LONDON — Fears of a long slide in the FTSE 100 (FTSEINDICES: ^FTSE ) seem to have been put on hold for the time being, with the U.K.’s top-tier index putting in a couple of days of gains — it’s up 0.93% to 6,389 points by 9:15 a.m. EDT. That puts it 953 points up on its 52-week low of 5,436, and few will be expecting it to get anywhere near those lows anytime soon.
But if we want to see some companies that are trading around their 52-week lows, we need look no further than those involved in natural resources. Here are three from the various indexes.
Rockhopper (LSE: RKH )
Rockhopper Exploration shares have been on a long slide since last summer, having lost more than 59% of their value over the past 12 months. And today, at 127 pence, they’re bumping around their two-year low of 125 pence.
The firm operates in the waters around the Falklands, and hopes for the region were high just a couple of years ago — but a number of dry wells in the area have dented confidence. But Rockhopper has had some exploratory success, so does it still have a chance of turning a profit? That’s for you to decide.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: SM Energy Co (SM)
SM Energy Company (SM Energy), incorporated in 1915, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (referred to as oil, gas, and NGLs) in onshore North America. The Company’s operations are focused on five operating areas in the onshore United States. In December 2011, the Company closed on its acquisition and development agreement with Mitsui E&P Texas LP (Mitsui), an indirect subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd., which transferred 12.5% of its working interest in certain non-operated oil and gas assets in South Texas. In August 2011, the Company sold approximately 15,400 net operated acres in LaSalle and Dimmit Counties, Texas to Talisman Energy USA Inc. and Statoil Texas Onshore Properties LLC (collectively, Talisman/Statoil). In June 2011, the Company completed the divestiture of certain assets located in its Mid-Continent region. In January 2011, it completed the divestiture of certain assets located in its Rocky Mountain region. In December 2013, SM Energy Co announced that it had closed its previously announced Anadarko Basin divestiture package.
As of December 31, 2011, the Company had working interests in 1,353 gross (741 net) productive oil wells and 2,928 gross (1,060 net) productive gas wells. All of its drilling activities are conducted using independent drilling contractors. As of December 31, 2011, it had 415.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent of proved undeveloped reserves.
South Texas & Gulf Coast Region
Operations for the South Texas & Gulf Coast region are managed from its office in Houston, Texas. The Company’s operations in South Texas & Gulf Coast Region focus primarily on its Eagle Ford shale program. Its acreage position covers a portion of the western Eagle Ford shale play, including acreage in the oil, the NGL-gas, and the dry gas windows of the play. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it had approx! imately 250,000 net acres in the play, which consisted of an approximate 165,000 net acre operated position in Webb, Dimmit, and LaSalle Counties, Texas and an approximate 85,000 net acre non-operated position in Maverick, Dimmit, LaSalle, and Webb Counties, Texas. As of December 31, 2011, it had approximately 196,000 net acres in the play. During 2011, the production was 69.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent.
Rocky Mountain Region
Operations for the Company’s Rocky Mountain region are managed from its office in Billings, Montana. During 2011, the Company focused on Bakken/Three Forks formations in the North Dakota portion of the Williston Basin, where it had approximately 87,000 net acres.
Operations for the Company’s Mid-Continent region are managed from its office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Company’s operations in the Mid-Continent region are primarily focused on the horizontal develo pment of the Granite Wash formation in western Oklahoma. Its Mid-Continent region also manages its Woodford shale assets. In 2011, its Mid-Continent region’s production was 31.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent. Proved reserves during 2011 were 234.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent.
The Company’s focus on the ArkLaTex region has been the horizontal development of its Haynesville shale acreage. In 2011, production in its ArkLaTex region was 30.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent.
Operations for the Company’s Permian region are managed from its office in Midland, Texas. The Company’s Permian region covers western Texas and eastern New Mexico. Its primary area of development focus in this region is the Wolfberry tight oil play. During 2011, the region’s production was 11.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent.
- [By Grace L. Williams]
A pair of insiders at SM Energy (SM) also caught our eye. General Counsel David Copeland bought 3,500 shares for $252,400 and President and COO Javan Ottoson conducted his first transaction and bought 1,000 shares for $71,900. InsiderScore notes:
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Shares of SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) were down 17.47 percent to $73.93 after the company reported downbeat quarterly earnings. KeyBanc downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold.
