Much like our interest in Opko Health ( OPK) is a new ( to us ) company that invests in other companies . By not investing in pure research OPK hopes to be at the stage – or closer to the stage of commercial development. In the case of TINY the company seeks out investments in the field of nanotechnology .
The portfolio of more than two dozen stocks is ” harvested ” as the investments are taken over by larger firms. At this point Harris is trying to raise its own profile . Until that happens the company is undervalued, unknown and unappreciated . This is a long term position for Jack A. Bass Managed Accounts.
Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (TINY)
|Bid:||2.86 x 3000|
|Ask:||4.27 x 1000|
|1y Target Est:||4.25|
|Earnings Date:||May 5 – May 9 (Est.)|
|Day’s Range:||3.50 – 3.61|
|52wk Range:||2.83 – 3.94|
|Avg Vol (3m):||136,115|
|Div & Yield:||N/A (N/A)|
For an overview here is a potion of their letter to Shareholders
2013 Annual Letter to Shareholders
In our 2012 Annual Letter to Shareholders, we ended with the following statement. “The
current market is one in which to be investing, not harvesting. We believe our actions in
2012 position us to realize greater value when the time to harvest is upon us.” We
believe the market of 2012 has evolved into a market, currently, in which we may have
the potential to harvest returns.
In 2013, investments from our portfolio returned $30.4 million in cash to Harris & Harris
Group. In July 2013, our portfolio company Xradia, Inc., was purchased by Carl Zeiss.
We will receive up to $15.2 million in proceeds from the sale, including amounts held in
escrow. To date, we have received $14 million of this $15.2 million. Our investment cost
in Xradia was $4 million. In 2013, we also sold certain assets of SynGlyco, Inc.,
(previously Ancora Pharmaceuticals) to CordenPharma. We retained the vaccine-related
assets. In January 2014, Kovio, Inc., was acquired by Thin Film Electronics ASA, but we
received no proceeds from this sale.
On February 14, 2014, we announced the signing of definitive documents for the sale of
Molecular Imprints Inc’s. semiconductor business to Canon. The merger currently is
expected to be completed by the end of April 2014, after normal shareholder and
government approvals. We expect to receive $7.0 million in proceeds from the sale,
including amounts to be held in escrow. We could receive an additional $1.7 million
upon the achievement of certain milestone payments. Our investment cost in Molecular
Imprints was $4.6 million. Interestingly, because of a strategic investment we were able
to make in April and June 2011, primarily owing to our evergreen status, we will be the
only financial investor to realize a return on our investment at the initial closing.
Additionally, we will hold ownership in a financed new company established to utilize
Molecular Imprints’ technology for applications in the biomedical and consumer
electronics fields without needing to make an additional new investment. This gives us
another opportunity to generate a return on our original investment in Molecular Imprints
on top of the return generated from the acquisition by Canon