NEW YORK — Former Bernard Madoff finance chief Frank DiPascali’s testimony against five former co-workers charged with aiding the disgraced financier’s Ponzi scheme could be a double-edged legal sword that helps both defense and prosecution.
DiPascali, who pleaded guilty to $17.3 billion fraud and hopes to reduce the 125-year maximum prison term he faces by cooperating with the government, has helped prosecutors give Manhattan federal court jurors a firsthand look into how the scheme operated. He has also provided details of alleged wrongdoing by the defendants.
They include Annette Bongiorno, Madoff’s former administrative assistant; ex-operations manager Daniel Bonventre; JoAnn Crupi, who helped supervise a key Madoff bank account, and former computer programmers George Perez and Jerome O’Hara.
Top Net Payout Yield Companies For 2015: CubeSmart (CUBE)
CubeSmart, incorporated on July 26, 2004, is a self-managed real estate company focused primarily on the ownership, operation, management, acquisition and development of self-storage facilities in the United States of America. As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned 381 self-storage facilities located in 22 states and in the District of Columbia. It owns, operates, develops, manages and acquires self-storage facilities. The Company owns all of its assets and conducts its operations through CubeSmart, L.P. (the Operating Partnership). The Company is the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership and, as of December 31, 2012, owned an approximately 97.6% interest in the Operating Partnership.
As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned 381 and 370 facilities, respectively, that contained an aggregate of 25.5 million and 24.4 million rentable square feet with occupancy rates of 84.4% and 78.4%, respectively. In addition, as of December 31, 2012, the C ompany managed 133 properties for third parties bringing the total number of properties which it owned and/or managed to 541. As of December 31, 2012, approximately 84.4% of the rentable square footage at its owned facilities was leased to approximately 182,000 tenants. As of December 31, 2012, CubeSmart had facilities in the District of Columbia and 27 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas , California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
The Company’s self-storage facilities are designed for its residential and commercial customers. Its customers rent storage cubes for their use, on a month-to-month basis. Its facilities are designed to accommodate both residential and commercial customers with features, such as security systems and wide aisles and load-bearing capabilities for truck access. All ! of its facilities have an on-site manager during business hours, and 256, or approximately 67%, of its facilities have a manager who resides in an apartment at the facility. Its customers can access their storage units during business hours, and some of its facilities provide customers with round the clock access through computer controlled access systems. Approximately 76% of its facilities include climate controlled units.
The Company competes with Public Storage, Sovran Self Storage and Extra Space Storage Inc.
- [By Marc Bastow]
Self-storage facilities real estate investment trust (REIT) operator CubeSmart (CUBE) raised its quarterly dividend 18% to 13 cents per share, payable on Jan. 15 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 2.
YSI Dividend Yield: 3.2%
- [By Rich Duprey]
Self-storage facility operator CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE ) announced yesterday its second-quarter dividend of $0.11 per share, the same rate it’s paid the past two quarters after raising the payout 38%, from $0.08 per share.
Top Net Payout Yield Companies For 2015: African Barrick Gold PLC (ABGLF)
African Barrick Gold plc (ABG) is a United Kingdom-based company. The Company is a gold producer in Tanzania. Its operations include exploration and development to mine construction and operation. ABG has resources of approximately 32 million ounces of gold. The Company has three producing mines, all located in northwest Tanzania: Bulyanhulu, Buzwagi and North Mara, and several exploration projects at various stages of development in Tanzania and Kenya. Bulyanhulu is an underground gold mine. Buzwagi is an open pit gold mine. North Mara is an open pit gold mine consisting of three open pit deposits. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Over the last several months, ABX has been divesting non-core assets. Starting in mid-2013, the company sold its non-core energy assets. Since then, focus has been on selling Australian gold assets. As we have stated previously, we believe the company will continue to sell noncore assets, focusing primarily on its interests in North America. Barrick had been previously seeking a suitor for its 74% interest in African Barrick (ABGLF); to date, the company remains unsuccessful in disposition of the ABG interest. In addition, we would not be averse to seeing Barrick sell off some or all of its copper assets, if they can get the right price.
