Citigroup’s Todd Bault and Erik Bass argue that “there are likely more good things that can happen compared to bad” for American International Group (AIG). They explain:
While we normally don’t like to write up news items, two stories on AIG today are good examples of the “positive optionality” embedded in AIG’s potential future performance. Given its stated turnaround plan through 2017 and its very high margin of valuation safety, there are likely more good things that can happen compared to bad, even if those things are difficult to precisely quantify with respect to time and effect.
Disposal of legacy business helps volatility along with freeing capital: The report by Insurance Insider (which was not confirmed by AIG) that AIG is looking to dispose of $5bn of legacy P&C liabilities from subsidiary Eaglestone Re can at first be seen as a way to free up more capital. But it is just as much a way to reduce volatility. AIG’s older reserves have been a significance source of unfavorable volatility and were a key reason for AIG’s recent reserve charge. Quieting this volatility is just as important as absolute reduction of the combined ratio, in our view.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Move Inc.(MOVE)
Move, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online network of Websites for real estate search, finance, and moving and home enthusiasts in North America. The company operates REALTOR.com, a Web site that offers property listings and neighborhood profiles; and consumers information and tools designed to assist the customers in understanding the value of their home, preparing the home for sale, listing and advertising the home, home affordability, the offer process, applying for a loan, understand the mortgage options available, closing the purchase, and planning the move. REALTOR.com provides showcase listing enhancements; display ad products; and a series of template Websites primarily for agents and brokers. The company also offers 8i solution, a Web-based customer relationship management software application for real estate agents. In addition, it provides Market Snapshot and Market Builder products that allow real estate professionals to offer real-time mult iple listing services market updates and trend analysis to their online prospects and clients; and Move Rentals that displays rental listings. Further, the company provides graphical display advertisements, text links, sponsorships, and directories for advertisers for mortgage companies, home improvement retailers, moving service providers, and other consumer product and service companies. Additionally, it offers quotes from moving companies, truck rental companies, and self-storage facilities, as well as other move-related information on Moving.com Website. Move, Inc. also operates as an online real estate listing syndicator and provider of performance reporting solutions for the purpose of helping to drive an online advertising program for brokers, real estate franchises, and individual agents. The company was formerly known as Homestore, Inc. and changed its name to Move, Inc. in June 2006. Move, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Westlake Village, Californ i a.
- [By Renu Singh]
Aruba Networks (ARUN) is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for mobile enterprise. The company’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture unifies wired and wireless network infrastructures into one seamless access solution for corporate headquarters, mobile business professionals, remote workers and guests. This unified approach to access networks enables IT organizations and users to securely address the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, dramatically improving productivity and lowering capital and operational costs.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: RXI Pharmaceuticals Corporation(RXII)
RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company, focuses on discovering and developing therapies primarily in the areas of dermatology and ophthalmology. The company develops therapies based on siRNA technology and immunotherapy agents. Its clinical development programs include RXI-109, a self-delivering RNAi compound, which is in Phase IIa clinical trial that is used to prevent or reduce dermal scarring following surgery or trauma, as well as for the management of hypertrophic scars and keloids; and Samcyprone, an immunomodulation agent, which is in Phase IIa clinical trial for the treatment of various disorders, such as alopecia areata, warts, and cutaneous metastases of melanoma. The companys preclinical program includes the development of products for ocular indications with RXI-109, including retinal and corneal scarring. Its discovery stage development programs include a dermatology franchise for the discovery of collagenase and tyrosinase targets for its RNAi platform; and ophthalmology franchise, a program for the discovery of sd-rxRNA compounds for oncology indications, including retinoblastoma. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
- [By Monica Gerson]
RXi Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: RXII) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share.
InterOil Corporation (USA) (NYSE: IOC) is estimated to report a quarterly loss at $0.25 per share on revenue of $1.10 million.
10 Best Wireless Telecom Stocks For 2017: Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.(BWLD)
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. engages in the ownership, operation, and franchise of restaurants in the United States. The company provides quick casual and casual dining services, as well as serves bottled beers, wines, and liquor. As of July 26, 2011, it had 773 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in 45 states in the United States, as well as in Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) were down 13 percent to $125.18 as the company reported weaker-than-expected results for its first quarter on Tuesday.
