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XnE Inc. has acquired a "majority" position in MSP on Demand, a hardware as a service (HaaS) specialist that had roughly (US)$1 million in revenues and $110,000 in net income for 2009. This is the second HaaS-related investment that has surfaced in recent weeks. Interesting stuff. But XnE Inc.'s background -- and delayed SEC filings -- raises some question marks. Here's why.
March 23, 2010
XnE Inc. has acquired a “majority” position in MSP on Demand, a hardware as a service (HaaS) specialist that had roughly (US)$1 million in revenues and $110,000 in net income for 2009. This is the second HaaS-related investment that has surfaced in recent weeks. Interesting stuff. But XnE Inc.’s background — and delayed SEC filings — raises some question marks. Here’s why.
First, the high-level industry info: MSP on Demand President Ramsey Dellinger has been an outspoken advocate of HaaS opportunities for resellers and MSPs. Dellinger frequently educates MSPs at industry conferences; I most recently caught up with him at the N-able Partner Summit in October 2009.
Meanwhile, HaaS has been generating considerable interest from solutions providers that want to potentially offer Technology as a Service (TaaS) — everything from hardware to software as part of a monthly fixed fee. In addition to the MSP on Demand-XnE Inc. deal, ConnectWise Capital recently invested in CharTec, another well-known HaaS specialist.
Now for a more intriguing question: Who is XnE Inc.?
According to the company’s Web site, XnE “partners with executives to build public or private long term businesses, through acquisitions or organic growth.” XnE Chairman and and CEO Michael Cummings has been involved in multiple acquisitions and roll ups during his career, according to his biography.
But here’s where all the questions start.
XnE Inc. previously was named Siena Technologies Inc. The company name change and a 500-to-1 reverse stock split took effect July 1, 2009.
XnE Inc.’s name is short for Xcellence in Entertainment. Poke around the web and you’ll find some mission statements indicating: “XnE’s core business is to own and operate independent Minor League Baseball franchises throughout the United States.” As part of that effort, XnE has acquired minor league baseball teams in Hawaii.
In an email exchange, I asked Cummings why XnE is now investing in MSP on Demand. His reply: “If you look at the website, XnE has taken a new direction.”
Again, who is XnE?
According to an official XnE Inc.-MSP on Demand press release, XnE Inc. is publicly held (PINKSHEETS Symbol: XNEZ).
In a November 2009 letter to shareholders, XnE apologized for late SEC filings, stating:
“Recently, our management team has received communication from several shareholders inquiring about our 2008 10k and the 2009 10Q’s. The management team would like to convey our apologies for the late filings and assure our shareholders that we are working diligently with the SEC and in the process of signing an agreement with a PCAOB auditor. Our delay is due to past filings prior to the new management team and will soon come to terms with the SEC, so that all filings are current and our shareholders will be better informed.”
I asked Cummings about the situation…
MSPmentor: What caused the delayed [SEC] filings?
Cummings: Previous management
MSPmentor: Have the filings since been completed and if so where can I find them?
Cummings: They are being worked on and will be filed soon.
MSPmentor: Is XnE truly a financially viable entity?
Cummings: When the filings are made public is when I can discuss this, otherwise I cannot discuss the financial situation prior to the rest of the market being informed at the same time.
We’ll be watching the situation in the months ahead.
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