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SLI Systems sees shares sink to record low

By Paul McBeth

SLI Systems shares have sunk to a record low, extending this year’s decline, as a dearth of news ahead of next month’s earnings season has seen some investors exit the e-commerce software vendor.

The shares dropped 8 per cent to 23 cents on Tuesday and have fallen 49 per cent so far this year, making them the fifth-worst performer on the S&P/NZX All Index.

The volume of trading was light at 103,244 shares, or 0.2 per cent of shares on issue, in what’s a relatively illiquid stock with a 90-day average volume of 37,546.

Christchurch-based SLI hasn’t released a price-sensitive statement to the NZX since February when it reported a widening first-half loss and falling revenue after losing three major customers at the end of 2016 and contending with a strong currency eroding its export earnings.

SLI will report annual earnings next month, which Hamilton Hindin Greene director Grant Williamson expects will give investors a good idea on how well the software developer’s new management has performed in getting the business back on track.

“Some investors have given up and are just deciding to sell. They could be fearful if cash burn is too great they’d be looking down the barrel of a capital raise,” Williamson said.

“There doesn’t seem to be a lot of support for the stock at this stage. It needs some positive news.”

SLI went public in 2013, selling shares at $1.50 apiece to raise $27 million in an initial public offering. Of that, $15m was invested in developing the business and the remainder went to existing investors. At the time of the offer, SLI was valued at $87.1m, although that’s now shrunk to just $14.3m.


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