When Merck (MRK) claimed Gilead Sciences (GILD) had infringed on its patents in creating blockbuster hepatitis-C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni, it asked for royalties of 10% of all sales. While the jury earlier this week found Merck’s patents to be valid, it determined that Gilead would have to pay just $200 million. Leerink’s Geoffrey Porges explains:
On March 22, a Northern District of California jury ruled in favor of Merck, finding its two nucleoside patents (US Patent Number 7,105,499 and 8,481,712) valid for sofosbuvir. This set up the first phase of the damages trial, in which the jury just awarded Merck $200mm for all sales of sofosbuvir prior to December 31, 2015. Although the combined US revenues of Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (sofosbuvir/ ledipasvir) between 2013 and 2015 were $23bn, the jury factored in Gileads investment, subtracting it out before assessing 4% on the remaining $5bn. This figure represents a far cry from the 10% Merck was seeking and a little less than triple the $73mm amount Gilead had proposed. In the next phase of the trial, the jury will decide what payments Merck will receive for future sales of sofosbuvir. Assuming the same arithmetic applied by the jury in estimating the damages obligation is then applied to our expected future US sales of Sovaldi and Sovaldi-containing combina tions, the value effect per share based on the NPV of these future royalties would be $0.44/share (4% royalties; including the $200mm upfront payment, the combined effect is $0.59/share)…
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: Oasis Petroleum Inc.(OAS)
Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the North Dakota and Montana regions of the Williston Basin. Its principal projects are located in West Williston and East Nesson. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 484,745 net leasehold acres in the Williston Basin; and approximately 218.2 million barrels of oil equivalent of estimated net proved reserves. It sells its oil and natural gas to refiners, marketers, and other purchasers that have access to pipeline and rail facilities. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Robert Rapier]
Oasis Petroleum (OAS) is a pure Bakken/Three Forks play, with 335,000 leased acres in the Williston Basin.
Oasis has only been a public company since 2010, and in addition to the $400 million raised in its initial public offering, the company has funded operations with $1.2 billion in debt.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The $50/Bbl Question Is Answered In our June 2nd note entitled, Rethinking Risk/Reward on High Beta E&Ps, we highlighted that $50/Bbl is a critical level as it is around which many E&Ps have indicated they would begin either utilizing drilled-but-uncompleted (DUC) wells and/or increasing activity. Thus, with the NYMEX strip exceeding ~$50/Bbl in H216 and 2017, the question becomes, What will E&Ps do next? In our note we distinguished which oilier SMID Caps could organically accelerate at current NYMEX strip prices without further leveraging the balance sheet and which would still require higher oil prices. We ranked WPX third, behindOasis Petroleum (OAS) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL) in terms of its ability to accelerate through the drill-bit while keeping the balance sheet intact. For WPX we concluded that without increasing activity beyond our base case assumptions or higher oil prices, leverage would increase by 0.8x in 2017. However with accelerated activity and corresponding higher outspend (via more Williston DUCs and an addtl Permian rig), we forecast WPX could further grow production next year and keep leverage flattish at ~3.5x Net Debt/EBITDAX. We think todays announcements confirm our thesis, as WPX increased 2016 Williston activity and issued equity to facilitate this addtl spend plus potential activity acceleration in 2017/2018 without adding more debt.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)
Denbury Resources Inc., incorporated on April 20, 1999, is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused on two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company’s properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. The Company has estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of approximately 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE).
Gulf Coast Region
The Company’s primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide (CO2) source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to its natural source of CO2, the Company purchases CO2 from an industrial facility in Port Arthur, Texas and from an industrial facility in Geismar, Louisiana, which supplies approximately 60 Million Cubic Feet per Day of CO2 to the Company’s en hanced oil recovery (EOR) operations. The Company holds interest in approximately 180-mile NEJD CO2 pipeline that runs from Jackson Dome to near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The Company has access to over 950 miles of CO2 pipelines, which deliver CO2 throughout the Gulf Coast region. In addition to the NEJD CO2 pipeline, the pipelines in the Gulf Coast region are the Free State Pipeline (approximately 90 miles), the Delta Pipeline (over 110 miles), the Green Pipeline Texas (approximately 120 miles) and the Green Pipeline Louisiana (over 200 miles).
