Merlin Entertainments Plc (MERL), the private-equity backed owner of Madame Tussauds, rose in its London trading debut after raising about 957 million pounds ($1.5 billion) in an initial public offering.
The shares gained as much as 13 percent and were up 9.4 percent at 344.75 pence as of 11:35 a.m. in London. They were priced at 315 pence, near the top of an original range of 280 to 330 pence. The amount raised could increase to 1.05 billion pounds including a so-called over-allotment option, Merlin said in a statement.
“The IPO has clearly been very successful and the shares have gone to a modest premium,” Jeffrey Harwood, an analyst at Oriel Securities Ltd. in London, said by phone. “Merlin is a strong company with a successful record of delivering returns for its shareholders and has strong growth prospects.”
Owned by Blackstone Group LP (BX), CVC Capital Partners Ltd. and Lego Group owner Kirkbi A/S, Merlin is among a host of private-equity backed firms attempting to list in Europe, where IPO volumes have nearly doubled to about $24 billion compared with the same period in 2012, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates in the energy industry primarily in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States. The company primarily operates as a wholesale energy supply company that integrates its generating asset operations through its wholesale energy, fuel supply, energy trading, and marketing and risk management activities. It operates nuclear, coal, gas, and oil-fired generation facilities. The company also involves in the transmission of electricity and distribution of electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as invests in the development of solar generation projects and energy efficiency programs. In addition, it owns and operates domestic projects engaged in the generation of energy; and offers appliance services and repairs to customers. As of December 31, 2010, it owned approximately 13,538 megawatts of generation capacity. The company also owned and operated approximately 17,608 miles of gas mains, 12 gas distribution headquarters, and 2 subheadquarters, as well as 62 natural gas metering and regulating stations. Public Service Enterprise Group was founded in 1985 and is based in Newark, New Jersey.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
In trading on Wednesday, utilities shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 0.61 percent. Top gainers in the sector included PPL (NYSE: PPL), Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte SA (NYSE: EDN), and Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). Telecommunications services sector was the top decliner in the US market on Wednesday.
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Power company Public Service Enterprise Group(PEG) unveiled a $12 billion five-year capital spending plan Friday, an effort to boost earnings growth at its utility segment.
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: Inland Real Estate Corp (IRC)
Inland Real Estate Corporation is a self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns and operates neighborhood, community, power and single tenant retail centers. It also may construct or develop properties or render services in connection with construction or development. As of December 31, 2011, the Company owned interests in 146 investment properties, including those owned through its unconsolidated joint ventures, which consist of 61 neighborhood retail centers totaling approximately 4,249,000 gross leasable square feet; 23 community centers totaling approximately 3,129,000 gross leasable square feet; 32 power centers totaling approximately 4,959,000 gross leasable square feet; one lifestyle center totaling approximately 561,000 gross leasable square feet, and 29 single-user properties totaling approximately 1,334,000 gross leasable square feet. In December 2012, the Company disposed two consolidated retail properties in the Greater Chicago and India napolis markets. In January 2013, the Company acquired for its consolidated portfolio Valparaiso Walk, a 137,509-square-foot power center in northwestern Indiana. In June 2013, Inland Real Estate Corp closed its acquisition of the 50% ownership interest of New York State Teachers Retirement System in the parties IN Retail Fund, L.L.C. (IN Retail) joint venture entity. In October 2013, Inland Real Estate Corporation announced that its joint venture with Dutch pension fund advisor PGGM has acquired Cedar Center South, a 139,000 square foot shopping center located in University Heights. In December 2013, Inland Real Estate Corp acquired two shopping centers in Florida and Arkansas.
In April 2012, it announced a joint venture acquisition with Inland Private Capital Corporation (IPCC) of two retail properties in Wisconsin. On March 6, 2012, it purchased for its own portfolio the Westgate Shopping Center, a grocery-anchored power center located in Fairview Park, Ohio. On February 29, 2012, the Company acquired the Stone Creek ! Towne Center, a power center located in the Cincinnati market. In March 2012, the Company acquired two retail properties in Ohio. On February 24, 2012, the Company’s joint venture with PGGM purchased Silver Lake Village. The property is located in St. Anthony, Minnesota. It also purchased Woodbury Commons located in Woodbury, Minnesota. On December 7, 2011, the Company’s joint venture with PGGM acquired Elston Plaza, a grocery-anchored center located in Chicago, Ill. On November 29, 2011, the Company purchased Brownstones Shopping Center, also grocery-anchored and located in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. In November 2011, the Company acquired Bradley Commons, an investment property.
