Investor Highlights

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We first highlight the institutional investors who bought, sold, or held ParkerVision stock over the last two years.

 ParkerVision changed the composition of its top tier (>500,000 shares) investors several times. Gone are the following investors:

  • Arbor Capital Management was the largest shareholder in December 2004 but fully divested itself by June 2005. 
  • Leucadia National became a shareholder in 2000, and divested itself completely by December 2006.   
  • Special Situations Fund (Austin Marxe & David Greenhouse) first invested in the 2005 private placement, and subsequently almost doubled its position in late 2005, but divested itself completely by December 2006.
  • Kern Capital Management started buying in late 2005, and fully divested itself within less than a year (mid 2006) of its initial investment.  
  • Heartland Advisors bought into the 2006 private placement and fully divested itself within less than a year (mid 2007) of its initial investment.   

 However, a few firms are actually increasing their holdings:

  • Wellington Management Company has gradually increased its position five times since 2004. As of today, Wellington holds the largest institutional investor position.
  • KOM/Knoll Capital Management, as well as Dimensional Fund Advisors have continued to increase their position significantly over the past year.
  • Gem Investment Advisors, LLC,  purchased 1,221,806 shares (March 2007).
  • Natixi recently purchased 696,035 shares (Sept 2007).

 The mid tier investors (50,000 to 500,000 shares) comprise many more investment firms. There continues to be significant turnover in these firms over the past two years. Only three firms have consistently increased their position over the past two years: Trellus Management Co, Vanguard Group, and Columbia Partners. 


ParkerVision has had an eclectic assortment of past and present investors. Some examples of past and present investors are listed below, with excerpts from articles.


Name 12/31/04 03/31/05 09/30/05 12/31/05 03/31/06 09/30/06 12/31/06 09/30/07
Arbor Capital Management 1,214,000 863,800 - - - - - -
Leucadia National Corporation 1,123,680 1,123,680 1,123,680 1,123,680 773,680 473,680 - -
Marxe, Austin & Greenhouse, David - 800,000 1,453,140 1,453,140 1,417,437 835,692 - -
Kern Capital Management - - 120,400 479,000 837,400 - - -
Heartland Advisors - - - - 1,500,000 1,386,356 1,322,300 -
Seligman JW & Co - 131,000 24,900 24,900 13,900 13,900 - -
Morgan Stanley - - 48,400 UNK UNK 10,000 136,885 -
State Street Corp - - - - - 183,605 232,155 27,152
Meisenbach Capital Management - 200,000 - - - - - -
Wellington Management Company 662,600 650,900 649,800 2,600,200 3,200,800 3,155,800 3,237,202 3,053,400
KOM Capital Management - - - 483,200 483,200 1,203,374 1,212,434 1,560,034
Knoll Capiral Management - - - 479,000 483,200 1,203,374 1,212,434 1,560,034
Natixis               696,035
Dimensional Fund Advisors 190,983 284,340 329,159 358,051 393,866 451,103 451,103 533,354
Vanguard Group 181,327 258,127 287,534 263,085 263,085 287,566 291,948 309,587
Goldman Sachs Group Inc               248,633
Trellus Management Co 107,570 UNK UNK UNK UNK UNK UNK 468,300
Peak6 Investments               136,839
Bridgeway Capital Investment               107,800
Columbia Partners - - - 36,880 36,880 112,675 89,667 91,417
Barclays Bank/Global Investors 158,999 119,192 127,166 125,312 165,082 633,688 733,743 268,903
Northern Trust Corp - - - - 33,500 115,634 119,009 41,146
Labranche & Co - - - - - - 100,951 42,983
White Pine Capital - 39,919 123,869 138,269 144,144 167,294 132,894 139,294
TIAA Cref Investment Mgmt - - - - - 122,277 122,577  


Banco del Gottardo
The bank has had links to Al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, and Russian bio-weapons traders:,600/1632.html


Amir L. Ecker
Amir was named as a respondent in an NASD complaint alleging that he excessively traded in the account of a public customer and purchased an unsuitable concentration of speculative securities in the account. The complaint also alleges that Ecker exercised discretion in the customer’s account without prior written authorization from the customer and prior written acceptance of the account as discretionary by his member firm. (NASD Case #C9A000007)


Sherleigh Associates
A firm that has a history of initiating class action lawsuits as well as pump and dump tactics that led to SEC fines:


Special Situations
The hedge fund, run by Austin Marxe and David Greenhouse, has or had an interest with 229 registrant companies. The fund has a reputation for “pump and dump” tactics, as well as trading microcap stocks of troubled companies on the bulletin boards and pink sheets. Their investments do not appear to have significant longevity. An interesting common thread between the companies that they invest in appears to be “net loss”, which is consistent with their investment in ParkerVision. 


An interesting question to pose is whether or not Special Situations and Wellington share a relationship. They do have a list of mutual investments:
World Heart Corporation, SeaChange Intl (SEAC), Ciphergen Biosystems (CIPH), Meade Instruments (MEAD), RedEnvelope (REDE), Quantum Fuel Systems, Technologies Worldwide (QTWW), Quovadx (QVDX), Zonagen(ZONA), 1-800 contacts inc (CTAC), US Physical Therapy (USPH), Skymall (dead)


Some examples are listed below, with excerpts from the articles:


GoAmerica -
Is this a pump and dump?
“In the course of one week, the stock goes up more than 300%,” says Cohan, the management consultant. “If you look at the financial profile of the company, I don’t think the fundamentals improved 300% this week. There is a big gap in the performance of the stock and the performance of the fundamentals. If there was ever a great example of how a stock doesn’t reflect the underlying business, this is it.”



Tarantella - - no longer listed (dead?)
So with this in mind, we were intrigued by a new 13D filing that hit the tape last week disclosing that Austin Marxe and David Greenhouse of the Special Situations funds had amassed a sizeable stake in a small software shop called Tarantella (TTLA). From a quick check I did earlier this afternoon, TTLA was delisted from Nasdaq earlier this year and is now trading on the lowly pink sheets due apparently to some accounting issues that knocked the firm off course.


Boots & Coots -
You’ll recall that Boots & Coots was set to make a big splash last week, but for a mysterious loan that threatened to sink the company at its most promising hour. Sure enough, the price climbed rapidly as war fever set in -- and showed the kind of volatility one might anticipate under the circumstances. The price really started to tank when CNN bravely trumpeted to small investors Beware The Hellfighter Stock. Kudos to CNN for running that little caveat -- on Thursday -- long after many people had made good faith investing decisions on some very spotty disclosure.


Smart investors, like Austin W. Marxe and David Greenhouse of those big “Special Situations Funds,” got out of Boots & Coots some time ago. In fact, selling, not buying, in the run-up to the war.
And, lo and behold, the oil wells so far haven’t ignited by the dozen. Boots and Coots isn’t headed straight for boomtown after all.



PlanetCAD -
The co-owner of the 9.7% shares is Austin Marxe, owner of the 60-year-old AWM Investment Company. Marxe and Greenhouse also own the Special Cayman Fund, have invested in a similar set of other companies, and hold many shares indirectly. The common thread among the companies in which they invest appears to be “net loss.”



First Virtual Communications: FVCC
Another defunct Marxe and Greenhouse investment. Note message 45783 from the Yahoo BB: “Losers big time in FVC,... I don’t expect they will salvage very much of their investment as a result of the pending class action lawsuits...


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