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Here are the stories that the GeoTeam is following today… (Please see full disclosures at bottom)

  • ChinaHybrids
    • Tianhe Chemicals (HKG: 1619; stock price of HKD 2.31) – Company put out the rebuttal to the recent short thesis and also released brief financial results for the three months ended in September 2014.  The stock resumed trading yesterday, shares fell close to 40% in its first day of trading since the company halted its stock.
    • OSN ($1.10) – Announced resumption of $3.7 million supply contract which was delayed due to geological survey in 2013.
    • STV ($4.58) – Provided further update on its asset restructuring.  Tongda Venture has agreed to acquire the 100% equity interest in Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Golden Benefit, for a consideration that has been preliminarily determined to be RMB3.2 billion (RMB 800 million in shares of Tongda Venture and RMB2.4 billion in cash).   We still need to digest the full details of the release.
  • GeoBargains/GeoBargains on the Radar
    • GeoBargain OBCI ($4.45) – Yesterday on our message boards then via email we alerted members that we were adding to our OBCI position and coding it a GeoBargain.  We encourage people to look at past Seeking Alpha article which we feel is a good summary of the company, so we will forego issuing a follow-up to that article.  We first disclosed our long position in our 10/1/2014 email when the stock was trading at $4.00.

For more timely information, particularly during the daily trading session, we urge our members to read our message board posts daily.

Disclosure: Long OBCI,  ; Other Long Positions; Other Short Positions; Pump & Dump Positions (Password GEO2014)

Summary of general highlights:

On the Asian Front…

Ossen Innovation Co(NASDAQ:OSN) ($1.10) — a China-based manufacturer of an array of plain surface, rare earth and zinc coated pre-stressed steel materials, announced:

an update on its supply contract to provide 5,000 tons of plain surface products to the 205 National Highway reconstruction project in Anhui Province.

Dr. Liang Tang, Chairman of Ossen Innovation, stated,

“Delivery of materials for this contract, which was secured in December 2013, had been suspended due to the delay of a geological survey. I am pleased to announce that this project has now resumed and we expect to start supplying these plain surface products in late 2014 or early 2015. This contract is valued at approximately $3.7MM and because of recent declines in our raw material prices, we now expect improved profit margins for this supply contract,” concluded Dr. Tang.

China Digital Tv Holdings (NYSE:STV) ($4.58) –  the leading provider of conditional access (“CA”) systems and comprehensive services to China’s digital television market, today provided a further update on its asset restructuring (the “Restructuring”), as referred to in a press release dated June 13, 2014.

The Company announced that following further discussions, the parties involved have agreed to amend the Restructuring originally contemplated. Specifically, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Golden Benefit Technology Limited (“Golden Benefit”), has entered into an amendment to the framework agreement (the “Framework Agreement Amendment”), a share transfer agreement (the “Share Transfer Agreement”), a share subscription agreement (the “Share Subscription Agreement”) as well as a profit compensation agreement (the “Compensation Agreement”), with Shanghai Tongda Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (“Tongda Venture”) (Stock Code: 600647), a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and/or its controlling shareholder, Cinda Investment Co., Ltd. (“Cinda Investment”) to implement the Restructuring as amended.

Under the Share Transfer Agreement, Tongda Venture has agreed to acquire the 100% equity interest in Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd. (“Super TV”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Golden Benefit, for a consideration (“Consideration”) that has been preliminarily determined to be RMB3.2 billion.The final and exact amount of the Consideration will be further discussed and agreed upon by the parties based on a valuation of Super TV to be conducted by an independent third-party asset valuation agency. In exchange, Tongda Venture agrees to (1) pursuant to the Share Subscription Agreement, issue to Golden Benefit such number of new shares of Tongda Venture as worth RMB800 million at a price of RMB10.35 per share (the “Consideration Shares”), and (2) pay Golden Benefit the remaining Consideration in cash. As a result, Golden Benefit is expected to hold approximately 17.24% of the share capital of Tongda Venture following the completion of the Restructuring. The Consideration Shares will be subject to a 36-month lock-up. Golden Benefit is expected to pay PRC withholding tax at a rate of 10% on the Consideration, subject to the final assessment by PRC tax authorities under applicable tax laws and regulations in China.

Under the terms of the Compensation Agreement, in the event that net profits (excluding extraordinary items) of Super TV in any of the fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016 (collectively, the “Covered Period”) are less than the profit target for the respective fiscal year (the final and exact amount of which will be separately agreed upon by the parties) or there is any impairment loss at the end of the Covered Period, Golden Benefit will be obligated to compensate Tongda Venture for the deficiencies or the impairment loss by transferring its shares in Tongda Venture back to Tongda Venture and/or cash, based on a pre-determined formula with such compensations in aggregate being subject to a cap equal to the amount of the Consideration. The Company undertakes to Tongda Venture that during the Covered Period it may not pay cash dividends out of the Consideration in cash in aggregate over US$3.33 per share unless a surety has been placed with Tongda Venture.

The Company guarantees the performance of Golden Benefit’s obligations under the Share Transfer Agreement and the Compensation Agreement during the Covered Period.

Tongda Venture agrees that Super TV’s board of directors and management team will remain unchanged during the Covered Period to ensure continuity in the Super TV’s business operations.

The Company will convene a special shareholders’ meeting to consider and approve the Restructuring as described above.

The Company may apply the Consideration in cash to dividend payments, development of new technologies in emerging fields and investments in operations and other business opportunities.

Under the Framework Agreement Amendment, Cinda Investment has been granted by the Company a warrant, exercisable within three months after the completion of the Restructuring, to subscribe for the Company’s new shares at a price of US$3.33 per share for an amount between US$25 million and US$30 million. Shares purchased under the warrant shall be subject to a lock-up during the Covered Period unless the Company agrees otherwise. In addition, Cinda Investment has the option to subscribe for no more than an 8% equity interest in each of Beijing Cyber Cloud Co., Ltd. and Beijing Joysee Technology Co., Ltd., the subsidiaries of the Company, based on a valuation of these two Companies at RMB 350 million and RMB 240 million, respectively.

There will be uncertainties in completing the Restructuring, which remains subject to applicable approvals by the shareholders of the relevant parties involved as well as regulatory clearance (including that by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the PRC Ministry of Finance and the PRC Ministry of Commerce), and the completion of a private placement by Tongda Venture to raise funds to pay the Consideration. The Restructuring is expected to be subject to close scrutiny by the regulators amid increasingly stringent standards for similar transactions. There is no assurance that these approvals or regulatory clearance will be obtained within an expected timeframe, or at all. The Restructuring will terminate if it has not been completed by December 31, 2015.

For more timely information, particularly during the daily trading session, we urge our members to read our message board posts daily.


The GeoTeam

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