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Chinese Small-Cap Company Feature: Hartcourt Companies Inc.

Posted by AGORACOM at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

As many of you know, we are very bullish on the long-term future of Chinese small cap and mid cap companies for two reasons:

1] The obvious reason – China is the fastest growing economy on the planet and nothing is going to slow down its ascent over the next 50 years and beyond. Investing in growth companies there just makes too much sense.

2] Great Results and Valuations – Many Small Cap Chinese Companies are listing in the US (OTCBB, NYSE Alternext and NASDAQ) with great financial results. Unlike many dubious US Small Cap Companies, Chinese Companies don’t seem to believe in losing money or failing to execute in a business plan. As such, 7-digit revenues and profits are very common.

From a valuation point of view, many Chinese companies became a victim of their own success in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009. Why? When the world needed to start liquidating, one of the first places they looked were China where most investors had significant gains to sell into. This resulted in the proverbial baby being thrown out with the bathwater and some great valuations.


Hartcourt Companies Inc. (OTC.BB:HRCT)

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Founded in 1983, Hartcourt is a U.S. corporation with subsidiaries in China and other jurisdictions. Hartcourt moved its headquarters to Shanghai, China in 2002. In August 2006, Hartcourt changed its business model to focus on the education market in China. From May 2007 to October 2008, Hartcourt completed the acquisition of China Princely Education Technology Development Company Limited, an authorized accrediting organization for China vocational education located in Beijing, PRC sixty percent of the outstanding equity of Beijing Yanyuan Rapido Education Company, a well-known training institution in China and sixty percent of the outstanding equity of China E & I Development Co. Ltd., which does business as the China Arts and Science Academy.

On January 20th, 2010 the Company announced that it obtained profits in financial results for the second quarter ended November 30, 2009.

Check out the full details below:

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  • Total revenues were $955,847 for the six months ended November 30, 2009, increased 11% from $859,963 in the same period 2008;
  • Gross profit in the second quarter was $378,992 and gross margin was 76.0%;
  • For the six months ended November 30, 2009, gross profit was $727,948 and gross margin was 76%;
  • Net income was $55,829 for the three months ended November 30, 2009;


We’ve provided investors with two great starting points to research great Chinese small cap and mid cap companies.

1. – tracks 250 of the best small cap and mid cap companies trading on North American exchanges. It provides you with the best of the best in two ways. First, the front page lists the best news of the day coming out of the space. It does so by giving you a text view of the best press releases by industry and via Chinese Stocks TV, a 5-minute broadcast every morning just after the open. Chinese Stocks TV is archived, so you can catch up on shows you missed.

Second, if you want to research each of the 250 companies to find candidates for your portfolio, it has a very intuitive directory that lets you quickly review each company on the master list, or parse it out by industry and exchange if you have a particular sector of interest. Cool stuff.

2. Right here on AGORACOM, you can refer to our China category for other featured Chinese Small-Cap Companies. As always, we will disclose any IR relationship with any public company. Given the sheer number of great Chinese Small-Cap Companies out there, you can expect us NOT to have an IR relationship with most of these companies.


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