Atlas Pipeline Partners (NYSE: APL ) has completed an agreement to acquire TEAK Midstream, a privately owned company active in the massive Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play in Texas. The price is $1 billion in cash.
Atlas will now own a company with a set of Eagle Ford midstream assets that includes a cryogenic processing plant, 265 miles of high-pressure rich gas gathering lines, and 275 miles of low-pressure lines. Atlas said in the press release announcing the acquisition that it will expand that asset base over the next few years. A second cryogenic processing plant is currently slated for delivery next month and should come onstream in early 2014.
Gaining control of TEAK Midstream will, by extension, also give Atlas a 50%-75% interest in a set of joint-venture agreements between its new unit and TexStar Midstream Services.
Atlas expects the deal to close during this quarter, pending approval from the relevant authorities and "customary closing conditions."
Top 10 Sliver Stocks For 2015: Volkswagen AG (VLKAY)
Volkswagen AG is a Germany-based automobile manufacturer. The Company develops vehicles and components, and also produces and sells vehicles, in particular Volkswagen brand passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The Company consists of two divisions: Automotive and Financial Services division. The Automotive division is responsible for the development of vehicles and engines, the production and sale of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, and the genuine parts business. The Financial services division's portfolio of services includes dealer and customer services in the field of financing, leasing, directbank, insurance and fleet business. The Company's brands include Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and each brand offers a product range from low-consumption small cars to luxury class vehicles, as well as pick ups, busses and heavy trucks in the commercial vehicle sector.
During 2009, the Company introduced two additions to the Audi5 model series: Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Audi A5 Sportback. In addition, Audi A4 allroad Quattro, Audi TT RS, Audi RS Spyder and the Audi 8 were introduced. During 2009, Audi brand delivered 950 thousand vehicles to customers worldwide. The SEAT launched the Exeo in the B segment. This sporty midsized saloon marks the arrival of the Spanish brands. Bentley introduced the Bentley Mulsanne. This saloon includes proportioned interiors. It also introduced GTC Speed and the Bentley Continental Supersports.
The Company has various delivery centers, including Western Europe, China, Brazil, United States and Mexico. During 2009, deliveries of vehicles were 6336222 worldwide.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Rosevear]
General Motors (NYSE: GM ) is still one of the world's biggest automakers -- but lately, its profits have been far behind those of rivals. GM outsold every automaker but Toyota (NYSE: TM ) last year -- but Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY ) and Ford (NYSE: F ) , among others, earned more money.
- [By Live Investor]
The carmaker intends to invest heavily in its China operations to expand and make the maximum benefit from this growing potential market. China, which has a car market estimated to clock almost 32 million units by 2020, is increasingly becoming the hot spot and a dream destination for carmakers. It would be quite a challenge for the auto major given the strong presence of fellow foes GM, Volkswagen (VLKAY), Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and other foreign players.
- [By Michael Lewis]
Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY ) has had bad luck as well, with first-quarter profits down 38%, even though unit sales increased 5%. The company trades even more appealingly, with an EV/EBITDA of 7.7. On a trailing basis, return on equity has been an impressive 27.6%.
- [By John Rosevear]
One of the things he saw was a company that was too dependent on the U.S. pickup truck market. Another thing he saw was rival Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH: VLKAY ) . VW's profits dwarf GM's -- and nearly half of those fat profits come from VW's successful luxury brand, Audi.
Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: Cape Bancorp Inc.(CBNJ)
Cape Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for the Cape Bank that provides a line of business and personal banking products to retail customers and small and mid-sized businesses primarily in Cape May and Atlantic Counties, New Jersey. Its deposit products include non-interest-bearing demand deposits, such as checking accounts; interest-bearing demand accounts, including NOW and money market accounts; savings accounts; and certificates of deposit. The company?s loan products portfolio comprises commercial mortgage loans, one-to-four family residential mortgage loans, commercial business loans, construction loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and other consumer loans. It operates through its 16 full service branch offices located in Atlantic and Cape May counties in southern New Jersey; and a loan production office in Burlington County. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Tim Melvin]
Right now I know that silver miners like Pan American Silver (PAAS) and Coeur Mining (CDE) are very cheap on an asset basis. I know that oil and gas producers like Swift Energy (SFY) and WPX Energy (WPX) are priced as if no one will ever use the stuff again. I know that small banks like Cape Bancorp (CBNJ) and Essa Bancorp (ESSA) are crazy-cheap — and if the world does not end, those stocks will be a lot higher in a few years.
Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: CytRx Corporation(CYTR)
CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company, engages in the development of human therapeutics, specializing in oncology. Its drug development pipeline includes INNO-206, which is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas and is in Phase Ib/2 clinical trials for the treatment of solid tumors; and tamibarotene that is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer and acute promyelocytic leukemia. The company also develops Bafetinib, which is in Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia and advanced prostate cancer, as well as in pharmacokinetic clinical trial for brain cancer. CytRx Corporation was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By CRWE]
CytRx Corporation (Nasdaq:CYTR) has initiated an open-label, single-center Phase 1b clinical trial to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of its tumor-targeting doxorubicin conjugate aldoxorubicin (formerly known as INNO-206) in patients with metastatic solid tumors who have either relapsed or not responded to treatment with standard therapies.
Hot High Tech Stocks To Own Right Now: adidas AG (ADDYY)
adidas AG designs, develops, produces, and markets through its own retail activities a range of athletic and sports lifestyle products. The Company operates in six segments: Wholesale, Retail, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, Rockport, Reebok-CCM Hockey and Other Centrally Managed Brands. adidas AG is the ultimate parent if the adidas Group. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had 169 subsidiaries worldwide. In June 2012, the Company announced that its TaylorMade-adidas Golf business segment completed the acquisition of Adams Golf, Inc.
The Wholesale segment consists of all business activities relating to the distribution of adidas and Reebok products to retail customers. The Retail segment consists of all business activities relating to the sales of adidas and Reebok products directly to consumers through own retail and own e-commerce platforms. adidas and Reebok branded products include footwear, apparel and hardware, such as bags and balls. TaylorMade-adidas Golf includes the three brands: TaylorMade, adidas Golf and Ashworth. TaylorMade designs, develops and assembles golf clubs, balls and accessories. adidas Golf branded products include footwear, apparel, and accessories. Ashworth designs and distributes men�� and women�� lifestyle sportswear. Rockport designs and markets leather footwear for men and women. Reebok-CCM Hockey designs, produces and markets hockey equipment, such as sticks and skates, as well as apparel mainly under the brand names, Reebok Hockey and CCM. The Other Centrally Managed Brands segment primarily includes the business activities of the Y-3 label, under which premium footwear and apparel are designed and distributed.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Dan Carroll]
Europe's economic woes have been hitting German companies hard. Sporting-goods and clothing company Adidas (NASDAQOTH: ADDYY ) has grown its profit and margins recently, but the company's sales lagged in the first quarter, particularly in Western Europe, where revenue fell by 6%. This week, Adidas attempted to prop up its lagging Reebok division -- which the company purchased for $3.8 billion in 2006 -- by rebranding the segment with the symbol of its highly successful CrossFit program. There's no telling whether that's enough to turn around unprofitable Reebok and boost Adidas' margins further, but CrossFit has become a big success as a fitness program in Europe and the U.S.
- [By Jake Mann]
Enter Rich Froning
Rich Froning, the sport's equivalent of Michael Jordan, recently won a record fourth-straight CrossFit Games title. The victory came days after he signed a�long-term endorsement contract with�Adidas� (NASDAQOTH: ADDYY ) �subsidiary�Reebok.
- [By Jeff Reeves]
Then there are funds with an even bigger weighting in Europe, like the Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX). About 55% of this fund is invested in European stocks, such as French cosmetics leader L'Oreal (LRLCF) and German athletic brand Adidas (ADDYY).
- [By Tom Taulli]
As I pointed out about a year ago, SKUL stock would face some tough headwinds, such as:Competition: It is intense, with operators like Beats by Dre, Incase, Urbanears, Soul, Sony (SNE), JVC, Bose and even Adidas (ADDYY). Fickleness: This is the bane of the fashion business. The Skullcandy brand isn’t too hip — that can change overnight, but success can be fleeting, too. Market Size: For the most part, Skullcandy has focused on the youth crowd, such as those who are snowboarders or skateboarders. The problem is that it’s a niche market, and one where the crowd rapidly moves on as it gets older.
These issues all remain for SKUL stock, as evidenced by the steep drop in the revenues in 2013.