Monday, May 31, 2010

Ecoya 2010 Full Year Profit: More of the same to come?

Ecoya Ltd [ECO.NZ] had its IPO listing on May 3 2010 and its 2010 full year profit snuck out to the market late last Friday isn't going to blow out all the candles on your celebratory cake.

For starters the loss indicated by management in its prospectus, at $2.35 million, is almost $100,000.00 more than forecast on revenue of $3.9 million.

The loss is around 250% more than the previous year.

These forecasts were stated in the Ecoya Prospectus just 2 months ago.

The differences in forecasts and actual results were explained variously as unexpected stocktaking and variances in customer receipts.

There is also some more expense for shareholders down the line with up to $675,000 to be lent to "employees" (see directors) to buy ECO shares. This sum is 6.5% of the $10.1 million raised.

To be fair the company is in its listed infancy but it has been operated by the current management for a number of years as a private business so they should have an accurate handle of the way the business operates by now and quite clearly they don't.

I would rather have seen the company under promise and therefore over deliver but the current result would put a sout taste in the mouth of shareholders, especially considering ECO shares are down more than 10% thus far.

Having been a negative bugger, their first profit report as a listed company shouldn't rule out any sort of recovery in company fortunes sometime in the future but to kick off business in this manner isn't a good look.


Ecoya main shares are trading at 89c on extremely low volumes, its low for the year.

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