The Company’s mature properties include its longest-producing properties, which are located along its NEJD CO2 pipeline in southwest Mississippi and Louisiana, and its Free State Pipeline in east Mississippi. The properties include the Company’s initial CO2 field, Little Creek, as well as various other fields, including Brookhaven, Cranfield, Eucutta, Lockhart Crossing, Mallalieu, Martinville, McComb and Soso fields. De lhi Field is located east of Monroe, Louisiana. Its Hastings! Field is located south of Houston, Texas. Its Heidelberg Field is located in Mississippi and consists of an East Unit and a West Unit. Its Oyster Bayou Field is located in southeast Texas, east of Galveston Bay. Its Tinsley Field is located in Mississippi. Its Webster Field is located in Texas. Its Conroe Field is located north of Houston, Texas. Conroe Field has an estimated proved non-tertiary reserves of approximately 5.3 MMBOE. Thompson Field is located in Texas. Thompson Field has an estimated proved non-tertiary reserves of approximately 10.2 MMBOE.
Rocky Mountain Region
The Company’s LaBarge Field is located in southwestern Wyoming. The Company’s interest in LaBarge Field consist of approximately 1.2 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proved CO2 reserves. The Riley Ridge Federal Unit is also located in southwestern Wyoming and produces gas from the same LaBarge Field. The Company holds interest in Riley Ridge and minor surrounding acreage containe d net proved reserves of approximately 2.8 Tcf of CO2 reserves. The 20-inch Greencore Pipeline in Wyoming is the first CO2 pipeline the Company has constructed in the Rocky Mountain region. Bell Creek Field is located in southeast Montana. Cedar Creek Anticline (CCA) is located in Montana. CCA consists of a series of approximately 10 different operating areas. CCA is located approximately 110 miles north of Bell Creek Field. The non-tertiary proved reserves associated with CCA are approximately 90.2 MMBOE Hartzog Draw Field is located in the Powder River Basin of northeastern Wyoming, approximately 10 miles from its Greencore Pipeline. Hartzog Draw Field has an estimated proved reserves of approximately 4.3 MMBOE net to its interest, over 1.7 MMBOE, of which relate to the natural gas producing Big George coal zone.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares rose by just 0.1 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (NYSE: DO), down 6 percent, and Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), down 5 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Thursday, energy shares dipped by 0.88 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB), down 7 percent, and Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR), down 6 percent.
Top 10 Safest Stocks To Watch Right Now: NCI Building Systems, Inc.(NCS)
NCI Building Systems, Inc., incorporated on December 23, 1991, is a manufacturer and marketer of metal products for the nonresidential construction industry. The Company provides metal coil coating services for commercial and construction applications, servicing customers. The Company design, engineers, manufactures and markets metal components and engineered building systems in the industry. The Company operates in three segments, including metal coil coating, metal components and engineered building systems. The metal coil coating segment consists of cleaning, treating, painting and slitting continuous steel coils before the steel is fabricated for use by construction and industrial users. The metal components segment products include metal roof and wall panels, doors, metal partitions, metal trim, insulated panels and other related accessories. The engineered building systems segment includes the manufacturing of main frames, Long-Bay Systems and value-added engineering and drafting. The Company consists of a family of companies operating 38 manufacturing facilities spanning the United States and Mexico.
Metal Coil Coating
The Companys Metal coil coating segment consists of cleaning, treating and painting various flat-rolled metals, in coil form, as well as slitting and embossing the metal, before the metal is fabricated for use by various industrial users. The Company cleans, treats and coats both heavy gauge (hot-rolled) and light gauge metal coils for its other operating segments and for third party customers, who utilize them in applications, including construction products, heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters, lighting fixtures, ceiling grids, office furniture, appliances and other products. The Company provides toll coating services under which the customer provides the metal coil and provides only the coil coating process.
The Company operates six metal coil coating facilitie s located in six United States. Two of its facilities coat h! ot-rolled, heavy gauge metal coils and four of its facilities coat light gauge metal coils. The Company process metal coils to supply substantially all the coating requirements of its own metal components and engineered building systems operating segments. The Company also process metal coils to supply customers in different industries.
The Company sells its products and processes to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers who utilize pre-painted metal, including other manufacturers of engineered building systems and metal components. The Companys customer base also includes steel mills, metal service centers and painted coil distributors who in-turn supply manufacturers of engineered building systems, metal components, lighting fixtures, ceiling grids, water heaters, appliances and other manufactured products.