- [By Victor Selva]
Competitors such as Sandridge Energy Inc. (SD), Penn Virginia Corp. (PVA), Newfield Exploration Co. (NFX) also have a negative ROE. An alternative could be Cabot Oil &Gas Corp. (COG), Range Resources Corp. (RRC), SM Energy Co. (SM), Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PXD) or Whiting Petroleum Corp (WLL), Berry Petroleum Co. (BRY), but for investors searching for a higher ratio, Continental Resources Inc. (CLR) will be the best option.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: Aspen Technology Inc.(AZPN)
Aspen Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated process optimization software solutions for manufacturers in process industries, and engineering and construction firms. It designs and develops aspenONE suite software applications for use in the engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain business areas. The company?s aspenONE engineering software includes Aspen Plus and Aspen HYSYS, which are process modeling software products for conceptual design, optimization, and performance monitoring; Aspen Basic Engineering, a workflow tool that allows engineers to build, re-use, and share process models and data; Aspen Economic Evaluation, an economic evaluation software for estimating costs of conceptual process designs; and Aspen Exchanger Design and Rating, a software used to design, simulate, and optimize the performance of heat exchangers. Its aspenONE manufacturing software comprises Aspen InfoPlus.21, a data historian software that collects and s tores data for analysis and reporting; and Aspen DMCplus, a multi-variable controller software capable of processing multiple constraints. The company?s aspenONE supply chain software products comprise Aspen Collaborative Demand Manager, Aspen Petroleum Scheduler, Aspen PIMS, Aspen Plant Scheduler, Aspen supply chain planner, Aspen Inventory Management & Operations Scheduling, Aspen Petroleum Supply Chain Planner, and Aspen Fleet Optimizer that are designed to enable process manufacturers to reduce inventory levels, increase asset efficiency, and optimize supply chain decisions. It also offers customer support, professional, and training services. The company serves manufacturers in process industries, such as energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer packaged goods, power, metals and mining, pulp and paper, and bio-fuels, as well as engineering and construction firms. Aspen Technology, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts.
- [By Eric Volkman]
AspenTech (NASDAQ: AZPN ) will be led by a new individual starting this autumn. The company announced that it has tapped Antonio Pietri to be its president and CEO, effective Oct. 1. He will replace Mark Fusco, who according to the firm is retiring to spend more time with his family.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Aspen Technology (Nasdaq: AZPN ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: KBB Resources Bhd (KBB)
KBB Resources Berhad is an investment holding company. The Company is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of all types of rice and sago sticks (vermicelli), sago starch and related products. The Company’s product includes Rice Vermicelli, Instant Noodle, Instant Bihun, Laksa and Sago. The Company’s subsidiaries include Kilang Bihun Bersatu Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in Manufacturing and marketing of all types of rice and sago sticks (vermicelli); Rasayang Food Industries Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in manufacturing and trading of beehoon and beehoon laksa; Bersatu Noodles Industries Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in manufacturing and trading of noodles and related products, and Bersatu Biotechnology (Johore) Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of all types of sago starch and related products. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Neha Marwah]
LMC Automotive expects the annualized rate to be 16.1 million, the best in six years. This is a decent improvement from last year’s November, when the industry reported 15.3 million as the adjusted annualized rate. In comparison, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) expects the November 2013 SAAR to be around 15.6 million, while Edmunds.com estimates it to be 15.7 million.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: Alliance Holdings GP L.P.(AHGP)
Alliance Holdings GP, L.P., through its subsidiaries, produces and markets coal primarily to utilities and industrial users in the United States. It produces a range of steam coal with varying sulfur and heat contents. The company operates nine underground mining complexes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and West Virginia. As of December 31, 2010, it had approximately 697.4 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. In addition, the company leases land; and operates a coal loading terminal, with a capacity of 8.0 million tons with ground storage of approximately 60,000 to 70,000 tons, on the Ohio River at Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Further, it engages in purchasing and selling coal; and providing services, including ash and scrubber sludge removal, coal yard maintenance, and arranging alternate transportation services. Alliance GP, LLC, serves as the general partner of the company. Allian ce Holdings GP, L.P. is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- [By Robert Rapier]
The National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships (NAPTP) lists five MLPs in the category “Natural Resources – Coal,” although two of the five are Alliance Holdings (NYSE: AHGP) and its operating affiliate, Alliance Resource Partners (NYSE: ARLP). The other three are Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP), Rhino Resource Partners (NYSE: RNO), and Oxford Resource Partners (NYSE: OXF).
