SOURCE: Knobias, Inc.

November 14, 2005 08:11 ET

Knobias, Inc. Announces Cost-U-Less Inc. as the SPOT of the Week in Its Small-Cap ClipReport

RIDGELAND, MS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2005 -- Knobias, Inc. (OTC BB: KNBS) announced today that it has selected Cost-U-Less Inc. (NASDAQ: CULS) as the SPOT of the week in the Knobias Small-Cap "ClipReport."

Cost-U-Less Inc. operates 11 mid-sized warehouse club-style stores in the U.S. Territories, the Hawaiian Islands, foreign island countries in the Pacific and the Caribbean and Sonora, California. The Company builds its business through delivering high-quality U.S. and local goods, progressive merchandising practices, sophisticated distribution capabilities, and superior customer service, primarily to island markets.

The Bulls say ...

From Growth to Value: In 2004, CULS reported double-digit same-store sales growth, but has been unable to sustain this pace. For the first 10 months of 2005, average monthly same-store sales growth has been around 5.6%, not quite half of 2004. These maturing growth rates have caused growth investors to dump the stock, but is there a big value play forming here? Sure, double-digit growth is great, but CULS still sports respectable comps relative to peers. Last 10 month's avg monthly same-store sales growth: CULS=5.6%; WMT=3.5%; BJ=4.2%; COST=7.1%. This move from growth to value has made CULS a serious laggard in price performance relative to other retailers. In 6 months, CULS is down -16%, while the Retail Holdrs Index is higher by +9%.

The Bears say ...

Takeover Talk...Talk is Cheap: Everything points to a possible takeover, but at what price? CULS looks cheap relative to peers, but declining growth, foreign risks and small operations may not command the premium given to BJ, WMT and COST. Moreover, buyout talks may lead nowhere and prospective buyers may sell their positions in light of a failed buyout.

The "ClipReport" is a daily newsletter distributed FREE to anyone interested in proprietary news and insight concerning small-, micro- and nano-cap stocks. Each week Knobias independently chooses one company to be highlighted in the SPOT. To qualify for selection, each company must: 1) trade on the Nasdaq National Market, Nasdaq SmallCap Market, Amex, OTCBB or Pink Sheets; 2) have a Market cap of less than $250 million; 3) have annual revenues greater than $1 million, 4) have a closing share price greater than 5 cents, and 4) have average daily volume of at least 10,000 shares. Knobias is never compensated for SPOT selections, and NO position will be held in SPOT stocks by Knobias, its management or staff while the stock is being highlighted.

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