US Search: First Class Intelligence at Bargain Basement

US Search.com (SRCH) has been, well, searching for investors who do not like to dump the stock. Since its IPO this year, the company has been a play thing of
daytraders – with a high of 17-3/8. Currently, the stock is selling at $7. But the stock may be poised for action on the upside.

For many years, major corporations have had access to useful information

sources – such as Lexis Nexus, West Law and so on. The information
included such stuff as business licenses, real estate ownership,
marriage
and divorce records, business credit reports, backgrounds on
individuals,
etc.

However, getting this information has been expensive, well beyond the
budgets of most small and medium size businesses. Yet these businesses
also could have benefited from such information.

Enter US Search.com , which provides its
services over the Net, but also via a 1-800 phone number (1-800-US
SEARCH).
In fact, the company has been expanding its services. In a recent
announcement, US Search.com rolled-out a low-cost method for accessing
country criminal conviction records (the cost ranges from $25 to $45).
The
traditional way of finding such information was visiting a local
courthouse. In early November, US Search.com revamped its Web site
releasing 37 new products.

The company has been showing strong results. In the latest quarter, US
Search.com had revenues of $6.1 million, compared to $2.7 million in the

same quarter a year ago. The sequential growth rate was 55%.

According to Nielsen//NetRatings, US Search.com was ranked 66th among
the most
frequented sites on the Web. Unique visitors increased from
1.8 million in the third quarter last year to 11.2 million in the same
quarter this year. The sequential growth rate was 107%.

Actually, US Search.com is tantamount to a business-to-business play.
As
small and medium size businesses use B2B, there will be a greater need
for
verification. This should have a long-term effect on US Search.com.


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