Shares of Transocean (RIG) are getting hit today but not nearly as hard as other offshore drillers, including Ensco (ESV), Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Noble (NE). The reason: Transocean announced the results of a tender offer to buy back debt. RBC’sKurt Hallead andBenjamin Owens explain:
Transocean’s Sedco 714 offshore platform in dry dock Bloomberg News
: RIG announced it has received valid tender offers from investors to repurchase ~$943mn of face value debt for $845mn, or a 90% weighted average discount. We view the move as a positive as it enhances the company’s liquidity and flexibility…
Nearer-term debt maturities look manageable:Transocean has ~$2.8bn in debt maturing between now and YE18: $1bn in 2016, $0.6bn in 2017, and $1.2bn in 2018…
Top 5 Semiconductor Companies To Watch For 2016: American Tower Corporation (REIT)(AMT)
American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The firm engages in leasing of space on multi-tenant communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data and data providers, government agencies and municipalities and tenants in a number of other industries. American Tower Corporation was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.
- [By Matthew Smith]
The two names which come to mind as potential buyers are American Tower (AMT) and Crown Castle International (CCI) as the assets would be natural for them to purchase. It would be a large transaction though which would be about 1/6th the current market cap of American Tower and 1/4th the size of Crown Castle’s market cap. Another possible buyer could be a hedge fund, and although there are few names out there specializing in this industry, at the end of the day it is a real estate game and all about the leverage and cash flows. Readers should watch this story because if AT&T does in fact sell its towers, it might be set to make a move on the chess board.
- [By Michael Flannelly]
Before the bell on Monday, analysts at Nomura Securities upgraded telecommunication tower site operator American Tower Corp (AMT) due to an industry wide upgrade of telecom tower operators, including the non-dividend paying companies SAB Comm (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).
The analysts upgraded AMT from “Neutral” to “Buy” and now see shares reaching $90, up from the previous price target of $85. This new price target suggests a 22% upside to the stock’s Friday closing price of $73.71.
“Tower industry revenue grew over 20% in 1H13, helped by strong carrier network spending and tower acquisitions,” Nomura analyst Adam Ilkowitz noted. “On an organic basis, we believe site rental revenue growth of ~11% for the tower operators is a sign of the health of the U.S. wireless industry and elevated capital spending. After 30% portfolio growth in 2012 across the three tower operators, profitability is recovering from diluted levels. Despite a still-tepid global economy, carriers are investing in their networks to respond to consumer demands and traffic growth. With our positive outlook and upwardly revised estimates, we are increasing our target prices for AMT and SBAC both from $85 to $90 and raising AMT to a Buy. We are raising our 2014 AFFO estimates for all three operators given strong activity levels and announced acquisitions.”
Furthermore, the analysts at Nomura lowered AMT’s fiscal 2013 adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) estimates from $3.69 to $3.65, but raised its fiscal 2014 AFFO estimates from $4.25 to $4.50.
American Tower Corp shares were inactive during pre-market trading on Monday. The stock is up 22.83% year-to-date.
Top 5 Semiconductor Companies To Watch For 2016: Lands' End, Inc.(LE)
Lands’ End, Inc. (Lands’ End), incorporated on August 19, 1986, is a multi-channel retailer of casual clothing, accessories and footwear, as well as home products. The Company operates through two segments: Direct and Retail. The Company offers products through catalogs, online at www.landsend.com.
The Direct segment sells products through the Company’s e-commerce Websites, international Websites and direct mail catalogs. The Retail segment sells products and services through Lands’ End Shops at Sears across the United States, the Company’s standalone Lands’ End Inlet stores and international shop-in-shops. The Company’s retail properties consist of approximately 227 Lands’ End Shops at Sears, which averages approximately 7,700 square feet, 14 Lands’ End Inlet stores, which averages approximately 9,300 square feet, and over five shop-in-shops in the United Kingdom.
The Company’s product categories include Apparel and Non-apparel. The Non-apparel c ategory offers accessories, footwear and home goods. The Company provides embroidery, monogramming, gift wrapping, shipping and other services. It offers products for men, women and kids. It offers swimsuits, knit tops and tees, shirts and blouses, sweaters, pants, jeans, shorts, dresses, skirts, activewear, coats, sleepwear, shoes, accessories and bags for women. It offers dress shirts, casual shirts, polo shirts, knit tops and tees, shoes, bags, sweaters, swimwear and accessories for men. It offers swimsuits, tops, blazers and jackets, outerwear, and pants and leggings for kids. In addition, the Company offers sheets and pillowcases, duvet covers and comforters, blankets and throws, mattress pads, towels, rugs and mats, school uniforms and shower curtains.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Lands’ End, Inc. (NASDAQ: LE) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $293.24 million.