The Metal components segment include metal roof and wall systems, metal partitions, metal trim, doo rs and other related accessories. These products are used in new construction and in repair and retrofit applications for industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural and rural uses. Metal components are used in construction applications, including purlins and girts, roofing, standing seam roofing, walls, doors, trim and other parts of traditional buildings, as well as in architectural applications and engineered building systems. The Companys metal components consist of individual components, including secondary structural framing, metal roof and wall systems and associated metal trims. The Company sells directly to contractors or end users for use in the building industry, including the construction of metal buildings. Specific component products the Company manufactures include metal roof and wall systems, purlins, girts, partitions, header panels and related trim and screws. The Company is focused on developing and marketing new products, such as its Insulated Panel Systems (IPS), Eco-ficientTM panel systems, SoundwallT! M, Nu-Roo! fTM system and Energy Star cool roofing.
Engineered Building Systems
The Companys engineered building systems consist of engineered structural members and panels that are fabricated and roll-formed in a factory. These systems consist of structural framing, secondary structural members (purlins and girts) and metal roof and wall systems or conventional wall materials manufactured by others, such as masonry and concrete tilt-up panels. Engineered building systems consist of three systems: Primary structural framing, Secondary structural framing and Metal roof and wall systems.
Primary structural framing, fabricated from heavy-gauge plate steel, supports the secondary structural framing, roof, walls and all externally applied loads. Through the primary framing, the force of all applied loads is structurally transferred to the foundation. Secondary structural framing is designed to the primary structural framing and transfer applied load s from the roof and walls to the primary structural framing. Secondary structural framing consists of gauge, roll-formed steel components called purlins and girts. Metal roof and wall systems not only lock out the weather but may also contribute to the structural integrity of the overall building system. Roof and wall panels are fabricated from light-gauge, roll-formed steel in many architectural configurations. Accessory components complete the engineered building system. These components include doors, windows, specialty trims, gutters and interior partitions. The Company operates eight facilities for manufacturing and distributing engineered building systems throughout the United States and Monterrey, Mexico.
- [By Monica Gerson]
NCI Building Systems Inc (NYSE: NCS) posted upbeat results for its second quarter on Tuesday. NCI Building Systems shares rose 1.24 percent to $16.30 in the after-hours trading session.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: Syngenta AG(SYT)
Syngenta AG, an agribusiness company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed to enhance crop yields and food quality worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Business Development. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, soybean, and rice; fungicides for corn, cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, soybean, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; seed care for corn, soybean, cereals, and cotton; and professional products, such as products for public health, and turf and ornamentals. This segment markets its products through independent distributors and dealers, agricultural consultants, and growers. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets seeds and plants based on advanced genetics and related technologies. This segment provides approximately 200 product lines and approximately 6,800 varieties of proprietary genetics, incl uding vegetables, flowers, corn, soybean, sugar beet, and sunflower primarily under the NK, Golden Harvest, Garst, HILLESHG, S&G, Rogers, Zeraim Gedera, and Fischer brand names. The Business Development segment engages in the development of enzymes and traits to enhance agronomic, nutritional, and biofuel properties of plants. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.
- [By Vanina Egea]
The battle on the field continues. Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT) are expected to enter the seed business with a strong bid. Both companies stand at the top of the agricultural inputs industry, and continue to look for ways to improve performance. Let us see what some gurus think about their future prospects, and if they see them fit for a long term investment.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: Veeva Systems Inc.(VEEV)
Veeva Systems Inc. (Veeva), incorporated on January 12, 2007, is a provider of cloud-based software solutions for the global life sciences industry. The Company offers solutions for a range of requirements within life sciences companies, including multichannel customer relationship management, regulated content and information management, master data management and customer data. The Company offers solutions to areas, including the Veeva CRM family of applications for multichannel customer relationship management to enable coordinated and personalized customer engagement through multiple touch points; Veeva Vault for regulated content management and information management solutions to enable the management of content-centric processes; the Veeva Network master data management solutions for the management of customer master and product master data, and Veeva’s data and data services offerings, including Veeva OpenData for customer reference data and Veeva KOL Data for data.
The Company’s professional services include implementation and deployment planning and project management; requirements analysis, solution design and configuration; systems environment management and deployment services; services focused on advancing or transforming business and operating processes related to Veeva solutions; technical consulting services related to data migration and systems integrations; training on solutions, and ongoing managed services, such as outsourced systems administration. The Company offers Veeva Commercial Cloud for the commercial function of life sciences companies.
