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March 17, 2004

By Lawrence Carrel

Shares of WorldQuest Networks rocketed 82% to a nearly four-year high of $6.75 Wednesday after the tiny telecom outfit agreed to merge with Ntera Holdings, a privately held provider of voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, technology. WorldQuest is in the business of selling phone cards that route calls over Voip networks like Ntera's.

"People are going crazy over VoIP," says Kate Griffin, senior analyst at the Yankee Group, a Boston research firm. "It's a whole new way to make a phone call. The convergence we've been talking about for 10 years is finally happening."

Also known as broadband telephony, Voip allows calls to be made over the Internet through standard landline phones. The big advantage: It's generally much cheaper than making calls via traditional carriers. And according to Griffin, Voip also allows consumers to manage phone calls in much the same way as email, such as setting up filters to block unwanted callers.

"It will continue to bleed the lines between computers, the Internet and telephony," she says. Griffin's 2004 forecast for local Voip access is less than 200,000 subscribers, but she sees the number growing to two million by 2007. (Griffin doesn't own shares of WorldQuest Networks; Yankee Group doesn't do investment banking.)

Voip started out as a way to make free - or nearly free - phone calls between computers. In the early days, extra equipment was required, and the connections were spotty at best. Voip was more a curiosity than a business. As technology evolved, WorldQuest took the idea a step further by selling prepaid phone cards that allowed cheap long-distance calls to be made with regular phones over Voip networks. Customers dial an access number, enter a PIN, and the WorldQuest computers digitize the call and send it over the Internet. While the system is in its infancy, the idea is catching on.

"Total U.S. revenue, when you mix in the computer-to-computer service providers with these types of services, for consumers alone was $154.4 million in 2003," says Daryl Schoolar, an analyst at In-Stat/MDR, a telecom market research firm in Scottsdale, Ariz. "That was 44% growth from 2002, and it's expected to grow this year by 65% to $255.3 million. The market is growing rapidly. By 2007, I expected it to reach $2.05 billion."

The industry's growth is also benefiting from few regulations, Schoolar says, so companies are paying little in the way of fees and taxes, which can account for nearly 30% of a typical phone bill. (Schoolar doesn't own shares of WorldQuest Networks; In-Stat/MDR doesn't do investment banking.)

While WorldQuest, based in Dallas, didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal, Chief Financial Officer Victor Grijalva told SmartMoney.com that 29 million shares would be issued to Ntera. WorldQuest has 6.4 million shares outstanding right now. Once the merger is finalized within the next six months, Ntera will control 80% of the combined company. Existing WorldQuest stockholders will hold the remaining 20%. WorldQuest also agreed to extend a $2 million bridge loan to Ntera.

Ntera has the upper hand in the deal because it owns its own Voip network. WorldQuest currently buys space on other's networks. Ntera's clients include Sprint, Qwest and Verizon.

Ntera claims its Voip network connects 100 U.S. cities, 100 Mexican cities and 23 Canadian cities, along with major cities around the world, through a network with a capacity to handle four billion minutes a month.

After the deal closes, WorldQuest, which will remain publicly traded, won't have to rent network space, and can even sell its excess capacity to others. The combined company also plans to compete in the high-margin retail market against larger Voip service providers such as Vonage, 8x8 and DeltaThree.

That's no small shakes for WorldQuest, which hasn't posted a profit since its founding in 1996. For the nine months ended Sept. 30, the company posted a net loss of $2.7 million, or 42 cents a share, on revenues of $7.2 million.

After the merger, WorldQuest expects to record 2004 sales of $150 million. CFO Grijalva declined to forecast when the company will post a profit. For the third quarter, it had a cash-burn rate of $600,000.

WorldQuest will move to Miami, where Ntera is based. Chief Executive Stephen Polley, who's resigning, the company says, because he doesn't want to relocate, will be replaced by B. Michael Adler, the founder and chairman of WorldQuest. Adler currently owns 42% of WorldQuest's outstanding stock.

While the fledgling sector is certainly speculative, one vote of confidence comes from an unlikely source: Peter Lynch. The Fidelity legend who made famous the investing manta, "Buy what you know," holds a 10% stake in WorldQuest.

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"Today there are about 150,000 Voip packet lines," says Charles Golvin, principal analyst at Forrester Research, a technology market research firm in Cambridge, Mass. "That's not necessarily people using PCs to make calls, but connections to Voip boxes in substitution for a traditional network. Our forecast is that by 2006 there will be 4.8 million Voip lines driven by cable operators such as Cablevision and Time Warner. That's a lot of growth, but bear in mind that five million lines in 2006 still represents well less than 5% of the total number of households and number of lines. That means there is a lot more room for growth over the next 15 years." (Golvin doesn't own shares of WorldQuest Networks; Forrester Research doesn't do investment banking.)



 
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