Ford’s Joe Hinrichs presented the EcoSport SUV at last year’s Auto China show. The EcoSport, one of several Ford SUVs set to debut in China, will arrive at Ford’s Chinese dealers later this spring. Photo credit: Ford Motor Company
Analysts were surprised a few years back when the scale of Ford’s (NYSE: F ) ambitious plans for China first became clear.
For a while, the Blue Oval’s plans to spend almost $5 billion on new factories and roll out 15 new models by 2015 seemed… not far-fetched, exactly, but more than ambitious. Audacious, maybe.
Preoccupied with its problems at home, the Blue Oval had stood by while global archrivals General Motors (NYSE: GM ) and Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY ) carved out commanding positions in the Chinese market over the last decade, with Toyota (NYSE: TM ) not far behind.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: USA Technologies Inc.(USAT)
USA Technologies, Inc. supplies cashless, remote management, reporting, and energy management solutions for the unattended point of sale market primarily in the United States. The company offers networked devices and associated services that enable the owners and operators of stand-alone distributed assets, such as vending machines, kiosks, personal computers, photocopiers, and laundry equipment the ability to remotely monitor, control, and report on the results of these distributed assets, as well as the ability to offer their customers cashless payment options. Its products include Intelligent Vending, an ePort connect solution for the vending industry; Kiosk, an ePort solution that offers an electronic payment option and Web-based remote monitoring and management for various kiosk types; eSuds, a solution for the commercial laundry industry; Business Express, which provides self-service business center solutions to the hotel and motel industry; and ePort Transact soluti on for the self-service business center devices, such as printers and copy machines. The company also manufactures and sells energy conservation products comprising VendingMiser, CoolerMiser, VM2IQ and CM2IQ, SnackMiser, and PlugMiser for various existing equipment, including refrigerated vending machines and glass front coolers. USA Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
- [By Monica Gerson]
USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) is projected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $10.63 million.
P&F Industries (NASDAQ: PFIN) is expected to report its quarterly results.
- [By Monica Gerson]
USA Technologies (NASDAQ: USAT) is estimated to report its Q4 earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $9.89 million.
Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) is projected to post a Q4 loss at $1.71 per share on revenue of $117.82 million.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Clean Harbors Inc. (CLH)
Clean Harbors, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides environmental, energy, and industrial services. Its Technical Services segment offers hazardous material management services, including the packaging, collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste; and CleanPack services comprising the collection, identification, categorization, specialized packaging, transportation, and disposal of laboratory chemicals and household hazardous wastes. The company?s Field Services segment offers various environmental cleanup services on customer sites or other locations on a scheduled or emergency response basis, including tank cleaning, decontamination, remediation, spill cleanup; used oil and oil products recycling; polychlorinated biphenyls management and disposal; and filtration and water treatment services. The company?s Industrial Services segment offers industrial and specialty services, such as high-pressure and chemical cleaning, cata lyst handling, decoking, material processing, and industrial lodging services to refineries, chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, and other industrial facilities. The company?s Exploration Services segment provides exploration services, such as geospatial data imaging, line clearing, heli-portable and track drilling, seismic surveying, and land development; and directional boring services, including installing pipeline, fiber optic, cable, gas, and water and sewer lines to the oil and gas exploration and production, and power generation companies, as well as municipalities. Clean Harbors, Inc. has approximately 175 locations, including 50 waste management facilities. The company operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, China, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. It serves Fortune 500 companies and private entities, as well as federal, state, provincial, and governmental agencies. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in N orwell, Massachusetts.
- [By Damian Illia]
Furthermore, the company has a wide economic moat largely stemming from three factors: its efficient scale, its high switching costs and its intangible assets. Of the 20 commercial hazardous-waste landfills operational in the U.S., the majority are run by US Ecology and its main competitors Waste Management Inc. (WM), and Clean Harbors Inc. (CLH). With barriers to entry stemming from regulatory permits, and a limited market size, ECOL has managed to achieve an efficient scale in the market with five hazardous waste-sides. The company’s intangible assets consist of long-term regulatory permits, which enable US Ecology to posses a “gatekeeper privilege” regarding barriers to new entrants. In addition, customer switching costs are high, thus further adding to the firm’s ability to sustain growth in the long term.