Multichannel Customer Relationship Management
Veeva CRM, the Company’s multichannel customer relationship management solutions, allow pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to market and sell to physicians, other healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations across multiple touch points, including in-person, e-mail and online. Veev a CRM provides specialized functionality, such as prescripti! on drug sample management with electronic signature capture, the management of complex affiliations between physicians and the organizations where they work, and the capture of medical inquiries from physicians. The Company has designed and built a specific application for each mobile device platform it support, including Apple iPads, Windows 8 and 10 mobile devices, Windows-based laptops and tablet personal computers (PC).
The Company’s Veeva CRM and Veeva Medical CRM enables physician-facing employees, such as pharmaceutical sales representatives, key account managers and scientific liaisons to manage, track and optimize interactions with healthcare professionals utilizing a single, integrated solution. Its Veeva CLM provides closed-loop marketing capabilities for use in in-person interactions with physicians. Veeva CLM allows customers to replace paper-based materials with interactive electronic marketing presentations while controlling the storage, distribut ion, presentation and tracking of promotional materials. Its Veeva CRM Mobile is a mobile application that runs on the Apple iPad and the Windows 8 and 10 platforms, combines the key functionality of Veeva CRM and Veeva CLM to provide users with functionality that helps maximize productivity in the field. Veeva CRM Mobile was designed to provide the functionality needed for pharmaceutical field sales representatives and other users to finish tasks in locations, such as hospitals and physicians’ offices, whether or not an Internet connection is available. Its Veeva CRM Approved Email provides for the management, delivery and tracking of regulatory compliant e-mail communication between sales representatives and physicians.
The Company’s Veeva CRM Engage provides closed-loop marketing capabilities for self-directed physician interactions via the Web. The Company’s Veeva CRM CoBrowse provides closed-loop marketing capabilities for Web-based presentations to physici ans led by the sales and marketing staff of life sciences co! mpanies. ! Its Veeva CRM Events Management enables the planning, management and execution of group meetings with healthcare professionals, and helps life sciences companies track and manage spending in order to meet transparency reporting requirements. Its Veeva Align enables life sciences companies to manage the allocation and alignment of sales and marketing resources to customers across various communication channels and define multichannel plans of action.
Regulated Content Management and Collaboration
Veeva Vault, its cloud-based content and information management solution, is used by its customers across commercial functions, including medical, sales and marketing, and research and development (R&D) functions, including clinical, regulatory and quality. Veeva Vault consists of over nine business applications and its Veeva Vault Platform. Veeva Vault applications each include a data model, deep functionality, and pre-defined workflows required to support specific industry processes. Veeva Vault can be deployed as an integrated solution across multiple applications, enabling its customers to manage various important documents and related data in a single, global system. The Veeva Vault Platform was built with the content and information management requirements of the life sciences industry in mind, including audit trail capabilities that record actions and updates enabling customers to manage their regulated content and data in a compliant manner. In addition, the Veeva Vault Platform offers functionality across various the Veeva Vault applications, such as searching, content viewing and annotation, workflow and approvals, electronic signatures, reporting and open application programming interfaces to allow for integration with other systems. The Veeva Vault Platform also includes a configuration toolset that allows customers to create their own Veeva Vault applications.
Veeva Vault applications primarily for use by research and development departments of life sciences co! mpanies i! nclude Veeva Vault eTMF, which is an electronic trial master file application that manages the repository of important documents for active and archived clinical trials and also enables collaboration between the life sciences company sponsoring the trial and its outsourced partners; Veeva Vault Study Startup enables life sciences companies to manage the process of activating investigator sites for clinical trials, accelerating time to first patient enrollment and automating complicated processes while helping to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements and connectivity with Vault eTMF; Veeva Vault Investigator Portal, which manages the collection of documentation and collaboration among trial sponsors, trial sites and the researchers conducting the trials, known as investigators; Veeva Vault QualityDocs enables the creation, review, approval, distribution and management of controlled documents, such as standard operating procedures (SOPs), manufacturing recipes and s pecifications, and Veeva Vault Submissions, which helps life sciences companies to gather and organize all the documents and other content that will be included in a regulatory submission to a healthcare authority, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Company’s Veeva Vault Registrations enables life sciences companies to manage, track and report product and registration information around the world, including registration status, variations, health authority questions and commitments and certification requests. Its Veeva Vault SubmissionsArchive is an authoritative source for submissions and correspondence that stores published submissions in a secure, globally accessible repository. Its Veeva Vault PromoMats enables life sciences companies to manage the end-to-end process for creation, approval, distribution, expiration and withdrawal of commercial content across the digital supply chain. Its Veeva Vault MedComms provides life sciences companies with a single, validated source of medical content across mu! ltiple ch! annels and geographies.