- [By AnnaLisa Kraft]
A chicken-wing upstart
But with success comes competition.McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD ) is debuting its own Mighty Wings nationally, chicken wings seasoned similarly to Popeye’s New Orleans style with cayenne and chili pepper. The huge quantity of wings that McDonald’s will need likely driving up prices from $1.44 a pound most recently will of course, affect the entire space including Yum! Brands, AFCE, and chicken focused Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD )
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)
Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Its principal areas of operation include the Anadarko and Arkoma basins of Oklahoma, the Williston Basin of North Dakota, the Uinta Basin of Utah, and the Maverick and Gulf Coast basins of Texas. The company also holds offshore oil developments in China. As of December 31, 2015, it had proved reserves of approximately 509 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Textainer Group Holdings Limited(TGH)
Textainer Group Holdings Limited (TGH), incorporated on December 2, 1993, is a holding company. The Company is involved in the purchase, ownership, management, leasing and disposal of a fleet of intermodal containers. The Company operates in three segments: Container Ownership, which owned containers accounting for approximately 80% of the Company’s fleet; Container Management, which managed containers on behalf of approximately 10 affiliated and unaffiliated container investors, providing acquisition, management and disposal services, and total managed containers accounted for approximately 20% of its fleet, and Container Resale, which sells containers from its fleet when they reach the end of their useful lives in marine service, and also purchases and leases or resells containers from shipping line customers, container traders and other sellers of containers. The Company is a lessor of intermodal containers based on fleet size, with a total fleet of approximately 2.1 mi llion containers. The Company leases containers to approximately 360 shipping lines and other lessees. The Company is also a seller of used containers.
The Company’s subsidiaries include Textainer Equipment Management Limited (TEML), which provides container management, acquisition and disposal services to affiliated and unaffiliated container investors, and Textainer Limited (TL), which owns containers directly and through its subsidiaries, which include Textainer Marine Containers II Limited (TMCL II), Textainer Marine Containers III Limited (TMCL III), Textainer Marine Containers IV Limited (TMCL IV), TAP Funding Ltd. (TAP Funding) and TW Container Leasing Ltd. (TW). The Company leases containers under different types of leases, which include term leases, master leases, finance leases and spot leases. Term leases provide a customer with a specified number of containers for a specified period of time ranging from 3 to 5 years, with an associated set of pick-up and drop-off conditions. Term leases also include lifecycle! leases, under which lessees will lease containers until they reach a pre-specified age, which is near the end of their useful lives. Master leases provide a framework of terms and conditions valid for a specified period of time, typically one year. Finance leases, which provide customers an alternative means for purchasing containers. Spot leases, which provide customers with containers for a relatively short lease period and fixed pick-up and drop-off locations.
The Company operates its business through a network of regional and area offices and independent depots. The Company maintains approximately four regional offices: Americas Region in Hackensack, New Jersey, the United States responsible for North and South America; European Region in New Malden, the United Kingdom responsible for Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Africa; North Asia Region in Yokohama, Japan responsible for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and South Asia Region in Singapore, responsible for Southeast Asia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including Hong Kong and Australia. The Company operates approximately 3,147,690 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU).
The Company competes with Leased Assets Pool Company Limited.
- [By Joseph Hogue]
There is one particular shipping company of which investors are being especially fearful, to the point of hating it. I'm talking about Textainer Group Holdings (NYSE: TGH), a container leasing company with 2.6 million 20-foot equivalent containers, the largest fleet among its peers.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Golar LNG Partners LP(GMLP)
Golar LNG Partners LP, incorporated on October 24, 2007, owns and operates floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under long-term time charters. The Company operates through the LNG market segment. The Company’s fleet consists of approximately six FSRUs and over four LNG carriers.
The Company’s FSRU vessels include Golar Spirit, Golar Winter, Golar Freeze, NR Satu, Golar Igloo and Golar Eskimo. Its FSRU vessels have a total capacity of approximately 846,000 cubic meters. The Company’s LNG carriers include Golar Mazo, Methane Princess, Golar Grand and Golar Maria. Its LNG carriers have a total capacity of over 564,400 cubic meters.
The Company competes with Hoegh LNG, Excelerate, BW Gas, Mitsui OSK Lines, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Malaysian International Shipping Company, National Gas Shipping Company and Qatar Gas Transport Company.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Golar LNG Partners LP (GMLP), a limited partnership, owns and operates floating storage and regasification units and LNG carriers under long-term charters. This stock closed up 3.5% at $32.74 in Monday’s trading session.
