apple TVs and 3rd-party suppliers. This company’s software can be embedded into those to give it a more friendly user look and to be able to surf the Internet, go on YouTube, etc. Their market is expanding. He thinks there are probably a lot of bigger telcos and cable companies that are watching to see what happens with these rollouts. They are just turning into the profitable state right now.

Bruce Campbell (2)
President & Portfolio Manager, Stone Castle Investment Management Inc.
Price
$3.670
Owned
Unknown
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
October 16, 2015

$133 million market cap and $48 million in cash. For a tech company to have a 2% free cash flow yield, it is a good thing. They make a TV browser which is based on HTML5. 2 years ago they announced a multimillion dollar multiyear contract with an unnamed tier 1 cable operator in North America. This will be used for set-top boxes as well as tablets and cell phones. The rumour is that it is Rogers. The product is expected to be launched between now and the end of the year.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
October 16, 2015

$133 million market cap and $48 million in cash. For a tech company to have a 2% free cash flow yield, it is a good thing. They make a TV browser which is based on HTML5. 2 years ago they announced a multimillion dollar multiyear contract with an unnamed tier 1 cable operator in North America. This will be used for set-top boxes as well as tablets and cell phones. The rumour is that it is Rogers. The product is expected to be launched between now and the end of the year.

Robert McWhirter
President, Selective Asset Management
Price
$3.800
Owned
No
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
September 28, 2015

A value name in the tech sector. About 40% of their market cap is in cash. You are going to see revenues move up next year. There is very good growth here.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
September 28, 2015

A value name in the tech sector. About 40% of their market cap is in cash. You are going to see revenues move up next year. There is very good growth here.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$3.120
Owned
Yes
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
September 23, 2015

This company’s software can be put into a set-top box giving a lot of the extended features that people have become accustomed to. With all the “cord cutting” going on, cable companies are really looking for solutions to try to keep their customers, and this is a company that has that solution. Rogers (RCI.B-T) is one of their customers. Stock is super cheap. There is $1.70 in share price that is just cash. Trading at really low multiples.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
September 23, 2015

This company’s software can be put into a set-top box giving a lot of the extended features that people have become accustomed to. With all the “cord cutting” going on, cable companies are really looking for solutions to try to keep their customers, and this is a company that has that solution. Rogers (RCI.B-T) is one of their customers. Stock is super cheap. There is $1.70 in share price that is just cash. Trading at really low multiples.

Bruce Campbell (2)
President & Portfolio Manager, Stone Castle Investment Management Inc.
Price
$3.470
Owned
Yes
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
June 19, 2015

(A Top Pick July 30/14. Up 5.59%.) The earnings growth is going to come through. Has been a very volatile stock. At the end of last year, they didn’t end up signing a contract that people thought they were going to sign, but got it 2 weeks later, and the stock had a big run up. Every quarter revenues and margins have been better than he expected. The revenue base is not huge right now, but the deployment after these 3 signed contracts, is where you are going to start to see earnings lift over the next couple of years. A good entry point.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
June 19, 2015

(A Top Pick July 30/14. Up 5.59%.) The earnings growth is going to come through. Has been a very volatile stock. At the end of last year, they didn’t end up signing a contract that people thought they were going to sign, but got it 2 weeks later, and the stock had a big run up. Every quarter revenues and margins have been better than he expected. The revenue base is not huge right now, but the deployment after these 3 signed contracts, is where you are going to start to see earnings lift over the next couple of years. A good entry point.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$3.550
Owned
Yes
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
February 23, 2015

He talked about it 6 months ago. There was slippage in the signing of a contract from end of last year into the beginning of this year. Earnings coming out this Thursday and should be good.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
February 23, 2015

He talked about it 6 months ago. There was slippage in the signing of a contract from end of last year into the beginning of this year. Earnings coming out this Thursday and should be good.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$3.140
Owned
Yes
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 26, 2014

They try to help cable providers beat some of the companies, such as Netflix. Have signed one large deal which he thinks is going to be deployed later on in the year. Stock has come off quite a bit in the last number of months. Feels half the market cap is in cash, and there will be some deployment coming in the back half or early part of 2015. Earnings are about to start to come through. Have done fairly well operationally. Surprised on the upside each quarter for the last three quarters. People were expecting them to sign another deal before year-end, but that was pushed out so the stock has come off for the moment.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
November 26, 2014

They try to help cable providers beat some of the companies, such as Netflix. Have signed one large deal which he thinks is going to be deployed later on in the year. Stock has come off quite a bit in the last number of months. Feels half the market cap is in cash, and there will be some deployment coming in the back half or early part of 2015. Earnings are about to start to come through. Have done fairly well operationally. Surprised on the upside each quarter for the last three quarters. People were expecting them to sign another deal before year-end, but that was pushed out so the stock has come off for the moment.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$1.410
Owned
Yes
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
July 30, 2014

Just signed with a tier one communications company. Cable companies are losing a lot of business to Netflix. Are going to try to enhance the cable experience to subscribers.

Espial Group (ESP-T)
July 30, 2014

Just signed with a tier one communications company. Cable companies are losing a lot of business to Netflix. Are going to try to enhance the cable experience to subscribers.

Peter Imhof
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, AGF Investments Inc
Price
$3.220
Owned
Yes
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