The Company is engage in certain activities through Inland Venture Corporation (IVC) and Inland Exchange Venture Corporation (IEVC), wholly owned TRS entities. These entities engage in activities that would otherwise not be permitted for a REIT, such as managing prope rties owned by ventures, in which the Company is a partner. The Company owns interests in investment properties located in the States of California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. On January 11, 2011, its joint venture with PGGM purchased Joffco Square from an unaffiliated third party. On February 14, 2011, the Company sold Schaumburg Golf Road Retail, in Schaumburg, Illinois to an unaffiliated third party.
- [By Dan Burrows]
This is also a dividend stock you can count on. Even when earnings were volatile during the Ericsson partnership, STM still maintained its payout level. STM boasts a dividend yield north of 4%, though it hasn’t improved upon its nominal payout since 2011.
Cheap Dividend Stocks #3: Inland Real Estate (IRC)
Share Price as of 4/4: $10.67
YTD Stock Performance: 1%
Dividend Yield: 5.5%
- [By Rich Duprey]
Midwest retail shopping center operator Inland Real Estate (NYSE: IRC ) entered into an agreement to buy out for $121 million cash the 50% interest in the IN Retail Fund that it doesn’t already own.
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: Guar Global Ltd (GGBL)
Guar Global Ltd., formerly ERE Management, Inc., incorporated on May 29, 2007, is a development-stage company. The Company focuses on developing its content management system (CMS) software product. It has developed a basic version of the CMS software, which enables real estate agents with no technical knowledge to easily build a Website to showcase their listings.
The Company’s product is designed to include an administration page that allows the entry of mega tags and keywords to enhance search engine hits, and a set of tools to enhance Websites by enabling the creation of various Website sections, such as a contact us contact information page; an our team description of agents page, and a mortgage calculator. During the fiscal year ended July 31, 2010, the Company did not generate any revenue.
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap OTC stocks Sovereign Lithium Inc (OTCMKTS: SLCO), Life Stem Genetics Inc (OTCMKTS: LIFS), Nevada Gold Corp (OTCMKTS: NVGC), Guar Global Ltd (OTCMKTS: GGBL) and Makism 3D Corp (OTCMKTS: MDDD) all saw their trading halted late last year by the SEC, but now all of these stocks are trading again. So what’s going on and why the sudden crackdown? First, here is a quick look at what happened to the following five small cap stocks:
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: Data Call Technologies Inc (DCLT)
Data Call Technologies, Inc. (Data Call), incorporated on April 4, 2002, focuses is to integrate cutting-edge information/content delivery solutions deployed by the media. The Company’s software and services put its clients in control of real-time, news, and other content, including emergency alerts, displayed within one building as well as to thousands of local, regional and national clients, through Digital Signage and Kiosk networks. The Company offers its Direct Lynk Messenger service to customers through the Internet. The Direct Lynk Messenger Service is a Digital Signage product and real-time information service, which provides a range of up-to-date information for display.
Digital Signage is a method advertisers can use to promote, inform, educate, and entertain clients and customers about their businesses and products. Through Digital Signage, companies and businesses can use a single television or a series of networked flat liquid crystal display (LCD ) or Plasma screens to market their services and products on site to their clients and customers in real time. Data Call specializes in allows its clients to create their own Digital Signage dynamic content feeds delivered, through Internet, to digital display devices (plasma, LCD, Jumbotron, Kiosks) at their establishments.
