Archive for January, 2010

Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Ltd. (LPIH.OB) Up Nearly Sevenfold After QualityStocks Newsletter Coverage

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Ltd.’s shares have increased by nearly eightfold since the company was initially covered in QualityStocks FREE Daily Newsletter. Longwei was highlighted in the newsletter on April 6, 2009 when shares were trading at only $0.31. The stock is currently trading at $2.40 a share. Although down 4.6% today, an investment into Longwei Petroleum less than 10 months ago would have increased by nearly 700%.

Longwei Petroleum is an energy company that engages in oil and gas operations in China. The company’s operations consist of transporting, marketing and selling finished petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene. Longwei seeks to earn profits by selling these products at competitive prices to coal plants and other power supply customers along with both large-scale and small, independent gas stations.

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Baylake Corp. (BYLK) Reports Earnings for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Baylake Corp. announced net income of $678,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009. This was the fourth consecutive quarter of profitability for the company and represents a strong improvement from the fourth quarter of 2008 when the company lost $9.9 million.

Baylake Corp reported a full year profit in 2009 of $4.3 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. In 2008, the company lost $9.9 million.

Asset quality is also improving, with non-performing loans declining from $44.1 million at the end of 2008, to $28.7 million at the end of 2009. The 2009 total represents 4.38% of total loans. The company also reported a Tier 1 risk based capital ratio of 10.22% at the end of 2009.

The company reported a book value per share of $9.43 at 12/31/2009, up from $8.72 at the end of 2008. The stock is trading at $4.00 per share.

Baylake Corp is a bank holding company that owns the Baylake Bank, which operates 28 branches in Wisconsin. The bank reported total assets of $1.04 billion at the end of 2009.

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China Integrated Energy, Inc. (CBEH) Signs $52M Petroleum Contract

Friday, January 29th, 2010

China Integrated Energy, Inc., an industry leading, privately owned provider of petroleum and clean energy fuels in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced yesterday that the Company has signed a large new contract with one of its existing customers.

The contract, with an unspecified wholesale distributor located in the Sichuan Province (where refining capacity is limited), calls for delivery of 160k tons of petroleum products in 2010, a whopping 62k tons more than the previous year and representing an additional $52M in revenue.

This new contract clearly showcases CBEH’s skillful execution of its growth strategy in wholesale distribution, breaking new ground in existing territories in order to meet rising demand from its customer base.

Ideally situated in Xi’an City at the nexus of China’s oil market, CBEH is well-positioned geographically to handle the growing demands of Sichuan and other provinces in south-central and southeastern China, with direct access to railway service that makes delivering product fast and economical.

With soaring Chinese demand for a variety of petroleum products – most notably vehicle fuel – advancing at an annually compounded rate of 9.2% (for diesel) and 8.4% (for gasoline) from 2001 to 2008, CBEH is also well-positioned in terms of its core competencies to capitalize on the booming Chinese energy sector.

As one of only four non-state-owned distributors licensed to sell finished and heavy oil products in Shaanxi Province, CBEH is primed for massive future growth on the strength of its existing distribution network, which stretches out across 14 provinces and municipalities comprised of an estimated 640M people.

CEO of CBEH Mr. Gao Xincheng expressed his pleasure over the new contract and the “significant” additional revenue it entails, noting that in order to understand just how great the new contract is one must consider that “the increase is equal to the total amount of finished oil and heavy oil products” distributed by the company in 3Q 09.

Mr. Gao Xincheng acknowledged that wholesale distribution of petroleum products represented the Company’s largest business segment, and projected continued growth of this segment in 2010 via both new and existing clientele, citing a “diversified supply base, large storage capacity and proximity to rail transportation” as contributing factors to achieving growth projections as demand continues to rise.

Mr. Gao Xincheng explained that the Company was on schedule for meeting construction targets of the new 50k-ton biodiesel production plant, which he anticipated would be online by 3Q 2010.

Continuing to scout out “high traffic locations” to expand the existing portfolio of retail gas stations was also noted by Mr. Gao Xincheng as being crucial to increasing sales and overall profitability of distribution infrastructure, as CBEH continues to push ever forward towards new heights as a leader in China’s integrated energy industry.

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VoiceServe, Inc. (VSRV.OB) Awarded Best of Show at ITEXPO East 2010

Friday, January 29th, 2010

VoiceServe, Inc., the London-based developer of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Softswitch (software-based call connection) platform solutions and service provider, announced formally today that during last week’s TMC’s ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami the Company received the coveted “Best of Show” award for “Best Service Provider Solution”.

The ITEXPO is a major event for IP-based communications technology companies, and approximately 100 were on hand to exhibit their products this year when VSRV unveiled the new Vippie for Blackberry, a Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP software phone that lets users make calls over their Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE connection. Session Initiation Protocol, or SIP, is a signaling protocol used to control multimedia communication sessions.