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Alliance Holdings GP (Nasdaq: AHGP ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: GSV Capital Corp (GSVC)
GSV Capital Corp. (GSV Capital), formerly NeXt Innovation Corp., is a development-stage company. The Company is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize capital appreciation. The Company will seek to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in privately held high growth venture backed companies and select mid cap and large cap publicly traded companies.
The Company may also invest in select publicly-traded equity securities of companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to acquire its investments primarily through private secondary market transactions and, to a lesser extent, through transactions executed on public securities exchanges and direct investments in its portfolio companies. The Company’s investment activities will be managed by GSV Asset Management. GSV Capital Service Company will provide the administrative services.Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Jake L’Ecuyer]
Financial sector was the leading decliner in the US market today. Top losers in the sector included GSV Capital (NASDAQ: GSVC), off 9.3 percent, and Cninsure (NASDAQ: CISG), down around 6.6 percent.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG) was the IPO disappointment of the week. Sure it has a lot of competition, but IPOs are supposed to be on fire now. Chegg managed to gain almost 3% on Friday to close at $9.13, but one must remember that the IPO price at $12.50 never saw the $12.50 open. The stock opened at $9.80 and closed at $8.88 on the first day, a move which will baffle IPO investors of growth companies who are buying an IPO at a time when major indexes are hitting new all-time highs. By the way, GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC) was a runner-up loser along with Chegg, as this fund owned shares of Twitter and Chegg pre-IPO. The stock price was above $16 before the Twitter IPO and is now down to $12.03 after another 8.8% drop on Friday. Bye-bye.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
A third angle to consider is the business development company GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC). This is public and it owns a slug of Twitter shares. Its recent peak was $16.90 and the shares were recently down at $15.60. This stock rose into the Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) IPO as well, only to roll over as Facebook’s shares did. The portfolio update from GSV on October 3 showed the following: Twitter, Inc. was shown to have a fair value of GSV Capital investment of $37.6 million, or about 15.1% of net assets at the time. If the IPO price has risen, so has that value. Another hot upcoming IPO of Chegg, Inc. was shown to have a fair value of GSV investment of $14.0 million, worth some 5.6% of net assets. Be advised that this stock has doubled since mid-summer, and shares fell rapidly from $18 down to $10 after the Facebook IPO.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: Digicore Holdings Ltd (DGC)
Digicore Holdings Limited is a South Africa-based holding company engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions. The Company operates in three segments: South African Distribution, Foreign Distribution, Product Development and Manufacturing and Group Management. The Company’s South African distribution segment focuses on distribution of manufactured fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions within the South African consumer market. Foreign distribution focuses on the distribution of manufactured fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions all around the world. Product development and manufacturing segment focuses on investing in research, manufacturing and development of vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions for distribution. Group Management segment renders management services to the Company. On August 31, 2012, the Company obtained an additional 27% shareholding in Ctrack (Pty) Ltd. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Eric Lam]
Detour Gold (DGC) plunged 18 percent to C$6.35, an almost five-year low. The company said in a statement it will not reach its 2013 production target of 270,000 ounces of gold and now forecasts 240,000 to 260,000 ounces.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: Bravo Enterprises Ltd (OGNG)
Bravo Enterprises Ltd., formerly Organa Gardens International Inc., incorporated on November 29, 1983, is a development-stage company. The Company holds an undivided 85% working interest and an undivided 68% net revenue interest in 13,189 acres located in Wasatch County, Utah, known as the Uinta Basin and a 0.7% gross overriding royalty interest on 6,360 acres of oil and natural gas rights located in the Powder River Basin of eastern Wyoming. The Company has a vertical hydroponics farming system. The Company owns a 2% royalty interest in the Harvester Property. The LAK Ranch field covers approximately 7,500 acres in the Powder River basin. In September 2011, the Company completed its merger agreement with Integrated Green Technologies LLC.