Master Data Management
Veeva Network Customer Master, the Company’s cloud-based customer master and data management solution, is designed to help life sciences companies create and maintain a single, complete and accurate record of the healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations. Veeva Network Customer Master is an industry-specific, cloud-based customer master software solution that de-duplicates, standardizes and cleanses healthcare professional and organization data from multiple systems and data sources to arrive at a single, consolidated customer master record. Veeva Network Customer Master comes pre-configured with a data model that is specific to life sciences and supports global harmonization, as well as country, market and regional data specifications within a single system. Veeva Network Customer Master also includes an intuitive user interface, free text search and filtering capabilities, and the ability to track and measure data quality and operating efficiency through key performance indicators.
Veeva Network Customer Master can be used with Veeva OpenData to simplify the process of data delivery to customers and provide bi-directional integration of requests for data enrichment. Additionally, eeva Network Customer Master can be operated in what it refers to as private mode when data from third-party data providers is uploaded to the Veeva Network solution. In private mode, the bi-directional integration between Veeva Network Customer Master and Veeva OpenData is disabled. Veeva Network Customer Master is also fully integrated with Veeva CRM in order to make the healthcare professional and healthcare organization data available to sales and marketing users. The Company’s Veeva Network Product Master is a cloud-based product master data management offering to help life sciences companies create complete and accurate product master records.
Data and Data Services
Veeva OpenData Customer Data pro! vides hea! lthcare professional and healthcare organization data that includes demographic and license information, affiliations, and other key data, such as digital profiles crucial to customer engagement and compliance. Its Veeva OpenData Compliance Data identifies and assigns healthcare professional specialty information and license status, including expiration dates, which are required to the compliance processes with respect to certain life sciences activities, such as confirming drug sample eligibility and assigning sales territories. Its Veeva OpenData Data Services manage healthcare professional and healthcare organization data. Its Veeva OpenData Email Services provides e-mail data and e-mail rental services to help improve outreach to healthcare professionals through digital channels. Its Veeva KOL Data and Services provide profile information for important healthcare professionals and other stakeholders, gathered from their conference presentations, published research, clini cal trials, grants, articles and social activity.
The Company competes with Oracle Corporation, IMS Health Holding, Inc., EMC Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, OpenText Corporation and Informatica Corporation.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Veeva Systems Inc (NYSE: VEEV) shares shot up 9 percent to $32.30 after the company reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter and issued a strong revenue forecast for the year.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: Occidental Petroleum Corporation(OXY)
Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas, Chemical, and Midstream and Marketing. The Oil and Gas segment explores for, develops, and produces oil and condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas. The Chemical segment manufactures and markets basic chemicals, including chlorine, caustic soda, chlorinated organics, potassium chemicals, ethylene dichloride, chlorinated isocyanurates, sodium silicates, and calcium chloride; vinyls comprising vinyl chloride monomer and polyvinyl chloride; and other chemicals, such as resorcinol. The Midstream and Marketing segment gathers, processes, transports, stores, purchases, and markets oil, condensate, NGLs, natural gas, carbon dioxide, and power. This segment also trades around its assets consisting of transportat ion and storage capacity, as well as oil, NGLs, gas, and other commodities. Occidental Petroleum Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Early on Monday, analysts at Deutsche Bank lowered their price target on Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) to reflect a lower-than-expected valuation of an asset that the oil and gas exploration company is trying to sell.
Though the analysts lowered OXY’s price target from $114 to $109, they still maintain a “Buy” rating on the stock. The new price target suggests a 22% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $89.49.
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Sankey said, “Bloomberg Finance LP reports that Oxy is seeking sale of 40% of Mideast operations for around $8bn, which would imply $20bn total value for the unit. However reportedly some suitors are valuing the asset at around $15bn. This is a relatively negative valuation against our previous view that Oxy would be seeking $25+bn for its MENA business. We are cutting our price target to $109/share to reflect this lower implied valuation.”
Occidental Petroleum shares were up 96 cents, or 1.07%, during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 16.81% year-to-date.