The Vippie was designed for tight integration with VSRV’s VoipSwitch Softswitch platform. The VoipSwitch blackberry license works with any third party SIP-compliant platform. Availability will begin in February 2010.

CEO of VSRV Michael Bibelman was proud of the prestigious award and of the ability to boast that VSRV is “one of the first companies to provide a VoIP solution for the Blackberry”, noting that this latest development represents a very dynamic phase for the Company in terms of growth that will, no doubt, translate into substantial future revenues.

Bibelman also noted that this “Blackberry SIP phone module completes VoipSwitch’s full range of modules”, due to the fact that VSRV already has SIP clients for all the other significant mobile platforms.

CEO and group editor-in-chief of TMC Rich Tehrani explained that the Best of Show Awards recognized the cream of the crop and served to draw attention to the most innovative and technologically advanced offering featured in the Exhibit Hall.

Tehrani boasted about the success of the ITEXPO, pointing out record traffic and the sheer volume of exciting news from the various exhibitors, as well as the overall quality of the show, due in large part to the efforts of the best-of-show winners.

Tehrani complimented all of the participating companies for helping to make this ITEXPO the “best show ever” and expressed his pride in honoring VSRV and their outstanding products.

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Solarfun Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (SOLF) is “One to Watch”

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd. manufactures ingots, PV cells and PV modules as well as provides PV module processing services to convert PV cells into PV modules. Selling its products through third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and directly to system integrators, the company produces both monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon cells and modules.

The company’s main focus is on bringing the best value to their customers by offering the latest advances in solar technology and vertically integrated manufacturing solutions. Backed by more than a decade of Electronic Manufacturing experience, Solarfun is committed to maintaining quality of the highest standard.

Solarfun has achieved an aggregate annual manufacturing capacity of 360 MW. As part of an expansion plan, they have also added capacity of 15 MW for automated Building Integrated PV (BIPV). Long-term commitments are important to the company as evident by its provision of 25-year warranties and prompt post-sale service.

With a strong management team and efficient performance, Solarfun has grown into a leading player in the global photovoltaic industry, in both their products and contract manufacturing solutions. Solarfun is well positioned for continued growth as the global economy demands increasing amounts of energy from renewable sources.

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Energtek, Inc. (EGTK.PK) – Unlocking The Future Of Natural Gas

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Energtek, Inc., a world leader in the development and commercialization of ANG (Adsorbed Natural Gas) technology, sees itself as realizing the full potential of natural gas, which they consider to be the most practical alternative to oil-derived fuel. Through the use of their advanced ANG technology, natural gas can be stored under lower pressures, providing a number of valuable options to users.

For example, storing the same amount of natural gas in the same volume, but with lower pressure, increases the possible applications of natural gas. Low pressure storage tanks and fueling systems are simpler and less expensive. This makes it feasible for millions of the world’s smallest vehicles, such as the three-wheeled motorized bikes so common in Asia, to run on natural gas, which is far cleaner and cheaper than oil. On the other hand, existing high-pressure equipment and storage is made more efficient with ANG technology, since it allows more natural gas to be stored in the same volume.

Increasing the efficiency of natural gas storage with ANG technology also means that it becomes easier and cheaper to transport natural gas, especially in places where no gas pipeline or compressing infrastructure exists. As global markets seek to diversify their energy sources, this offers countries in Asia and elsewhere new possibilities regarding the resources they can consider and where they can be delivered.

By making natural gas more transportable and usable, Energtek enhances the already significant benefits of natural gas. Not only is natural gas less expensive than oil in most countries, it is the world’s cleanest fossil fuel, greatly reducing greenhouse emissions. It is also a resource that is more evenly distributed throughout the world than oil, making it a viable option to more countries.

Energtek sees ANG technology as a key to unlocking these benefits for Asia and much of the world.

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NetSol Technologies, Inc. (NTWK) – Also a Leader in IT Consulting

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Netsol Technologies Inc. has been a worldwide provider of global business services since 1995. The company provides cost-effective, requirements-oriented IT and software development solutions to private and public sector enterprises.

Information technology services are valuable only if they fulfill the company’s business strategy, project goals and overall objectives. Netsol Technologies’ expert consultants have the technical knowledge and business experience to ensure an optimized development process in alignment with basic business principles. The company’s consultants help to maximize organizational efficiencies through enhanced business processes and cost-saving measures which cater both to clients’ immediate needs and long-term goals.

In rapidly changing business markets, organizations must move to state-of-the-art IT solutions to survive, compete and succeed. Netsol’s capable and globally experienced resources help organizations accomplish this with ease and efficiency. After studying the existing and desired business solutions, Netsol develops and delivers the right solution for its client’s short-and-long term goals. The company provides the streamlining, realignment and restructuring of an organization’s business processes that helps clients gain meaningful business value from planned IT implementations.

