A123 Systems Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of A123 Systems (Nasdaq: AONE  ) fell 12% today after the company announced a dilutive stock offering.

So what: A123 plans to offer 18 million shares of common stock and $125 million of convertible subordinated notes, with an option for underwriters to purchase an additional 2.7 million shares and $18.75 million in notes. Pricing for shares and an interest rate for the notes have not been released, but the market isn’t happy about being diluted once again.

Now what: A123 Systems has shown promise for a long time, but its production just hasn't ramped up the way the company anticipated. Worse yet, A123 has burned cash at an incredible rate, plowing through $323 million from 2009 to 2010, with no end in sight to the losses. I wasn’t excited about shares earlier this month, and I see no reason to buy the dip today. Until A123 can show us some solid profits, investors are in for nothing but disappointment.

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  • Report this Comment On March 30, 2011, at 10:32 AM, buffalonate wrote:

    GE is part owner of them and I wouldn't be surprised if they end up buying them totally.

  • Report this Comment On March 30, 2011, at 11:03 AM, TMFFlushDraw wrote:


    Hmmm, they have a pretty small stake in the company right now and with a $1.0 billion price tag (with premium) and no sign of the cash burn slowing down I wonder about the logic behind a deal?

    It's an interesting idea...

    Travis Hoium

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