Shares of American Express (AXP) opened up 3% this morning after reporting a big earnings beat but have since given back a big chunk of those gains. Credit Suisse analyst Moshe Orenbuch and Serena Hong explain why its earnings weren’t necessarily as good as they looked:
American Expressreported 1Q16 EPS of $1.45 ($1.50 excluding restructuring charge), beating our forecast of $1.27 and consensus estimates of $1.33…
Billed business growth accelerated on an FX adjusted basis, we believe, as a result of the extra day in the quarter as well as faster new account growth since mid-2015. However, the company indicated that a significant percentage of the ~2 million excess new accounts were converted Costco cardmembers who could switch to the Citi Costco card which carries higher rewards when those cards are mailed in June.
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Invest In 2016: Astro-Med, Inc.(ALOT)
AstroNova, Inc., formerly Astro-Med, Inc., incorporated on January 9, 1969, designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a range of specialty printers, and data acquisition and analysis systems. The Company operates through two segments: QuickLabel and Test & Measurement (T&M). The Company sells specialty printing systems, and test and measurement systems under the brand names, including QuickLabel. The Company offers both hardware and software, which incorporate technologies in order to acquire, store, analyze and present data in multiple formats. The Company serves markets, such as aerospace, apparel, automotive, avionics, chemicals, computer peripherals, communications, distribution, food and beverage, general manufacturing, packaging and transportation. The Company’s products are distributed through its sales teams and authorized dealers in the United States. The Company sells to customers outside of the United States through its branch offices in Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as with independent dealers and representatives.
The Company’s QuickLabel segment offers product identification and label printer hardware, software, servicing contracts and consumable products. The products sold under the QuickLabel brand include digital color label printers and specialty original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printing systems, as well as a line of consumables, including labels, tags, inks, toner and thermal transfer ribbon. In addition, QuickLabel sells special software used to design labels and other identification marks for a range of applications especially in the field of packaging. QuickLabel provides training and support through trained service technicians. The products sold under the QuickLabel brand are used in industrial and commercial product packaging and automatic identification applications to digitally print custom labels and other visual identification marks. In the aerospace market, the Com pany provides airborne printers.
In the color l! abel market, QuickLabel offers a range of entry-level, mid-range and high-performance digital label printers. QuickLabel products are sold to manufacturers, processors and retailers labeling products on a short-run basis. The QuickLabel models include the Kiaro! family of high-speed inkjet color label printers, and the QLS-4100 Xe color thermal transfer label printer. QuickLabel also sells and supports its Pronto! family of barcode printers, which utilize single color-thermal transfer label printing technology, as well as a range of custom designed OEM printers.
Test & Measurement
The Company’s T&M segment offers a suite of products and services that acquire and record visual and electronic signal data from local and networked sensors, as well as wired and wireless networks. The recorded data is processed and analyzed and then stored and presented in various visual output formats. The Company supplies a range of products and services that include ha rdware, software and consumables to customers. The segment also includes a line of aerospace printers that are used to print hard copies of data. Its products include the Daxus portable data acquisition system, TMX high-speed data acquisition system, Dash 8HF-HS data recorders, Everest telemetry recorders, ToughWriter, Miltope-brand and RITEC-brand airborne printers, and ToughSwitch ruggedized Ethernet switches.
The Company’s airborne printers are used in the flight deck and in the cabin of military, commercial and business aircraft to print hard copies of data required for the operation of aircraft, including navigation maps, arrival and departure procedures, flight itineraries, weather maps, performance data, passenger data, and various air traffic control data. ToughSwitch Ethernet switches are used in military aircraft and military vehicles to connect multiple computers or Ethernet devices. The airborne printers and Ethernet switches are ruggedized to comply with rigorous military and commercial flightworthiness stan! dards for! operation under extreme environmental conditions. The Company furnishes ToughWriter airborne printers for numerous aircraft made by Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Lockheed, Gulfstream and others.
The Company’s family of portable data recorders is used in research and development (R&D) and maintenance applications in aerospace and defense, energy discovery and production operations, rapid rail, automotive, and a range of other transportation and industrial applications. The TMX data acquisition system is designed for data capture of long-term testing where the ability to monitor high channel counts and view a range of input signals, including time-stamped and synchronized video capture data and audio notation is important. Everest telemetry recorders are used in the aerospace industry to monitor and track space vehicles, aircraft, missiles and other systems in flight.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) is projected to post its quarterly earnings at $0.21 per share on revenue of $25.50 million.
