Earnings, Titanic Deal Please Premier Ex Investors

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- In value land, it sometimes takes a great deal longer for a situation to play out than you had originally expected. While this can be frustrating at times, the rewards of patience can be great. Getting there, however, is at times frustrating.

Patience is a virtue in value investing, but you also have to know when to throw in the towel; to know when to admit that your investment thesis was incorrect. There have been times when I've waited too long for a story to play out; there have been times when I've given up too early. You try and learn from these mistakes, and move on.

At times, Premier Exhibitions ( PRXI), which owns thousands of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic wreck site, has been in the news over the past several months as the company has sought a buyer for this massive collection.

The company, whose primary business is traveling exhibitions (such as "Bodies . . . The Exhibition"), had endured many years in the courtroom in order to gain title to the Titanic artifacts. After those hurdles were ultimately crossed in August of 2011, Premier announced that it would sell its collection of more than 5,000 Titanic relics, appraised at $189 million in 2007, to the highest bidder.

Due to the nature of this collection and the historical significance, the courts did put stipulations on the sale. For one, the entire collection had to be sold together, and the court had to approve the winning bidder. The announcement of the winning bid was to have been made on April 15, 2012, the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

With the appraisal of the collection much higher than the current market cap, Premier shares more than doubled between the announcement of the auction in December and late March. Part of those gains, however, were given back when April 15 came and went, and there was no deal. Premier announced that it would take more time to close a sale.

Of course, this led to speculation that there were no bidders, or that bids were well below expectations. The company would not comment either, and it appeared as though the whole setup; an auction on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, had turned into a major blunder.

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