Netsol’s team is continually exposed to the latest best practices in the industry to deliver a creative and actionable approach to a company’s technology issues. Their experience in the financial services, healthcare, e-commerce and business-to-business areas has allowed the company to develop a clear and concise management process. Step by step, Netsol dedicates resources to understand a client’s specific needs and underlying issues, troubleshoot to determine possible solutions, and develop customized systems to meet each client’s unique objectives.

In effect, Netsol becomes an extension of a client’s senior technology staff. In addition, the company takes an active approach to ensure adoption and compliance through training and communication, because they know that technology solutions are valuable only if they are embraced.

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Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) Posts Better than Expected Results

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Rapid changes in technology can be a death bell for established product brands. Not recognizing these changes and adapting to them is the nail in the coffin. There are certain brands, however, that are strong enough to cheat death if a solid reorientation is made quickly and effectively. In this sense, recognizing the brand and its opportunity can be just as an effective investing option as any other, especially when a stock price is beaten down for some time but refuses to die.

Eastman Kodak Co., an imaging technology products manufacturer and service company, manufactures imaging products for the consumer and commercial marketplace. The company recently posted higher than expected returns after a long restructuring and realignment process.

Several years ago it would have been safe to say that Eastman Kodak dropped the ball as digital cameras and cell phones entered the marketplace. Today, however, it would also be safe to say that the company has regained its footing albeit in a slightly differing digital orientation. Thursday’s reported revenue topped estimates as the company appears to have completed a reorientation focused on new digital printing and services technology.

The company does seem to have made the transition and is once again moving forward. On a year over year first quarter basis the company posted a $443 million profit verses an over $900 million loss for the same quarter. Digital business for the quarter was up 12% while the most associated film business was down 10%. One, however, cannot discount the company’s service business where an increasing commercial presence is developing along with commercial inkjet sales. Overall, Eastman Kodak’s long reorientation process looks to be generating results and may be a solid dividend play. Generally, this would be in the future as it really begins to pick up speed and recognition as a leading brand in the market place. One would not suggest that this will happen overnight but it does look to be a solid possibility going forward.

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QuantRx Biomedical Corp. (QTXB.OB) to Acquire NuRx Pharmaceuticals (NUXP.OB)

Friday, January 29th, 2010

QuantRX Biomedical Corp. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire NuRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCBB: NUXP). The transaction is structured as a tax-free, all stock acquisition resulting in a combined company with no debt and a simplified ownership and capital structure.

The agreement for QuantRx to acquire NuRx follows a joint venture between the companies announced in July 2009. The QN Diagnostics joint venture between the two firms leverages 30 years of diagnostic healthcare research and development expertise. The joint venture has been focused on accelerating the commercialization of diagnostic products utilizing QuantRx’s RapidSense rapid diagnostics technology.

Among the initial products projected to be launched in 2010 is a new line of hypersensitive clinical laboratory improvement amendments (CLIA) waived quantitative point-of-care lateral flow diagnostic devices. These devices have reliable and repeatable sensitivity in the low picograms per milliliter needed to provide laboratory level results to the point-of-care market. This unique platform technology enables the use of any biological sample such as blood, urine or saliva to deliver laboratory results to the primary care provider in minutes.

Through this joint venture, both companies gained a greater appreciation of the point-of-care market and realized that a merger made sense. Both companies believe the merger will not only leave them stronger financially, but will enable them to more aggressively expand their efforts to capitalize on opportunities for their patented diagnostic products in the rapidly growing market for point-of-care diagnostic products.

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Balqon Corp. (BLQN.OB) Successfully Completes Cold Weather Testing on Battery Powered Electric Tractor

Friday, January 29th, 2010

One company that is starting to leave its mark on the market is the Balqon Corporation. Located in California, Balqon has grown into a leading developer of heavy duty electric trucks, tractors, and electric drive systems. Today, the young company announced that they have successfully completed cold weather testing on its lithium-ion battery powered electric tractor, the Nautilus XE20.

The Nautilus XE20 is a state-of-the-art electric tractor that is designed for off-highway container or semi-trailer “spotting” applications. The unique vehicle is designed to travel at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and capable of towing loads of up to 40 tons.

When asked about the successful completion of the Nautilus XU20, Balwinder Samra who serves as the Balqon’s President and CEO was quoted as saying, “Our demonstration of the performance of the Nautilus XE20 in actual warehouse applications at temperatures below 10°F under loads exceeding 25 tons validates our belief that the durability, range and performance of our heavy-duty electric vehicles would not be diminished due to the effects of cold weather. We believe that the four weeks of successful testing validates the Nautilus XE20 as a viable alternative to diesel fuel powered vehicles in cold weather conditions. Based upon the fuel cost data we recorded, we also believe that Balqon’s heavy-duty electric vehicles will provide significant fuel cost savings as compared to diesel fuel powered heavy-duty vehicles that must remain idle all day in cold weather conditions to prevent fuel line freeze-up.”

