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Sidoti Company Sponsored Research Rating System. The Sidoti & Company, LLC Company Sponsored Research rating system consists of “Moderately Risky” (M) and “Highly Risky” (H) ratings. “Moderately Risky” suggests companies, that while still subject to relatively high price volatility, are characterized by more stable and predictable cash flow, a more established operating history, and an operating environment that is somewhat less competitive with a potential for loss of principal. “Highly Risky” suggests high risk equities of companies with a short or unprofitable operating history, limited or less predictable revenues, very high risk associated with success, significant financial or legal issues, or a substantial risk/loss of principal. Earnings targets and opinions concerning the composition of market sectors included in reports reflect analyst judgments as of this date and are subject to change without notice. A risk to our earnings targets is that the analyst’s estimates or forecasts may not be met. Reports contain forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ significantly from such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the “Risk Factors” section in the issuer’s SEC filings available in electronic format through SEC Edgar filings at www.sec.gov.
Every company in the Microcap sector bears certain inherent risks and Sidoti & Company, LLC will not provide any company subject to those risks with a rating below moderate because stock in the Microcap segment of the market have many risks that are not as prevalent in Large-Cap, Blue Chips, or even Small-Cap stocks. Often it is these risks that cause Microcap stocks to trade at discounts to their peers. The most common of these risks is liquidity risk, which is typically caused by small trading floats and very low trading volume which can lead to large spreads and high volatility in stock price. In addition, Microcaps tend to have significant company specific risks that contribute to lower valuations. Investors need to be aware of the higher probability of financial default and higher degree of financial distress inherent in the Microcap segment of the market.
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