The Organa Garden Systems (OGS) provide a means for food production and consumption change to global and ecological through vertical hydroponics rotary farming. There are two OGS models; the Discovery (OGS-D) and the Enterp rise (OGS-E). Its specially designed waterwheel technology allows the fully automated system to recycle and reuse 95% of the water used while requiring a negligible amount of energy to run.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap green stocks Vision Industries Corp (OTCMKTS: VIIC), Bravo Enterprises Ltd (OTCMKTS: OGNG) and Kleangas Energy Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS: KGET) have reported recent news and/or they are being promoted. Of course, it goes without saying that small cap green stocks tend to be more volatile that other types of investments. So will investors and traders alike see some greenbacks from these green stocks? Here is a quick reality check:
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: Incitec Pivot Ltd (ICPVY)
Incitec Pivot Limited is engaged in the manufacture, trading and distribution of fertilizers, industrial explosives, and chemicals. It operates in two segments: fertilizers, which include Incitec Pivot Fertilisers(IPF), Southern Cross International (SCI), and Fertilisers Elimination (Elim) and explosives, which includes Dyno Nobel Americas (DNA), Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific (DNAP), and Explosives Eliminations (Elim). IPF manufactures products, such as urea, ammonia and single super phosphate. DNA manufactures and sells industrial explosives and related products and services to the mining, quarrying and construction industries and also manufactures agricultural chemicals. SCI manufactures ammonium phosphates and distributes manufactured fertilizer product to wholesaler. DNAP manufactures industrial explosives and related products and services to the mining industry in the Asia Pacific region. In December 2011, it acquired a 49% interest in Maine Drilling Group. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By MARKETWATCH]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Australian stocks fell early Wednesday, tracking a weak lead from the U.S. but with a few blue-chip miners higher after gains for some commodities overnight. The S&P/ASX 200 (AU:XJO) retreated 0.4% to 5,237.80 after similar losses for the main Wall Street indexes, with the Australian benchmark trading around its lowest level since October. Among the major decliners, Qantas Airways Ltd. (AU:QAN) (QUBSF) lost 2.5%, Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd. (AU:HVN) (HNORY) gave up 1.3%, and Incitec Pivot Ltd. (AU:IPL) (ICPVY) fell 1.8%. Santos Ltd. (AU:STO) (STOSF) fell 2.6% on indication it will miss its lowered production guidance for 2013, according to the Australian Financial Review. On the upside, top miners BHP Billiton Ltd. (AU:BHP) (BHP) and Rio Tinto Ltd. (AU:RIO) (RIO) rose 0.3% and 0.7%, respectively, while Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (AU:FMG) (FSUMF) traded 1% higher. Shares of global shopping-mall developer Westfield Group Australia (AU:WDC) (WEFIF) were on halt
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: NN Inc.(NNBR)
NN, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of metal bearing, plastic and rubber, and precision metal components for bearing manufacturers worldwide. It operates in three segments: Metal Bearing Components, Plastic and Rubber Components, and Precision Metal Components. The Metal Bearing Components segment manufactures precision steel balls that are used primarily by manufacturers of anti-friction bearings; steel rollers comprising tapered rollers used in automotive gearbox applications, automotive wheel bearings, and various industrial applications; cylindrical rollers; and precision metal retainers for roller bearings. The Plastic and Rubber Components segment offers precision bearing seals for use in the automotive, industrial, agricultural, and mining markets; precision plastic retainers for ball and roller bearings used in various industrial applications; and precision plastic components, including automotive under-the-hood components, electronic instrument cases, pre cision electronic connectors and lenses, and various specialized industrial and consumer parts. The Precision Metal Components segment provides engineered shafts, fluid power assemblies, and complex precision assembled and tested parts used in the automotive, HVAC, fluid power, and diesel engine markets. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in Johnson City, Tennessee.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Precision ball-bearings and tapered rollings manufacturer NN, Inc. (NNBR) raised its quarterly dividend 16.6% to 7 cents per share, payable March 14 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 28.
