Top 5 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2014

Having to deal with paying both federal and state income taxes is bad enough. But when you’re retired and living on a fixed income, having to pay taxes on your Social Security and pension benefits is almost an insult.

The vast majority of states give retirees a break when it comes to their taxes, exempting much or all of their Social Security and pension income. But according to figures from Wolters Kluwer and CCH as well as the Retirement Living Information Center, a small number of states give retirees much more limited tax breaks on their retirement income, generally taxing both Social Security and pension income. Let’s look at six states that hit retirees hard at tax time.

6. North Dakota
North Dakota has generally low tax rates, ranging from 1.51% at the lowest bracket to a maximum of 3.99%. With relatively low sales tax rates of 5% and an average property tax liability of about $1,025 per person, North Dakota’s taxation of retirement income adds only marginally to a reasonable tax burden for retirees. Retirees may also be eligible for a homestead credit against property taxes. Moreover, with energy companies Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR  ) , Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYSE: KOG  ) , and Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL  ) cashing in on Bakken riches, they’ll be sending more tax revenue into state coffers, potentially allowing the government to give retirees further breaks in the future.

Top 5 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2014: iRobot Corp (IRBT)

iRobot Corporation (iRobot), incorporated in August 1990, designs and builds robots. The Company’s home care robots perform time-consuming domestic chores while its government and industrial robots perform tasks, such as battlefield reconnaissance and bomb disposal, multi-purpose tasks for local police and first responders, and long-endurance oceanic missions. It sells its robots to consumers through a range of distribution channels, including chain stores and other national retailers, and through its on-line store, and to the United States military and other government agencies globally. It designs and builds robots for the consumer and government and industrial markets. It sells its products through distinct sales channels to the consumer and government and industrial markets. In the United States and Canada, it sells its consumer products through a network of national retailers. As of December 31, 2011, this network consisted of more than 30 retailers, which often sel l either one or some combination of its products. Its smaller domestic retail operations are supported by distributors to whom it sells product directly. It sells its government and industrial products directly to end users and indirectly through prime contractors and distributors. During the year ended December 31, 2011, sales to non-the United States customers accounted for 45.5% of total revenue.

Consumer Products

The Company sells various products, which are designed for use in and around the home. Its consumer products are focused on both indoor and outdoor cleaning applications. It offers multiple Roomba floor vacuuming robots and Scooba floor washing robots. Its Roomba robot’s compact disc shape allows it to clean under beds and other furniture, resulting in cleaner floors. In addition, it cleans automatically upon the push of a button. Its Scooba robot’s cleaning process allows the robot to simultaneously sweep, wash, scrub and dry hard floors, all at the touch of a button. Its Verro Pool Cleani! ng Robot is used to clean a residential pool and removes debris as small as two microns from the pool floor, walls and stairs. Verro is brought to market under the iRobot brand through a relationship with the Aqua Products Group companies, including AquaJet LLC and Aquatron, Inc., which developed the pool cleaning robots.

The Company’s Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot cleans an entire stretch of gutter. The Looj also features a detachable handle that doubles as a wireless remote control, providing control of the robot while cleaning.

Government and Industrial Products

In government and industrial product markets, the Company offers both ground and maritime unmanned vehicles. Its tactical ground robots include the combat-tested 510 PackBot line of small, unmanned ground robots, the 310 small unmanned ground vehicle (SUGV) and XM1216 SUGV (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle) multi-purpose ground robots, the 110 FirstLook small, light, throwable robot, and the 710 Warrior multi-purpose robot capable of carrying heavy payloads. The PackBot, SUGV, FirstLook, and Warrior robot series make up a family of robots using many common platform components and offer its flipper technology, which enables robots to climb stairs, navigate rubble, and penetrate inaccessible areas. These robots keep war fighters and public safety officials out of harm’s way and are designed for performing search, reconnaissance, mapping, bomb disposal and other dangerous missions. As of December 31, 2011, more than 4,500 robots had been delivered to military and civil defense forces globally. Its Aware 2 software is incorporated into the 510 PackBot chassis and operator control unit. As a result, PackBot can support multiple configurations and payloads with the same chassis and operator control unit, providing customers with a single robot capable of performing multiple missions.