Bellatrix Exploration Ltd (NYSE: BXE) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.10 per share on revenue of $71.27 million.
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Invest In 2016: Principal Financial Group Inc(PFG)
Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement savings, investment, and insurance products and services worldwide. The company?s Retirement and Investor Services segment provides retirement savings and related investment products and services, including a portfolio of asset accumulation products and services primarily to small and medium-sized businesses and individuals in the United States. This segment offers products and services to businesses for defined contribution pension plans, including 401(k) and 403(b) plans, defined benefit pension plans, nonqualified executive benefit plans, and employee stock ownership plan consulting services; and annuities, mutual funds, and bank products and services to the employees of its business customers and other individuals. Principal Financial Group?s Principal Global Investors segment offers a range of equity, fixed income, and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services to institutional inve stors. The company?s Principal International segment offers retirement products and services, annuities, mutual funds, institutional asset management, and life insurance accumulation products in Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand. Principal Financial Group?s U.S. Insurance Solutions segment offers individual life insurance, as well as specialty benefits in the United States. Its individual life insurance products include universal and variable universal life insurance and traditional life insurance; and specialty benefit products comprise group dental and vision insurance, individual and group disability insurance, and group life insurance, as well as fee-for-service claims administration and wellness services. The company was founded in 1879 and is based in Des Moines, Iowa.
- [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.
5 Best Specialty Retail Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)
Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Goldman Sachs analystWaqar Syed and team see “green shoots [appearing] in the distance” for oil-field-services sector…just not offshore drillers. They explain why they cut Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Noble (NE) to sell, where they join Transocean (RIG):
- [By Ben Levisohn]
RBC’s Kurt Hallead and Benjamin Owens offer their take on Transocean (RIG) appearance at the RBC Global Energy and Power Conference:
Our view: Transocvean continues to execute well, with the focus on revenue efficiency bearing fruit over the last several quarters. However, we believeTransocean shares have limited upside until the market gains more confidence in the supply/demand outlook for floating rigs in 2017-18. Currently, fundamentals continue to weaken for floating rigs, and it remains unclear where dayrates and utilization may bottom.
Expects to see 2H16 opportunities in the jackup market:Transocean expects shallow water to be the first area within the offshore market to see increased spending if oil prices remain constructive. The demand for jackups is being driven by independent oil companies and NOCs. The company still expects the deep water rig count to trend lower through at late-2016 or early-2017.
Deepwater recovery domino effect: In Transoceans view, deep water rigs currently working will remain working in a recovery. The next rigs back to work will be warm-stacked rigs, then rigs currently in the ship-yard, with rigs currently cold-stacked the last to find work. The company thinks newbuilds could cease for up to a decade during the next cycle, similar to what happened in the 1990s, with many offshore drillers opting to upgrade rigs rather than build new.
Offshore dayrates could lag in a recovery: With demand still declining, dayrates for new work are likely to remain near cash break-even to slightly higher in the near-term.Transocean thinks utilization needs to hit 80-85% before the industry starts to see pricing power for offshore rigs. The company thinks pricing could take a while to move off the bottom, even with activity increases, due to the fact that it will take the industry some time to digest the magnitude of oversupply in offshore rigs.
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- [By Ben Levisohn]
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…
With cash on hand of $2.6bn, $0.2bn in excess proceeds from the note offering, our forecast is for aggregate 2016/17 FCF of $0.6bn, and an undrawn $3.0bn revolver we thinkTransocean has ample liquidity (>$6.5bn) to manage through these debt maturities…
Still not interested in raising equity at this time:Transocean has essentially ruled out doing an equity offering at this time, indicating it feels confident with the capital structure.
Transocean said it would explore other financing options such as secured borrowing against its new drillships with 10-year contracts, if necessary, before doing an equity offering.