- [By Marc Courtenay]
ATW, which next reports earnings on May 1st, has a market cap of only $3.32 billion, which is bite-size for a XOM or a GE. Another one-swallow menu item for these behemoth acquirers is a company like Clean Harbors, Inc. (CLH), which steps into the earnings confessional on April 29th.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Websense Inc. (WBSN)
Websense, Inc. provides unified Web, data, and email content security solutions to protect data and users from cyber-threats, information leaks, legal liability, and productivity loss. The company?s Web security solutions include Web Filter that enables employers to proactively analyze, report, and manage employee access to Web sites; Web Security, which enables organizations to manage, as well as block access to sites associated with spyware, phishing, keylogging, and other threats; Web Security Gateway, a network-based Web security solution; and Web Security Gateway Anywhere, and data loss prevention technology and hybrid deployment options to protect against data leaks via the Web, and allow IT administrators to create unified policies throughout the organization, as well as offers V-Series Appliances as standard server hardware platforms optimized for its software products. Its Data Security solutions include Data Security Suite, Data Discover, Data Monitor, Data Prote ct, and Data Endpoint to protect against the loss of confidential information and data due to internal threats, such as inadequate business process controls, employee error and malfeasance, and theft, including undetected malicious code embedded in the networks. The company?s email security technologies include Hosted Email Security and Email Security to provide protection from spam and email-borne viruses, as well as basic inbound and outbound content filtering. In addition, it offers TRITON Enterprise solutions that provide Web, data, and email security across the enterprise; and technical support and professional services. The company offers its products and services to public sector entities, enterprise customers, small and medium sized businesses, and Internet service providers through a network of value-added resellers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Websense, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
- [By Rich Duprey]
Websense (NASDAQ: WBSN ) shareholders have until June 25 to decide on a $24.75-a-share acquisition offer by Vista Equity Partners.
The board of cyber attack security specialist Websense has agreed to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners in the $903 million deal announced earlier this month. This morning, the companies announced that the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Websense common stock has begun.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Credit Acceptance Corporation(CACC)
Credit Acceptance Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides auto loans, and related products and services to consumers in the United States. Its loan programs include portfolio program, which advances money to dealer-partners in exchange for the right to service the underlying consumer loans; and purchase program that buys the consumer loans from the dealer-partners and keeps amounts collected from the consumers. The company markets its products through a network of approximately 55,000 independent and franchised automobile dealers. Credit Acceptance Corporation was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan.
- [By Eric Volkman]
Credit Acceptance (NASDAQ: CACC ) will see big blocks of its shares change hands over the next few days. The company has specified the pricing of a previously announced underwritten public secondary stock common offering of $105.00 per share. Trusts associated with the firm’s founder Donald Foss, in combination with Karol Foss and people and entities connected with Prescott General Partners, aim to sell a combined 1.5 million of their shares. Additionally, the underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy up to an extra 225,000 shares.
- [By Richard Moroney]
Credit Acceptance (CACC) provides financing for auto purchases through a national network of nearly 4,500 car dealers. Its programs help dealers sell cars by attracting credit-challenged consumers unable to get conventional loans.
Top 5 Healthcare Equipment Companies To Invest In Right Now: Monro Muffler Brake Inc.(MNRO)
Monro Muffler Brake, Inc. provides automotive undercar repair and tire services. The company offers a range of services on passenger cars, light trucks, and vans for brakes; mufflers and exhaust systems; and steering, drive train, suspension, and wheel alignment. It also provides other products and services, including tires and routine maintenance services, including state inspections. The company?s maintenance services include oil change, heating and cooling system flush and fill service, belt installation, fuel system service, and a transmission flush and fill service. In addition, it replaces and services batteries, starters, and alternators, as well as offers air conditioning services. As of June 25, 2011, the company had 802 company-operated stores and 3 franchised locations. It operates stores primarily under the Monro Muffler Brake & Service, Tread Quarters Discount Tire, Mr. Tire, Autotire Car Care Center, and Tire Warehouse names in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, C onnecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maine, Illinois, and Missouri. Monro Muffler Brake, Inc. was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.
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Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) is a popular name in the DIFM & Services segment, while Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack (PBY) is a hybrid of DIFM-DIY. The present perspective seems bright for such aftermarket service providers. However, these two are entirely different from aftermarket retailers such as Advance Auto Parts (AAP). Let us take a look at the present aftermarket scenario and its prospects.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Monro Muffler Brake (Nasdaq: MNRO ) reported earnings on May 21. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 30 (Q4), Monro Muffler Brake beat expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
- [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 Monro Muffler Brake (Nasdaq: MNRO ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.