With oil prices hitting multi-decade highs on the news that Russian oil company YUKOS has been ordered to stop exporting oil, and trips to the shopping mall becoming increasingly expensive, is there an opportunity to be found in e-commerce companies?
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RedEnvelope is a micro cap with an enterprise value of $36 million. When was the last time you saw a recommended Internet stock selling at 56% of its enterprise value to revenue?
The company tarnished its image last Christmas when it had distribution glitches and lacked the inventory to meet holiday demand. The company, trying to show it has fixed these problems, said that fulfillment accuracy was 99% during Mother's Day and Father's Day. Even better, orders were processed with 24 hours of receipt, and personalized items -- a key category -- were also turned around in one day.
Gross margins, an important metric, increased from 49% to 53%. The company's top seller is jewelry -- an extremely high-margin item. If Sharper Image
The company is projecting revenue for this fiscal year (when ends in March) of up to $97 million and a loss of up to $3 million. Considering that RedEnvelope has no debt and $29 million in cash and equivalents, it can afford the loss while it builds business rapidly. Ah, but the wait for profitability will be short. Analysts estimate the company will earn $0.31 the following year.
RedEnvelope is a small but growing Internet franchise. Its stock is value-priced -- especially if buyers continue to find a trip via the Internet to be a better alternative than a trip to the mall.
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Fool contributor W.D. Crotty does not own stock in any of the companies mentioned.