Jefferies analyst Eduardo Royes and team argue that Atwood Oceanics and Diamond Offshore drilling “intrigue, but for conflicting reasons.” They explain:
Atwoodscreens attractive on both a normalized multiple and DCF (heavily driven by normalized) basis, suggesting it could be a good play for recovery. An improving offshore sentiment and catalyst potential (e.g., term contract on the Osprey) could benefitAtwood as well. However, shares are very expensive in the tro
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Invest In 2016: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)
Suncor Energy Inc. operates as an integrated energy company. The company primarily focuses on developing petroleum resource basins in Canada’s Athabasca oil sands; explores, acquires, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas in Canada and internationally; transports and refines crude oil; markets petroleum and petrochemical products primarily in Canada; and markets third party petroleum products. It operates in Oil Sands; Exploration and Production; Refining and Marketing; and Corporate, Energy Trading, and Eliminations segments. The Oil Sands segment recovers bitumen from mining and in situ development in northern Alberta, and upgrades it into refinery feedstock and diesel fuel or blends the bitumen with diluent for direct sale to market. The Exploration and Production segment is involved in offshore operations off the east coast of Canada and in the North Sea; and operating onshore assets in North America, L ibya, and Syria. The Refining and Marketing segment refines crude oil and intermediate feedstock into petroleum and petrochemical products; manufactures blends; and markets refined petroleum products to retail, commercial, and industrial customers through its dealers and other retail stations. The Corporate, Energy Trading, and Eliminations segment owns interest in six wind power projects with generating capacity of 287 megawatts in Canada; and ethanol plant in Ontario, as well as engages in marketing, supply, and trading crude oil, natural gas, power, and byproducts. The company was formerly known as Suncor Inc. and changed its name to Suncor Energy Inc. in April 1997. Suncor Energy Inc. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Barclays released its first-quarter earnings preview for oil majors like Chevron (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), Suncor Energy (SU) andConocoPhillips (COP), and the surprise is that they see when they list the “Biggest Potential 1Q16 Upside Surprise” they follow it with a single word: “None.” Barclays analyst Paul Cheng and team explain why:
Top 5 Up And Coming Companies To Invest In 2016: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.(GLPI)
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI), incorporated on February 13, 2013, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of acquiring, financing, and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple net lease arrangements. Triple net leases are leases, in which the lessee pays rent to the lessor, as well as all taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses that arise from the use of the property. The Company operates in two segments: GLP Capital, L.P. (a wholly owned subsidiary of GLPI, through which GLPI owns all of its real estate assets) (GLP Capital) and the TRS Properties. The GLP Capital segment consists of the leased real property and represents the Companys business. The TRS Properties segment consists of Hollywood Casino Perryville and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.
As of December 31, 2014, GLPI’s portfolio consisted of 21 gaming and related facilities, incl uding the TRS Properties and the real property associated with 18 gaming and related facilities operated by Penn and the real property associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois. These facilities are geographically diversified across 12 states and contain approximately 7.0 million of rentable square feet. As of December 31, 2014, all of the Company’s rental properties, with the exception of the real property associated with the Casino Queen, were leased to a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn under the Master Lease. Penn is a diversified, multi-jurisdictional owner and manager of gaming and pari-mutuel properties, and a gaming provider.
The Companys leased tenants include Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Hollywood Casino Joliet, Argosy Casino Alton, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Hollywood Casino Columbus, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, M Resort, H ollywood Casino Bangor, Zia Park Casino, Hollywood Casino Gu! lf Coast, Argosy Casino Riverside, Hollywood Casino Tunica, Boomtown Biloxi, Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course and Casino Queen. It owns approximately 74.1 acres and lease approximately 32.1 acres in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a portion of which serves as the dockside embarkation for the gaming vessel, and includes a Hollywood-themed casino riverboat, an entertainment pavilion, a 295-room hotel, two parking garages and an adjacent surface lot, with the other portion used for remote parking. It owns a dockside barge structure and land-based pavilion in Aurora, Illinois. The Company owns the land, which is approximately 0.4 acres, on which the pavilion is located and a pedestrian walkway bridge. The property also includes a parking lot under an operating lease agreement and two parking garages under capital lease agreements, together comprising approximately 2.1 acres.