- [By Garrett Cook]
Citi notes that presentations from producers (the bank specifically notes Anadarko (NYSE: APC), Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY), and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD)) showed a lack of commitment to enter 2017 hedge programs to lock in the economics for drilling.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Stocks that made the cut include General Motors (GM), Coca-Cola Company (KO), Occidental Petroleum (OXY), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and General Electric (GE).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
We have seen several dividend cuts in the recent past, including Anadarko Petroleum cutting its dividend by 81%…and we expect more companies to follow suit. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), ConocoPhillips (COP), Encana,Marathon Oil and Noble Energy (NBL) are among energy companies that have also cut dividends in the past 12 months, but dividend requirements even after several cuts will consume ~26% of 2016 estimated cash flow at current dividend rates (15% excluding Occidental Petroleum (OXY)) for the large cap E&Ps we cover. We believe most of the companies with a dividend yield of more than 1.5% should consider cutting the dividend and find the following companies more likely than not to reduce dividends:Apache (2.5% yield),Devon Energy (4%),Encana (1.5%) andMarathon Oil (2.5%). We believe Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ) (3.0%) is likely to maintain its dividend while Occidental (4.5%) has the financial strength to maintain or even increase the divide nd…
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.(FORTY)
Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. provides a range of information technology (IT) solutions and services, and develops and markets proprietary software solutions. It offers software solutions and services, such as outsourcing and developing customized software; computer systems management infrastructures, Web world content management, database and data warehouse mining, application integration, database and systems, data management, and software development tools; computer and telecommunication infrastructure solutions; and professional training courses and advanced professional studies. The company also sells personal computers, portable computers, Intel servers, peripheral equipment, operating systems, servers, and workstations; provides computer and peripheral equipment maintenance services, lab, and helpdesk services; and sells and markets cloud based solutions. In addition, it offers Sapiens ALIS, an L&P software solution for i ndividual, group, and worksite insurance products; Sapiens Retirement Services for record-keeping management; Sapiens Closed Books, a solution to administer policies and claims relating to closed books of business; and Sapiens TOPAZ to handle L&P activities and regulations. Further, the company provides Sapiens IDIT for general insurance carriers; Sapiens Insight for business demands at the insurer level and regulatory needs at the state level; Sapiens Reinsurance that enables property and casualty/general insurance carriers and brokers to handle reinsurance activities on a single platform; and Sapiens DECISION, a business decision management solution. Additionally, it supplies professionals in the areas of accounting and finance, administrative, customer service, clinical, scientific and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing and operations, human resources, IT technology, LI/MFG, and marketing and sales. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Or Yehuda, Is rael.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Friday, technology shares rose by 0.26 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT), up 9 percent, and Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ: FORTY) up 19 percent.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: PAR Technology Corporation(PAR)
PAR Technology Corporation (PAR), incorporated on April 21, 1992, is a provider of systems and service solutions for the hospitality industry. The Company operates through two segments: Hospitality and Government.
The Company’s solutions for the restaurant industry integrate software applications, hardware platforms, software delivery, and installation and lifecycle support services. PAR’s software offerings for the Restaurant market include front-of-store point-of-sale (POS) software applications, operations management software applications (known as back office software), and enterprise software applications for content management and business intelligence. PAR’s hardware offerings for the Restaurant market include POS terminals, kitchen systems utilizing printers and/or video monitors, and a range of food safety monitoring and task management hardware and software solutions. The Company has also developed a checklist solutio n for food safety temperature measurement and task management automation marketed under the name, SureCheck. The Company markets its hardware, software and services as an integrated solution on an individual basis. PAR’s Brink POS (Brink) software is a cloud-based POS platform that scales for single and multi-unit operators with traditional and mobile platforms. PAR restaurant software offerings are designed for multi-unit and individual restaurant operators, franchise and the enterprise alike in the over three restaurant categories, such as fast casual restaurants (FC), quick serve restaurants (QSR) and table service restaurants (TSR). Each of these restaurant categories has separate operating characteristics and service delivery requirements that are managed by PAR’s Brink and PixelPoint software offerings. PAR’s software allows customers to configure their technology systems that meet their order entry, food preparation, inventory, and workforce management needs, while ca pturing real-time transaction data at each location and deli! vering insight throughout the enterprise.