The Direct Lynk System allows customers to select from the pre-determined data and information services. The client may choose which individual locations and which displays they would like to receive the Company’s feeds based on how their digital signage network is configured.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap small cap Internet, app or digital signage stocks Blast Applications, Inc (OTCMKTS: BLAP), TGFIN Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS: TGFN) and Data Call Technologies, Inc (OTCMKTS: DCLT) were getting some extra attention last week. Specifically, two of these stocks have been the subject of paid promotions while the third surged 114.29% on Friday. With that in mind, here is a closer look along with a reality check on all three small cap stocks:
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: LoJack Corporation(LOJN)
LoJack Corporation provides technology products and services for the tracking and recovery of mobile assets, stolen vehicles, motorcycles, construction equipment, cargo, and people at risk. It offers LoJack Unit, a LoJack System component that consists of a high frequency transponder with a hidden antenna, microprocessor, and power supply, as well as a set of codes unique to the unit; and LoJack Early Warning Unit, an optional component that provides notification to vehicle owners in the event of unauthorized user operating the vehicle. The company also licenses LoJack for Laptops, a system to recover the stolen computers; and LoJack InTransit, a cargo and tracking recovery solution. In addition, it provides LoJack SafetyNet system, which comprises a personal locator unit, a search and rescue receiver used by public safety agencies. The company markets its products to owners of commercial equipment and to consumers through its sales force, telemarketing representatives, di rect mail, and automobile dealers. It operates in the United States, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean countries, Canada, and Europe. LoJack Corporation was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts.
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
Shares of LoJack Corp. (LOJN) surged 20% to $5.30 on moderate volume after the car-security-system company said an arbitration panel dismissed claims by a Brazilian licensee over a contract dispute.
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: Cash America International Inc.(CSH)
Cash America International, Inc. provides specialty financial services to individuals primarily in the United States and Mexico. The company operates in three segments: Pawn Lending, Cash Advance, and Check Cashing. The Pawn Lending segment offers pawn loans through its pawn lending locations, which operate under the names Cash America Pawn and SuperPawn in the United States, and Prenda Facil in Mexico. This segment also sells previously-owned merchandise acquired from customers who do not redeem their pawned goods, as well as sells items purchased from third-parties or customers. The Cash Advance segment offers unsecured cash advances in selected lending locations that are operated under the names Cash America Payday Advance and Cashland in the United States; and short-term cash advances over the Internet under the names CashNetUSA in the United States, QuickQuid in the United Kingdom, and DollarsDirect in the Canada and Australia. This segment also involves in arranging loans for customers with independent third-party lenders through a credit services organization program; providing marketing and loan processing services for a third-party bank issued line of credit on certain stored-value debit cards that the bank issues; and purchasing a participation interest in certain line of credit receivables originated by the bank. The Check Cashing segment provides check cashing and other financial services, such as stored-value cards, money orders, and money transfers. This segment operates its check cashing locations under the Mr.Payroll name. As of December 31, 2009, it operated 676 pawn lending locations, including 667 company-owned units and 9 unconsolidated franchised units; 246 cash advance locations; and 120 unconsolidated franchised and 6 consolidated company-owned check cashing locations. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Shares of Cash America International (NYSE: CSH) got a boost, shooting up 9.22 percent to $42.05 after the company reported that it is planning to evaluate separation of online business.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Shares of World Acceptance Corporation have plunged 19% to $79.19 at 3:43 p.m.–and dragged down anything remotely connected to payday lending. Cash America International (CSH) has dropped 7.8% to $39.35, pawn-shop operator EZCorp (EZPW) has fallen 3.7% to $12.33, and wire-transfer companies Western Union (WU) and MoneyGram International (MGI) have fallen 2.6% and 5.8%, respectively.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Cash America International (NYSE: CSH) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.81 per share on revenue of $443.67 million.
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $0.80 per share on revenue of $998.82 million.
- [By John Udovich]
Despite a slow global economy and continued high unemployment in many countries, small cap payday or pawn stocks Cash Store Financial Services Inc (NYSE: CSFS), DFC Global Corp (NASDAQ: DLLR) and Cash America International, Inc (NYSE: CSH) have not exactly been performing well since the start of the year. In fact, these three stocks are the worst performers in the payday or pawn loan sector, down 38.5%, down 14.4% and up 4.6%, respectively, since the start of the year.