Top Net Payout Yield Companies For 2015: Williams-Sonoma Inc.(WSM)
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of home products. It offers culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods, and cooking ingredients; and bridal and gift items under the Williams-Sonoma brand name. The company also provides home furnishing categories, including furniture, textiles, decorative accessories, lighting, and tabletop items under the West Elm brand name; bed and bath products under the Pottery Barn brand name; and children?s furnishings and accessories under the Pottery Barn Kids brand name. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. sells its home products through four retail store concepts, which include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm; six direct-mail catalogs that comprise Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Bed and Bath, PBteen, and West Elm; and six e-commerce Websites, which consist of williams-sonoma.com, potte rybarn.com, potterybarnkids.com, pbteen.com, westelm.com, and wshome.com. As of January 30, 2011, it operated 592 stores, including 260 Williams-Sonoma, 193 Pottery Barn, 85 Pottery Barn Kids, 36 West Elm, and 18 outlet stores located in 44 states of the United States; Washington, D.C.; Canada; and Puerto Rico. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q1 2014 earnings report for Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH), a potential peer of other furniture or home décor retailers like Williams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) and Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR), is scheduled for after the market closes on Wednesday. Aside from the Restoration Hardware Holdings earnings report, it should be said that Bed Bath & Beyond Inc reported Q4 2013 earnings on April 9th (shares dropped after profit forecast trails estimates) and will report Q1 2014 June 23rd; Pier 1 Imports Inc will report Q1 2015 earnings on Monday, June 16th; and Williams-Sonoma, Inc reported Q1 2014 earnings on May 21st (comparable brand revenues grow 10%, operating income grows 17% and EPS increased 20% to $0.48). All of these stocks are a potential play on a housing recovery plus Restoration Hardware Holdings gave a strong guidance the last time it reported earnings.
- [By Steven Russolillo]
WATCH FOR: No major economic data on dap. American Eagle, Booz Allen, Eaton Vance(EV), Hormel Foods(HRL), L Brands(LB), Lowe’s(LOW), NetApp, PetSmart(PETM), Renren(RENN), Sina, Target, Tiffany, Trina Solar(TSL) and Williams-Sonoma(WSM) are among companies scheduled to report quarterly results.
- [By Peter Graham]
The Q1 2014 earning report for furniture retailer Williams-Sonoma, Inc (NYSE: WSM), a peer of stocks like Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY), Pier 1 Imports Inc (NYSE: PIR) and Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc (NYSE: RH), is scheduled for after the market closes on Wednesday. Aside from the Williams-Sonoma’s earnings report, it should be said that Bed Bath & Beyond Inc reported Q4 2013 earnings on April 9 and will report Q1 2014 earnings on June 23rd; Pier 1 Imports Inc reported Q4 2014 earnings on April 10 and will report Q1 2014 earnings around June 16th; and Restoration Hardware Holdings reported Q4 2013 earnings on March 27 and will report Q1 2014 earnings on June 2nd. However and unlike many other retailers, Williams-Sonoma is going into the first quarter after having a great holiday season.
- [By Teresa Rivas]
She notes that while investments in technology may improve Bed, Bath’s omni-channel experience, this strategy will continue to weigh on EPS, and she now likes Williams Sonoma (WSM) as a better way to get exposure to favorable trends in home furnishings.
Top Net Payout Yield Companies For 2015: Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.(CETV)
Central European Media Enterprises Ltd., a media and entertainment company, operates broadcast, content, and new media businesses in central and eastern Europe. The company operates in three segments: Broadcast, Media Pro Entertainment, and New Media. The Broadcast segment operates 30 television channels reaching an aggregate of approximately 49 million people primarily in 6 countries. It operates television channels, including BTV, BTV CINEMA, BTV COMEDY, RING.BG, BTV ACTION, and BTV LADY, a female-oriented cable channel in Bulgaria; NOVA TV, DOMA, and NOVA WORLD in Croatia; TV NOVA, NOVA CINEMA, NOVA SPORT, and MTV CZECH in the Czech Republic; PRO TV, PRO TV INTERNATIONAL, ACASA, PRO CINEMA, MTV ROMANIA, PRO TV CHISINAU, and SPORT.RO in Romania; TV MARK