NNBR Dividend Yield: 1.47%
- [By Eric Volkman]
NN (NASDAQ: NNBR ) has a new man in the CEO chair. Richard Holder has been tapped to be the firm’s CEO, effective June 3. He replaces the retiring Roderick Baty. Holder will also assume Baty’s board seat, the term for which runs through NN’s annual meeting in 2015.
Top 10 Managed Healthcare Stocks To Buy For 2014: Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGF)
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (Lionsgate), incorporated on April 28, 1997, is an entertainment company with a presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. During fiscal year ended March 31, 2012 ( fiscal 2012), Lionsgate released 14 motion pictures theatrically, which included films developed and produced in-house, films co-developed and co-produced and films acquired from third parties. In December 2011, the Company formed a partnership with Saban Capital Group, Inc (SCG) and Celestial Pictures to create Celestial Tiger Entertainment Limited (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), a media company dedicated to entertaining audiences in Asia and beyond. In January 2012, the Company acquired 16 % interest in Celestial Tiger Entertainment. On January 13, 2012, the Company acquired Summit Entertainment, LLC (Summit), an independent global theatrical motion picture development, production, and distribution studio. In February 2012, Tele Munchen Group acquired rights to Charlie Sheen Sitcom ANGER MANAGEMENT for Germany, Austria and German speaking Switzerland from the Company’s international television division. Effective March 26, 2013, CBS Corp acquired 50% interest in The TV Guide Network from the Company. In June 2013, CBS Corp acquired TV Guide Digital, which includes the popular TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile properties from the Company.
The Company’s television business consists of the development, production, syndication and distribution of television productions. As of March 31, 2012, it produced and syndicated 19 television shows, which air on 14 networks and distribute over 200 series globally. It distributes its library of approximately 13,000 motion picture titles and television episodes and programs directly to retailers, rental kiosks, through va rious digital media platforms, and pay and free television c! hannels in the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and indirectly to other international markets through its subsidiaries and various third parties. It also distributes product through Celestial Tiger Entertainment, its joint venture with SCG and Celestial Pictures, a company wholly owned by Celestial Pictures; Horror Entertainment, LLC (FEARnet), its joint venture with Sony Pictures Television Inc. (Sony) and Comcast Corporation (Comcast); Studio 3 Partners LLC (EPIX), its joint venture with Viacom Inc. (Viacom), its Paramount Pictures unit (Paramount Pictures) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), and TV Guide Network, TV Guide Network On Demand and TV Guide Online (www.tvguide.com) (collectively, TV Guide Network), its joint ventures with One Equity Partners (OEP), the global private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Company takes a disciplined approach to film production with the goal of producing con tent, which it can distribute to theatrical and ancillary markets, which include home entertainment, pay and free television, on-demand services and digital media platforms, both domestically and internationally. During fiscal 2012, it produced, participated in the production of, completed or substantially completed principal photography of motion pictures, which included Good Deeds, The Hunger Games, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, Step Up Revolution, The Possession, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Last Stand, Warm Bodies, Now You See Me, Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor, Tyler Perry’s We The Peoples and Nurse 3D.
The Company’s television business consists of the development, production, syndication and distribution of television programs. It licenses its television productions to the domestic cable, free and pay television markets, as well as through various digital platforms. During fiscal 2012, it produced 19 televi! sion show! s, aired original programming on 14 networks and distributed over 200 series globally. Domestic television programming includes one-hour and half-hour scripted and reality programming. During fiscal 2012, it produced the episodes of domestic television programming 13 episodes of the fifth season of the series Mad Men,; 13 episodes of the seventh season of Weeds, a half-hour comedy for Showtime; 10 episodes of the fourth season of Nurse Jackie, a half-hour comedy for Showtime; 13 episodes of the third season of Blue Mountain State, a half-hour comedy for Spike TV; and eight episodes of the first season of Boss, a one-hour drama for Starz.