Brink software is a cloud-based POS software for restaurants. The cloud native model manages software version control and organizational updates. Brink POS software is integrated with features that include mobile online ordering, kitchen video system, guest surveys, enterprise reporting and mobile dashboard. PAR’s PixelPoint software solution is primarily sold to independent table service and QSRs through its channel partners. This software solution includes a POS software application, a self-service ordering function, an enterprise back-office management function, and an enterprise level loyalty and gift card information sharing application. PixelPoint Head Office Cloud is a Web-based enterprise reporting solution that consolidates restaurant data and is offered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). It offers PixelPoint for corporate, field and site managers. PixelPoint is a decision-making tool that provides visibility into various restaurant locations through a dashboard displaying customer-defined financials, sales analysis, marketing, inventory and workforce variables. PAR also offers applications for forecasting, labor scheduling and inventory management.
The Company’s SureCheck software solution provides food safety temperature monitoring and employee task management functionality through the combination of a cloud-based enterprise server application, a personal digital assistant (PDA)-based mobile application and an integrated temperature measuring device. This solution helps in managing hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) inspection programs for retail and food service organizations, and automates the monitoring of quality risk factors. The SureCheck platform is used to help hospitality and retail operators to complete and monitor the compliance of employee tasks, while providing insight on abnormal checklist conditions, providing configurable, automated ale rts. The data captured through this solution is used to mana! ge policy! compliance and oversight, loss prevention, safety, merchandising and other audits to the customer.
The PAR EverServ family of hardware platforms is designed to operate in harsh hospitality environments. The Company’s hardware platforms are compatible with various operating systems. PAR’s open architecture POS platforms are optimized to host the Company’s POS software applications, as well as various third-party POS applications, and are compatible with various peripheral devices. PAR partners with a range of vendors of complementary in-store peripherals, including cash drawers, card readers, printers, kitchen video systems, allowing the Company to provide a solution integrated and delivered by a vendor. PAR’s hardware terminal offerings primarily consist of over three POS product lines, such as EverServ 500, EverServ 7000 Series and EverServ 8000 Series. The EverServ 500 platform is a value platform for operators that require features/functions that are used fo r installations. The EverServ 7000 series hardware is built to perform in harsh operating environments, enduring high customer traffic and transaction activities, and the difficult restaurant/retail environments that include grease and liquid spills. The EverServ 8000 series hardware offers design, and is built to perform in harsh operating environments, enduring high customer traffic and transaction activities, and the difficult restaurant/retail environments that includes grease and liquid spills. The Company also offers SureCheck Advantage, an Internet of things (IoT) mobile solution, which is designed for food quality and task management.
PAR’s Government business provides a range of technical services for the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agencies. This segment is focused on serving intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) customers specializing in the development of signal and image processing and manage ment systems with a focus on geospatial intelligence, geogra! phic info! rmation systems, and command and control applications. Additionally, this business provides mission critical telecommunications, satellite command and control, and information technology operations and maintenance services around the world to the United States DoD. The business is organized in two operating sectors that provide service offerings across their customer base: ISR Solutions and mission systems.
The ISR solutions sector provides systems engineering support and software-based solutions. This sector of the Company has a business in the development of mobility applications that support the needs of mobile teams with real-time situation awareness and distributed communications. The ISR solutions sector is engaged in the advanced research, development and productization of geospatial information assurance (GIA) technology involving steganography, steganalysis, digital watermarking and image forensics. These technologies are used to provide protection and security of geospatial data. The ISR solutions sector also provides scientific and technical support to the United States Intelligence Community. The mission systems sector includes three distinct lines of business: telecommunications, satellite control and information technology services. The telecommunication services include satellite and terrestrial communications operations and maintenance services, which operate elements of the United States DoD’s global information grid (GIG). Additionally, PAR operates the United States navy’s satellite operations center providing tracking, telemetry and control of several space-based satellite communication constellations. The mission systems sector provides information technology (IT) services ranging from advanced systems management to help desk support.
PAR focuses its business in five service areas: ISR; Systems Engineering and Evaluation; Satellite and Telecommunications Services; Space and Satellite Control Servic es, and Information Technology/Systems Services. The Company! provides! a range of geospatial intelligence solutions, including full motion video, geospatial information assurance, raster imagery, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR). It also offers a range of products relative to these technologies, and provides integration and training support. PSR integrates and tests electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), radar and multi/hyper-spectral sensor systems for a range of government and industry surveillance applications. The Company designs and integrates radar sensor systems, including experimentation, demonstration and test support. The Company also provides scientific and technical engineering, and analysis to intelligence community customers, as well as program management services for the acquisition, development and deployment of prototypes and reaction systems. The Company provides a range of technical and support services to sustain mission critical components of the DoD’s GIG. These services include system enhancements and associated mai ntenance of very low frequency (VLF), high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) ground-based radio transmitter/receiver facilities. Additionally, the Company operates and maintains several extremely high frequency (EHF) and super high frequency (SHF) satellite communication earth terminals and teleport facilities. It provides satellite operation, management and maintenance services in support of satellite control center operations. Primary services include satellite telemetry monitoring, tracking and command support, and satellite control in order to provide space-based satellite services conducting command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) operations. The Company delivers services in support of satellite telemetry, tracking, control and remote terminal operations from over seven locations across the world. It also offers various services, which include helpdesk services, systems administration, network adminis tration, information assurance and systems security, databas! e adminis! tration, telephone systems management, testing and test bed management, and information technology infrastructure library (ITIL)-based service management.
