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Newtek Business Services Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Company Forecasts Paying Annual Cash Dividend of $1.84 per share in 2019

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Newtek Business Services Corp. (“Newtek” or the “Company”) (NEWT), an internally managed business development company (“BDC”), announced today its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.  

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Total investment income of $12.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018; an increase of 29.0% over total investment income of $9.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Net investment loss of $(1.4) million, or $(0.08) per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to a net investment loss of $(1.2) million, or $(0.07) per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Adjusted net investment income (“ANII”)1 of $9.3 million, or $0.50 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018; an increase of 10% on a per share basis compared to ANII of $7.9 million, or $0.45 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Net asset value (“NAV”) of $287.9 million, or $15.28 per share, at September 30, 2018; an increase of 1.3% over NAV of $15.08 per share at December 31, 2017.
  • Debt-to-equity ratio of 104.9% at September 30, 2018.
     - At September 30, 2018, proforma debt-to-equity ratio was 93.6% as a result of the settlement of government-guaranteed portions of SBA 7(a) loans sold prior to September 30, 2018, settling subsequent to the balance sheet date.
  • Total investment portfolio increased by 12.4% to $513.5 million at September 30, 2018, from $456.7 million at December 31, 2017.

Financial Highlights - Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018

  • Total investment income of $34.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018; an increase of 22.3% over total investment income of $28.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
  • Net investment loss of $(6.4) million, or $(0.34) per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to a net investment loss of $(5.0) million, or $(0.29) per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
  • ANII of $25.6 million, or $1.37 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018; an increase of 8.7% on a per share basis, over ANII of $21.6 million, or $1.26 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

2018 Dividend Payments and 2019 Dividend Guidance

  • The Company paid a third quarter 2018 cash dividend of $0.48 per share on September 28, 2018 to shareholders of record as of September 17, 2018.
  • On October 29, 2018, the Company declared a fourth quarter 2018 cash dividend of $0.50 per share, payable on December 28, 2018 to shareholders of record December 18, 2018.
  • The payment of the fourth quarter 2018 dividend is in line with the Company’s 2018 annual dividend guidance of $1.80 per share, which represents an approximate 9.8% increase over the 2017 annual cash dividend of $1.64 per share.
  • The Company forecasts paying an annual cash dividend of $1.842 per share in 2019, which would represent a 2.2% increase over the 2018 annual dividend of $1.80 per share.             

SBA Loan Highlights

  • Newtek Small Business Finance, LLC (“NSBF”) funded $122.4 million of SBA 7(a) loans during the three months ended September 30, 2018; an increase of 18.1% over $103.6 million of SBA 7(a) loans funded for the three months ended September 30, 2017.
  • NSBF forecasts full year 2018 SBA 7(a) loan fundings of between $465 million and $485 million, which would represent an approximate 23% increase, at the midpoint of the range, over SBA 7(a) loan fundings for the year ended December 31, 2017.
  • Newtek Business Credit (“NBC”) and Newtek Business Lending (“NBL”), wholly owned portfolio companies, forecast full year 2018 SBA 504 loan closings of between $75 million and $100 million.
  • NBC and NBL forecast full year 2018 SBA 504 loan fundings of between $40 million and $50 million.

Subsequent Third Quarter Events

  • On November 5, 2018, the Company announced the pricing of its ninth and largest small business loan securitization with the offering of $108,551,000 of Unguaranteed SBA 7(a) Loan-Backed Notes, Series 2018-1, consisting of $82,876,000 of Class A Notes and $25,675,000 Class B Notes (collectively, the “Notes”), rated “A” and “BBB-”, respectively, by Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC.
  • The Company is in final negotiations to enter into an investment joint venture (the “JV”) with a global money manager to equally invest up to $100 million in the funding of non-conforming conventional commercial and industrial (“C&I”) loans.
  • The JV has entered into a letter of intent for a $100 million senior-secured revolving credit facility with an investment bank, with a $100 million accordion feature, allowing the JV to increase the borrowing available under the JV’s credit facility to $200 million, which will be used to finance and securitize non-conforming conventional loans.
  • Premier Payments LLC and Newtek Merchant Solutions, two of the Company’s wholly owned payment processing portfolio companies, expects to close a $35 million term loan and a $15 million revolving line of credit arranged by Webster Bank, which would reduce its interest spread over LIBOR by 350 basis points compared to the interest rate on the term loan with their existing lender.