The Nautilus XE20 has been designed, integrated, and built in cooperation with Autocar Truck and their Xspotter yard tractor team. Headquartered in Indiana, Autocar is an assembly sales and service company with their mission placed on severe service heavy duty trucks. When asked about Autocar’s role with the Nautilus XE20, Eric Schwartz who serves as their Vice President of Specialty Vehicle Business stated, “Supported by Autocar locations coast to coast in US and Canada, we believe that the Nautilus XE20 is truly a commercially viable zero emissions alternative to traditional diesel powered yard tractors currently in use in warehouse distribution centers, marine terminals, intermodal facilities, industrial plants and railyards.”

Balqon and Autocar appear to be a winning pair and there is no question that Balqon is a company on the move. Currently, Balqon is trading in the $0.85 range and appears to have a great deal of promise.

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Consorteum Holdings Inc. (CSRH.OB) Announces First Interview of Series to Air on Leading National Financial Radio Show

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Consorteum Holdings, Inc. this morning announced that CEO Craig Fielding will be interviewed LIVE today on the Big Biz Show – listen and watch live on radio, television and Internet.

Craig Fielding will be interviewed on the “Big Biz Show” between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. PST (4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. EST). The interview will be aired across the country via the CBS Radio Network, The Business Talk Radio Network and on television via the Biz Television Network.

During the interview, Mr. Fielding will discuss Consorteum’s current status, business strategy for the upcoming year and the impact of the company’s recent announcements.

The “Big Biz Show” broadcasts out of San Diego, California. Recently named by TALKERS Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Financial Shows” in the country, the show discusses current business events, internet related issues, and other hot topics in the business world; doing so in an informative, laid back, and humorous manner.

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NBT Holdings Inc. (NBTH.OB) Reports Strong Increase in Net Income

Friday, January 29th, 2010

NBT Holdings Inc. reported net income of $633,000 in 2009, up nearly threefold from net income of $187,000 in 2008. NBT Holdings Inc. is a bank holding company that owns the Nashville Bank and Trust Company.

The bank reported strong growth in assets, loans and deposits in 2009 compared to 2008. Total assets ended 2009 were $183 million, up 17.1%, while loans increased by 6.8% to $136 million. Deposit growth was even better, up 19.8%, to end 2009 at $155 million.

NBT Holdings Inc. also has a solid balance sheet and reported no non-performing assets as of 12/31/2009. The bank had a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 12.1% as of the end of 2009, well above the regulatory minimum of 5.0%.

The bank recently underwent a management transition, when Donald W. Thurmond, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Founder of NBT Holdings Inc., died in December 2009. Charles W. Cook, Jr. was names as Thurmond’s replacement.

NBT Holdings Inc. offers banking and trust services to its customers from its single office in Nashville, Tennessee. These services include loans, both personal and business, and investment management, custodial and estate services.

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Megola, Inc. (MGON.OB) Confirms Initial Order from EcoBlue Products, Inc.

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Megola Inc. announced that the company has received the initial order and payment for their leading Hartindo Anti-Fire products. This order was placed by EcoBlu, Inc., fulfilling part of an agreement signed in November.

Specifically, this order consists of 30 totes of Hartindo AF21 fire inhibitor concrete. This product will be incorporated into EcoBlu’s Fire Retardant Coating products and is scheduled to be delivered in the month of February.

Darryl Germain, Megola C.O.O., stated, “EcoBlu has been diligent in conducting all testing necessary to meet the various wood industry requirements, including those for engineered wood products. Megola is extremely optimistic for our future prospects and we firmly believe that our patience will be well rewarded.”

In November of 2009, Megola and EcoBlu entered into an exclusive licensing agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, EcoBlu acquired the exclusive use of Megola’s Hartindo AF21 Fire Inhibitor products in North America. Hartindo AF21 products provide Class A fire protection for lumbar, panels, and engineered wood products.

Recently, EcoBlu presented their product line at the 2010 International Builder’s Show, accompanied by Megola President and CEO Joel Gardner. This event was able to showcase various EcoBlu products and showcase their first green building product line.

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Bond Laboratories, Inc. (BNLB.OB) Reports 70 Percent Increase in Revenue for the Fourth Quarter 2009

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Bond Laboratories, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative functional beverages and nutritional products, recently announced its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009. The company generated revenue from continuing operations of more than $1.7 million, compared to $1.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 70 percent. Continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2008 excludes approximately $360,000 of revenue directly attributable to operations divested by the company during the third quarter of 2009.