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10 Best Chemical Stocks To Watch For 2016: East West Bancorp Inc.(EWBC)
East West Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for East West Bank, which provides a range of personal and commercial banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, business executives, professionals, and other individuals in California. It offers various deposit products, including personal and business checking and savings accounts, time deposits and individual retirement accounts, travelers? checks, safe deposit boxes, and MasterCard and Visa merchant deposit services. The company?s lending activities include commercial, multifamily residential real estate, trade finance, accounts receivable, small business administration, inventory, and working capital loans, as well as commercial real estate, construction, and single-family residential real estate loans. In addition, it provides financing to facilitate its clients? business transactions between Asia and the United States. Further, the company, through its other subsidiary, East West Insurance Servic es , Inc., offers business and consumer insurance services to the southern California market. As of October 19, 2011, it operated through a network of 130 locations worldwide. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The twenty stocks in Worth’s basket are: Ameriprise Financial (AMP) Bank of America, Banner (BANR), Citigroup, Citizens Financial Group (CFG), East West Bancorp (EWBC), First NBC Bank Holding (FNBC), HFF (HF), KeyCorp(KEY), Legacy Texas Financial Group (LTXB), Lincoln National (LNC), Morgan Stanley, Old National Bancorp (ONB), PacWest Bancorp (PACW), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), Principal Financial Group (PFG), Stifel Financial (SF), SVB Financial Group (SIVB), TCF Financial (TCB), and Wells Fargo.
Top 5 Semiconductor Companies To Watch For 2016: Costco Wholesale Corporation(COST)
Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities. The company’s product categories include candy, snack foods, tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, toys, seasonal items, and automotive supplies; dry and institutionally packaged foods; apparel, domestics, jewelry, house wares, media, home furnishings, cameras, and small appliances; meat, bakery, deli, and produce; and gas stations, pharmacy, food court, optical, one-hour photo, hearing aid, and travel. It also provides business and gold star (individual) membership services. As of April 26, 2011, the company operated 581 warehouses, including 425 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 80 in Canada, 22 in the Uni ted Kingdom, 7 in Korea, 6 in Taiwan, 8 in Japan, 1 in Australia, and 32 in Mexico. It also has Costco Online, an electronic commerce Web site, at costco.com in the United States and at costco.ca in Canada. The company was formerly known as Costco Companies, Inc. and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in August 1999. Costco Wholesale Corporation was founded in 1976 and is based in Issaquah, Washington.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $27.09 billion.
Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES) is estimated to post a quarterly loss at $0.19 per share on revenue of $464.37 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Analysts are expecting Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) to have earned $1.22 per share on revenue of $27.09 billion in the latest quarter. Costco shares gained 0.27 percent to $142.95 in after-hours trading.
Top 5 Semiconductor Companies To Watch For 2016: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS(TKC)
Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. engages in establishing and operating a global system for mobile communications network in Turkey. It provides mobile voice, and Internet services over its mobile communications network; voice services, which include wireless telephone services on a prepaid and postpaid basis; mobile Internet and 3G services; consumer services; Telco services; TV and video services; music services; infotainment services; social community and other services; and mobile financial services The company also offers Turkcell enablers and platforms; corporate (B2B); corporate telco; authentication; location based; mobile marketing; machine-to-machine communications; and international roaming services. In addition, it provides Mobile Signature, a GSM service that enables customers to sign electronic documents and transactions with a legally-accepted digital signature using GSM SIM cards; and Mobile Billboard, which enables brands to reach their targeted customers . As of December 31, 2010, the company had approximately 23.3 million prepaid subscribers and 10.1 million postpaid subscribers. It sells its products and services through its distribution network consists of distributors, Turkcell distribution centers, corporate solution centers, non exclusive dealers, Turkcell communication centers, Turkcell stores, and consumer electronic Chains, as well as points of sale for prepaid airtime, including ATMs, POS, Web, call centers, supermarkets, and kiosks. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS is a subsidiary of Turkcell Holding A.S.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.08 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (ADR) (NYSE: TKC), down 2 percent, and Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE: VIV), down 2.5 percent.