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IZEA Inc. (IZEA): 5 Top Reasons To Run From This Stock

by Sonya Colberg, Senior Editor, 9/29/2017 8:56:51 AM

TheStreetSweeper issues an alert for potential investors in IZEA, a momentary highflier that we believe is positioned to plunge.

In just five days the stock has rocketed a jaw-dropping 200%, merely amplifying the issues surrounding this chronic money-loser including:

1. Major Investor Sells

IZEA's desperation is palpable as a major investor reports on Tuesday that it has  dumped 450,000 shares of the company stock at $4 to $6.87 per share. The sale of nearly half-a-million shares sounds like a robust sell signal to us:

 

(Source: Company SEC filing)

AWM Investment owned 1,018,215 shares in February 2016. So the investor has trimmed holdings by a whopping 44%.

(Source: Company SEC filing)

*2. Desperate Recovery Attempt

After losing $4.1 million in six months in its business of connecting advertisers, freelance writers and other content providers with social media publishers - and learning the 10% owner was unloading IZEA  - the company needed to come up with a new, exciting story.

So 8 hours and 49 minutes before the investor filed the big stock sale, IZEA made an obvious attempt to deflect that bad news by rushing out a statement that it has landed a seven-figure contract with a big company over an unspecified period of time.

At the same time, CEO Ted Murphy announced IZEA is into artificial intelligence and augmented reality .. which just happen to be among the hottest sectors right now.

"We believe our commitment to service, bolstered by our technology investments in areas such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality, will lead to ongoing opportunity with the world’s leading brands,” Murphy stated.

So, IZEA's suddenly an AI  and AR force? Really???...

*3. AI, AR Not There

There's absolutely no mention in the company's SEC filings of AI or AR ever being part of IZEA's business.

Instead, the Florida-based company works with no patented technology in the fiercely competitive, low-barrier-to-entry field of pushing ads through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. The marketing message deliverery company also competes against direct mail, TV, radio, cable and print, which now incorporate social media. IZEA regulatory filings also have this to say about the company:

 

Our Mission
Our mission is to champion the world's creators by helping them monetize their content, creativity and influence.
Our Business
 
IZEA creates and operates online marketplaces that connects marketers with influential content creators. These creators produce and distribute text, videos and photos on behalf of marketers through websites, blogs and social media channels. Our technology brings the marketers and creators together, enabling their transactions to be completed at scale through the management of content workflow, creator search and targeting, bidding, analytics and payment processing.
 
The Company operates online marketplaces that facilitate transactions between marketers and influential content creators. These creators are compensated by IZEA for producing and distributing unique content such as long-form text, videos, photos, illustrations, and status updates on behalf of marketers through websites, blogs and social media channels. Marketers receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness.
 
The most recent 10-Q states:
 
The Company's primary technology platform, the IZEA Exchange (“IZEAx”), enables transactions to be completed at scale through the management of custom content development, creator search and targeting, bidding, analytics, and payment processing. IZEAx is designed to provide a unified ecosystem that enables the creation of multiple types of content including blog posts, status updates, videos and photos through a wide variety of social channels including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, among others.
 
In addition to IZEAx, the Company operates the Ebyline technology platform it acquired in January 2015. The Ebyline platform is a self-service content marketplace which was originally designed to replace editorial newsrooms located within newspapers with a “virtual newsroom” to handle their content workflow.

 

Now IZEA claims it is suddenly in the AI and AR business ... and the market rewards this silliness by running up the stock.

But IZEA sees that effort is levitating the stock and knows it needs recurring promotional activity to keep feeding the beast...

*4. Promote, Promote, Promote

So IZEA pops out another tweet, arguably inexcusable at this point as it pre-announces an announcement:

 

(Source: Twitter)

Meanwhile, professionals and novices troll the stock message boards, promoting IZEA in hopes of further fueling the stock rally and ultimately selling on the backs of unwary retail investors.

Professional promotions are probably happening now, considering IZEA's long history of paying professional promoters. These promotions began in 2011, when IZEA's net losses had nearly doubled to $-4 million that year alone:

 

All this pumping and story-switching is inexcusable - but not surprising - considering what IZEA will almost certainly pull next ...

*5. Potential Raise, Dilution Ahead



Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY): TheStreetSweeper Demands Correction

by Sonya Colberg, Senior Editor, 9/26/2017 10:36:24 AM

TheStreetSweeper issues an investor alert regarding Helios and Matheson Analytics (HMNY).

The stock has rocketed as jaw-dropping discrepancies and other issues fly under shareholders' radar, including:

*HMNY’s CEO Ted Farnsworth served as president/CEO/CFO/sole director of Purple Beverage Company, a flat-lining stock. But HMNY's regulatory filings do not disclose this vital information to shareholders. TheStreetSweeper demands a correction.

*We’re also calling for HMNY to correct discrepancies in SEC filings – and preferably to issue a clarifying press release – regarding Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass. People are buying HMNY stock partially because they think the chief executive of HMNY's acquisition co-founded Netflix. Lowe told TheStreetSweeper this notion is wrong.

*Lowe's experience as a director at SEC sanctioned Medbox needs to be disclosed in HMNY filings.

*The stock is heavily promoted via scores of tweets, including many from an apparent promoter who has been silent on Twitter for two years before suddenly tweeting about HMNY.