Barry Sloane, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are extremely pleased to report yet another strong quarter, with double-digit year-over-year percentage growth in our ANII to $0.50 per share, exceeding analysts’ consensus estimates3 by $0.03 per share.  We continued to experience strong demand for our loan products, receiving approximately $5.0 billion in loan referrals in the third quarter of 2018, close to double the amount we received during the same quarter one year ago.  We believe we are on track to receive between $18 billion and $19 billion in loan referrals in 2018, which would represent tremendous growth over the $10.8 billion in loan referrals we received in 2017. This strong referral growth in the third quarter, coupled with our continued technological and operational efficiencies in our lending process drove our SBA 7(a) loan fundings to $122.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, which brings our total year-to-date SBA 7(a) loan fundings through September 30, 2018 to $320.2 million.  We are maintaining our forecast for the full year 2018 SBA 7(a) loan fundings of between $465 million and $485 million, which would represent an approximate 23% increase, at the midpoint of the range, over SBA 7(a) loan fundings for the year ended December 31, 2017. We expect to continue to experience growth in loan referrals in 2019, which we believe will positively impact the growth in our SBA 7(a) loans, SBA 504 loans, and non-conforming conventional C&I loans.”

Mr. Sloane continued, “As we previously reported, during the end of the third quarter we experienced pressure on the pricing on our sale of the guaranteed portions of SBA 7(a) loans, however we also demonstrated that our business model is not dependent on one income source.  Our increased 7(a) loan originations and sales of guaranteed portions of the 7(a) loans during the quarter, coupled with the receipt of dividends from certain of our diversified portfolio companies contributed to our strong third quarter results.  We endeavor to continue to invest in and grow our portfolio companies, with the goal of increasing their ability to make distributions to the Company. In addition, with our shareholders’ approval we are now able to increase our debt-to-equity ratio from 1:1 to 2:1, which we plan to do at a slow and measured pace.  At September 30, 2018, our debt-to-equity ratio was 104.9%.  Our proforma debt-to-equity ratio at September 30, 2018, however, was 93.6% as a result the settlement of government-guaranteed SBA 7(a) loans sold prior to September 30, 2018, settling subsequent to the balance sheet date.”

Mr. Sloane further stated, “We forecast paying an annual cash dividend of $1.84 per share in 2019, which would represent a 2.2% increase over the 2018 annual dividend forecast of $1.80 per share.  Of note, our annual dividend payout has exceeded our initial dividend forecast for the past four years, and it is our goal to continue that trend.  Given our recent initiatives to develop our non-conforming conventional lending program, we are pleased to be in final negotiations to enter into an investment JV with a global money manager which would equally invest up to $100 million, as well as the JV securing a term sheet for $100 million in financing with a $100 million accordion feature from an investment bank. We believe our non-conforming conventional loan program JV will have a positive impact on our 2019 performance.”

Mr. Sloane concluded, “On November 11, 2018, we are going to mark our four-year anniversary since repositioning ourselves as a BDC, and are extremely pleased with our growth and accomplishments since this conversion, all of which are attributable to our management teams’ tenacity, talent and drive to successfully effectuate our distinct business model, as well as the continued support of our shareholders.”

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call to discuss third quarter 2018 results will be hosted by Barry Sloane, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Jennifer Eddelson, Chief Accounting Officer, tomorrow, Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. ET.  The live conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 303-6993 or (760) 666-3611.

In addition, a live audio webcast of the call with the corresponding presentation will be available in the ‘Events & Presentations’ section of the Investor Relations portion of Newtek’s website at http://investor.newtekbusinessservices.com/events-and-presentations. A replay of the webcast with the corresponding presentation will be available on Newtek’s website shortly following the live presentation and will remain available for 90 days following the live presentation.

1Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Newtek Business Services Corp. and Subsidiaries

In evaluating its business, Newtek considers and uses ANII as a measure of its operating performance.  ANII includes short-term capital gains from the sale of the guaranteed portions of SBA 7(a) loans and conventional loans, and beginning in 2016, capital gain distributions from controlled portfolio companies, which are reoccurring events. The Company defines ANII as Net investment income (loss) plus Net realized gains recognized from the sale of guaranteed portions of SBA 7(a) loan investments, less realized losses on non-affiliate investments, plus or minus loss on lease adjustment, plus the net realized gains on controlled investments, plus or minus the change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities, plus loss on extinguishment of debt.