The Company is engaged in the development, acquisition, production and distribution of animation projects for full theatrical release, television and digital versatile disk (DVD) release. Its direct-to-video animated movies with Marvel include Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Invincible Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Hulk vs. Thor/ Wolverine, Planet Hulk and Thor, Tales of Asgard. Its music department oversees music for its theatrical and television slates, as well as the music needs of other areas within its company. Its publishing revenue derives from performance royalties generated by the theatrical exhibition of its films and the television broadcast of its productions. Music released for its theatrical slate includes overseeing songs, scores and soundtracks for all of its productions, co-productions and acquisitions. During fiscal 2012, through its label partner Universal Republic, it released the soundtrack The Hunger Games Songs from District 12 and Beyond. In addition, it released through Universal Republic the score album, The Hunger Games: Music from the Motion Picture, by composer James Newton Howard. During fiscal 2012, it released Music Videos And Performances From The Twilight Saga Soundtracks: Volume 1, a collection of music videos and live p erformances from bands featured on the soundtracks from the ! first thr! ee Twilight films. In November 2011, it also released the first single from The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 1, It Will Rain, by Bruno Mars. During fiscal 2012, it also released soundtracks to One For The Money (Lakeshore Records), Abduction (Epic Records), Warrior (Lakeshore Records), Conan The Barbarian 3D (Warner Brothers Records) and The Devil’s Double (Lakeshore Records).
Music released for the Company’s television slate includes overseeing songs, scores and soundtracks for all of its television productions. During fiscal 2012, it released Zou Bisou Bisou, a vinyl single and accompanying digital download derived from Jessica Pare’s (Megan Draper) on-screen performance in the first episode of season 5 of Mad Men. In addition, in collaboration with FEARnet.com, it released an original soundtrack forFriday the 13th and for Boss, which featured a collaboration of Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down between Robert Plant and Bosscomposer Brian Reitzell, y ielding the show’s evocative main title theme.
The Company distributes motion pictures directly to the United States movie theaters. It constructs release schedules taking into account moviegoer attendance patterns and competition from other studios’ scheduled theatrical releases. During fiscal 2012, Lionsgate released 14 motion pictures theatrically, which included films developed and produced in-house, films co-developed and co-produced and films acquired from third parties. During fiscal 2012, Summit released eight motion pictures theatrically, which included films developed and produced in-house, films co-developed and co-produced and films acquired from third parties. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Mandate Pictures LLC (Mandate Pictures), is a full-service production and financing company.
During fiscal 2012, Mandate Pictures’ financed and produced pictures released included 50/50, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and Young Adult. 50/50 was released by Summit in September 2011! . Young A! dult is written by Diablo Cody and released by Paramount Pictures in December 2011. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas was released by Warner Bros. Pictures in November 2011. During fiscal 2012, Mandate Pictures also financed and produced the Untitled Diablo Cody project starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter. As of March 31, 2011, Mandate Pictures’ production and development slate included a comedy written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (working title End Of The World). Mandate Pictures also maintains a partnership with Ghost House Pictures as a production label dedicated to the financing, development and production of films in the horror/thriller genre. Under this partnership, Mandate Pictures has produced 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Drag Me To Hell, 30 Days of Night, The Grudge I and II, The Messengers and Boogeyman.
The primary components of the Company’s international business are, on a territory by territ ory basis through third parties or directly through its international divisions: the licensing and sale of rights in all media of its in-house product; the licensing and sale of third party product on an agency basis; the licensing of rights in all media of the in-house Summit product on an output basis; the licensing and sale of in-house catalog product or libraries of acquired titles (such as those of Miramax, Artisan Entertainment and Modern Times Group), and direct distribution. The Company sells or licenses rights in all media on a territory by territory basis (other than the territories where Lionsgate and/or Summit self-distribute) of its in-house Lionsgate and Summit product, as well as titles from Mandate Pictures and Ghost House Pictures; its catalog product or libraries of acquired titles, and product produced by third parties, such as Alcon Entertainment, Vendome Pictures, River Road Entertainment, CBS Films, Relativity Media and other independent producers.
During fiscal 2012, the Company’s output deals f! or Summit! product covered nine territories, including new output deals for Australia/New Zealand, Spain, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe, as well as output deals in Canada, France, Germany/Austria, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom. It generates revenue through a sales agency business for third party product. Films sold by it include such in-house productions as What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Hope Springs and Now You See Me. Third party films sold by includes Beautiful Creatures and The Railway Man. During fiscal 2012, its sales had record-breaking international box office results with releases, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Immortals, and The Hunger Games.
