#2 scares me a bit because it appears like what ADES did, however PFSW already distributed most of their money to shareholders in a particular dividend final yr, they do not have an enormous money steadiness burning a gap of their pocket.
Offering 3PL companies to the retail business, you’d anticipate PFSW to be within the midst of a covid hangover just like UPS/FDX or Amazon, however the firm has continued to develop on high of their covid beneficial properties and are equally guiding to 5-10% income progress and 6-8% standalone EBITDA margin in 2023 (on their latest convention name, 2023 is off to an “very robust begin” and later a “phenomenal begin”). Additionally they present their estimate of public firm prices of two% of income that may very well be eradicated by both a strategic acquirer or if the corporate was taken non-public. Following the 2021 asset sale and particular dividend, PFSW has a clear steadiness sheet with $30MM in internet money.
PFSW reported earnings on the 14th, its down about 30% since then regardless of no detrimental information popping out of the earnings report or the convention name. My guess is both somebody is getting liquidated, it is a comparatively illiquid inventory, or the income steerage is getting picked up by knowledge aggregators as a big lower. PFSW had a unusual contract the place their GAAP income was distorted greater, however that ran off final yr, their GAAP income will now match their beforehand reported “service charge income”.
The sale course of has dragged on longer than anticipated, they needed to decorate up the corporate on the market and by the point the makeover was carried out, the markets have modified only a bit. There ought to consumers for this enterprise, dozens of personal 3PL suppliers would make strategic sense and loads of center market PE outlets that may be .
Disclosure: I personal shares of PFSW and calls