Bond Laboratories attributes the company’s strong financial growth to solid expansion within its NDS division and the recent launch of Resurrection™ Anti-Hangover drink. Resurrection™, from the company’s Fusion Premium Beverages division, continues to exceed expectations and is currently being distributed to over 20,000 locations, including convenience stores, liquor stores, bars and restaurants.

John S. Wilson, chief executive officer of Bond Laboratories, stated, “This was a breakout year for Bond Labs. The really impressive thing about our growth is that it came during a traditionally slow period in the nutritional products industry. Plus, all revenues represent pure growth as we made no new acquisitions during the year.”

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International Speedway Corp. (ISCB.OB) Keeps Optimistic Edge despite Dismal Q4 and FY Figures

Friday, January 29th, 2010

International Speedway Corp. yesterday posted its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2009. Despite a rough year impacted by the recession, CEO Lesa France Kennedy said the company anticipates a stronger 2010.

“We are excited about the upcoming 2010 motorsports season, despite the economic issues we still face which had a definite effect on our revenue last year,” Kennedy stated in the press release. “We are optimistic that the economic recovery underway will continue to strengthen and we will begin to see positive changes in consumer and corporate spending. Benefiting our Company is the fact that we remain in excellent financial shape highlighted by significant contracted revenue from media income and a solid balance sheet.”

The company reported total revenues for the fourth quarter decreased to $201.8 million, compared to revenues of $205.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2008; operating income was $50.5 million during the period compared to $64.9 million in the fourth quarter the year prior; net income for the fourth quarter was $9.0 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $33.6 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, the same quarter the year prior.

For the full-year ended November 30, 2009, International Speedway posted total revenues of $693.2 million, down from $787.3 million in 2008; operating income for the year was $147.8 million, as compared to $235.8 million the 12 months prior; net income for the year was $6.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $134.6 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, in 2008.

Kennedy said the company will aim at fan satisfaction and lowering ticket costs for the upcoming race season.

“As we move into the new season, our primary focus is on ensuring that the millions of fans who attend our events receive great entertainment value coupled with an unforgettable at-track experience. To make attending our events even more affordable, we have taken the ticket pricing strategy so successful last year and expanded it to encompass value pricing on over 500,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup tickets. We remain encouraged by the recent signs of increased ticket buying volume for the DAYTONA 500 versus last year.”

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American Dairy, Inc. (ADY) is “One to Watch”

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

American Dairy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, conducts operations in the People’s Republic of China. The company is one of the leading producers and distributors of premium infant formula, milk powder, and soybean, rice and walnut products in the People’s Republic of China.

American Dairy’s products are specially formulated for particular ages, dietary needs and health concerns. The company has over 200 company-owned milk collection stations, two dairy farms, six production facilities with an aggregate milk powder production capacity of 1,220 tons per day and a distribution network that reaches over 90,000 retail outlets.

The company’s growth strategy includes expanding production capabilities by investing in world-class production processes, enhancing distribution capabilities in first-tier PRC markets, and aligning sourcing, production and distribution by region. In addition, American Dairy recently appointed a new head of sales and marketing that has more than 15 years experience in the field.

American Dairy’s corporate goal is to accelerate growth through production facility expansion in China and through ongoing product development and diversification. With Chinese consumers’ demand for milk products growing faster than China’s supply, American Dairy is well positioned to build its business and market share.

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Epic Corp. (EPOR.PK) Forms Strategic Relationship with Senior Care Holdings, Inc., Reveals 2010 Growth Initiatives

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Epic Corp. has evolved over the years from its humble start as a semi-conductor company to become the unique healthcare financial services holding operation that it is today.

Epic determines its worth through the growth of its subsidiaries and affiliates, and operates under the sound philosophy that by providing opportunities for investment to healthcare companies, it grows not only its network of value but the industry as a whole.

Forming and financing development stage public companies (DSPC’s) in the healthcare sector, including real estate investment trusts which facilitate said companies, are essential to Epic’s growth strategy, which capitalizes on such growth by developing strategic third-party relationships and publicly trading the DSPC’s securities.

After eight years of looking for the perfect strategic relationship, Epic found Senior Care Holdings, Inc., which thrives in the growing senior sector of the healthcare industry, where the appropriate concerns of both companies synergize around independent and assisted living initiatives, as well as skilled nursing infrastructure.

This relationship with Senior Care gives Epic a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor with a company that is anticipated to move from virtually nil revenues to tens of millions of profits within a short time.

A recent update to shareholders by Epic CEO Ronald S. Tucker detailed activities for the fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31, 09, including the entry into a consulting agreement with Senior Care and the formation of Senior Care Communities Trust, Inc. (the Trust), as well as the acquisition of a 50% interest in a healthcare operating and service holding company.

Tucker talked about the consulting agreement with Senior Care and the “cash flow” it has produced, saying that the “joint venture assures EPIC a profit of $2M as of June 30, 2010, of which $1M is attributable as of Dec 31, 2009”, and noted that he saw “tremendous growth” potential through this joint venture with Senior Care.

