Big Winners in 2010: VHC, RLGT, ATSG, ALLT, ESCA

One-year trading chart for VirnetX (VHC) courtesy BigCharts.com

More than 150 smallcap stocks were covered by this blog throughout 2010. Many of these stocks enjoyed a good year based on stock price, while a few others enjoyed a great 2010. Here is a list of some of those that did very well:

Scotts Valley, CA-based VirnetX Holding Corp. (Amex: VHC, http://www.virnetx.com/), a developer of software and technology for securing real time security solutions over the Internet, had a huge year, up nearly 400 percent, from $3.36 to more than $15.30 by Jan. 13. This stock traded as low as $1.95 last November. One huge catalyst last May helped propel the move: a successful patent infringement lawsuit that led to a $200 million from Microsoft. Based in part of the same patent infringement argument, VHC has follwed that lawsuit with another suit against Siemens AG and Mitel Networks, among others.

Bellevue, WA, Radiant Logistics (OTCBB:  RLGT, http://www.radiant-logistics.com/), a global transportation and supply chain management company, jumped more than 400 percent, from just 23 cents in January 2010 to $1.18 the week of January 10. “We are seeing encouraging trends with the improving economy and glad to see the benefits of our scalable non-asset based business model beginning to show themselves,” said Bohn Crain, Chairman and CEO in early November while discussing the results of the first quarter of FY2011. He added that although the stock has enjoyed a sharp appreciation and is trading at approximately seven times this year’s projected earnings per share, “our stock trades at a significant discount to our competitors.”

Wilmington, OH-based Air Transport Services Group (Nasdaq: ATSG, http://www.atsginc.com/), a provider of aircraft, airline operations and other related services primarily to the shipping and transportation industries, ran up more than 300 percent in 2010, landing at $7.84 in early January 2011. Despite already tripling in 12 months, Motley Fool picked ATSG as a “stock ready to roar” in 2011. Over the past year, as the S&P 500 rose 11 percent, the CAPS Freight Services sector, led by ATSG, has doubled those gains, Motley Fool noted.

Israel-based Allot Communications (Nasdaq: ALLT, http://www.allot.com/), a global developer and marketer of Internet protocol service optimization solutions that trades as an ADR, enjoyed a sharp rise in stock price–nearly 300 percent–starting in early August. Kate Stalter, writing for Real Money on TheStreet.com, notes “there is still plenty of opportunity among network optimization stocks” like Allot. To check on their progress, management will discuss first quarter results on Feb. 8.

Evansville IN-based Escalade Inc (Nasdaq: ESCA, http://www.escaladeinc.com/), a sporting goods manufacturer and seller, saw its stock rise nearly 300 percent. Escalade announced a 10 cents/share dividend last November 9. As noted in a Seeking Alpha article, the company has paid an annual divdend in 2004-2008 but had to skip the dividend in 2009.

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