The term ANII is not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and is not a measure of operating income, operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  ANII has limitations as an analytical tool and, when assessing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider ANII in isolation, or as a substitute for net investment income, or other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Among other things, ANII does not reflect the Company’s actual cash expenditures.  Other companies may calculate similar measures differently than Newtek, limiting their usefulness as comparative tools.  The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results supplemented by ANII.

2Note Regarding Dividend Payments 

Amount and timing of dividends, if any, remain subject to the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors.  The Company's Board of Directors expects to maintain a dividend policy with the objective of making quarterly distributions in an amount that approximates 90 - 100% of the Company's annual taxable income.  The determination of the tax attributes of the Company's distributions is made annually as of the end of the Company's fiscal year based upon its taxable income for the full year and distributions paid for the full year.

3Analyst Consensus Estimates

As per Bloomberg on November 2, 2018.

About Newtek Business Services Corp.

Newtek Business Services Corp., Your Business Solutions Company®, is an internally managed BDC, which along with its controlled portfolio companies, provides a wide range of business services and financial products under the Newtek® brand to the small- and medium-sized business (“SMB”) market. Since 1999, Newtek has provided state-of-the-art, cost-efficient products and services and efficient business strategies to SMB accounts across all 50 states to help them grow their sales, control their expenses and reduce their risk.

Newtek’s and its portfolio companies’ products and services include: Business Lending, SBA Lending Solutions, Electronic Payment ProcessingTechnology Solutions (Cloud Computing, Data Backup, Storage and Retrieval, IT Consulting), eCommerce, Accounts Receivable Financing & Inventory Financing, The Newtek Advantage, Insurance Solutions, Web Services, and Payroll and Benefits Solutions.
         
Newtek® and Your Business Solutions Company® are registered trademarks of Newtek Business Services Corp.

Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Words such as “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “projects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “goal” and “future” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, intensified competition, operating problems and their impact on revenues and profit margins, anticipated future business strategies and financial performance, anticipated future number of customers, business prospects, legislative developments and similar matters. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions, which could cause Newtek’s actual results to differ from management’s current expectations, are contained in Newtek’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through http://www.sec.gov/.  Newtek cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these statements.            

SOURCE: Newtek Business Services Corp.

Investor Relations & Public Relations
Contact: Jayne Cavuoto
Telephone: (212) 273-8179 / jcavuoto@newtekone.com


NEWTEK BUSINESS SERVICES CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(In Thousands, except for Per Share Data)
  September 30,
2018
  December 31,
2017
ASSETS (Unaudited)    
Investments, at fair value      
SBA unguaranteed non-affiliate investments (cost of $333,070 and $287,690, respectively; includes $236,225 and $265,174, respectively, related to securitization trusts) $ 330,165     $ 278,034  
SBA guaranteed non-affiliate investments (cost of $13,565 and $22,841, respectively) 14,862     25,490  
Controlled investments (cost of $72,623 and $59,898, respectively) 167,460     153,156  
Non-control/affiliate investments (cost of $1,000 and $0, respectively) 1,000      
Investments in money market funds (cost of $9 and $9, respectively) 9     9  
Total investments at fair value 513,496     456,689  
Cash 2,646     2,464  
Restricted cash 27,518     18,074  
Broker receivable 39,259     8,539  
Due from related parties 5,012     2,255  
Servicing assets, at fair value 21,642     19,359  
Other assets 12,888     12,231  
Total assets $ 622,461     $ 519,611  
       
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS      
Liabilities:      
Bank notes payable $ 79,558     $  
Notes due 2022 (Note 7) 7,998     7,936  
Notes due 2021 (Note 7)     39,114  
Notes due 2023 (Note 7) 55,445      
Notes payable - Securitization trusts (Note 7) 130,326     162,201  
Notes payable - related parties 23,975     7,001  
Due to related parties 184      
Deferred tax liabilities 8,581     8,164  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 28,458     16,866  
Total liabilities 334,525     241,282  
       
Commitment and contingencies (Note 8)      
Net assets:      
Preferred stock (par value $0.02 per share; authorized 1,000 shares, no shares issued and outstanding)      
Common stock (par value $0.02 per share; authorized 200,000 shares, 18,849 and 18,457 issued and outstanding, respectively) 377     369  
Additional paid-in capital 253,143     247,363  
(Distributions in excess of)/undistributed net investment income (6,842 )   14,792  
Net unrealized appreciation, net of deferred taxes 23,834     20,448  
Net realized gains/(losses) 17,424     (4,643 )
Total net assets 287,936     278,329  
Total liabilities and net assets $ 622,461     $ 519,611  
Net asset value per common share $ 15.28     $ 15.08  
               


