Manning & Napier (MN) Misses Q2 EPS by 1c Jul 30, 2014 05:26PM

Manning & Napier (NYSE: MN) reported Q2 EPS of $0.30, $0.01 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.31. Revenue for the quarter came in at $103.9 million versus the consensus estimate of $102.91 million.

Patrick Cunningham, Manning & Napier’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The year-to-date market environment has been favorable to our active security selection process, reflected in outperformance for our equity and life-cycle strategies. As we enter the second half of 2014, we are optimistic regarding several initiatives that we believe will drive growth and deliver returns for both our clients and shareholders. Our short-term and long-term track records for our core products continue to outperform peers and benchmarks, and our mid-term records will benefit from the roll-off of underperformance during the third quarter of 2011. We also enhanced our product offerings by our recent acquisition of Xenon, which we have already integrated in our new Chicago office by successfully transitioning the existing client base and scaling the products to over $400 million by including Xenon's managed futures strategies in our multi-asset-class portfolios. Finally, since going public and beginning a capital investment program two and a half years ago, we are witnessing the first tier of new product seedings reaching three-year track records with very good performance in emerging markets equity and global equity."

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Mid-America Apartment Communities (MAA) Misses Q2 EPS by 5c Jul 30, 2014 05:07PM

Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) reported Q2 EPS of $1.20, $0.05 worse than the analyst estimate of $1.25. Revenue for the quarter came in at $244.5 million versus the consensus estimate of $246.79 million.

Eric Bolton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Second quarter results were driven by steady growth in pricing with same store rents increasing 3.1% over the prior year, off-set by a slight decline in effective occupancy, generating 2.6% growth in revenues. While new supply trends are expected to remain elevated in several of our markets, good job growth and resulting demand across the majority of our markets support our outlook for solid growth in net operating income for the full year.

Merger and integration activities surrounding our combination with Colonial Properties Trust continue to go well. Our operating and management reporting teams were very busy in the second quarter wrapping up the consolidation of the MAA and Colonial operating platforms. In addition, we continue to make good progress on selling the remaining non-core assets acquired in the Colonial merger, with several additional sales contracts in place."

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Noble Corp. (NE) Tops Q2 EPS by 25c Jul 30, 2014 05:04PM

Noble Corp. (NYSE: NE) reported Q2 EPS of $0.91, $0.25 better than the analyst estimate of $0.66. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.2 million versus the consensus estimate of $1.19 million.

David W. Williams, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corporation plc noted, "Second quarter results benefited from our strategy to shift the fleet toward a greater mix of premium rigs with contributions from two new jackup rigs, theNoble Houston Colbert and Noble Regina Allen. In addition, revenues in the quarter were supported by contractual dayrate increases on several rigs and the commencement of a contract for the Noble Paul Romano, which returned to work in May. However, due to planned regulatory inspection and maintenance shipyard projects for several rigs, revenues for the second quarter declined modestly when compared to first quarter 2014.

"As of the close of the second quarter, Noble has added nine new, technically advanced rigs to its fleet since 2011. Two additional new rigs are expected to commence operations during the third quarter with the arrival of the ultra-deepwater drillship Noble Sam Croft in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the high-specification jackup Noble Sam Turner in the North Sea. Operating performance on our new rigs has continued to improve due in part to the implementation of previously announced operational readiness procedures and crew competency measures. We believe these improvements are sustainable and should continue to drive operating performance."

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Tessera Technologies (TSRA), Micron (MU) Enter Patent, Tech Licensing Agreements Jul 30, 2014 05:03PM

Tessera Technologies (Nasdaq: TSRA) and Micron Technology, Inc. (“Micron”) (Nasdaq: MU) announced today the execution of new, multiyear technology and patent license agreements. In addition to the new patent license agreement, Tessera’s wholly-owned subsidiary Invensas Corporation will license its Multi-Die Face-Down (xFDTM) semiconductor packaging technology to Micron and cooperate with Micron on the manufacturing of Micron products that incorporate xFD technology. As part of the agreements, Tessera and Micron will also explore other possible joint development efforts.

Tessera’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Lacey praised the agreements. “We are delighted to reach new long-term agreements with Micron that build on our existing relationship. We are thrilled to be working closely with one of the most successful and innovative semiconductor companies on the planet,” Lacey said. “We have continued to develop innovative, next-generation technologies that we seek to commercialize with world-class partners like Micron. We look forward to working with Micron to commercialize high performance multi-chip xFD DRAM and other products.”

“We are pleased to reach agreement with Tessera, including a patent license and a technology agreement relating to Tessera’s xFD packaging technology,” said Mark Durcan, Micron’s Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to discussing further joint development opportunities with Tessera.”

The specific terms and conditions of the agreements are confidential and have not been disclosed by the companies.


Newport Corp (NEWP) Tops Q2 EPS by 13c Jul 30, 2014 05:02PM

Newport Corp (NASDAQ: NEWP) reported Q2 EPS of $0.34, $0.13 better than the analyst estimate of $0.21. Revenue for the quarter came in at $153.2 million versus the consensus estimate of $150.07 million.

Commenting on the results, Robert J. Phillippy, Newport's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Newport delivered strong financial results in the second quarter, with sales increasing 4.3% sequentially and 14.2% on a year-over-year basis. We were able to leverage this sales growth into a 70% year-over-year increase in non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. We also continued to generate strong cash flows from operations, and our new orders increased both sequentially and year-over-year. In the first half of 2014, we increased our sales by 12.5%, and our non-GAAP earnings per diluted share by 77.1%, compared with the first half of 2013."

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