Disclosures

Bel Fuse Inc.

Disclosure

  • B. Riley & Co., LLC does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports.
  • A portion of this analyst’s compensation is based on the sales, trading and investment banking activities of B. Riley & Co., LLC.
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Ratings Distribution as of March 27, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total Number of Companies with
Investment Banking Relationships
Percent of Total
Buy 158 67.8% 19 8.2%
Neutral 74 31.8% 1 0.4%
Sell 1 0.4% 0 0.0%
Total 233 100% 20 8.6%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect "Buy" rated stocks to materially outperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly attractive.
  • Neutral: We generally believe "Neutral" rated stocks will perform roughly in line with the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 over the intermediate and long term.
  • Sell: We generally expect "Sell" rated stocks to materially underperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly unattractive.

Risks and Considerations

  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company actively evaluates potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy. Acquisitions pursued by the Company could be dilutive to financial results and result in a difficult, dilutive or expensive integration.
  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company recently completed acquisition(s). If the Company fails to successfully integrate the acquisition, the deal may lead to disappointing returns.
  • Commodity Costs - Should commodity prices for the Company's resources increase, the Company's operating margins could be harmed.
  • Competition - The industry is highly competitive and many of the Company's competitors have greater resources.
  • Currency Exposure - Since the Company purchases its finished goods from foreign manufacturers and sell its products in transactions denominated in U.S dollars, a weakening of the U.S dollar could negatively impact the Company.
  • Cyclical Nature of the Company's Business - Revenue from the Company's businesses have historically correlated positively with both US and world GDP. A cyclical downturn in GDP growth domestically and/or abroad may lead to a material deterioration in the Company's results.
  • Discretionary Spending - The products the Company sells are largely discretionary in nature and any slowdown in consumer spending would have an unfavorable impact on the Company.
  • Distribution/Sales Dependency - The Company relies heavily on its indirect sales channel for much of its sales. A loss of a major distributor or changes in a distributor's payment practices could prove to be detrimental to future sales growth.
  • Dividend - The Company could choose to eliminate its dividend.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Execution - Management may not execute well on its restructuring efforts as it allocates capital and human resources towards acquisitions and related integration, possibly resulting in lower margins and cash flow.
  • Financial Results - Any slow down or other changes in the capital spending pattern of the industry may negatively affect the Company's sales.
  • Financial Results - Due to the Company's relatively small revenue base and fixed operating cost structure, the loss or delay of one large license deal or services contract could significantly impact the bottom line.
  • Financial Results - The Company has raised money via public offerings several times in the past and may need to do so again if it can not sustain positive cash flow.
  • Financial Results - The Company's business is affected by the general IT spending environment especially as customers delay purchases of IT equipment.
  • Financial Results - Unpredictable timing of customer orders.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • Industry Change - The industry is subject to rapid technological change.
  • Intellectual Property - The Company's business is dependent upon the licensing of its intellectual property (IP) to customers. Should the Company fail to maintain its IP or should the Company infringe upon another vendor's IP, financial results could be negatively impacted.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • Inventory risk - Depending on market conditions, the Company's gross margins could come under pressure if market prices quickly fall within a three to five week time frame.
  • Labor - The Company has a large number of full-time employees and is party to several collective bargaining agreements that cover some of these employees. Additionally, the Company is facing rising labor costs.
  • Litigation - The industry is litigious and the Company is likely to be involved in lawsuits, whether future or current. Negative results in these cases could result in significant cash payments by the Company.
  • Loss of Key Personnel - In our opinion, the current management team will be instrumental in executing the Company's growth strategy. The resignation of a key member of management would have a negative impact on the Company.
  • Manufacturer/Supplier Dependency - The Company relies on a few key manufacturers/suppliers. This lack of diversification could create interruptions in the Company's supply of products and a corresponding loss of revenues.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Seasonality - The Company's results are highly seasonal.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Sales Cycle - The Company's sales cycle could lengthen beyond what is normal.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.