NEWTEK BUSINESS SERVICES CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(In Thousands, except for Per Share Data)
  Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2018
  Three Months
Ended
September 30,
2017
  Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2018
  Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
2017
Investment income              
From non-affiliate investments:              
Interest income $ 5,925     $ 4,363     $ 16,602     $ 13,233  
Servicing income 2,177     1,794     6,250     5,163  
Other income 1,128     705     3,291     2,266  
Total investment income from non-affiliate investments 9,230     6,862     26,143     20,662  
From Non-control/affiliate investments              
Dividend income 26         36      
Total investment income from non-control/affiliate investments 26         36      
From controlled investments:              
Interest income 204     188     553     456  
Dividend income 2,925     2,551     8,125     7,326  
Other income             54  
Total investment income from controlled investments 3,129     2,739     8,678     7,836  
Total investment income 12,385     9,601     34,857     28,498  
Expenses:              
Salaries and benefits 5,469     4,776     15,559     14,407  
Interest 4,110     2,986     11,414     8,133  
Depreciation and amortization 122     107     358     292  
Professional fees 642     605     2,169     2,054  
Origination and servicing 1,983     1,433     5,756     4,086  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities 6     (748 )   23     (748 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt         1,059      
Other general and administrative costs 1,499     1,634     4,872     5,239  
Total expenses 13,831     10,793     41,210     33,463  
Net investment loss (1,446 )   (1,192 )   (6,353 )   (4,965 )
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses):              
Net realized gain on non-affiliate investments - SBA 7(a) loans 10,554     9,938     30,754     27,537  
Net realized gain on non-affiliate investments - conventional loan 278         278      
Net realized gain on controlled investments         52      
Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on SBA guaranteed non-affiliate investments (1,177 )   1,151     (1,352 )   1,201  
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on SBA unguaranteed non-affiliate investments 4,057     (1,023 )   6,751     238  
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on controlled investments 1,659     (500 )   1,579     (2,243 )
Change in deferred taxes (444 )   335     (417 )   745  
Net unrealized depreciation on servicing assets (1,097 )   (632 )   (3,175 )   (1,601 )
Net realized and unrealized gains $ 13,830     $ 9,269     $ 34,470     $ 25,877  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $ 12,384     $ 8,077     $ 28,117     $ 20,912  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per share $ 0.66     $ 0.46     $ 1.51     $ 1.22  
Net investment loss per share $ (0.08 )   $ (0.07 )   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.29 )
Dividends and distributions declared per common share $ 0.48     $ 0.44     $ 1.30     $ 1.20  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 18,791     17,487     18,656     17,076  
                       



NEWTEK BUSINESS SERVICES CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES-
ADJUSTED NET INVESTMENT INCOME RECONCILIATION:
         

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three months
ended
September 30,
2018
  Per share   Three months
ended
September 30,
2017
  Per share
               
Net investment loss $   (1,446 )   $   (0.08 )   $   (1,192 )   $   (0.07 )
Net realized gain on non-affiliate investments - SBA 7(a) loans     10,554         0.56         9,938         0.57  
Net realized gain on non-affiliate investments - conventional loans     278         0.01         -          -   
Loss on lease     (76 )       (0.00 )       (74 )       (0.00 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities     6         0.00         (748 )       (0.04 )
Adjusted Net investment income $   9,316     $   0.50     $   7,924     $   0.45  
               
Note: Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding            
         

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Nine months
ended
September 30,
2018
  Per share   Nine months
ended
September 30,
2017
  Per share
               
Net investment loss $   (6,353 )   $   (0.34 )   $   (4,965 )   $   (0.29 )
Net realized gain on non-affiliate investments - SBA 7(a) loans     30,754         1.65         27,537         1.61  
Net realized gain on non-affiliate investments - conventional loans     278         0.01         -          -   
Net realized gain on controlled investments     52         0.00         -          -   
Loss on lease     (228 )       (0.01 )       (249 )       (0.01 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities     23         0.00         (748 )       (0.04 )
Loss on debt extinguishment     1,059         0.06         -          -   
Adjusted Net investment income $   25,585     $   1.37     $   21,575     $   1.26  
               
Note: Per share amounts may not foot due to rounding          
           


 

