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64 cent TLK.V partners with tech titans

Danny Deadlock Danny Deadlock, TickerTrax
1 Comment| February 19, 2016


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Friday, February 19, 2016 | | 
64 Cent TLK.V Partners With Tech Titans
By Danny Deadlock, TickerTrax
"PILOT is honored to welcome Accenture, Akamai, Frankly, Google, Nielsen, Shareablee and Yahoo! to join with NAB as charter members of the initiative."
A recent news release from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced a new industry partnership that will Pioneer new technology for the Media industry. Five of these seven partners are multi-billion dollar companies… Frankly (TLK.V 64 cents) has a market cap of only $21 Million. Investors may be overlooking significant capital gain potential with TLK over the next 12 to 18 months.

Click to enlargeFrankly Inc. (TSX:V TLK, Stock Forum) (64 cents)
> Shares Outstanding: 32 Million
> 2016 Revenue: I would expect to be in the range of CDN $25 million and approaching break even.
> Valuation: Growing techs of this size with decent revenue (and not bleeding huge amounts of red ink), should be trading in the range of 1 to 2 times annual revenue. Assuming they hit CDN $25 million in 2016 and shares outstanding stay near 32 million, the fair value of TLK “should be” in the range of $1 to $2. Many factors could contribute to a far higher valuation by 2017 but I personally believe this is a “reasonable” expectation.
Lately Facebook has rallied on financials showing very strong revenue in the mobile advertising space. This is very encouraging news for companies like Frankly who specialize in mobile advertising solutions for media companies
Techs have struggled since August and Frankly is no different. In July they closed a $45M U.S. acquisition at $2.65 and the stock has been falling ever since (it hit bottom in January). Most of the reason is because they are a San Francisco tech with a very small American investor audience (an issue that will soon be addressed) - and Canadian investors are simply ignoring them.
But even as few know they exist as a public company, Frankly recently became a founding member of a tech consortium (called PILOT) for the broadcast media industry that includes incredible partners like Accenture, Akamai, Google, Nielsen, and Yahoo.
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Frankly is being valued by this market at only $21 million, has approx. 80 million active monthly users across its media platform, and is good enough to be chosen to work with this Blue Chip group. There is something wrong with this picture.
An investor would need patience with this speculation, but there MUST be more value here than the market is recognizing. It makes no sense to see it trading this low when they are working with multi-billion dollar technology companies.
Only seven companies in the world were chosen to form the foundation of PILOT and Frankly (in the mind of NAB) brings just as much to the table as the tech titans. They didn’t care that TLK had a very low market cap.... but I think investors should.
About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. NAB represents more than 8,300 radio and television stations plus all the major broadcast networks.
U.S. Broadcasting Industry:
17,254 total broadcast stations
245 million people listen to radio weekly
Cable TV has 38 million subscribers but an estimated 66 million rely on an antenna
Satellite users are in the range of 35 million
The media industry continues to worry about the declining numbers of TV users versus the Internet so they are being forced to look at new technologies that integrate the two – and FRANKLY will help lead this charge as this is their area of expertise (thanks to their summer 2015 acquisition).
Big Tech continues to command Enormous Valuations (and Bank Accounts). To grow they are willing to pay out huge amounts of cash and do stock swap deals using their high priced paper. All numbers below in U.S. dollars.
  • Twitter acquires Periscope - March (near $100M). An app for streaming video from a cell phone--was acquired before it even launched.
  • Dropbox acquires Clementine  - July (near $100M). Start-up focused on internal communication, such as conference calls and chat services.
  • Dropbox acquires CloudOn - January (near $100M). Israeli company that provided mobile applications for document editing and creation and had nine million users.
  • Microsoft acquires Sunrise Atelier - February (near $100M). Maker of a suite of calendar apps and programs founded in 2012.
  • Raycom Media acquires PureCars – October ($125M). Digital-ad firm with 140 employees.
  • Infosys acquires Panaya – March ($200M). One of India's largest software exporters.
  • Yahoo acquires Polyvore – July ($200M). Visual search engine for clothing, Polyvore, had nine million visitors to its websites and apps in June.
  • Samsung acquires LoopPay – February ($250M). LoopPay technology turned magnetic-stripe readers into a new type of tap-like payment system, requiring no contact with a card.
  • Northwestern Mutual acquires LearnVest – March ($250M). Personal financial planning.
  • PayPal acquires Paydiant – April ($280M). Powers payment apps for large businesses.
  • Amazon acquires Elemental Technologies – October ($296M). High-speed video-delivery systems and employed around 250 people.
  • Microsoft acquires Adallom – July ($320M). Cloud-access security provider, founded in 2012.
  • AxelSpringer acquires Business Insider – September ($343M).  Old media combined with online publications.
  • Amazon acquires Annapurna Labs – January ($370M). Israeli chip-maker.
  • NeuStar acquires MarketShare – November ($450M).  10-year-old marketing-analysis.
  • Pandora acquires TicketFly – October ($450M). Online ticket-buying portal.
  • Hitachi Data acquires Pentaho – February ($550M. Business intelligence, data integration, and analytics.
  • Cisco acquires Acano - November ($700M). Collaboration and conferencing software.
  • Adobe acquires Fotolia - January ($800M). Decade-old stock-photo site with 34 million images.
  • EMC acquires Virtustream – July ($1.2 Billion). Cloud-software and service provider founded in 2009.
January 2016 - Google’s umbrella company, Alphabet paid $380 million in stock to buy start-up Bebop from Diane Greene who sits on Alphabet’s board of directors. This was cloud computing related.
All of this demonstrates that big money is still being paid for takeovers and large companies are able to make these acquisitions using their stock. This benefits both the acquirer and shareholders of the takeover target as it allows them to pay Big $$.
November Corporate Presentation:
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Disclosure (shares always purchased in the open market):
Danny Deadlock owns 60,000 shares of TLK.


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Good Day The TLK story is a little confusing as to what they do, but has been on my radar for months now for its valuation drop, and I could get more interested on the next news. The small-cap market has been hammered for sure! fwiw My recent focus has been on EUO. Their buyback announced on Friday is just more icing on the cake. All these charts are terrible, but EUO's has closed in a better place now. Stay tuned!
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