Tucker also went over the fundamentals, pointing out that the 65-to-84 age group is outpacing all others in the U.S. Tucker further pointed out that this surge in demand hypertrophied the “dramatic lack of age-specific housing”, sending shockwaves of concern throughout the industry.

To understand just how big the potential market is and how much growth potential exists for relevant services and facilities, Tucker noted that “10 of Senior Care’s facilities had net revenues of $71,950,000 and net profit of $4,550,000 for the 12 months ending June 30, 2009.”

Tucker suggested that Epic was “uniquely positioned” to not only profit from Senior Care’s operations, but also to help them grow and expand operations via the Trust.

Epic will complete its audit in the second quarter in order to “blue sky” (a law designed to protect the public from buying fraudulent securities) the common stock. The Company will also begin taking up interests in Senior Care-operated facilities for Epic subsidiary RX Healthcare and qualifying the Trust Offering Statement with the SEC.

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Clenergen Corp. (CRGE.OB) and Philippines-based National Power Corp. Sign MOA to Develop Green Energy

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Clenergen Corporation announced today that it has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with National Power Corporation (NPC) whereby a collaborative effort will ensue for the production of ‘green’ energy based on biomass power plants for NPC’s Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG), which handles plants in the 0.5-2MW range.

Clenergen CEO Mark LM Quinn and NPC President Froilan A. Tampinco disclosed, in a special joint announcement, that feasibility studies would commence in areas NPC has determined to be the best potential sites for utilizing Clenergen’s technology. The sites selected by NPC for development of this initiative are Apayao, Banton, Concepcion, Corcuera, Kabugao, Kalinga, Lubuagan, and Romblon.

National Power Corporation, a state-owned power company operating in the Philippines, was mandated into existence for the development of off-grid, innovative power systems suitable for the many islands that make up the region’s geography.

The publicly held Clenergen is known in the booming ‘green’ energy sector for its incredible proprietary technologies, such as the development of non-food biomass crops through judiciously applied plant science techniques and biotechnology, as well as revolutionary gasification technology.

The capacity to produce short-rotation, high-yield biomass on a commercial scale, and the subsequent utilization of technologies like gasification, combustion steam and anaerobic digestion, collectively make Clenergen a powerhouse when it comes to developing innovative ‘green’ energy solutions for independent clients as well as regional and national grids.

Quinn affirmed Clenergen’s dedication to the task of installing Distributed Environmental Power Systems (DEPS) in the Philippines, where these biomass plants – ranging from 0.5-8MW in size – will provide much needed, highly localized and sustainable energy solutions for the region. They will also be located in areas “suitable to cultivate dedicated biomass feedstocks”. The secondary benefit, of demonstrating the entire system (from biomass production to gasification) as a renewable energy solution to the Asia Pacific basin community, will also be achieved, no doubt prompting others to pursue Clenergen for similar projects.

Tampinco expressed how encouraging this agreement with Clenergen was for NPC, and said he looked forward to “the MOA’s immediate implementation as we promote and encourage the use of renewable energy that abounds in our countryside”.

Tampinco views the relationship as a “clear indication” of global support for a call by NPC to create “strong partnerships” in alternative energy for the Philippine’s small island electrification program.

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China North East Petroleum Holdings Ltd. (NEP) is “One to Watch”

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

China North East Petroleum Holdings Ltd., an independent oil company, focuses on producing crude oil in Northern China. Pioneering in China’s private oil exploration and production industry, China North is the first Chinese non-state-owned oil company trading on the NYSE Amex.

Leasing its first oil field in 2003, China North currently operates four oilfields with more than 247 wells in Northern China. According to a report prepared by PetroChina Jilin Branch of Research Institute for Exploration and Development, total geological reserves of the oilfields that NEP operates total 75 million barrels.

With a firm foundation laid, China North aims to execute a multi-pronged strategy to take advantage of opportunities that have resulted from China’s oil demand and supply gap. Specifically, the company will accelerate well drilling, implement mature technologies to increase production, and consider acquiring E&P related businesses.

With a strong track record of oil production management, China North’s results-driven employees are committed to accelerating production, generating strong cash flow and creating shareholder value. Keep an eye on this company in the coming month as management continues to pursue new opportunities for further growth.

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Toyota (TM) Steps On The Gas With Recall While Share Price Brakes

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. accelerated its massive recall of cars over fears of potentially malfunctioning gas pedals as shares continued to decelerate, tumbling from their high of $91.78 to under $79 in a little over a week.

The recall has now been expanded to include an additional 1.09 million vehicles in the U.S. (the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe). Already targeted cars include the 2009-2010 RAV4, 2005-1010 Avalon, certain 2007-2010 Camry, 2007-2010 Tundra, and 2008-2010 Sequoia.

