Platform Specialty Products Corp. (PAH), the chemicals company backed by hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, agreed to acquire agricultural-chemicals maker Arysta LifeScience Ltd. for $3.51 billion in its largest purchase.
Arysta, which makes insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, is being sold by funds controlled by private-equity firm Permira Holdings Ltd., Miami-based Platform said today in a statement. The deal is expected to close in January and be funded with cash on hand, convertible equity and debt, Platform said.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A new survey suggests slower economic growth ahead in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday falling grain prices and weak global growth are weighing down the economy in rural areas.
The overall economic index for the region fell to 43.4 in October from September's already negative 48.2. The index has been steadily falling since June 2013 when it hit 60.5.
The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in the months ahead.Bankers from rural areas of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
Half of 12% was the acquisition they made. Also, Fresh and Light is likely cannibalizing sales of regular Cat's Pride, that is the thrust of what they say is going on in the industry. Still, CC could be more enlightening and if you are going to limit call to 1/2 hour (why?), then your answers should be less verbose, not that there were many questions. They cited inefficiencies, but sales aren't up that much and this has been going on for several quarters. B to B was bad also.
Incidentally, I know sli is not semiconductors, but apparently Microchip warning was about general industry use of semiconductors, so might correlate with power supply.
I couldn't find anything. Stock has run up since last earnings report, and semi-conductors getting hit, so I am hoping there is no real reason other than profit taking. My rationale would have applied Friday, so not very convincing.
I couldn't find anything positive in 10-k details, although I guess gas prices are falling, and they are investing in China office and expansion of purification capability - hopefully they still need it. Fresh and Light seems to be doing well, but I don't see anything about price increases.
Some excerpts from 10-k
Our agricultural chemical carrier products have experienced competition from new engineered granular technologies in the agricultural and horticultural markets.
As of July 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, our backlog of orders were valued at approximately $7,401,000, $8,503,000 and $4,741,000, respectively.
Advertising expenses were approximately $8,886,000, $7,975,000, and $10,846,000 for the years ended July 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, (my note: trade promotions like coupons subtracted from sales, not in advertising)
Research and development costs of approximately $2,587,000, $2,620,000 and $2,006,000 were charged to expense as incurred for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
Stripping costs included in cost of sales were approximately $4,179,000, $2,187,000, and $2,031,000 for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase in stripping costs in fiscal 2014 reflect increased tons mined and extraction of clay reserves that required more overburden removal.
ODC investor page has cc on Oct 14 so I infer earning will be released oct 13. Does ODC have Columbus Day off?.
I wonder what the hold up on the release is? Could reflect some potential big news, but I suspect it is something very mundane.
Buyback was an accelerated purchase, which means # shares bought will be adjusted to reflect price of stock between purchase date and end of year. See 10-Q
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, said they will unify management of marine cargo terminals amid heightened competition from Canadian gateways.
The alliance will oversee investments, operations, planning and marketing at cargo terminals, the ports said in a joint statement today.
“We’ll be able to plan our investments in port infrastructure strategically,” Stephanie Bowman, co-president of the Port of Seattle Commission, said at a news conference in Renton, Washington. This will help the ports “meet demand without overbuilding.”
The ports of Seattle and Tacoma began talks this year on finding ways to work together to attract more shipping to Washington’s Puget Sound. The effort follows volume gains in Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, at the expense of some U.S. ports.
I guess I was thinking that some of Becton's product lines competed with some of Atrions, and perhaps they would gain a small competitive advantage by being able to satisfy more of a hospital's needs related to intravenous therapy. On the other hand, I assume Carefusion might have a competitor which wanted to broaden its product offering. However, I can't see Atrion being up for sale.
New web site for Cat's Pride. O'Reilly Auto has a video promoting ODC "garage guard", kind of a rug to protect floors, can be easilty cut to be used in car, under plants as well as in garage.
Well, it would be hard to sell large volumes of shares at once. I have to assume SLI is not one of his favored holdings, unless he is having to respond to fund outflows.
No. At best they might get the sale price up by $1, but that is unlikely. At worst, lawyers make a lot of money, shareholders get 0 or a token. You might think price would be adjusted downward to cover litigation expenses, but I've never heard of that happening.
“The issue right now is whether CN will be fined, and by how much if it is, for having had a situation where the grain supply chain did not allow us to move the minimum level set by the government,” Mongeau said today after a speech at the Canadian Rail Summit in Montreal.
Canadian National hasn’t been advised of the size of the fine, Mongeau said. Regimbal said the penalty is “up to the minister’s discretion.”
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. “has met the volume requirements,” Regimbal said. Calgary-based Canadian Pacific is the country’s second-biggest railroad after Canadian National.
Total crop production in Canada is forecast to drop by 21 percent from a year earlier due to a decline in average yields, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada said in a Sept. 18 report. Wet, cool weather across parts of the prairies has delayed harvest and only 23 percent of the crop has been combined in Saskatchewan, Canada’s largest producer of wheat and canola, down from the five-year average of 43 percent, according to a provincial report.
“We cannot move the grain that is not delivered,” Mongeau said. “We are moving much more grain than last year. The supply chain is in balance.”
If SIAL is a virtual monopoly, where does their pricing power show up? I do think it is a great company. The premium in the offer seems substantial, especially as strategic fit doesn't seem that compelling.
New York, NY - September 3, 2014 On September 2, 2014, Taglich Brothers released an updated research report on UFP Technologies, Inc. (UFPT), reiterating a Speculative Buy rating and lowering the 12-month price target to $27.50 from $30.00 per share due to reduced earnings expectations. The report noted the following key investment considerations:
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An aging population, increasing automotive demand, and innovation in new electronic products should drive growth in UFPT’s principal end markets over the next five years.
A planned plant consolidation in 3Q14 is projected to reduce costs by approximately $0.75 million annually, driving gross margin improvement to 30% by 2015 from 28.4% in 2013.
For 2014, we project revenue of $140.6 million and EPS of $1.29, down from our earlier projections of $144.8 million revenue and EPS of $1.50 to reflect 2Q14 results and a greater than expected reduction in military sales.
For 2015, we project revenue of $147 million and EPS of $1.71, down from previous projections of $151 million revenue and EPS of $1.85. Our lowered projections stem from a greater than expected reduction in military sales.
2Q14 revenue (released 8/8/14) decreased 5% to $34 million and EPS decreased to $0.26. We projected 2Q14 revenue of $37 million and EPS of $0.41. Results were adversely affected by a decline in aerospace and defense market spending. However, aerospace and defense sales are expected to improve in 2H14.