Is another Chipotle (NYSE: CMG ) bubble forming?
It’s starting to look like it, after the 12% surge following its latest earnings report. In 2012, we saw Chipotle peak at a price over $440, before tumbling down to $240 in October after two poorly reviewed earnings reports. Since then the share price has steadily climbed back before jumping to a closing price of $366.25.
But considering the reports that sent Wall Street fleeing last year, the first-quarter earnings results leave much to be desired. The table below shows a comparison.
Revenue Growth (adjusted)
Comparable Sales (adjusted)
Earnings per Share
Operating Income Growth
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2015: CES Synergies Inc (CESX)
CES Synergies, Inc., formerly Green Living Concepts Inc., incorporated on April 26, 2010, is a development-stage company. The Company is a consulting firm specializing in construction and renovation. The Company operates in three segments: remediation, demolition and insulation. Remediation derives its income from mold remediation and abatement services for a range of environments. Demolition offers a scale commercial demolition and wrecking down to interior and selective demolition and strip down services. The Company’s third segment, Insulation, derives its revenue from re-insulation and insulation of new and remodeling projects.
On November 1, 2013, the Company entered into and closed an agreement and plan of merger with CES Acquisitions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (the Subsidiary) and Cross Environmental Services, Inc. (CES). Pursuant to the merger agreement, the Subsidiary merged into CES, such that CES became a wholly owned subsidi ary of the Company and business of CES became the business of the Company. CES is an asbestos abatement, demolition, and mold remediation services company.
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap stocks Versar Inc (NYSEMKT: VSR), Ecology and Environment, Inc (NASDAQ: EEI) and CES Synergies Inc (OTCBB: CESX) provide various environmental, technical, management and related services to government and private sector clients. And while a GOP controlled congress may limit the growth of government spending, the private sector will still need to comply with increasingly onerous environmental and other regulations coming from the government. Moreover, an improving economy will lead to more construction and engineering work along with the need for various environmental and remediation services. With those thoughts in mind, here is what you need to know about all three small cap environmental services stocks:
- [By Bryan Murphy]
CES Synergies Inc. (OTCBB:CESX) isn’t a name you hear too often when discussing what’s ahead for big engineering and construction firms like Dycom Industries, Inc. (NYSE:DY) or Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR). But, maybe it should be. What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander, so to speak, and some good news for FLR and DY posted recently bodes just as well – maybe even better – for owners of CESX.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2015: Tetra Tech Inc.(TTEK)
Tetra Tech Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services for water, natural resources, environment, infrastructure, and energy sectors. The company operates in four segments: Engineering and Consulting Services (ECS), Technical Support Services (TSS), Engineering and Architecture Services (EAS), Remediation and Construction Management (RCM). The ECS segment offers front-end science, consulting engineering, and project management services in the areas of surface water management, groundwater, waste management, mining and geotechnical sciences, arctic engineering, industrial processes, and information technology. The TSS segment provides management consulting and strategic direction in the areas of environmental assessments/hazardous waste management, climate change, international development/stabilization, energy services, and technical government staffing services. The EAS segment offers engineering and architecture design services, including leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) and sustainability services, together with technical and program administration services for projects related to water infrastructure, buildings, and transportation and facilities. The RCM segment provides environmental remediation, infrastructure development, and alternative energy services. The company offers its services to the U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as to commercial and international clients. Tetra Tech, Inc. was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
URS Corp, which competes with the likes of Fluor (FLR), Jacobs Engineering (JEC) and Tetra Tech (TTEK), said it would earn between $3.20 and $3.30 a share in 2013–the previous range had been between $4.10 and $4.25 a share–and also offered guidance for 2014 that was well below analyst forecasts. On the plus side, URS said it would buy its shares back at a faster pace than previously announced.