Contract Research and Development Projects

< p>The Company is involved in several contract development pr! ojects wi! th the United States governmental agencies and departments. The durations of these projects range from a few months to several years. These projects are usually funded as either cost-plus, firm fixed price, or time and materials contracts. In a cost-plus contract, it is allowed to recover its actual costs plus a fixed fee. Under a firm fixed price contract, it receives a fixed amount upon satisfying contractually defined deliverables. On its time and materials contracts, it recovers a specific amount per hour worked based on a bill rate schedule, plus the cost of direct materials, subcontracts, and other non-labor costs, including an agreed-upon mark-up.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wallace Witkowski]

    Shares of iRobot Corp. (IRBT)  rose 2.4% to $43.84 on light volume after the maker of home and defense robots said it planned to buy back up to $50 million in shares before May 2015.

  • [By Susan J. Aluise]

    ISRG is considered expensive by several value metrics, including a price/earnings-to-growth ratio of well more than 3, but the expectations for growth are warranted. Intuitive Surgical’s place among top robotics healthcare stocks is all but cemented right now.

    Robotics Stocks to Buy: iRobot (IRBT)

    The first thing you notice about iRobot (IRBT) — the name is pretty cool. The second thing you notice is its significant track record in the robotics business. Over the past 24 years, iRobot has carved out a strong presence delivering robotics to homes, in defense and security, and other applications.

  • [By MONEYMORNING.COM]

    We have an 85% gain in iRobot Inc. (Nasdaq: IRBT), which we recommended as an intellectual property play back in May 2012.

    And last June, we followed up by recommending Yaskawa Electrical Corp. (OTC: YASKY), Japan’s No. 2 maker of robotic technology. That stock is up 17%… so far.

Top 5 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2014: Auxilio Inc (AUXO)

Auxilio, Inc. (Auxilio), incorporated on August 29, 1995, is engaged in the business of providing fully outsourced print management services to the healthcare industry. The Company is engaged in the business of providing fully-outsourced managed print services to the healthcare industry, working exclusively with hospitals throughout the United States. It provides solutions, a program and savings. It helps hospitals and health systems reduce expenses and create manageable, dependable document image management programs by managing their back-office processes. The process is initiated through a detailed assessment. The assessment is a strategic, operational and financial analysis that is performed at the customer’s premises using a combination of processes and technology for data collection and report generation. The Company’s customers include hospitals and integrated health delivery networks (IDN). Its subsidiaries include Auxilio Solutions, Inc. and e-Perception Techno logies, Inc.

The Company helps hospitals and health systems to create image management programs by managing their back-office processes. The process is initiated through a detailed Image Management Assessment (IMA). The IMA is a strategic, operational and financial analysis that is performed at the customer’s premises using a combination of processes and Web-based technology for data collection and report generation. After the assessment and upon engagement, it charged the customer on a per print basis.

The Company competes with Xerox, Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Sharp.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By CRWE]

    Today, AUXO surged (+3.26%) up +0.030 at $.950 with 200 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 9:30AM EDT August 23, 2013).

    AUXILIO, Inc. previously reported financial results for its quarter ended June 30, 2013.

    For the three months ended June 30, 2013, AUXILIO reported that recurring service revenues increased by $1.4 million from new contracts closed between May 2012 and April 2013; however revenues were $9.8 million, a decrease of 8% when compared to revenues of $10.7 million in the same period of 2012, due to a drop in equipment revenue. Equipment sales were $800,000 as compared to $3.1 million for the same period in 2012. Cost of revenues were $8.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to $9.3 million for the same period in 2012. This drop was due to the drop in equipment sales offset by additional staffing and service costs from the higher recurring service revenue. Gross profit for the second quarter of 2013 was $1.6 million, or 17% of sales, compared to $1.4 million, or 13% of sales, for the same period of 2012. This improvement is a direct result of the large growth in new facilities that we added in 2012 coupled with the reduction in costs as AUXI LIO’s program matures within these new accounts.

Top 5 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2014: Radiant Creations Group Inc (RCGP)

Radiant Creations Group, Inc., formerly Nova Mining Corporation, incorporated on December 29, 2005, is an exploration-stage Company. The Company’s principal business is the acquisition and exploration of mineral resources.

