Quepasa.com became the latest struggling Internet company to plea for help Friday, announcing that it had tabbed the investment banking firm Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. to find someone to bail it out.
Quepasa.com (Nasdaq: PASA) said it authorized the firm to consider several options, including strategic alliances, significant equity investments in the company, a merger or the sale of the company or significant portions of its business.
Earlier this month, the Hispanic community Web site said it would take a non-material restructuring charge in its second quarter after slashing more than 30 percent of its workforce.
In its first quarter, Quepasa.com posted a loss of $10.7 million, or 68 cents a share, on sales of $856,585.
Analysts expect it to lose 65 cents a share this quarter and $2.16 a share in the fiscal year. It's not expected to turn a profit until the third quarter of fiscal 2001.
Its shares slipped to a 52-week low of 1 5/16 Friday.
After a initial public offering in June, the stock moved as high as 26 7/8 in July.
Both analysts covering the stock rate it either a "buy" or "strong buy."
Reuters contributed to this report.