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Accenture Plc (ACN) Increases Dividend Nearly 30% Per Year

August 01, 2014

Senior Portfolio Manager Mark Vitelli of Compass Capital Management says his firm has earned a decent return on Accenture Plc (ACN) since buying the stock five years ago, and they continue to like the company for its earnings and dividend growth. “The company has grown earnings over time in the low teens. They initiated a dividend about six years ago and have increased it nearly 30% annually. They have zero debt on the balance sheet, and the dividend yield is 2.5%,” Vitelli said. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INTERVIEW CLICK HERE. Accenture’s net profit margin is in the double digits, Vitelli says, and the company’s foreign revenue makes up 52% of total revenue...
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO) Grows Sales and Profits at Double-Digit Percentage Rate

August 01, 2014

Senior Portfolio Manager Jay Jackley of Compass Capital Management says Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (TMO), the resulting company from the Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific merger in 2006, is seeing strength in sales and profits as well as improvements in operating and net profit margins. “The merger blended the strengths of the two companies really well,” Jackley said. “Over the last five years, they have grown sales and profits at a double-digit percentage rate annually. Over time, they have improved their operating margin, net profit margin and initiated a dividend. In 2009, the company made $5 a share, and they are projected to make $9...
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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF) Likely to Realize Greater Shareholder Value in the Next Year

July 31, 2014

Analyst Ben Isaacson of Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets is paying attention to CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (CF), as the stock was not adversely affected by the decline in the nitrogen market, and the company is positioned to increase shareholder value in the future because of a number of factors. “100% of CF’s EBITDA is based on nitrogen, and even though we’ve had a downturn in the last couple of months in the nitrogen sector, the stock has not moved proportionally lower,” Isaacson said. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS INTERVIEW CLICK HERE. Additionally, Isaacson points to an activist investor who may have driven several changes at the company over the last year...
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Walter T. Kaczmarek, President and CEO of Heritage Commerce Corp. (HTBK), Presents at KBW Investor Conference

July 30, 2014

Walter T. Kaczmarek, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Commerce Corp. (HTBK), reported net interest income was up 13% in the second quarter of 2014 compared to last year, and net income was up 19% compared to 2013. He spoke on July 29 at the KBW Community Bank Investor Conference. “The company’s been known for years for its strong deposit base,” Kaczmarek said. “The loan portfolio is very diversified, as community banks go.” Commercial and industrial lending represents 42% of the bank’s portfolio, and another 22% is in owner-occupied commercial real estate, Kaczmarek said. FOR THE LATEST TWST BANKING REPORT, CLICK HERE...
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Joseph H. Towell, Chairman Yadkin Financial Corp (YDKN), Presents at KBW Community Bank Investor Conference

July 30, 2014

Joseph H. Towell, Chairman of the Board of Yadkin Financial Corporation (YDKN), said the bank’s recently completed merger with VantageSouth Bancshares gives the combined institution a solid market capitalization of nearly $600 million (pro forma). Towell spoke on July 29 at the KBW Community Bank Investor Conference. “There has been high quality, very focused dialogue and key decisions have been made in putting the two companies together,” Towell said. “We’re right on track there. I don’t think there will be any surprises.” FOR THE LATEST TWST BANKING REPORT, CLICK HERE. One of the keys to the merger’s success is the management teams coming together in the merger integration, Towell said...
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