*Bugs have angered subscribers after the recent rollout of the new $9.95 pricing plan by MoviePass.

*MoviePass is under threat of lawsuit by the country's biggest movie theater. AMC also states the MoviePass plan is unsustainable and will lose money.

*Movie goers can find options for inexpensive movie theater experiences around every corner, from Groupon to Sam's Club.

 

 

JAMN Finally Spills the Beans -- And It's an Ugly Mess

by Janice Shell, 6/2/2011 10:32:51 AM

* Editor's Note: Readers can access links to additional backup documents for this story by clicking here for TheStreetSweeper's original investigative report on this company.

Late Tuesday afternoon, after missing earlier deadlines, Jammin Java (OTC: JAMN.OB) filed a long-awaited annual report packed with enough eye-opening news to keep investors up all night. That mandatory filing, unaccompanied with a cheerful press release heralding its arrival, served as a painful wake-up call to shareholders already burned by a rapid plunge in the company’s stock price.

To be sure, the 10-K offered investors little reason to sing. For starters, the filing reveals, this once-hot “coffee company” sells no coffee of its own at all. JAMN relies on a supplier based in frigid Canada – far away from the tropical Jamaican home of its co-founder Rohan Marley – to provide the company with an actual product to sell to its customers instead.

Back in April of 2010, JAMN inked a “supply and toll agreement” with Canterbury Coffee of British Columbia that gave it access to some brew. According to that agreement, JAMN relies on Canterbury to fulfill every role – save a minor one – normally satisfied by a firm that classifies itself as a coffee company. Canterbury purchases the coffee beans. It roasts them. And it then packages them in bags supplied by JAMN – the company’s only real product – for sale to the public.

JAMN signed this deal more than a year ago, right before Shane Whittle – a notorious Vancouver stock promoter – officially resigned as CEO of the company. But the company never mentioned that agreement, seemingly material enough to warrant at least a quiet 8-K report, in a single regulatory filing until now.   

Jammin Java (JAMN): Hot Stock ... Bitter Aftertaste?

by Janice Shell, 6/2/2011 10:30:25 AM

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee! That’s exactly what Jammin Java (OTC: JAMN.OB), a heavily promotedcoffee company, and – for very different reasons – TheStreetSweeper would like investors to do.

Since the beginning of the year, JAMN has miraculously risen from the ashes of the “Grey Market” graveyard to become one of the liveliest – and richest – stocks in the entire microcap arena. JAMN has seen its stock shoot straight toward heaven, soaring from 55 cents to peak above $6 a share on massive daily volume, with its market value nowtopping $355 million despite the company’s limited resources and operating history. (As covered in more detail below, two of the Internet tout sheets pushing JAMN the hardest effectively vanished -- disabled by their Internet servers -- on the day the stock’s trading volume exploded past 20 million shares.) 

JAMN stands out for its powerful connections, the first loudly celebrated by the company and the second – involving a notorious stock promoter – carefully hidden from view.


 

CCME: Few Signs of Life at 'Healthy' Chinese Firm

by Roddy Boyd, 3/23/2011 9:30:34 AM

* Editor's Note: This story has been republished with permission from The Financial Investigator. To access the original article, complete with links to back-up documents, click here.

In the maze of thronged and narrow streets that makes up Fujian province’s capital city of Fuzhou, a deft driver, if he’s willing–as all Chinese drivers apparently are–to nearly kill or injure vast numbers of his countrymen can take you to the foot of Dongjie street. There was little reason to be there save for its having the headquarters of a company called China MediaExpress Holdings (Nasdaq: CCME), an enterprise that seems to be able to weather allegations about its business that would have forced the share price collapse of a company five times its size. The attention of bulls and bears is not misplaced: In a mere four years as a public company, it has apparently come to dominate the ad placement market for leading multinational consumer products companies on a network of what it claims is more than 27,000 buses on Chinese airport and intercity routes.

Also, and this cannot be understated, hanging out on a sidewalk in Fujian–the sidewalks double as parking spots when the streets, which appeared to have been designed in the Han Dynasty, fill up–was not a viable option. There was also the matter of the world-class headache the Financial Investigator was developing from Fuzhou’s diabolical smell, an epic conflation of poor sewage treatment, air pollution and the smell of cabbage that made getting the hell off Dongjie street a matter of vital importance.

The Financial Investigator and his traveling companion for the trip, an American investor with extensive experience in China, decided to head upstairs despite our interview with the CFO having been cancelled at the last minute (with no explanation given.) We thought a quick tour of the offices and meeting a few other executives might open our eyes to a few things.

It did.

Though the language barrier was a little steep with the young receptionist–when we asked for writing paper, she provided Kleenex–we were in short order shown to their conference room and told to wait. It did not escape notice that pride of place in the conference room belonged to a framed certificate of participation from the Fall 2010 Rodman & Renshaw conference, the World Cup for reverse merger companies and the pumpers and touts who peddle them.

Eventually chief operating officer James Yu came down and after spending 30 minutes trying to understand who we were, concluded that giving us a tour wouldn’t hurt. Soon enough, his colleague, Vinne Ye–the chairman’s assistant–came out and took us around.

It was most eye-opening.

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