Monday’s Volume: 432,000
Three-Month Average Volume: 81,559
Volume % Change: 283%
From a technical perspective, GMLP bounced notably higher here right off its 200-day moving average of $31.79 and back above its 50-day moving average of $32.56 with strong upside volume. This move is quickly pushing shares of GMLP within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if GMLP manages to take out Monday’s intraday high at $32.96 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $33.15 with high volume.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GMLP as long as it’s trending above its 200-day at $31.79 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that’s near or above 81,559 shares. If that breakout hits soon, then GMLP will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $34.78 to its 52-week high at $36.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)
Ring Energy, Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in Texas and Kansas, the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the companys proved reserves consisted of approximately 24.4 million barrel of oil equivalent. It also has interests in 18,130 net developed and undeveloped acres in Andrews and Gaines counties, and 19,679 net developed and undeveloped acres in Reeves and Culberson counties, Texas; and 16,674 net acres in Kansas. Ring Energy, Inc. primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. The company was formerly known as Transglobal Mining Corp. and changed its name to Ring Energy, Inc. in March 2008. Ring Energy, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Ring Energy Inc (NYSE: REI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $7.92 million.
Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., incorporated on November 22, 2005, is a franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSRs) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. The Company operates its business through four segments, which include Dunkin’ Donuts-U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International and Baskin-Robbins-U.S. The Company has over 18,000 points of distribution in approximately 60 countries across the world. It has over 11,750 Dunkin’ Donuts points of distribution, of which approximately 8,430 are in the United States and over 3,320 are international, and approximately 7,610 Baskin-Robbins points of distribution, of which over 5,104 are international and approximately 2,500 are in the United States.
The Company’s Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. segment is the United States QSR concept, and markets do nut and bagel categories for servings. Dunkin’ Donuts is also the QSR chain for breakfast sandwich servings. Dunkin’ Donuts serves in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee category and the iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee category. Its points of distribution include traditional restaurants consisting of end-cap, in-line and stand-alone restaurants, and gas and convenience locations. In addition, it has alternative points of distribution (APODs), such as self-service kiosks in grocery stores, hospitals, airports, offices and other smaller-footprint properties. Dunkin’ Donuts also has other restaurants consisting of small service restaurants and self-serve kiosks in offices, hospitals, colleges, airports, grocery stores and other footprint properties.
The Company’s Baskin-Robbins-U.S. segment is engaged in serving hard-serve ice cream, and develops and sells a range of frozen ice cream treats, such as cones, cakes, sundaes and fr ozen beverages. Baskin-Robbins has over 30 flavors offering ! consumers a different flavor for each day of the month. Baskin-Robbins traditional restaurant formats include free standing restaurants and end-caps. The Company also has other restaurants, consisting of small service restaurants and self-serve kiosks.
Dunkin’ Donuts International
The Company’s Dunkin’ Donuts International segment franchisees are responsible for sourcing their own supplies with its standards. In addition, the Company assists its international franchisees in identifying regional and global suppliers.
The Company’s Baskin-Robbins International segment has a manufacturing network, which consists of over 20 facilities. The Company utilizes a facility owned by Dean Foods Co. to produce ice cream products, which it purchases and distributes to its international markets. The Baskin-Robbins brand restaurants in India and Russia are supported by franchisee-owned facilities in those respe ctive countries while the restaurants in Japan and South Korea are supported by the joint venture-owned facilities located within each country.
The Company competes with 7-Eleven, Burger King, Cold Stone Creamery, Cumberland Farms, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Quick Trip, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell, Tim Hortons, WaWa and Wendy’s.
- [By WALLSTCHEATSHEET.COM]
Dunkin Brands provides delicious items that fulfill the sweet cravings of many consumers. The company is hoping to cash in on the European recovery as it plans to expand heavily in Germany. The stock has been exploding higher since its IPO and is now trading at all-time high prices. Over the last four quarters, earnings and revenues have been rising which has pleased investors in the company. Relative to its peers and sector, Dunkin’ Brands has been a year-to-date performance leader. Look for Dunkin’ Brands to OUTPERFORM.
- [By Jonas Elmerraji]
Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) is another name that’s fared much better than the market since the start of 2013. Year-to-date, Dunkin’ has rallied more than 38%, outpacing the S&P by close to double digits. A breakout earlier this week points to more upside in DNKN in the short-term.
After rallying hard to start the year, Dunkin’ spent the last few months consolidating sideways, bleeding off some overbought momentum after a long-term move higher. DNKN’s consolidation was bounded by horizontal resistance at $45 and horizontal support down at $42, forming a setup called a “rectangle.” The rectangle gets its name because it effectively “boxes in” a stock’s price action between two levels. When a stock breaks out from the range, it becomes tradable.
