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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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Richard P. Smith, President and CEO of TriCo Bancshares (TCBK), Presents at KBW Community Bank Conference

July 30, 2014

Richard P. Smith, President and CEO of TriCo Bancshares (TCBK), said the bank’s merger with North Valley Bancorp will create double-digit EPS accretion beginning in 2015. Smith spoke on July 29 at the KBW Community Bank Investor Conference. “We are continuing to be a steady dividend payer over long periods of time, for decades,” Smith said. “We still think that’s an important component of rewarding our shareholders.” FOR THE LATEST TWST BANKING REPORT, CLICK HERE. Smith said the $3.5 billion community bank will have about 80 branches from Bakersfield, Calif., to the Oregon border, with market share in the top three for 15 of the combined bank’s 26 counties of operation...
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Lumos Networks Corp (LMOS) Plans to Expand Enterprise Network

July 29, 2014

Lumos Networks Corp (LMOS) CEO Timothy Blitz says one of the key components of the company’s growth strategy will be to expand its enterprise network to more buildings in its footprint, including data centers. Currently, he says Lumos is connected to nearly 1,500 on-net buildings and 14 commercial data centers. “In early July, we announced our connection into the Peak 10 data center in Richmond, Virginia. We recently released our near-net building list of 15,000 buildings that are within a half-mile of our fiber network — to which we can easily extend fiber at the request of our partner on behalf of their customer,” Blitz says. “We believe that this formalized building list can help to accelerate the progress of our carrier end-user strategy...
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