As of February 28, 2013, the Company has not determined whether its mineral claims contain reserves that are economically recoverable. During the fiscal 2013, the Company had not generated any revenue.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    What’s the Catch With Axxess Pharma Inc? According to various disclosures, transactions of $2.5k, $3k, $4k, $14k, $25k, $50k and $85k have or will occur to mention Axxess Pharma Inc in various investment newsletters plus the company has been busy announcing new deals. Last Wednesday, Axxess Pharma Inc announced it had signed term sheet from TCA Global Credit Masters Fund to secure a $4 million revolving line of credit which was expected to close within 14 days pending final due diligence. The press release stated the revolving line of credit would enable Axxess Pharma to “generate significant revenue in the near-term with high gross profit margins” plus the deal was expected to be the beginning of a long-term long-term partnership between the two companies. Last Monday, Axxess Pharma Inc also announced an exclusive agreement providing them the world-wide exclusive rights to develop, market and sell a line of pain relief and muscle recovery products, as we ll as develop and market a vitamins and minerals line under the TapouT brand name; while back in September, the company announced an agreement for the acquisition of the assets of Revive Bioscience Inc. – a leading Canadian OTC healthcare company. However, a quick look at both Google Finance and Yahoo! Finance reveals no financials for Axxess Pharma Inc – meaning its investor beware.

    Radiant Creations Group Inc (OTCBB: RCGP) Is Launching Its Direct to Consumer Sales Model

    Small cap Radiant Creations Group Inc says it has achieved exciting breakthroughs creating remarkable products in skin protection and hydration, anti-aging, liver health and weight balance by combining DNA technologies developed in the Western World and naturally acting traditional Chinese medicine ingredients believed to be never before used in western culture by any bioscience company. On Friday, Radiant Creations Group Inc fell 9.1% to $0.20 for a market cap of $6 million plus RCGP is up 53.85 ov

Top 5 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2014: Biglari Holdings Inc (BH)

Biglari Holdings Inc. is a holding company engaged in a range of diverse business activities. The Company, along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in investment management and the franchising/operating of restaurants. The Company’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Steak n Shake Operations, Inc. (Steak n Shake), Western Sizzlin Corporation (Western) and Biglari Capital Corp. (Biglari Capital). Biglari Holdings, as a capital allocating vehicle, is also in the business of owning other businesses in whole and in part. In February 2014, Biglari Holdings Inc and Alpha Media Group announced that the wholly owned subsidiary of Biglari Holdings has acquired MAXIM.

On April 30, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Biglari Capital Corp. (Biglari Capital). On March 30, 2010, the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Grill Acquisition Corporation, completed the acquisition of Western.

Steak n Shake

The Company is engaged in t he ownership, operation, and franchising of Steak n Shake restaurants. Steak n Shake is a American brand serving burgers and milk shakes. Steak n Shake offers its patrons full-service dining with counter and dining room seating, as well as drive-thru and carry-out service. During the fiscal year ended September 29, 2010 (fiscal 2010), counter and dining room sales represented approximately 60% of the sales mix, while sales for off-premises dining represent approximately 40% of the sales mix.

Western Sizzlin

The Company is engaged in the franchising of restaurants. Western Sizzlin offers full service dining of signature steak dishes, as well as other classic American menu items. Western Sizzlin also operates other concepts, Great American Steak & Buffet, and Wood Grill Buffet consisting of hot and cold food buffet style dining.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Cracker Barrel have gained 0.9% to $113.29 and Biglari Holdings (BH), Sandar Biglari’s holding company, has fallen 0.4% to $516.96, on a day when DineEquity has advanced 1% to $85.03, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) has risen 0.5% to $76.64 and Denny’s (DENN) is up 0.7% at $7.45.

  • [By Michael Lewis]

    Buffett-inspired Biglari Holdings (NYSE: BH  ) is not nearly as followed as its model business, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B  ) , but investors in the latter would be wise to keep an eye on the moves of this restaurant-focused holdings company.

Top 5 Cheapest Companies To Own For 2014: Texas Roadhouse Inc.(TXRH)

Texas Roadhouse, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates a full-service casual dining restaurant chain. It operates restaurants under the Texas Roadhouse and Aspen Creek names. The company also provides supervisory and administrative services for other license and franchise restaurants. As of December 27, 2011, it owned and operated 294 restaurants; and franchised and licensed an additional 72 restaurants in 47 states in the United States, and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Peter Saleh of Telsey Advisory Group assumes that Darden sells or spins off Red Lobster in the next three to six months. “At that point, the activists will have failed to break the company up, and will sell the stock.” In that event, then, investors might flee to an alternative like, say, Texas Roadhouse (TXRH), which trades at 20 times forward earnings, with estimated long-term earnings growth of 13.2%, versus Darden’s 18 times earnings and 9% earnings growth. Saleh thinks Darden is worth $45, somewhat less than today’s price, given “execution risk in spinning out Red Lobster.”

  • [By Marc Bastow]

    Full service restaurant group Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) raised its quarterly dividend 25% to 15 cents per share, payable April 4 to shareholders of record as of March 19.
    TRXH Dividend Yield: 2.25%