The logic behind a rectangle breakout is the same as the triangles in Toyota and WisdomTree; Monday’s breakout in DNKN means that buyers have finally wrestled control of this stock from sellers. Shares haven’t rocketed away after their move, and that’s providing a second chance at a low-risk entry for buyers. If you decide to jump in here, just be sure to use proper risk management with a tight stop under $45.
- [By Michael Vodicka]
After a highly publicized IPO in April 2000 during the aftermath of the tech bubble, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD) proceeded to surge, climbing from $10 to an all-time high of $49 in the next three years. That fueled massive buzz that the company was well on its way to becoming the next Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) or Dunkin' Brands (Nasdaq: DNKN).
- [By Michael Flannelly]
On Thursday, Dunkin Brands Group Inc (DNKN) announced that it has signed an agreement with two franchise groups to begin developing 50 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the United Kingdom.
Dunkin Brands has signed an agreement with The Court Group to begin developing 25 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in East London. The other agreement was with franchise group DDMG Ltd., which calls for the development of 25 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in North London over the next five years.
Furthermore, Dunkin Brands noted that it is in talks with additional franchise partners to help develop over 150 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.K. over the next five years, including the two agreements mentioned above.
“We feel there is significant opportunity for Dunkin’ Donuts in the UK, and we have had a tremendous response from potential franchisees interested in developing the brand across the country,” said Giorgio Minardi, President, Dunkin’ Brands International. “We are especially excited to begin the expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts into the UK with The Court Group and DDMG Ltd., two experienced franchisees who have a deep passion for the brand and a solid understanding of the local market. We look forward to working with them to make Dunkin’ Donuts’ high-quality beverages, baked goods and sandwiches part of the way of life in the UK.”
Dunkin Brands shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Thursday. The stock is up 31.89% year-to-date.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.(BMRN)
BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. develops and commercializes biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and rest of the world. The company?s commercial products include Naglazyme, a recombinant form of N-acetylgalactosamine 4-sulfatase enzyme used for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) VI; Kuvan, a proprietary synthetic oral form of 6R-BH4 used to treat patients with phenylketonuria (PKU), a metabolic disease; Aldurazyme used for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis I, a genetic disease; and Firdapse used to treat Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome, an autoimmune disease. It develops GALNS, an enzyme replacement therapy for the treatment of MPS IVA, a lysosomal storage disorder; PEG-PAL, an enzyme substitution therapy that is under Phase II clinical trial to treat PKU; BMN-673, a Phase I/II clinical trial product for the treatment of cancer; BMN-701, an enzyme replacement therapy, which is under Phase I/II clinical trials for Pompe disease, a glycogen storage disorder; and BMN-111, a peptide therapeutic that is under Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of achondroplasia. The company sells its Naglazyme, Kuvan, and Firdapse products to specialty pharmacies and end-users, such as hospitals and foreign government agencies, which act as retailers; and Naglazyme products to distributors and pharmaceutical wholesalers. It has a collaboration agreement with Genzyme Corporation for the manufacture of Aldurazyme; and an agreement with Merck Serono S.A. for the further development and commercialization of Kuvan and other products containing 6R-BH4 and PEG-PAL for PKU. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Novato, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Pullback BucketNames where we believe the pullback has created compelling opportunities:BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN),Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), Medicines Company (MDCO).
- [By Monica Gerson]
BioMarin Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ: BMRN) shares moved up 1.48% to $78.64. The volume of BioMarin Pharmaceutical shares traded was 966% higher than normal. BioMarin shares jumped on Roche Holding (OTC: RHHBY) takeover report..
- [By Ben Levisohn]
SRPT’s dystrophin argument strongly challenged and largely invalidated by the FDA. Recall, the panelists were very critical of dystrophin data for BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN), and we expect a similar level of scrutiny. The FDA points out two major concerns with Sareptas method of quantifying dystrophin expression: 1) reconciling the low correlation between Western blot vs. immunofluroesscence, and 2) overexaggeration of the data. To the first point, not only was the correlation between the two methods not strong, when considering Western blot as a more relevant and reliable quantitative measurement for dystrophin expression, FDA sees the resulting 0.9% (of normal) after 3.5 years as disappointing. To the latter point, the applicants suggestion of an 11.6-fold increase in de novo dystrophin production assumes a baseline of 0.08% dystrophin level, which is below the instruments detection level of 0.25%.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Currency probably the biggest impact: While UK sales are generally minimal for individual companies, broader European exposure varies widely for each of our large-cap companies, withCelgene andAlexion Pharmaceuticals seeing the highest exposure followed by Amgen, Gilead Sciences, Incyte (INCY) and BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN), andBiogen least so.