- [By Rich Smith]
The Department of Defense awarded a dozen separate contracts Thursday, worth more than $225 million in aggregate. Notable winners (among publicly traded companies) included:
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2015: Network Exploration Ltd (NET)
Network Exploration Ltd. is an exploration and development-stage company. The Company’s principal business activities include the exploration of minerals in its mineral properties. It focuses on base and precious metal properties in North and South America. Its activities include the process of exploring its mineral properties, reviewing and subsequently acquiring mineral properties and conducting exploration programs to determine whether these properties contain ore reserves that are recoverable. The Picha copper-silver project is located within the Tertiary Volcanic Arc of Southern Peru. The Pistala project is located east of the NW-SE trending Incapquio fault system in the Department of Tacna, Southern Peru. The Company is in the business of mineral exploration in Canada, Chile and Peru. Network Exploration Chile Limitada is its wholly owned subsidiary. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Holly LaFon]
MSCI All Country World Index (Net) is an unmanaged index comprised of 44 country indices comprising 23 developed and 21 emerging market country indices and is calculated with dividends reinvested after de duction of withholding tax. The Index is a trademark of Morgan Stanley Capital International and is not available for direct investment.
- [By Damian Illia]
Although the company is overly relying on Afrezza, there is to say that MannKind has inked some deals in the recent past. These were primarily aimed to furthering its pipeline development but with less risk and with less research and development expenditure directly for the firm. In November, 2012 it signed a license agreement with Colby Pharmaceutical Company granting the latter exclusive rights to its early stage cancer program. Currently, the firm is also looking for partners regarding Afrezza. Last year in July, it entered one with Deerfield that ensured financing worth $160 million for MannKind. Also, in October 2012, the company raised $86 million (net) through the issuance of shares and has almost $120 million left under its credit facility. This has removed some concerned about a financial crisis in the company, although it hasn’t done so throughly.
- [By Holly LaFon]
The MSCI World Index (Net) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the global equity market performance of developed markets. This benchmark calculates reinvested dividends net of withholding taxes using Luxembourg tax rates. This index is unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in this index.
- [By Holly LaFon]
The MSCI World ex U.S. Small Cap Index (Net) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure global developed market equity performance, excluding the U.S. The MSCI Small Cap Indices target 40% of the eligible Small Cap universe within each industry group, within each country. MSCI defines the Small Cap universe as all listed securities that have a market capitalization in the range of USD200-1,500 million. This benchmark calculates reinvested dividends net of withholding taxes using Luxembourg tax rates. This index is unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in this index.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2015: Vivint Solar Inc (VSLR)
Vivint Solar, Inc offers distributed solar energy-electricity generated by a solar energy system installed at customers’ locations-to residential customers based on contracts at prices utility rates. Through the Company’s investment funds, its owns an interest in the solar energy systems the Company installs and ownership of the solar energy systems allows it and the other fund investors to benefit from various local, state and federal incentives. The Company operates in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. It deploys the Company’s direct-to-home sales force to provide in-person professional consultations to prospective customers to evaluate the feasibility of installing a solar energy system at their residence.
The Company has developed a streamlined process incorporating its software, which enables the Company to efficiently design and install a custom solar energy system that delivers customer savings. The Com pany is a licensed contractor in every market it serves, and it is responsible for every customer installation. The Company manages the process from permitting through inspection to interconnection to the power grid, thereby making the system installation process simple and seamless for its customers.
- [By Travis Hoium]
You may not see it if you’re watching the explosive growth of companies like SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY ) and Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR ) , who are doubling and tripling installations respectively each year, but the U.S. solar industry may be in for a rough 3-5 year stretch.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q3 2014 earnings report for mid cap solar stock SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ: SCTY), a potential peer of small caps Vivint Solar Holdings Inc (NYSE: VSLR) and Real Goods Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE), is scheduled for after the market’s close on Wednesday (November 5th). Aside from the SolarCity Corp earnings report, it should be said that Vivint Solar Holdings Inc is scheduled to report Q3 2014 earnings after the market close on Monday (November 10th) while Real Goods Solar, Inc reported delayed Q2 2014 earnings on August 19th (a wider quarterly loss led to the ousting of its CEO with the company saying it will focus on residential rooftops rather than money-losing commercial installations). SolarCity Corp has gotten extra investor attention as its CEO is Lyndon Rive while the company’s chairman is his cousin, Tesla billionaire Elon Musk.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2015: OCI Partners LP (OCIP)
OCI Partners LP, incorporated on February 07, 2013, owns and operates an integrated methanol and ammonia production facility that is strategically located on the Texas Gulf Coast near Beaumont. The Company is a methanol producer in the United States with an annual methanol production capacity of approximately 730,000 metric tons and an annual ammonia production capacity of approximately 265,000 metric tons, and it is in the early stages of a debottlenecking project that increases its annual methanol production capacity by 25% to approximately 912,500 metric tons and its annual ammonia production capacity by 15% to approximately 305,000 metric tons.