  NEWTEK BUSINESS SERVICES CORP. AND SUBSIDUARIES  
  DEBT TO EQUITY RATIO-PROFORMA AT SEPTEMBER 30, 2018  
     
  (in thousands):    
  Broker receivable, including premium income receivable $   39,259    
  Less:  premium income included in broker receivable   (3,103 )  
  Broker receivable     36,156    
       
  90% advance rate on SBA guaranteed non-affiliate portions of loans sold, not settled $ 32,540    
       
  Proforma debt adjustments:    
  Total Senior Debt as of September 30, 2018 $   302,167    
  Proforma adjustment for broker receivable as of September 30, 2018, as calculated above   (32,540 )  
  Total proforma debt at September 30, 2018 $ 269,627    
       
  Proforma Debt to Equity ratio at September 30, 2018:    
  Total proforma debt $   269,627    
  Total equity $   287,936    
  Debt to equity ratio - proforma at September 30, 2018   93.6 %  
           
       

  

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    Jamie Dimon doesn't have much positive to say about negative interest rates in Europe and Japan or public policy in the United States during the past decade. The JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Chairman and CEO blasted the policy of negative interest rates adopted in Europe and Japan during an interview Wednesday with CNBC, while arguing that economic growth in the U.S. could have been nearly double its actual rate if the government policy had been better. Dimon took aim at fiscal and other economic policies in place at the U.S. federal level.

  • AT&T Finds a New Way to Help Grind Down Its Debt Mountain
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    AT&T Finds a New Way to Help Grind Down Its Debt Mountain

    While that's a higher interest rate than nearly any loan AT&T could have received, the one significant advantage is that the $6 billion doesn't add to its $165 billion debt pile. This is a bit of a surprise for a high-grade-debt company like AT&T,” said Dave Novosel, an analyst with Gimme Credit. AT&T representatives declined to comment on the tower-receivables entity, citing a quiet period ahead of its earnings report later this month.

  • JPMorgan: 3 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Snap Up Now
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    JPMorgan: 3 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Snap Up Now

    It's not that they are necessarily incompatible – rather, it is just that the highest growth stocks tend to achieve their appreciation by plowing profits directly back into the company. The natural place to look is in sectors with high cash flows and essential products. Investment bank JPMorgan released a special report on the North American energy industry, emphasizing just these attributes – the rising production, the high cash flow, and the fundamental strength of the industry to survive a prolonged period of low prices.

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    Benzinga

    Costco CEO Talks Special Dividend, Membership Fees In CNBC Interview

    Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) CEO Craig Jelinek told Jim Cramer in an interview aired Tuesday how the company is able to both offer consumers low prices and pay employees a higher than average wage. Costco offers consumers "great prices" because of its unique business model, Jelinek said. The company's stores are specifically designed to keep overhead costs as low as possible.

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    Barrons.com

    Hess and 5 More Energy Stocks That Could Cut Their Dividends, According to an Analyst

    Meyer is particularly concerned about companies that produce a lot of natural gas because the price has been falling and could continue to drop. Meyer identified two stocks— (HES) and (ARX)—that she says have a “a sizable risk of cutting their dividends over the next 1-2 years. Hess (HES) has a dividend payout ratio of 362% of expected 2020 profits, according to Meyer, meaning the company is planning to pay out far more cash to investors than it is earning.

  • Canada prosecutors say fraud at heart of Huawei CFO Meng's U.S. extradition case
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    Canada prosecutors say fraud at heart of Huawei CFO Meng's U.S. extradition case

    Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday where Canadian prosecutors defended a U.S. extradition request, saying Meng's alleged bank fraud is the heart of the case that has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing. Canadian prosecutors have told the British Columbia Supreme Court that Meng was arrested on charges of bank fraud, which is a crime in both countries, and not because of U.S. allegations she violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. Over three days of hearings, Meng's legal team argued that "double criminality" is at the heart of the U.S. extradition request.

  • Should You Worry About MannKind Corporation's (NASDAQ:MNKD) CEO Pay?
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    Simply Wall St.

    Should You Worry About MannKind Corporation's (NASDAQ:MNKD) CEO Pay?

    In 2017 Michael Castagna was appointed CEO of MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ:MNKD). This analysis aims first to contrast CEO compensation with other companies that have similar market capitalization. At the time of writing, our data says that MannKind Corporation has a market cap of US$352m, and reported total annual CEO compensation of US$1.5m for the year to December 2018.

  • Tesla tops $100 billion in market valuation
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    Tesla tops $100 billion in market valuation

    Another milestone for Tesla. The electric car maker's market valuation raced past the $100 billion mark Wednesday, becoming the first U.S. automaker to do so. The feat comes just two weeks after its value became worth more than that of Ford and GM combined.