All of this comes on the heels of Toyota’s announcement of a huge sales and production suspension of affected cars, and its original 2.3 million car recall. Production has been affected in several U.S. plants, and Toyota has informed Chinese authorities that it will start a recall of some 75,000 RAV4 sport utility vehicles made in China between March of 2009 and January of 2010. Toyota has not said whether cars in Europe will also eventually face recalls, but the same parts causing concern in the U.S. are in those cars.

Earlier, in November 2009, Toyota had recalled 4.2 million vehicles over concerns that floor mats might be creeping up on gas pedals causing unwanted acceleration. But the focus of the current recall includes the gas pedal itself, pedals that were manufactured by CTS Corp. in Elkhart, Indiana. It should be noted that, as early as 2007, Toyota had been getting reports of gas pedals being slow to rise after being pressed in some models.

Toyota says that actual cases of uncontrolled acceleration are rare, but is obviously concerned that its famed reputation for quality is at risk. In addition, it could affect the company’s earnings, which were just turning black after three quarters in the red.

Meanwhile, CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS), maker of the suspect pedals, began circling the wagons, issuing a press release echoing what Toyota said about the rarity of the problem, and emphasizing that the pedals were manufactured according to Toyota’s own specifications:

“As has been publically stated by Toyota, we have no knowledge of any accidents or injuries that have resulted from this rare potential condition. Based on information that Toyota has provided us, we are aware of fewer than a dozen instances where this condition has occurred, and in no instance did the accelerator actually become stuck in a partially depressed condition.”

“As Toyota stated, this recall is different from and unrelated to the ‘sudden, unintended acceleration issue’ which was the subject of the November 2009 Toyota recall. In the November recall, the pedals in Toyota models dated back to model year 2002. CTS became a pedal supplier in 2005. Accordingly, our products are not implicated by the November 2009 recall. The products we supply to Toyota, including the pedals covered by the recent recall, have been manufactured to Toyota’s design specifications.”

CTS then went on to say that Toyota only represents about 3% of their total sales, and that a newly designed pedal is now being shipped to some Toyota factories.

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Callon Petroleum Inc. (CPE) Stockholders Vote to Increase Number of Shares for Expansion

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The oil and natural gas exploration and development game is nothing short of a roll of the dice from a company point of view. One can use all the technology in the world to find it and get it out of the ground but end up with a market price barely worth the effort. On the other end of the spectrum, one may get the product out of the ground as market conditions become exceedingly favorable. This is just the nature of the exploration process for a commodity. Presently, oil and natural gas are in favor. A company that can find and exploit these commodities cost effectively is one to take a look at.

Callon Petroleum Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration and development company, works to discover, develop and exploit natural gas and oil deposits primarily in the Gulf Coast states of the United States. The company also operates off-shore in the same general region.

As of the start 2009, the company estimates that it has proven reserves of 54 billion equivalent cubic feet of natural gas and 6 million barrels of oil. Perhaps the company’s largest asset, however, is its lease acreage that totals an approximate 193,000 acres in known production areas. It is this aspect of the company that offers a certain amount of interest for the investor. The company has established a base and estimated revenue stream of $24 million for the first quarter, but appears to be looking further ahead as it acquires additional leases. It has also developed an international investor base that seems agreeable to the company’s development strategy.

Although the company has its share of issues regarding the closure of a failed drill site, it has managed to increase third quarter 2009 production by 6%. As production is the company’s revenue source, dependent upon price for natural gas and oil, this bodes well. As it appears that a cold winter and a rising price for oil will continue for the relatively long-term, the company seems to be well positioned to capitalize. It has a solid investment backing, potential drilling and exploration opportunities and an energy market that looks to be on the upswing. If Callon Petroleum Co. can keep its development progress moving, it should be a solid opportunity to investigate.

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CHDT Corp. (CHDO.OB) Subsidiary Receives Eco-i-Lite Re-Orders from Brazilian Distributor

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Capstone Industries Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CHDT Corporation, which is a holding company that engages in the development, manufacturing and distribution of innovative consumer products to retailers and wholesalers throughout the Americas. Capstone announced today that it has received its first re-order from its distributor in Brazil. The re-order consists of both the original Eco-i-Lite and Mini Eco-i-Lite. These goods are marketed online, in magazines and in stores throughout Brazil.

Produced in China, the Eco-i-Lite products were designed to be lightweight and easy to use, making them ideal for disasters as well as everyday household needs. Designed as the first aesthetically pleasing power failure devices, these multi-functional products combine the convenience of a power failure light, a flashlight and a night light.

Each product brings together safety, design and sustainability while including the following features:

• Automatically turns on when the power goes out
• Environmentally-friendly rechargeable lithium ion battery and LED bulbs, which require no replacement
• LED night light with auto-sensor turns on automatically when the room is dark or can be left on at all times
• LED handheld light comes out of the safe and reliable charging base easily
• Low energy consumption, so can be used in every room of the house.