Both methanol and ammonia are global commodities that are essential building blocks for numerous end-use products. Methanol is a liquid petrochemical that is used in a variety of industrial and energy-related applications. Methanol is used in industrial applications to produce adhesives used in manufacturing wood pr oducts, such as plywood, particle board and laminates, resins to treat paper and plastic products, paint and varnish removers, solvents for the textile industry and polyester fibers for clothing and carpeting. Methanol is also used outside of the United States as a direct fuel for automobile engines, as a fuel blended with gasoline and as an octane booster in reformulated gasoline. In the United States, ammonia is primarily used as a feedstock to produce nitrogen fertilizers, such as urea and ammonium sulfate, and is also directly applied to soil as a fertilizer. In addition, ammonia is widely used in industrial applications, particularly in the Texas Gulf Coast market, including in the production of plastics, synthetic fibers, resins and numerous other chemical compounds.
- [By Robert Rapier]
Rounding out the bottom five were OCI Partners (NYSE: OCIP), a methanol and ammonia producer (-24 percent YTD), Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP), another coal producer (-19 percent), and Eagle Rock Energy Partners (NASDAQ: EROC), an oil and gas production partnership (-17 percent).
- [By Robert Rapier]
Also speaking will be the leaders of some of the world’s leading methanol producers. Among them will be Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris, the CEO of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI N.V.), a Netherlands-listed chemicals, fertilizer and construction conglomerate. OCI also happens to be the sponsor of OCI Partners (NYSE: OCIP), a master limited partnership (MLP) producing methanol and ammonia at a single plant on the Texas Gulf coast. The facility was mothballed in 2004 amid high natural gas prices, and restarted in 2012 by OCI N.V.
Hot Warren Buffett Stocks To Own For 2015: Avery Dennison Corp (AVY)
Avery Dennison Corporation (Avery Dennison), incorporated on February 23, 1977, is engaged in the production of pressure-sensitive materials, and a variety of tickets, tags, labels other converted products, and office and consumer products through embossing, printing, stamping and die-cutting. The Company operates in two segments: Pressure-sensitive Materials and Retail Branding and Information Solutions. In addition to its reportable segments, the Company has other specialty converting businesses comprised of Vancive Medical Technologies (Vancive) and Designed and Engineered Solutions (DES). Some are sold by the Company in converted form as printable media, tapes and reflective sheeting. The Company also manufacture and sells office and consumer products, other converted products and items not involving pressure-sensitive components, such as binders, organizing systems, markers, fasteners and business forms, as well as tickets, tags, radio-frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, and imprinting equipment and related services for retailers and apparel manufacturers. In 2012, the PSM and RBIS segments contributed approximately 71% and 25%, of its total sales, respectively. In 2012, international operations constituted a substantial majority of its business, representing approximately 72% of its sales. As of December 29, 2012, the Company operated approximately 200 manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide, employed approximately 30,000 persons, and had operations in over 50 countries. In July 2013, Avery Dennison Corp completed the sale of its Office and Consumer Products and Designed and Engineered Solutions businesses to CCL Industries Inc.