The Company owns appro ximately 276.4 acres in Joliet, Illinois, which includes a barge-based casino, land-based pavilion, a 100-room hotel, a 1,100 space parking garage, surface parking areas and a recreational vehicle park. It leases approximately 3.6 acres in Alton, Illinois, a portion of which serves as the dockside boarding for the Alton Belle II, a riverboat casino. The dockside facility includes an entertainment pavilion and office space, as well as surface parking areas with 1,341 spaces. In addition, it owns an approximately 43.8 acre site in Toledo, Ohio, where Hollywood Casino Toledo is located. The property includes the casino as well as structured and surface parking for approximately 3,300 spaces. It owns 116.2 acres of land in Columbus, Ohio, where Hollywood Casino Columbus is located. The property includes the casino, as well as structured and surface parking for 4,616 spaces. The Company owns approximately 298.6 acres on various parcels in Charles Town and Ranson, West Virginia, o f which 155 acres comprise Hollywood Casino at Charles Town ! Races. Th! e facility includes a 153-room hotel and a 3/4-mile all-weather lighted thoroughbred racetrack, a training track, two parking garages, an employee parking lot, an enclosed grandstand/clubhouse and housing facilities for over 1,300 horses.
The Company owns approximately 573.7 acres in Grantville, Pennsylvania, where Penn National Race Course is located on 181 acres. The facility includes a one-mile all-weather lighted thoroughbred racetrack and a 7/8-mile turf track, a parking garage and surface parking spaces. The property also includes approximately 393 acres surrounding the Penn National Race Course that are available for future expansion or development. It owns approximately 87.6 acres on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, Nevada, where the M Resort is located. The M Resort property includes a 390-room hotel, a 4,700 space parking facility and other facilities. It owns and leases the land, on which the Hollywood Cas ino Bangor facility is located in Bangor, Maine, which consists of approximately 6.7 acres, and includes a 152-room hotel and four-story parking. In addition, it leases approximately 27.6 acres located at historic Bass Park, which is adjacent to the facility, and includes a one-half mile standardbred racetrack and a grandstand with over 12,000 square feet and seating for 3,500 patrons.
The Company owns approximately 317.4 acres in Hobbs, New Mexico, where Zia Park Casino is located. The property also includes a one-mile quarter thoroughbred racetrack. It owns approximately 579.9 acres in the city of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, including a 20-slip marina. The property includes a land-based casino, 18-hole golf course, a 291-room hotel and other facilities. It owns approximately 41 acres in Riverside, Missouri, which includes a barge-based casino, a 258-room luxury hotel, an entertainment/banquet facility and a parking garage. It leases approximately 67.7 acres of land in Tunica, Mississippi. The property includes a single! -level ca! sino, a 494-room hotel, surface parking and other land-based facilities. It leases approximately 1.0 acres of land mostly used for parking and a welcome center. It owns approximately 247.8 acres along the Missouri River in Maryland Heights, Missouri, which includes a 502-room hotel and structure and surface parking for approximately 4,600 spaces.
The Company owns approximately 119.7 acres in Dayton, Ohio, where Penn opened Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on August 28, 2014. The property includes a land-based casino, a 5/8-mile all-weather standardbred racetrack and surface parking. It owns approximately 193.4 acres in Youngstown, Ohio, where Penn opened Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course on September 17, 2014. The property includes a land-based casino, a one-mile thoroughbred racetrack and surface parking. It owns approximately 67.3 acres in East St. Louis, Illinois, which includes a 157-room hotel, a recreational vehicle park and surface parking areas.
The Companys Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge is a dockside riverboat gaming facility operating in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The riverboat features approximately 28,000 square feet of gaming space with 956 gaming machines and 12 table games. The facility also includes a two-story, 58,000 square foot dockside building featuring a variety of amenities, including a grill, a 268-seat buffet, a deli, a players’ lounge, a nightclub, a lobby bar, a public atrium, two meeting rooms and 1,490 parking spaces. Its Hollywood Casino Perryville is located directly off Interstate 95 in Cecil County, Maryland just 35 miles northeast of Baltimore and 70 miles from Washington, D.C. Hollywood Casino Perryville is a Hollywood-themed facility, which offers 34,329 square feet of gaming space with 1,158 slot machines, 12 table games and 10 poker tables. The facility also offers various food and beverage options, including a bar and grill, a gift shop a nd 1,600 parking spaces with valet and self-parking.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 3.25 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading. Gaming and Leisure Properties priced offering of 10.53 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $333 million.