The Company competes with Oracle Corporation, NCR Corporation and Panasonic Corporation.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Tuesday, technology shares gained by 1.61 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: HIMX), up 13 percent, and PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR), up 9 percent.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: SanDisk Corporation(SNDK)
Sandisk Corporation designs, develops, and manufactures NAND flash memory storage solutions that are used in various consumer electronics products. The company offers removable cards under the SanDisk Ultra, SanDisk Extreme, and SanDisk Extreme PRO brands; embedded products under the iNAND brand; universal serial bus (USB) flash drives under the Cruzer brand; digital media players under the Sansa brand; solid state drives under the Lightning brand; and wafers and memory components. Its removable card products are used in a range of consumer electronics devices, including mobile phones, digital cameras, gaming devices, and laptop computers; and embedded flash products are used in mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks, eReaders, global positioning system devices, gaming systems, imaging devices, and computing platforms. The company also provides high-capacity storage solutions, such as solid-state drives that are used in lieu of hard disk drives. It offers its products to the m obile phone, consumer electronics, and computing end markets through original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and retail sales channels in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan. The company was formerly known as SunDisk Corporation and changed its name to SanDisk Corporation in August 1995. SanDisk Corporation was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Early on Friday, analysts at RBC Capital boosted the near-term estimates on SanDisk Corporation (SNDK), a manufacturer of data storage products, because a fire at SK Hynix’s factory should lead to favorable pricing over the next two quarters.
“We see a favorable pricing environment as a result of SK Hynix’s fire, which threatens to curtail NAND output as the company likely re-purposes production back toward DRAM, resulting in lower than expected incremental NAND wafers vs. company’s plan of 170K/WPM,” RBC Capital analyst Freedman said. “Consequently, we see stronger pricing through EoY before SK Hynix ramps NAND toward normalized prod’t levels as DRAM resources are restored/replaced.”
The analysts maintain an “Outperform” rating on SDNK and still see shares reaching $76. This price target suggests a 26% upside to the stock’s Thursday closing price of $60.08. Furthermore, they boosted SanDisk’s 2013 EPS estimates from $4.82 to $4.95.
SanDisk shares were up a fraction during pre-market trading on Friday. The stock is up 38.11% year-to-date.
Top 10 Heal Care Companies To Invest In Right Now: City Holding Company(CHCO)
City Holding Company operates as a holding company for City National Bank of West Virginia that provides various banking, trust and investment management, and other financial solutions in the United States. The company accepts various deposit products, such as checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. It also provides commercial and industrial loans that consist of loans to corporate and other legal entity borrowers primarily in small to mid-size industrial and commercial companies; commercial real estate loans comprising commercial mortgages, which are secured by nonresidential and multi-family residential properties; residential real estate loans to consumers for the purchase or refinance of a residence; home equity junior lien loans; consumer loans that are secured by automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, certificates of deposit, and other perso nal property; and demand deposit account overdrafts. In addition, the company offers mortgage banking services, including fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages, construction financing, production of conventional and government insured mortgages, secondary marketing, and mortgage servicing. Further, it provides deposit services for commercial customers comprising treasury management, lockbox, and other cash management services; merchant credit card services; wealth management, trust, investment, and custodial services for commercial and individual customers; and corporate trust and institutional custody, financial and estate planning, and retirement plan services. As of January 25, 2016, the company operated through a network of 85 branches in the states of West Virginia, Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southeastern Ohio. City Holding Company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia.
- [By Monica Gerson]
City Holding Company (NASDAQ: CHCO) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $42.04 million.
Compass Minerals International, Inc. (NYSE: CMP) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.33 per share on revenue of $347.03 million.