10 Best Mid Cap Stocks To Invest In Right Now: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.(SEAS)
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., incorporated on October 2, 2009, is a theme park and entertainment company. It owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. It has a diversified portfolio of approximately 10 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States. Its theme parks feature a range of rides, shows and other attractions. The Company operates SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, California, and Busch Gardens theme parks in Tampa, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia. The Company operates water park attractions in Orlando, Florida (Aquatica); San Diego, California (Aquatica); Tampa, Florida (Adventure Island), and Williamsburg, Virginia (Water Country USA). The Company also operates a reservations-only attraction offering interaction with marine animals (Discovery Cove) and a seasonal park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania (Sesame Place).
SeaWorld is the marine-life theme park brand. The Company’s SeaWorld theme parks offer interactive experiences, dining experiences, a range of live performances in the marine-life theme. It also offers a number of animal encounters, including the opportunity to work with trainers and feed marine animals, as well as themed thrill rides and theatrical shows that show its zoological collection. The Company owns and operates the SeaWorld branded theme parks, including SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio and SeaWorld San Diego. SeaWorld Orlando is approximately 280 acre theme park in Orlando, Florida and is open year-round. SeaWorld Orlando is home to the Journey to Atlantis water coaster ride, Kraken, a floorless rollercoaster, and Manta, a flying rollercoaster, which integrates animals and an aquarium into its theme. SeaWorld San Antonio is a marine-life theme park spread across approximately 410 acres in San Antonio, Texas. SeaWorld San Antonio features rollercoaster s, including the Steel Eel and The Great White, along with a! collection of marine-themed shows and experiences, including the killer whale show One Ocean. SeaWorld San Diego spans across approximately 190 acres of waterfront property on Mission Bay in San Diego, California. SeaWorld San Diego has Manta, which is modeled on the Manta ride in SeaWorld Orlando, which includes animal habitats featuring bat rays and other marine-life, as well as a launch rollercoaster shaped like a manta ray.
The Company’s Busch Gardens theme parks are family-oriented destinations with foreign geographic settings. The Busch Gardens theme parks have a range of attractions and rollercoasters, exotic animals and theatrical productions. It owns and operates the Busch Gardens theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa, which features animals, thrill rides and shows spread across approximately 310 acres of land, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, an approximately 420 acre theme park.
The Co mpany’s Aquatica branded water parks are family-oriented destinations that are based in a South Seas-themed tropical setting. Aquatica water parks build on the aquatic theme of its SeaWorld brand and feature rides, water attractions, white-sand beaches and a presentation of marine and terrestrial animals. The Company positions its Aquatica water parks as companions to its SeaWorld theme parks and owns and operates the Aquatica branded theme parks, including Aquatica Orlando, which is an approximately 80 acre South Seas-themed water park adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando; Aquatica San Antonio, which is a water park located within SeaWorld San Antonio featuring a range of waterslides, rivers, lagoons, a beach area and private cabanas, and Aquatica San Diego, an approximately 70 acre water park located near its SeaWorld San Diego theme park. Aquatica San Diego features Taumata Racer, a racing water ride, around approximately 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing them across the finish line.
Discovery ! Cove
Discovery Cove is an approximately 60 acre, reservations only, all-inclusive marine-life theme park. Discovery Cove provides guests with a full day of activities, including approximately 30-minute dolphin swim session and the opportunity to snorkel with tropical fish, wade in a lagoon with stingrays, and hand-feed birds in a free flight aviary.
Sesame Place is located on approximately 50 acres between Philadelphia and New York City. Sesame Place’s realm, Cookie’s Monster Land, features approximately five rides, an approximately three-story net climb, and a soft play area for the park’s youngest visitors. In addition, it has introduced Sesame Street brands in its other theme parks through Sesame Street-themed rides, shows, children’s play areas and merchandise.
Water Country USA
Water Country USA is located on approximately 220 acres and features water rides and attractions. The water park features appr oximately 23,000 square-foot wave pool, a science fiction themed interactive children’s play area, kid-sized water slides, live shows and other attractions.
Adventure Island, located adjacent to Busch Gardens Tampa, is an approximately 60 acre water park offering water rides, dining and other attractions with a Key West theme. The theme park features a wave pool and children’s water playground.
The Company competes with The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Cedar Fair, Merlin Entertainments and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Broyhill Asset Management’s Christopher Pavesee argues that the worst-case scenario for SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) is “not so bad.” He explains why: