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Last August, Motley Fool Stock Advisor published a list of the Top 10 Books for “Today’s Well-Read Investor.” It’s chock-full of good recommendations, mostly from Tom and David Gardner. But in the process of putting together the list, I had the opportunity to highlight a book myself. It was an easy choice — I recommended The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike Jr. In my opinion, it’s easily the best investment or business book published in the past few years, and it’s definitely one of my all-time favorites.
It’s a favorite of Warren Buffett’s, too, and not just because he’s profiled in it. This short book chronicles eight CEOs who operated in different industries and dealt with different challenges over the decades but shared the same radical mindset. They set aside the status quo and applied logic and rationality to business with a particular focus on efficient operations and skillful capital allocation. The average returns generated by these CEOs have beaten the S&P 500 by a factor of 20. Buffett’s run at Berkshire Hathaway is spotlighted, along with Tom Murphy of Capital Cities, Henry Singleton of Teledyne, Bill Anders of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD ) , John Malone of TCI, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, Bill Stiritz of Ralston-Purina, and Dick Smith of General Cinema.
Best Healthcare Equipment Companies To Own For 2015: MarineMax Inc (HZ O)
MarineMax, Inc., incorporated in January 1998, is a recreational boat dealer in the United States. Through 54 retail locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas, the Company sells new and used recreational boats, including pleasure and fishing boats. It also sells related marine products, including engines, trailers, parts, and accessories. In addition, the Company provides repair, maintenance, and slip and storage services; it arranges related boat financing, insurance, and extended service contracts; it offers boat and yacht brokerage services, and it operates a yacht charter business. It is also retailer of Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Bayliner, Cabo, Hatteras, and Meridian recreational boats and yachts, all of which are manufactured by Brunswick Corporation (Brunswick). In March 2013, it acquired Parker Boat Company’s retail boat sales and service operations in Orlando and Daytona, Florida.
The Company is a dealer for Hatteras Yachts throughout the state of Florida (excluding the Florida panhandle) and the states of New Jersey, New York, and Texas; the exclusive dealer for Cabo Yachts throughout the states of Florida, New Jersey, and New York; the exclusive dealer for Boston Whaler in many of its markets; the exclusive dealer for Bayliner in many of its markets, and the exclusive dealer for Meridian Yachts in most of its markets. In addition, it is the exclusive dealer for Italy-based Azimut-Benetti Group for Azimut mega-yachts, yachts, and other recreational boats for the Northeast United States from Maryland to Maine and the state of Florida.
New Boat Sales
The Company sells recreational boats, including pleasure boats and fishing boats. The products it offers are manufactured by Brunswick, the manufacturer of recreational boats, includ ing Sea Ray pleasure boats, Boston Whaler fishing boats, Cab! o Yachts, Hatteras Yachts, and Meridian Yachts. During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011 (fiscal 2011), it derived approximately 48% of its revenue from the sale of new boats manufactured by Brunswick. During fiscal 2011, new boat sales accounted for 60.6% of its revenue. It offers recreational boats in most market segments. Hatteras Yachts and Azimut are two of the premier yacht builders. The motor yacht product lines include designs with live-aboard luxuries. Hatteras offers a flybridge with guest seating; covered aft deck, which may be fully or partially enclosed, providing the boater with additional living space; an elegant salon; and multiple staterooms for accommodations.
Hatteras Yachts and Cabo Yachts are convertible yacht builders and offer designs with live-aboard luxuries. Convertibles are primarily fishing vessels, which are well equipped to meet the needs of even the most serious tournament-class competitor. Hatteras features interiors that offer luxurious salon/galley arrangements, multiple staterooms with private heads, and a cockpit that includes a bait and tackle center, fishbox, and freezer. Cabo is known for spacious cockpits and accessibility to essentials, such as bait chests, livewells, bait prep centers, and tackle lockers.
Sea Ray and Meridian pleasure boats target both the luxury and the family recreational boating markets and come in a range of configurations to suit each customer’s particular recreational boating style. Sea Ray sport yachts and yachts serve the luxury segment of the recreational boating market and include living accommodations with a salon, a fully equipped galley, and multiple staterooms. Sea Ray sport yachts and yachts are available in cabin, bridge cockpit, and cruiser models. Meridian sport yachts and yachts are available in sedan, motoryacht, and pilothouse models.
The fishing boats the Company offers, such as Boston Whaler and Grady White, range from entry level models to advanced models designed for fish! ing and w! ater sports in lakes, bays, and off-shore waters, with cabins with limited live-aboard capability. The fishing boats feature livewells, in-deck fishboxes, rodholders, rigging stations, cockpit coaming pads, and fresh and saltwater washdowns. The ski boats it offers, such as Malibu, Axis, and Nautique by Correct Craft, range from entry level models to advanced models.
Used Boat Sales
The Company sells used versions of the new makes and models it offers and, to a lesser extent, used boats of other makes and models generally taken as trade-ins. During fiscal 2011, used boat sales accounted for 19.0% of its revenue, and 77.1% of the used boats it sold were Brunswick models. It also sells used boats at various marinas and other offsite locations throughout the country. In addition, it offers the Sea Ray Legacy warranty plan available for used Sea Ray boats less than six years old. The Legacy plan applies to each qualifying used Sea Ray boat, which has pa ssed a 48-point inspection, and provides protection against failure of most mechanical parts for up to three years.
Marine Engines, Related Marine Equipment, and Boating Parts and Accessories
The Company offers marine engines and propellers, substantially all of which are manufactured by Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick. It sells marine engines and propellers primarily to retail customers as replacements for their existing engines or propellers. It also sells a range of marine parts and accessories at its retail locations, at various offsite locations, through its print catalog, and through the Website portal. These marine parts and accessories include marine electronics; dock and anchoring products, such as boat fenders, lines, and anchors; boat covers; trailer parts; water sport accessories, such as tubes, lines, wakeboards, and skies; engine parts; oils; lubricants; steering and control systems; corrosion control products, service products ; high-performance accessories, such as propellers and instr! uments, a! nd a complete line of boating accessories, including life jackets, inflatables, and water sports equipment. It also offers novelty items, such as shirts, caps, and license plates bearing the manufacturer’s or dealer’s logos. The sale of marine engines, related marine equipment, and boating parts and accessories accounted for 6.2% of the Company’s during fiscal 2011 revenue.
Maintenance, Repair, and Storage Services
The Company provides maintenance and repair services at most of its retail locations, with extended service hours at certain of its locations. In addition, in many of its markets, it provides mobile maintenance and repair services at the location of the customer’s boat. The Company performs both warranty and non-warranty repair services. It derives the majority of its warranty revenue from Brunswick products. Its maintenance and repair services are performed by manufacturer-trained and certified service technicians. At many of the Company’s locations, it offers boat storage services, including in-water slip storage and inside and outside land storage. Maintenance, repair, and storage services accounted for 8.9% of its revenue during fiscal 2011. This includes warranty and non-warranty services.
At each of the Company’s retail locations, it offers the customers the ability to finance new or used boat purchases and to purchase extended service contracts and arrange insurance coverage, including boat property, credit life, and accident, disability, and casualty insurance coverage (collectively, F&I). The Company also offers third-party extended service contracts under which, for a predetermined price, it provides all designated services pursuant to the service contract guidelines during the contract term at no additional charge to the customer above a deductible. Credit life insurance policies provide for repayment of the boat financing contract if the p urchaser dies while the contract is outstanding. Accident an! d disabil! ity insurance policies provide for payment of the monthly contract obligation during any period in which the buyer is disabled. Property and casualty insurance covers loss or damage to the boat.
Through employees or subcontractors that are licensed boat or yacht brokers, the Company offers boat or yacht brokerage services at most of its retail locations. It also offers for sale brokered boats or yachts, listing them on various Internet sites, advising its other retail locations, and posting them on its Website, www.MarineMax.com. Its maintenance and repair services, including mobile service, also are generally available to its brokerage customers.
- [By John Udovich]
As we head towards Black Friday, small cap specialty retail stocks United Online, Inc (NASDAQ: UNTD), TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) and MarineMax, Inc (NYSE: HZO) have the distinction of being the best performing small cap specialty retail stocks for this year (according to Finviz.com) with gains of 181.2%, 123.8% and 71.8%, respectively. With those returns in mind, what are these small cap specialty retail stocks doing right and will the performance last through the all important holiday season? Here is what new and existing investors and traders alike need to know or consider:
Best Healthcare Equipment Companies To Own For 2015: Shiloh Industries Inc.(SHLO)
Shiloh Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells first operation blanks, engineered welded blanks, stampings, and modular assemblies for the automotive, heavy truck, and other industrial markets. The company offers blanks for use in structural and exterior steel components, such as support brackets, frame sides, fenders, hoods and doors; and stampings primarily for use as components in mufflers, seat frames, structural rails, window lifts, heat shields, vehicle brakes, and other structural body components. It builds modular assemblies, including components in the structural and powertrain systems of vehicles. The company also designs, engineers, and sells precision tools and dies, and welding and assembly equipment to original equipment manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and other industrial customers. In addition, it offers a range of intermediate steel processing services, such as oiling, leveling, cutting-to-length, multi-blanking, slitt ing, edge trimming of hot and cold-rolled steel coils, and inventory control services for automotive and steel industry customers. The company supplies its products to automotive manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as to manufacturers in the lawn and garden, and heavy duty truck and trailer industries. Shiloh Industries was founded in 1950 and is based in Valley City, Ohio. Shiloh Industries, Inc. is a subsidiary of MTD Holdings Inc.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Shiloh Industries (NASDAQ: SHLO) is projected to report its Q3 earnings.
Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) is expected to post its Q3 earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $440.64 million.
Best Healthcare Equipment Companies To Own For 2015: Splunk Inc (SPLK)
Splunk Inc. (Splunk) provides a software platform. Splunk’s software collects and indexes data regardless of format or source, and enables users to search, correlate, analyze, monitor and report on this data, all in real time. Its software is designed to help users in various roles, including information technology (IT) and business professionals, analyze machine data and realize real-time visibility into and about their organization’s operations. The core of its software is a machine data engine, comprised of collection, indexing, search and data management capabilities. Its software can collect and index terabytes of information daily, irrespective of format or source. As of January 31, 2012, the Company had approximately 3,700 customers.
The Company’s software enables users to identify problems, get answers and gain new business insights and intelligence from machine data across their globally distributed enterprise all through one platform. Its softwar e contains features and functionality, such as Universally collect, index, store and archive any machine data, from any source, search and investigate, user-friendly interface, knowledge store, monitor and alert, report and analyze, custom dashboards and views, platform extensibility, role-based access and controls.
The Company competes with BMC Software, Inc., CA, Compuware, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft Corporation, Quest Software, Adobe Systems, Google, Webtrends, EMC, Oracle and SAP.
- [By Eric Bleeker, CFA]
There are two different ways to play the Internet of Things: vertically and horizontally. CalAmp (NASDAQ: CAMP ) is the vertical strategy; Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK ) is horizontal.
- [By MONEYMORNING.COM]
That’s just what we did earlier this year with our May 23, 2013, recommendation of Splunk Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLK), an emerging player in the area of Big Data analytics. We spotted Splunk’s strong position in a new business area and predicted that would pave the way for a strong rally. The stock zoomed nearly 140% before it got tripped up by short-term earnings issues (illustrating, once again, why we’re advocates of “trailing stops”).
- [By John Udovich]
As cyber theft and hacking continues to grow, mir or small cap stocks like Splunk Inc (NASDAQ: SPLK), Imation Corp (NYSE: IMN) and Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (OTCBB: STAF) are some overlooked, indirect or just plain interesting plays on cybersecurity that investors might want to take note of:
Best Healthcare Equipment Companies To Own For 2015: Atlantic Power Corp (AT)
Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation and infrastructure assets in the United States and Canada. The Company’s power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and industrial customers under long-term power purchase agreements. During the year ended December 31, 2011, its power generation projects in operation had an aggregate gross electric generation capacity of approximately 3,397 megawatts in which its ownership interest was approximately 2,140 megawatts. The Company operates in five segments: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, Southwest and Un-allocated Corporate. As of December 31, 2011, its portfolio consisted of interests in 31 operational power generation projects across 11 states in the United States and two provinces in Canada, and a 53 megawatts biomass project under construction in Georgia and a 500-kilovolt 84-mile electric transmission line. On December 31, 2012, the Company acquired Ridgeline Energy Ho ldings, Inc. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Dan Burrows]
Regardless of the fundamentals, the sentiment on Argentina is too negative to take a risk with APSA stock.
Atlantic Power (AT)
Market Cap: $326 million
Dividend Yield: 13%
YTD Price Performance: -19%
- [By Richard Stavros]
But securing incremental long-term contracts often depends on factors outside management’s control. “Recent events at Atlantic Power Corp (NYSE: AT) demonstrate the shortcoming of a YieldCo strategy, ” the report states, noting the now infamous dividend cut that the firm had to make because of the firm’s “inability to extend expiring contracts and to secure sufficient long-term replacement contracts.”
- [By GURUFOCUS]
Atlantic Power Corporation (AT) operates as a power generation and infrastructure company with a portfolio of assets in the United States and Canada. Yield: 10.2%
- [By Justin Loiseau]
Two more law firms announced last week that they’re suing Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT ) on charges of misleading or failing to disclose key business factors to its shareholders. The Law Offices of Todd M. Garber (announced by Reuters; link opens in PDF) and Levi & Korsinky say they find concern with management’s statements on the sustainability of Atlantic’s dividend, and on the future prospects of soon-to-expire contracts.
Best Healthcare Equipment Companies To Own For 2015: DUSA Pharmaceuticals Inc.(DUSA)
DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a vertically integrated dermatology company, develops and markets Levulan photodynamic therapy (PDT) and other products for common skin conditions primarily in the United States, Canada, and Korea. Its products include Levulan Kerastick 20% Topical Solution with PDT and the BLU-U brand light source for the treatment of non-hyperkeratotic actinic keratoses of the face or scalp. The company also markets the BLU-U without Levulan for the treatment of moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris and general dermatological conditions; and non-PDT drug products, such as ClindaReach and AVAR products. DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is based in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
- [By CRWE]
DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(r) (Nasdaq:DUSA), a dermatology company that is developing and marketing Levulan(r) Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), reported that Bob Doman, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present a corporate overview at the Rodman & Renshaw 14th Annual Healthcare Conference on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. ET at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Best Healthcare Equipment Companies To Own For 2015: LiveDeal Inc.(LIVE)
LiveDeal, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, delivers local customer acquisition services for small and medium-sized businesses. It provides online marketing Internet directory services. The company offers InstantProfile, which distributes small businesses? key contact and service information to Internet destinations, including the search engines, Internet directories, and social media networks that enable advertisers to manage their business information in one location and enhance their reach to various destinations a consumer may search for local business services. It also provides online listing services. The company was formerly known as YP Corp. and changed its name to LiveDeal, Inc. in August 2007. LiveDeal, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- [By John Udovich]
Coupons.Com Inc (NYSE: COUP) is the most recent small cap digital coupon or daily deal stock to emerge in a spectacular IPO to challenge existing players like mid cap Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) and small caps LiveDeal Inc (NASDAQ: LIVE) and RetailMeNot Inc (NASDAQ: SALE). However and since the recent IPO, small cap Coupons.Com has been a relatively flat deal for investors.
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Leading and Lagging Sectors
Technology stocks gained Thursday, with Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) leading advancers. Meanwhile, gainers in the sector included LiveDeal (NASDAQ: LIVE), with shares up 5.5 percent, and PFSweb (NASDAQ: PFSW), with shares up 5.4 percent.
- [By James E. Brumley]
Well, I hate to be the one to say I told you so, but, I told you so. Back on December 11th I said it was time to take a swing on LiveDeal Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVE). The company was causing quite a stir within the investment community, and shares of LIVE were getting more and more bullish traction. All told, LiveDeal shares are up 119% since the look I took less than a month ago, coming out of nowhere, and surprising a lot of people.