You've stopped by this MB off and on for some time. How would you not know that the Japan market (and thus selling) has been opened for quite some time?
With this news, the status quo has not really changed - it's simply a transition away from their Japanese selling partner/distributor to ISRG which will now directly perform these services themselves.
"Intuitive Surgical and Adachi will work together to ensure da Vinci customers in Japan experience a smooth transition. In addition, Intuitive Surgical will offer employment to a number of Adachi employees who have experience with the da Vinci business. These employees will be added to Intuitive Surgical's existing regulatory team, call center and other departments to further strengthen the highly capable organization."
It seems that Yahoo has temporarily banned you for posting too much logic. In order to release the ban, you must spend some time going to other various message boards claiming that you made big bucks using "underground stock alerts".
PS: It helps if you have lots of friends that immediately thank you for that wonderful information...
" It is my opinion that ISRG does not want to branch into a new field, but would rather ..."
This has been ISRG's one management blunder in my opinion. They NEED to use some of that cash to acquire proven companies (like NVDQ) that tie directly to their product line. In other words, they need to have other related business entities that can produce positive growth and positive news to offset the periodic uncertainties that surround their sole product - da Vince.
Early on, Intuitive saw NVDQ's opportunities and value. Why they didn't acquire them when the stock was in the $4 range is beyond me. However, if I'm not mistaken, I thought ISRG was a major stockholder of NVDQ?
#1 there was no hint that this was coming.
Any hospital that has been using the da Vinci for any length of time should have known themselves that ISRG was due to release a new version at any time. This argument could have been used for any subsequent version that they ever introduced.
In regards to the compatibility issues, I agree that is somewhat of a pain for those hospitals but I also think it points to a radical and possibly revolutionary design version of the robot. Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and make these hard decisions in order to create this type of leap in technology.
If ISRG feels that these "issues" really are issues then I'm fairly confident that ISRG will try and minimize the effects on their customers - either through very good deals on upgrade trade-ins and/or finding new markets for older systems to be sold.
Thanks for the heads-up that you are buying more. Now the rest of us long-term ISRG'ers will now have to sell our entire holdings because we all know what happens when drvermin buys.... :)
Now that it's close to tax season, why don't you begin reviewing your capital gains taxes to determine how better off you could be by reinvesting (keeping) that money in long term winners instead of paying the government every time you "win"?
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Any human here understand why these a h o l e s copy other posters messages and re-post? How does that help their agenda. IOWs, do they think it makes them look like they are valid posters in the eyes of Yahoo?
I just wish I could be in charge of designing/revamping these MBs because I don't think Yahoo realizes that they even have one thing that actually attracts traffic to their site. And, I don't think they listened to one suggestion when they went through their campaign of soliciting feedback/ideas of how to improve their MBs.