The Eco-i-Lite products bridge the gap between a necessity and a gift.

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KEMET Corporation (KEME.OB) Posts Preliminary Fiscal Q3 10 Results, Marking $200M in Quarterly Sales

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Electronics component manufacturer KEMET Corp. today reported preliminary results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2009, posting improvements across the board over third fiscal quarter 2009.

The company reported a 4.8-percent increase in net sales for the quarter to $199.9 million as compared to the third quarter a year earlier, representing a 15.3 percent increase over the second-quarter ended September 30, 2009.

On a U.S. GAAP basis, net loss was $1.8 million, or $(0.02) per share, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010, as compared to net loss of $13.1 million, or $(0.16) per share, for the same period the year prior, and compared to net loss of $93.1 million, or $(1.15) per share, for the prior fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009.

According to the release, non-GAAP adjusted net income was $4.0 million, or $0.05 per share, for the current fiscal quarter compared to an adjusted net loss of $4.4 million, or $(0.05) per share, for the same quarter last year.

The company posted impressive sales for the third quarter, leveraged by careful planning and execution of strategy during the recession.

“Reaching $200 million in sales this quarter surpasses our revenue level one year ago in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009 at the beginning of the world-wide recession. Although revenue is up approximately 5 percent year-over-year, our Adjusted EBITDA improved approximately 140 percent. Margins continue to benefit from the actions we took over the last 15 to 18 months, resulting in a consolidated gross margin percent that exceeds consolidated margins for the last eight quarters,” Per Loof, Kemet’s CEO stated in the press release. “We will continue to stay focused on driving increased profitability and working capital management as we navigate through the economic recovery. Order rates remain strong and we are continuing to bring back capacity to meet market demands and service our customers.”

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SkyPostal Networks, Inc. (SKPN.OB) Awarded Mail Delivery Contract into Latin America

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

SkyPostal Networks, Inc. is a young company that has earned a stellar reputation as a top-flight international wholesale mail distribution entity that specializes in the hand delivery of commercial mail, periodicals and parcel post into the Latin Caribbean region. Today, SkyPostal announced it has been awarded a major mail delivery contract into Latin America by the French National Postal Service La Poste.

This contract with La Poste is valued at $2 million and will allow SkyPostal to deliver mail originated from France, the United Kingdom and La Poste’s Office of Exchange in the US to Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC), continuing the rich history of this young and up-and-coming company.

In 2004, SkyPostal identified the need of the European National Postal operators to improve their mail delivery service into the LAC when the EU mandated postal liberation in Europe. At this time the Universal Postal Union’s network in the region offered no integrated technology and could not meet the service and pricing needs demanded by a competitive cross border postal market.

Seeing a need in the marketplace, SkyPostal organized the largest private postal services in each country into a regional mail delivery network connected by its PosTrac mail tracking system and today delivers mail for several European posts and for European and US mail consolidators.

Today, SkyPostal has evolved into a recognized company and delivers more than 60 million mail items each month. The contract with La Poste will allow the SkyPostal to expand even further and provide valuable capital for the company’s future endeavors.

Currently, SkyPostal is trading in the $0.07 range. With a grip on the commercial mailing sector in Latin American and the Caribbean and a high-level of efficiency, SkyPostal is growing into a company that will impress prudent investors on Wall Street.

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ImmuneRegen BioSciences, Inc. (IRBS.OB) to Work with NIH

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Yesterday, IR Biosciences Holdings’ wholly owned subsidiary, ImmuneRegen BioSciences Inc., announced the execution of an agreement with the National Institute of Health to commence studies utilizing the company’s Homspera. As per the agreement, the NIH will perform exploratory studies on Homspera relating to mucosal immunity that could possibly lead to evaluation in models of HIV infection.

Recent studies have shown Homspera to enhance the efficacy of a novel cancer vaccine. Previous studies have yielded the same results related to infectious disease vaccines, specifically influenza. The studies to be performed at NIH will expand on the previous research and will further define the mechanisms that make Homspera an effective vaccine adjuvant.

The research will be directed by Jay A. Berzofsky, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Vaccine Branch at the Center for Cancer Research within the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Berzofsky is the past President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; additionally, he most recently won the NIH Director’s Award and NCI Merit Award in 2008.

With over 435 scientific publications numerous awards, ImmuneRegen is excited to welcome Berzofsky and his team to the project. Hal Siegel, Ph.D., ImmuneRegen’s Chief Scientific Officer, commented, “We are pleased that Dr. Berzofsky and his team are interested in evaluating the impact of Homspera on mucosal immunity, and hope this is the beginning of a relationship that takes our compound into a number of potential vaccine adjuvant studies.”

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