Consorteum Holdings Inc. (OTCBB:CSRH)
Consorteum Holdings Inc. (OTCBB: CSRH) is a technology systems integrating company in the financial services, payment and transaction processing industries. The company provides electronic transaction processing and management services to financial institutions, healthcare, government, public and private sectors companies.
Consorteum has developed a well-thought out strategy to capitalize on the global opportunities within the growing financial services, payment and transaction marketplace. The company recognized a requirement within these industries to provide right source solutions to companies looking to maximize their business potential. The current economic slowdown has all companies even more focused on the bottom line and finding the most-efficient solutions to help them run their businesses.
The company has identified eight key markets in which to target their services. These markets are: payroll cards, check cashing, loyalty and rewards programs, stored value and gift cards, consumer rebate programs, merchant discount rates, patient cards for the health and wellness industry, and the over 130 million people in North America who have little or no banking relationship – the unbanked/underbanked.
In these target markets, Consorteum will provide their clients either turnkey or customizable programs based on each clients' individual needs. Consorteum's unique technology solutions will give the company's clients the ability to handle most types of electronic cards, depending on the clients' needs. These electronic cards include: payroll cards, re-loadable prepaid cards, government benefit cards, rebate cards, loyalty cards, merchant discount, and non re-loadable gift cards.
Consorteum's business model aims to generate revenues on every transaction the company touches and create repetitive transactions, thus developing long-term sustainable income. The company's goal is also to have their customers think of them more as partners, rather than just technology providers, which will lead to a more long-lasting profitable relationship.
Energtek, Inc. (PINKSHEETS:EGTK)
Energtek, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EGTK) is a world leader in the development and commercialization of Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG) technology. ANG technology presents a promising alternative to standard high-pressure CNG (compressed natural gas) and LNG (liquefied natural gas) technologies and efficiently enables the increased use of natural gas in vehicle and industrial markets.
Natural gas is the best alternative to oil. It is cheaper and cleaner, available in greater quantities, and more evenly distributed throughout the world. Natural gas also does not need to be refined before it can be used as a fuel. In addition, any internal combustion engine can run on gasoline, diesel or natural gas without replacement. After a simple and inexpensive conversion, virtually any vehicle can be made to run on natural gas. It is for these reasons Energtek believes natural gas is the most practical motor fuel alternative.
Currently there are over one billion vehicles on roads across the globe and this number continues to rise daily led by the rapidly expanding vehicle markets in China and India. Out of that number, there are only about 8.7 million natural gas vehicles (NGV) on the road. The good news is that this market is growing by well over 30 percent a year. Until now, costly refueling infrastructure as well as the inconvenience of integrating natural gas tanks into vehicles has limited the growth of NGVs.
By enabling the use of natural gas in places previously impossible, Energtek's unique technology promises to greatly expand the NGV market. The company's proprietary technology and products provide complete “well-to-wheel” solutions, delivering natural gas directly from production fields to end users. And with the company's recent announcement about their ability to raise funds from existing shareholders, Energtek will be able to continue to advance their business development and exhibit strong growth for the foreseeable future.
Energtek is being led toward a bright future by their CEO Lev Zaidenberg and chief technology officer, Professor Yuri Ginzburg. Mr. Zaidenberg leads the company with extensive experience starting and managing several high-tech companies in Israel, Europe and the United States. Professor Ginzburg is a world expert in the automotive industry and is a specialist in alternative fuel systems and research and development projects management. With solid technology and strong leadership in place, Energtek is well positioned for ongoing success.
National Automation Services, Inc. (PINKSHEETS:NASV)
National Automation Services, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: NASV), through its subsidiaries based in Nevada and Arizona, designs, produces, installs and, to a lesser extent, services specialized mechanical and electronic automation systems built to operate and control machinery and processes with a minimum amount of human interaction. The company strives for internal growth combined with expansion through selected acquisitions to expand its footprint both geographically into additional states and commercially by diversifying its client base.
The company’s core portfolio is comprised of Control Systems Integration, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Services, PLC and SCADA Programming Services, Control Panel Design and Fabrications, as well as Contract Manufacturing, Radio Telemetry Studies, Automation Design Consultation, and Communication Network Design. Located in Tempe and Tucson Arizona, and Henderson, Nevada, NAS is a front runner in the application of technology relating to automation.
The majority of the company’s clients are in the following industries: water/wastewater, substation automation, motion control, delivery systems, semiconductor, and pharmaceutical industries. NAS currently has many sites with remote access and dial out options such as Web Pages, Software Alarm Dialers, and PC Anywhere for timely support. The company also has automated reporting and historical data collection functions using off the shelf and proprietary software.
In addition to growing organically, the company also aims to build its business through strategic acquisitions. It has been estimated that there could be as many as 300 local and regional firms providing automation control services. In general, these companies have an edge on the larger behemoths because they can better respond to the needs of local business and municipalities. Unfortunately for these smaller companies, they compete in a limited market space, have stunted growth prospects and have no way of monetizing their asset value.
NAS aims to capitalize on this condition by acquiring and integrating the strongest local and regional players into a new organization that would allow for the synergies and efficiencies of a national company while keeping the competitive advantages of decentralized management and service. Of the 300 local and regional automation companies, 42 meet the company’s acquisition criteria; 11 of which have been targeted for acquisition over the next two years.