Information Analysis Incorporat (NASDAQ:IAIC) has been one of our best performing stocks since mid-2020, rising 548% from the time that we highlighted some Information Arbitrage, on August 17, 2020. The company modernizes outdated IT infrastructure of government agencies, but under a new CEO it is expanding its market reach and capabilities.
In our last Geo Weekly Issue, the concept of the ‘Raiser’ was discussed because of a short-lived event concerning IAIC during which the stock had a one-day spike of 46%, with shares continuing to inch higher into the $3.70 range in the ensuing days. You can read more about that here and why we are always on the lookout for big sellers who get inpatient and quickly exis their positions, causing shares to initially plummet.
Ironically, today’s post is about an event that occurred a week later, on Friday, December 10, that led to another spike in the price of IAIC from $3.72 to $4.15. There are most likely a number of underlying factors that are causing IAIC’s accelerated increase in price – NASDAQ Uplisting, increased chatter about entering new growth markets, a recent acquisition – but one in particular was certainly the spark that lit the latest.
In a press release, IAIC announced a $10,000,000 equity financing at $3.04 that under many circumstances would cause investors to exit the stock due to fears that their investments would be diluted from a larger pool of available shares. This issuance of stock often leads to broad skepticism about the alignment of management intentions to maximize shareholder value.
But in the case of IAIC,
“The financing was led by the Company’s Chairman and CEO, Mr. Jamie Benoit, and newly-appointed board member Chip DiPaula, with participation from existing investors, Company executives, and members of the IAI Board of Directors. Several limited partners of Marlinspike Capital (www.marlinspikecapital.com) also made leading investments in the PIPE.”
In other words, the allocation of the 3,289,525 units to the above-referenced entities, being led by insiders, conveyed to the market IAIC’s confidence in its business plan moving forward. This comes on the heels of a small $2,8000,000 million financing completed on August 30, 2021, which was also led by insiders, but at a lower price ($2.00). So, it’s also a positive sign that insiders are willing to pay a higher price just 4 months later. Furthermore, the offering is being used to finance the acquisition of Gray Matters. Although we don’t have a good deal of information on Gray Matters yet, it is worth pointing out that the pedigree of Jamie Benoit, IAC’s new CEO, is impressive, as he comes with the accomplishment of having built the last company he was involved with from zero to $500 million in revenues.
The uplisting alone served as a classic example of volume coming into a stock with the increased visibility that often comes with the listing upgrade from the OTC, which is why we encourage the management of smaller tier 1 OTC companies to do so.
Here’s to hoping for another exciting week.