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: Natus Medical Incorporated(BABY)
Natus Medical Incorporated provides neurodiagnostic and newborn care products worldwide. The company offers healthcare products used for the screening, detection, treatment, monitoring, and tracking of common medical ailments in newborn care, hearing impairment, neurological dysfunction, epilepsy, sleep disorders, and balance and mobility disorders. Its product offerings include neurodiagnostic systems for audiology, neurology, polysomnography, and neonatology; newborn care products, such as hearing screening systems, phototherapy devices for the treatment of newborn jaundice, head-cooling products for the treatment of brain injury in newborns, and incubators to control the newborn?s environment; and software systems for managing and tracking disorders and diseases. The company provides newborn hearing screening product lines consisting of the ALGO, ABaer, AuDX, and Echo-Screen newborn hearing screeners; and hearing screening supply products that are used with newborn hea ring screening devices. It also offers diagnostic hearing assessment product lines, which include the Navigator Pro system, the Scout sport portable diagnostic device, and the AuDX PRO; and diagnostic hearing supply products. In addition, the company provides monitoring systems, balance and mobility products, newborn brain injury diagnostic products, thermoregulation products, and jaundice management products. Further, it offers photometers, radiometers, patient warming lamps, neonatal heatshields, pediatric scales, blanket warming cabinets, exam lights, oxygen hoods, restraining boards, and newborn circumstraints; neonatal noise attenuators, phototherapy eye masks, and x-ray shields for reproductive organs; and newborn screening data management products. The company serves hospitals, clinics, laboratories, physicians, nurses, audiologists, and governmental agencies. Natus Medical Incorporated was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Carlos, California.
- [By Sean Williams]
What: Shares of Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY ) , a neurodiagnostic and medical device company specializing in newborn and infant care, sank as much as 15% after the company announced disappointing preliminary revenue figures for the second quarter.
- [By Sean Williams]
We could always blame Europe for the shortfall; I mean everyone else is doing it, right? Just yesterday, niche diagnostic and device maker for infants and newborns Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY ) warned that its revenue would be short of the Street’s estimates because of tepid European demand for its products. Even having products with little competition in a niche category (infants and newborns) wasn’t enough to save Natus Medical; could that be the reason Intuitive is faltering?
Best Heal Care Companies To Invest In 2015: GTSI Corp.(GTSI)
GTSI Corp., together with its subsidiaries, provides information technology (IT) hardware and solutions to federal, state, and local government customers, as well as to prime contractors in the United States. It offers IT infrastructure solutions, including data center consolidation and optimization solutions, server and desktop virtualization solutions, cloud computing solutions, network modernization solutions, unified communications and collaboration solutions, database and software development solutions, asset management solutions, and financial services solutions. The company also provides various services comprising software development and maintenance, program and project management, database development and maintenance, and legacy systems modernization services. In addition, it offers computer hardware, software, and peripheral products, as well as provides technical support and assistance services. The company markets and sells its computer hardware and software, and solutions through GTSI.com. It has strategic partner relationships with Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Crossmatch Technologies, Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, Net App, and Hitachi. GTSI Corp. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.
- [By Geoff Gannon]
I would never assume that $1 of retained earnings at GTSI (GTSI) was worth $1. It’s not.
So it would be hard to buy GTSI on an earnings basis. I didn’t. I bought it for the Ben Graham: Net-Net Newsletter’s model portfolio simply based on its cash, receivables, and stake in another company. Those 3 things meant the company’s liquidation value was higher than the price I paid for the stock.
- [By Geoff Gannon]
I picked GTSI (GTSI) for the Ben Graham: Net-Net Newsletter.
And that is not a good business. It lost money in about half of the last 10 years. It had no history of earning more than about 6% on equity over time. It was a truly terrible business.
- [By Geoff Gannon]
Someone who reads my articles sent me this question: My…question has to do with the type of investments you tend to put your energy toward. Evaluating a net-net is a whole lot different than evaluating a company that has a competitive advantage and trades at much higher multiples. To me, the net-net evaluation process is a whole lot more straightforward, as there are fewer intangibles (if any) and less prediction about the future involved. I don’t have to worry about whether GTSI (GTSI) has any competitive advantage – I know it doesn’t. Then again, I look at a company like Becton Dickenson (BDX) and I see a highly predictable company with a decent moat selling at a reasonable price. I can look at BDX and figure I might earn 10-15% annually over a long time frame. That’s really different from thinking about investing in a net-net where I can see how it’s 30-50% undervalued now, but it’s not something I’m going to hold onto for decades. It’s more of a matter of waiting for that one-time “pop” that will happen sometime in the next 1-5 years. How do you decide where to put your energy?