Trans World Entertainment Corp. Shareholders Approve Reverse-Stock Split, Add Paramount Home Entertainment’s Jeff Hastings to Board

Shareholders of Trans World Entertainment, parent to home entertainment retailer f.y.e. (For Your Entertainment) and e-commerce middleman eTailz.com, have approved a 1-for-20 shares reverse stock split to satisfy Nasdaq’s $1-per-share minimum requirement.

The company’s stock, which closed July 1 at less than 27 cents per share, would be worth $5.36 per share following the maneuver.

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Separately, shareholders approved the appointment of Jeff Hastings, VP of sales and forecasting at Paramount Home Entertainment, to its board of directors.

Hastings joins the six-person board, which includes CEO Mike Feurer, Robert Marks, Michael Nahl, W. Michael Reickert and Michael Solow.

Hastings, who was put on the board nominee slate following pressure from TWEC shareholder Mark Higgins (son of late company founder Robert Higgins), previously informed the board that if elected, he could not begin his term on the board until September.

Trans World Entertainment Seeks Reverse Stock Split to Avoid Delisting

Fiscally-challenged Trans World Entertainment Corp., parent to home entertainment retail chain f.y.e. (For Your Entertainment) and e-commerce facilitator Etailz.com, is seeking shareholder approval for a reverse-stock split at the upcoming June 27 annual meeting.

In a filing, TWEC said it is looking to authorize a 1-for-20 shares reverse split to bring its stock in compliance with Nasdaq’s $1-per-share minimum valuation.

The Albany, N.Y.-based company’s stock, which closed May 13 at 35 cents per share, would be valued at $7-per-share following the split.

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If approved by shareholders, TWEC outstanding shares of common stock would decrease to more than 1.8 million shares from 36.2 million shares.

TWEC operates more than 200 mall-based f.y.e. locations, down from 540 stores in 2010.

The chain saw store revenue drop 15% to $78.8 million from $92.4 million in the previous-year period. Operating loss narrowed to $1 million from a $2.4 million during the previous-year period.

Store revenue declined 14% to $231.2 million from $268.3 million during the previous-year period.

To offset ongoing declines in packaged media sales, including DVD/Blu-ray Disc movies and music CDs, f.y.e has pushed trend items such as collectibles, action figures, posters, T-shirts and related merchandise.

Meanwhile, Spokane, Wash.-based e-commerce middleman Etailz.com, which Trans World acquired in 2016 for $75 million, reported a $62 million loss from operations.

MoviePass Parent Schedules Second Reverse-Stock Split Vote

Helios and Matheson Analytics, parent of fiscally-challenged theatrical subscription ticket service MoviePass, Jan. 30 announced it plans to hold a special shareholder meeting March 15 in Los Angeles to vote on a second reverse stock split.

The proposed one-share-for-500 shares, which if passed would affect shareholders of record on Jan. 16, follows a previous reverse stock split (1-for-250 shares) eight months ago.

That split resulted in the HMNY stock briefly reaching $22.50 per share, before plummeting below Nasdaq’s $1 minimum threshold in less than a week. HMNY’s stock currently trades at about a penny.

The company in November canceled a vote for the second split after it couldn’t muster enough shareholder support. Apparently that sentiment has changed.

HMNY has until the summer to regain compliance or face the risk of delisting.

 

 

MoviePass Owner Seeks Second Reverse-Stock Split

Helios and Matheson Analytics, corporate parent of fiscally challenged theatrical ticket subscription service MoviePass, is looking to authorize a second reverse-stock split.

A proposal for 1-for-500 shares reverse-stock split will be presented to HMNY shareholders at an upcoming special meeting Oct. 18 in New York.

“We believe that a reverse stock split could increase the market price of our common stock sufficient to satisfy the minimum bid price requirement in the near term, though we cannot provide any assurance that a reverse stock split will have that effect,” HMNY said in the proxy statement.

Indeed, HMNY’s 1-for-250 shares reverse-stock split in July was done to raise the company’s stock price above the $1 per share Nasdaq minimum.

While the split briefly resulted in HMNY stock reaching $22.50 per share, in less than five days the stock had again fallen below the $1 minimum. It closed Sept. 17 at 1.7 cents per share.

“As a result, we continue to be out of compliance with the minimum bid price requirement,” HMNY said in the proxy statement.

The company said that failure to maintain its Nasdaq listing could further limit its access to capital, undermining the ability to continue operating MoviePass, become cash flow positive or profitable.

“Therefore, the board has concluded that the potential harm to the [HMNY] and its stockholders resulting from a Nasdaq delisting outweighs the potential harm to the company and its stockholders from another significant reverse stock split,” said HMNY.

 

MoviePass Parent Stock Imploding

Helios and Matheson Analytics CEO Ted Farnsworth claims Wall Street understands the firm’s MoviePass business model enabling subscribers to go to the movies daily for a $9.95 monthly fee.

Investors apparently think otherwise, sending HMNY shares down more than 85% at the market close July 26 – and 48 hours since the company engineered a 1-for-250 shares reverse-stock split to avoid having its stock delisted by Nasdaq.

The company’s market capitalization hovers around $7.4 million, while operating a business that spent $21 million monthly in the most-recent fiscal quarter paying exhibitors face value for every ticket consumed by its more than 3 million subscribers.

At the stock’s present rate of freefall, shares will again fall below the $1 minimum in less than two weeks.

“I think [HMNY] has been roundly ridiculed [by Wall Street] since it bought MoviePass and cut the [subscription] price below cost,” Wedbush Securities media analyst Michael Pachter said in an email.