The Company self-distributes motion pictures (excluding Summit releases) in the United Kingdom and Ireland through its subsidiary, Lions Gate UK Limited (Lionsgate UK). During fiscal 2012, Lionsgate UK’s theatrical slate included such titles, such as Warrior, A bduction, 50/50, Ralph Fiennes’ British Academy of Film and Television Arts Nominated directorial debut, Coriolanus, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, and The Hunger Games. In May 2011, Lionsgate UK announced that it was co-financing and co-producing a new contemporary sci-fi adventure project The Fallen, and in November 2011, the production of Keith Lemon: The Film, a comedy with Celebrity Juice’s host and international ladies’ man Keith Lemon. In November 2011, Lionsgate UK also announced a multi-year partnership with Icon Film Distribution for release of theatrical titles moving forward.
Home entertainment distribution includes distribution of product to the home entertainment market, including home video, DVD, Blu-ray, video-on-demand (VOD) and digital/electronic distribution. During fiscal 2011 calendar year, Blu-ray represented 19% of new released packaged media revenue from its theatrical releases. It distributes or sells its titles directly to merch andisers, such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Best Buy, Target and Cos! tco, and ! others who buy its DVDs and Blu-ray discs to sell directly to consumers. During 2012, sales to Wal-Mart accounted for approximately 38% of net home entertainment packaged media revenue. It also directly distributes its titles to the rental market through Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster and Rentrak. In addition to its theatrical releases each year, it also acquires and distributes approximately 70 titles annually that have commercial potential in video and ancillary markets, and approximately 50 digital only titles. It also distributes television product on video, including seasons one through five of Mad Men, seasons one through eight of Weeds, seasons one through four of Nurse Jackie, the first season of Boss, certain Saturday Night Live product in its library, seasons one through three of Blue Mountain State, the entire catalog of the comedy series Moonlighting, the entire catalog of the comedy series Will and Grace, the entire catalog of Little House on the Prairie and certa in Disney-ABC Domestic Television series. During fiscal 2012, it also released several direct-to-video titles, including two Tyler Perry titles, Tyler Perry’s Laugh to Keep from Crying and A Madea Christmas: The Play, and Set Up. Its fitness lineup includes series, such as Denise Austin, Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Loser and Dancing With The Stars, as well as titles from Billy Blanks Jr., and Jane Fonda. During fiscal 2012, it released on DVD the theatrical release of Madea’s Big Happy Family, as well as the direct-to-video releases Tyler Perry’s Laugh to Keep from Crying and A Madea Christmas: The Play. Its domestic family entertainment division is a distributor of children’s product.
The Company syndicates television programming through its subsidiary, Debmar-Mercury. In fiscal 2012, Debmar-Mercury distributed approximately 1,100 hours and produced approximately 550 episodes of television programming. In fiscal 2013, Debmar-Mercury intends to distribute app roximately 1,200 hours and produce approximately 550 episode! s of tele! vision programming. Debmar-Mercury produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show, distributes the ITV Studios America produced The Jeremy Kyle Show, distributes Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and its spinoff, Meet the Browns, and Revolution Studios’ produced Are We There Yet, which will air simultaneously in broadcast syndication and on TBS starting in the fall of 2012. Debmar-Mercury also distributes the strips Hell’s Kitchen, South Park, True Hollywood Story and Family Feud, which has had first run syndication and has been sold to various television stations through the fall of 2015. Debmar-Mercury continues to distribute a movie library featuring Lionsgate titles, as well as those from Revolution Studios. In July 2011, Debmar-Mercury announced that the first eight seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, produced by ITV Studios America, will be exclusively available on the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning immediately, while current episodes from season nine and a rotating sele ction of library episodes will also be available on the free, ad-supported Hulu service. In April 2011, Debmar-Mercury announced that TBS ordered ten episodes of the new series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, a sitcom based on Tyler Perry’s hit film Why Did I Get Married?. The series launched in November 2011. In February 2012, Debmar-Mercury received an order from TBS for an additional 35 episodes of the new series. Overall, 439 episodes of Debmar-Mercury’s syndicated sitcoms with Tyler Perry have been ordered to-date.
