It's been more than four years since the last, and only, time the Fool has covered textbook-hawker Varsity Group
Varsity originally joined the Nasdaq in a February 2000 initial public offering at a $10 share price. February, you say? 2000? Yes, indeed. And you're right to be incredulous. The company could hardly have picked a worse time to come public as a schoolbook-selling-over-the-Internet dot-com than the very start of the bursting of the dot-com bubble. In fact, within a month of its IPO, Varsity was well on its way to falling under the $5 share price threshold for trading on the Nasdaq. It continued to fall over subsequent months and years, eventually reaching its nadir at $0.06 per share.
Traders who believe there is such a thing as being able to "time" the market are no doubt now crowing about how they turned their buys in Varsity at that price into 100-baggers now that the stock is trading well over $6 a stub. One investor who is probably feeling pretty proud of his buy decision is famed value investor, author of One Up on Wall Street, and Motley Fool Hidden Gems idol Peter Lynch, who owns nearly 7% of Varsity's stock. For the rest of us, it's just good to know that the company is back among the ranks of the non-penny stocks. That should earn it a full write-up on Yahoo!
After all, Varsity faces stiff competition in the educational textbook market. Market titans eBay
Fool contributor Rich Smith has no interest in any of the companies mentioned in this article.