Pressure-sensitive Materials Segment
Pressure-sensitive Materials segment manufactures and sells Fasson-,JAC -, and Avery Dennison-brand pressure-sensitive label and packaging materials, Avery- and Avery Dennison-brand graphics and graphic films, Avery Dennison -brand reflective products, and performance polymers (largel! y used to manufacture pressure-sensitive materials). The business of this segment tends not to be seasonal, except for certain outdoor graphics and reflective products and operations in Europe. Pressure-sensitive materials consist primarily of papers, plastic films, metal foils and fabrics, which are coated with company-developed and purchased adhesives, and then laminated with specially coated backing papers and films. They are sold in roll or sheet form with either solid or patterned adhesive coatings, and are available in a wide range of face materials, sizes, thicknesses and adhesive properties. These label and packaging materials are sold worldwide to label printers and converters for labeling, decorating, fastening, electronic data processing and special applications in the home and personal care, beer and beverage, durables, pharmaceutical, wine and spirits, and food market segments. A pressure-sensitive, or self-adhesive, material is one that adheres to a surface by press-on contact.
The Company’s graphics and reflective businesses sell a variety of films and other products to the architectural, commercial sign, digital printing, and other related market segments. The Company also sells durable cast and reflective films to the construction, automotive and fleet transportation market segments; and reflective films for traffic and safety applications. The Company provides sign shops, commercial printers and designers a range of pressure-sensitive materials to enable the creation of impactful and informative, brand and decorative graphics. The Company has an array of pressure-sensitive vinyl and specialty materials designed for digital imaging, screen printing and sign cutting applications.
The Company’s performance tapes business manufactures and sells coated tapes and adhesive transfer tapes for use in non-mechanical fastening, bonding and sealing systems in various industries. These tapes are sold to indust rial original equipment manufacturers, converters, and dispo! sable dia! per producers worldwide in roll form and are available in a range of face materials, sizes, thicknesses and adhesive properties. Performance polymer products include a range of solvent- and emulsion-based acrylic polymer adhesives, protective coatings and other polymer additives for internal use, as well as for sale to other companies.
The Company competes with Raflatac, MacTac, Ritrama, Inc., Flexcon Corporation, Inc., Orafol Group, Inc., 3M, Tesa-SE, and Nitto Denko Corporation.
Retail Branding and Information Solutions Segment
The Company’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions segment (RBIS) designs, manufactures and sell a wide variety of branding and information solutions to retailers, brand owners, apparel manufacturers, distributors and industrial customers on a worldwide basis. RBIS branding solutions include creative services, brand embellishments, graphic tickets, tags, and labels, and sustainable packaging. RBIS infor mation solutions include RFID-enabled inventory accuracy, visibility and loss prevention solutions, price ticketing and marking, care and content or origin compliance solutions, and brand protection and security solutions.
The Company competes with SML Group, R-pac Internation Corporation, and Checkpoint Systems.
Other specialty converting businesses
The Company’s specialty converting businesses include its designed and engineered solutions and Vancive businesses. These businesses manufacture and sell specialty tapes, engineered films, pressure-sensitive postage stamps and other converted products. These businesses are generally not seasonal, except for certain automotive products due to plant shutdowns by automotive manufacturers. It’s designed and engineered solutions business manufactures custom pressure-sensitive labels and multi-layer film constructions for durable goods, electronics and consumer packaged goods. These products are sold primarily to original equipment manufacturers, tie! r supplie! rs and packaging converters. For the automotive market segment, the businesses manufactures custom pressure-sensitive and heat-seal labels, and pressure-sensitive films, which are sold primarily to original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers. Its Vancive business manufactures an array of pressure-sensitive adhesive products for surgical, wound care, ostomy, and electromedical applications. These products are sold primarily to medical supply and device manufacturers and healthcare providers.
- [By ovenerio]
In this article, let’s take a look at Avery Dennison Corporation (AVY), a $4.55 billion market cap company, which is a leading worldwide manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesives and materials, labels, and retail systems.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Pressure-sensitive materials producer Avery Dennison (AVY) raised its quarterly dividend 21% to 35 cents per share payable June 18 to shareholders of record June 4.
AVY Dividend Yield: 2.88%