In July 2011, the Company announced that FX had ordered Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management. It has more than 1,000 titles in active distribution in the domestic cable, free and pay television markets. Pay television rights include rights granted to cable, direct broadcast satellite and other services paid for by subscribers. It sells its library titles and new product to major cable channels, such as pay networks, including EPIX, HBO, Starz and Showtime, as well as basic cable channels, including USA Net! work, FX,! Turner Networks, BET, ABC Family, SyFy, Lifetime, MTV, Comedy Central, Spike, AMC Networks, OWN, Reelz, Telemundo and Telefutura. It also directly distributes pay-per-view and VOD to cable, satellite and Internet providers, such as Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications, through iN Demand, Charter Communications, AT&T Uverse and Verizon FIOS through Avail-TVN, Cablevision, DirecTV and DISH Network. During fiscal 2012, it completed multi-year licensing agreements with Starz (for greater than 500 titles) and Showtime (for greater than 250 titles). In addition, it continues to distribute its library of motion picture titles and television episodes and programs through EPIX, its joint venture with Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM.
The Company delivers content through a range of digital media platforms. It distributes first run theatrical films, television series, its movie library, third party product and product not available on DVD to distribution outlets, i ncluding iTunes, Amazon, Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s Playstation Network, Netflix, Best Buy/CinemaNow, Hulu, YouTube, and Wal-Mart/Vudu. Through its partnership with EPIX, it offers product through the Internet and to multiple devices for consumption anytime/anywhere by EPIX subscribers. EPIX has subscription pay television rights to new releases and movies from the libraries of its partners and makes these movies available to Netflix 90 days after their premium pay television and subscription on demand debuts. In addition, its licensing relationship with Netflix continues. In April 2011, it announced a multiyear syndication deal with Netflix pursuant to which it licensed the first four seasons of Mad Men to be watched instantly by Netflix members beginning July 2011, with additional seasons being added annually after they air on their respective seasons on the AMC network.
The Company operates FEARnet, a branded multiplatform programming and content service provi der of horror genre films, in connection with partners Comca! st and So! ny, and owns an interest in Break Media, a viral marketing company that creates new opportunities for showcasing the feature films and television programming. In addition, it has partnered with YouTube to create branded Lionsgate channels, which enable the Company to post full length films and television episodes and to post promotional scenes from its film and television libraries. In addition to sharing advertising revenue from the channel, a banner on the page leads to its online shop, where the films and shows highlighted in the promotional scenes are available for purchase as DVDs or Blu-ray discs in digital form.
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Jae C. Hong/APA Samsung 110-inch 4k Ultra HD TV on display at the Samsung booth during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. LAS VEGAS — After attempts to hawk 3-D and OLED TVs fizzled in recent years, television manufacturers are taking small steps toward making a new technology, Ultra HD, more viable for mainstream consumers. It’s the first TV format to be driven by the Internet video-streaming phenomenon, and at the International CES gadget show this week, major streaming players Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Amazon.com (AMZN) said they’ll offer movies and TV shows in the format, and Sharp introduced a relatively inexpensive TV with near-Ultra HD quality. The moves are meant to coax consumers to pedal faster on their TV upgrade cycles. At the moment, most Americans buy new TVs about once every seven years. TV manufacturers would love to create another wave of buying like the one that sent millions of people to stores a few years ago to upgrade from standard definition, tube TVs to flat-screen HD models. Unlike the 3-D TV trend, which quickly eroded into a tech fad in recent years, analysts say Ultra HD may actually catch on. With screens that house four times more pixels than regular HD TVs, Ultra HD is a simple enough upgrade to gain widespread adoption in the next few years. Aside from being visually jarring, 3-D required sometimes pricey special glasses and gave some people headaches. Because Ultra HD content can be delivered over a standard high-speed Internet connection, it isn’t likely to get bogged down in a format war that plagued the Blu-ray disc standard. “You see it, you get it. It’s a big, awesome picture,” said Ben Arnold, a consumer electronics analyst at NPD Group. “Consumers will be interested in it as prices come down. Consumers are also moving toward bigger screens. All of this is good news for [Ultra HD].” In side-by-side comparisons, Ultra HD is remarkably crisper than HD. It displays richer skin textures, f