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Mobile Embrace’s Unanswered Question

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One of our recent Buy recommendations at Motley Fool Hidden Gems was Mobile Embrace Ltd (ASX:MBE). We subsequently recommended our members sell, for a significant profit. Part of the reason we made that call was because we were unable to have company management answer a question on their financial statements.

Specifically, there was an item on the Statement of Cashflows that we couldn’t understand — it seemed to be a non-cash item. We tried several times to get an answer, but were unable to.

Our question related to the company’s most recently submitted accounts.

You can see this item on the Statement of Cashflows:

MBE Cashflow

And this note:

MBE Note 13

The total of the Clipp investment in the note tallies to the $1,936,722 in the cashflow statement, but is majority non-cash, according to the company.

And we think it should be non-cash. Here’s why: We went back to the announcement of the Clipp investment on June 10, 2015. The company states:

MBE Clipp

Now, 4.59m shares at $0.26 works out to $1.19m. We assume the residual between the $1.19m and the $1.353m above is the implied value of the options.

So here’s our question: if the $1,353,389 is non-cash, but the total of the ‘investing cashflow’ tallies the total of the Clipp investment — what are we missing?

We’ve raised the question with the company — multiple times — but haven’t yet received a suitable answer. We’ll keep asking.

Motley Fool contributor Scott Phillips (TMFGilla) has no position in any stocks mentioned. Unless otherwise noted, the author does not have a position in any stocks mentioned by the author in the comments below. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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