Cimetrix cheap? Looking for shareholders

This is an unusual post and serves primarily as a request for information from other Cimetrix shareholders.

Cimetrix (OTCMKTS:CMXX) looks like a “dark” stock that could be quite cheap. Cimetrix develops software for precision equipment manufacturers serving the semiconductor, photovoltaic, LED, and related industries. The company is a relatively young dark company, having deregistered its stock with the SEC in 2015. That means you’ll not find it in an old publication like Walkers Manual of Unlisted Stocks.

The company did 1 for 10,000 reverse stock split in December 2014 to reduce the number of shareholders of record to below 300, allowing the company to go dark. In 2016 the company did a 1,000 for 1 forward stock split. Adjusted for the splits, shareholders received $1.50 per share in the going private transaction.

As of August 1, 2017, Cimetrix has 3,919,350 shares outstanding and 4,890,500 fully diluted. At the current ask price of $1.75, Cimetrix’ market cap is $6.9m. Taking the fully diluted share count it’s $8.6m

Insider ownership seems quite low, because the company mentions the following in the latest proxy statement:

No one Company director, executive or employee has a 5% or more ownership position in the Company and no one Company director, executive or employee has a 9% or more fully diluted ownership position in the Company.

The company provides some information to shareholders on its blog. In the latest mid-year update Cimtrex reported revenues of $4m for the first six months of 2017, up more than 40% year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA was $600K+ for the period. The company had $2.5m in cash and no debt.

Cimetrix also seems to buy stock from shareholders who contact the company:

As a result of generating positive cash flow from operations, Cimetrix was able to continue providing liquidity for shareholders that contacted the Company. Prior to going private, the Company had over 4.5M shares outstanding, adjusted for stock splits. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had fewer than 3.9M shares outstanding. This means that every current shareholder’s ownership percentage has increased by over 15%.

It looks like Cimetrex has quite a bit of excess cash on the balance sheet and that business is good, thanks to demand from the currently strong semiconductor industry and markets for capital equipment.

Unfortunately, that’s as far as I’ve been able to get. I do not have any recent financial statements or annual reports of the company. I’ve e-mailed the company several times requesting the financials or the latest annual report, but they have not replied. The company’s profile on mentions that “Cimetrix is a privately-owned company as of 26 December 2014”, this choice of words is also a bad sign.

That’s why I’m now publishing this post. If you are a Cimetrix shareholder and have more information about the recent financial performance of the company, I would like to get in touch with you to discuss the company. You can contact me here.

I have a very small position in the stock.

Disclosure: long Cimetrix (OTCMKTS:CMXX)

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  1. Cimetrix posted another shareholder update today:

    The highlights: “[…] Cimetrix is seeing the results of its growth initiatives, as revenues for the first six months of 2018 were up over 24% year-over-year. In addition, during a discussion on the benefits of going private (which Cimetrix did at the end of 2014), management reported the benefits of going private exceeded its expectations and contributed to growing revenues at a CAGR over 18%, compared to the 6% CAGR as a public company from 2002 through 2013. Lastly, management reported that its balance sheet continues to get stronger, even as the company is able to make significant investments in its growth initiatives. The company continues to operate profitability on a quarterly basis, the company has no debt, and the company now has over $3M of cash.”

    I have still not seen any financials and would like to come into contact with other shareholders.

  2. Have been a shareholder since the early days and it’s been pretty daunting I believe the people that run the company are honest and concerned about the shareholders
    Recently traveled to San Francisco to see the Semiconwest show they had a spot in the smart factory Display showing a product along with industry biggies.
    There was a section of the booth where industry leader spoke and Cimetrix had 3 speakers there talking with what appeared to be end users there was allot of excitement around this Smart Manufacturing area and allot of people showed up for cimetrix presentations the future is looking bright for Cimetrix

  3. Looks like Cimetrix was quite cheap at the time of this post. The company announced on November, 17 it was being acquired by PDF Solutions:

    Yesterday the completion of the transaction was announced:

    The price was $35.0 million, net of cash on Cimetrix’s balance sheet and subject to some other possible adjustments. With the limited info that CMXX put out over the last few years, it was possible to make some semi-educated guesses about the per share consideration that was being paid. There were a decent number of trades north of $6.00. There’s currently still a bid out at $6.75 (even though the transaction is supposedly completed), so I guess the merger consideration should be very close to this amount.

    On the day the transaction was announced it was possible to pick up shares around $5.00. I bought a little at the time, but I began doubting myself and sold for a small gain a couple of days later.

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