  • Five Things for Wednesday, including Intel changes and a Senate candidate
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    American City Business Journals

    Five Things for Wednesday, including Intel changes and a Senate candidate

    Intel went through big changes during Bryant's time as chairman, particularly in its data-centric businesses, PBJ reporter Malia Spencer explains. More changes are likely ahead for the company as holds its quarterly conference call Thursday during reports of layoffs. While we're watching Intel for news about layoffs and restructuring, another semiconductor company is quietly growing.

  • The stock market is on steroids and it could end up like the dot com bubble: top money manager
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    Yahoo Finance

    The stock market is on steroids and it could end up like the dot com bubble: top money manager

    Skybridge Capital co-CIO Troy Gayeski makes a hell of a lot of sense to this journalist pounding the pavement in Davos at the World Economic Forum. It's because Gayeski's (who is an upbeat guy by nature based on our interactions in the past) take on the markets is rationale and appears to be where we are headed thanks to a helping hand of interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve. Gayeski is quick to point out that the Fed slashed interest rates three times and expanded its balance sheet in 1998.

  • Is Exxon Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What Earnings, Stock Chart Show
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    Investor's Business Daily

    Is Exxon Stock A Buy Right Now? Here's What Earnings, Stock Chart Show

    Exxon Mobil stock has been trending lower since last spring, but the Dow Jones oil major is pushing ahead with big shale investments and seeing production surge from the Permian Basin. Is Exxon stock a good buy? Take a look at Exxon earnings and the XOM stock chart.

  • Goldman Sachs's CEO just called WeWork's pulled IPO -- which Goldman was underwriting -- proof that the market works
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    TechCrunch

    Goldman Sachs's CEO just called WeWork's pulled IPO -- which Goldman was underwriting -- proof that the market works

    It's hard to put a positive spin on a terrible situation, but that didn't stop Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon earlier today. Asked during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos about WeWork's yanked IPO in September, Solomon suggested it was proof that the listing process works, despite that the CFO of Goldman -- one of the offering's underwriters -- disclosed last fall that the pulled deal cost the bank a whopping $80 million. Reuters was on the scene, reporting that Solomon acknowledged the process was “not as pretty as everybody would like it to be," while also eschewing any responsibility, telling those gathered that the "banks were not valuing [WeWork].

  • Wiping out the nation’s student-loan debt could have unintended financial consequences for borrowers
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    MarketWatch

    Wiping out the nation’s student-loan debt could have unintended financial consequences for borrowers

    Here are some of the ways student-loan forgiveness could affect borrowers' finances: Student-debt cancellation would raise tax bills under existing rules A cancelled loan means people no longer have to pay a lender, but current IRS rules say borrowers — with certain exceptions for scammed students, permanently disabled veterans and public-sector workers — still have to pay the tax authority before they can get out from under a student loan. Take a hypothetical borrower who owes almost $18,000. That's the median student-loan balance for all borrowers, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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    Investing.com

    Roku Slips, but Analyst Sees Gains Ahead Amid International Push

    Investing.com – Roku struggled to turn positive Wednesday, but one analyst sees further gains ahead as the company shows signs of progress in expanding internationally. D.A. Davidson said investors should snap up shares of Roku as the overseas potential holds plenty of promise for further growth. The investment firm has a $185 price target on Roku, implying about 38% upside.

  • Advanced Micro Devices Earnings: What to Look For From AMD
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    Investopedia

    Advanced Micro Devices Earnings: What to Look For From AMD

    Global semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) recently released its Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card, which the company boasts will provide video gamers with higher on-average performance than rivals' cards when playing top PC games. While that could help AMD grab market share from Intel Corp. (INTC) and Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) in the coming year, investors are focusing on the company's quarterly financials when it reports on January 28, 2020 for Q4 2019. Investors will be especially interested in the company's gross margin, which analysts expect to jump along with soaring earnings and revenue. While AMD's stock performance has been strong for most of the past year, it accelerated in October, aided largely by a strong Q3 earnings report at the end of that month. The third quarter marked a definite improvement from Q2, during which EPS plunged 72.7% while revenue fell 12.8% year-over-year (YOY). AMD's shares tumbled as much as 10% the day following the earnings report. Analysts are expecting YOY EPS to rise about seven-fold on a 50% jump in revenue when the company reports Q4 earnings.