Updated from 2:44 p.m. EDTValueRich ( IVA) rose 18.1% to $1.70 after the company, an operator of online and offline media-based properties, posted its latest financial results. Total revenue for the six months ended June 30 increased almost 67% to $891,617. ValueRich, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., lost $422,483 for the half-year, down from $583,681 for the same period a year earlier. Agilysys ( AGYS), a provider of IT services, was jumping after the company set plans to buy back shares and reaffirmed its outlook. The Boca Raton, Fla., company has initiated a "Dutch Auction" tender offer for up to 6 million shares, saying it will pay between $16.25 and $18.50 a share. In addition, the board authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 2 million shares in the open market. For fiscal 2008, Agilysys is still forecasting sales of $800 million to $820 million and earnings of 40 cents to 50 cents a share. The stock was up 13.1% to $17.68. Metalline Mining ( MMG) rose 9.4% to $2.67 after the company provided an update on its feasibility study and other activities at the Sierra Mojada project located in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, mining company said progress on the oxide zinc project's feasibility study is staying close to the original schedule. The results to date revealed no surprises.
Access Plans ( AUSA), an Irving, Texas, provider of health insurance and noninsurance health care programs, fell after the company said Chairman and CEO Peter W. Nauert died. Nauert, 64, died at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He had been in treatment following surgery in May. The company's board named director J. French Hill as chairman, and it appointed Ian R. Stuart to serve as interim president and CEO. Access Plans lost 17% to $1.12. FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), an oil and natural gas exploration and production company, was up on news its board approved a $225,000 stock buyback. Purchases may be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions subject to prevailing market conditions. FieldPoint, based in Cedar Park, Texas, gained 10.9% to $1.43. MTS Systems ( MTSC) boosted its dividend and said it plans to repurchase its stock, but its shares were still trading to the downside. The board has declared a fourth-quarter dividend of 15 cents, a 36% increase. The dividend will be paid Oct. 1 to shareowners of record Sept. 14. Separately, the board authorized a 3 million share repurchase in addition to the approximately 575,000 shares remaining under an existing buyback. MTS, a supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors based in Eden Prairie, Minn., was down 1.1% at $41.84.