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Posts made in December, 2017

Beazer Homes Acquires Raleigh and Myrtle Beach Assets

By on Dec 31, 2017 in Press Release |

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE: BZH) (www.beazer.com) today announced that it had acquired several communities in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach from Bill Clark Homes, a leading private homebuilder in the Carolinas. In this transaction, Beazer acquired more than 450 lots spread across four new home communities in Raleigh and three in Myrtle Beach. These communities will be incorporated into the Company’s existing operations in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach and will contribute to both revenue and Adjusted EBITDA in Fiscal 2018. The transaction value was approximately $29 million and was funded from available cash. “This acquisition allows us to accelerate our growth in two existing markets, with an immediate contribution to both profitability and return on assets and no increase in leverage,” said Allan Merrill, President and CEO of Beazer Homes. “In addition to adding the new communities, we are pleased to welcome a number of new sales and construction colleagues who will enable us to pursue additional growth in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach in the years ahead.” About Beazer Homes Headquartered in Atlanta, Beazer Homes is one of the country’s largest single-family homebuilders. The Company’s homes meet or exceed the benchmark for energy-efficient home construction as established by ENERGY STAR® and are designed with Choice Plans to meet the personal preferences and lifestyles of its buyers. In addition, the Company is committed to providing a range of preferred lender choices to facilitate transparent competition between lenders and enhanced customer service. The Company offers homes in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Beazer Homes is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BZH.” For more info visit Beazer.com, or check out Beazer on Facebook and Twitter. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including expectations regarding the impact of the Bill Clark Homesasset acquisition on our operating results. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the...

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Study finds ambulance use drops after ride-sharing services arrive

By on Dec 31, 2017 in Press Release |

An ambulance sits outside an emergency room.(Photo: IndyStar file photo) Instead of calling 911, more people are opening the Uber app, a study has found. Ambulance calls have reduced by at least 7% when Uber has entered many urban markets, according to an analysis by David Slusky, an assistant professor of economics, and Leon Moskatel of the Department of Medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. The paper is available online as it undergoes peer review for publication. The authors hypothesize that the decrease happens because more people are opting for an UberX over an ambulance when they feel too sick to drive but are not experiencing an emergency.  In their study, the authors looked at ambulance rates in 766 cities in the United States to compare what happened when Uber entered these markets from 2013 to 2015. In each city, ambulance usage decreased by at least 7%. Read more: Uber wraps six months of trying to make drivers happy. Are they? Another explanation could be that ride-sharing apps decreased the number of crashes, offering would-be drunken drivers a safer way to get home. However,  the researchers said the evidence supporting this explanation is mixed. Rather, they say, they think that people who are sick but do not require medical attention on the way to the hospital are opting for a less expensive way to get to the emergency room. In many instances, an Uber driver may reach their door as rapidly as an ambulance.  Read more: Ambulance crew gives terminally ill patient a side trip to the beach “Many patients don’t need something that can break traffic laws and don’t need something staffed by paramedics with a bunch of fancy equipment,” Slusky said in a news release. Now, the question will become whether insurance companies will embrace this trend and encourage their members who can avoid an ambulance ride to click on a ride-sharing app, Slusky said. Maybe, he proposed, they could offer a $50 gift card as an incentive — to Uber, no...

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HEBS Digital’s Latest Press Release: HEBS Digital’s Sister Company, Serenata IntraWare, Voted World’s Leading …

By on Dec 30, 2017 in Press Release |

About HEBS Digital: Founded in 2001, the firm is headquartered in New York City and has global offices in Las Vegas, London, Europe, Singapore and Auckland. Through its Smart Guest Acquisition Suite, including the smartCMS®, Smart Personalization Engine, Smart Data Marketing, and full-stack digital consulting and marketing solutions, HEBS Digital helps hoteliers drastically boost direct bookings, lower distribution costs, and increase lifetime value of guests. With the combination of HEBS Digital and Serenata CRM, the most comprehensive Hotel CRM Suite today, the hospitality industry”s first Fully-Integrated 360-Degree Guest Engagement Acquisition Platform. A diverse client portfolio of top-tier luxury and boutique hotel chains, independent hotels, resorts and casinos, franchised properties and hotel management companies, convention centers, spas, restaurants, DMO and tourist offices across the globe are all benefiting from HEBS Digital”s direct online channel strategy and digital marketing expertise. HEBS Digital”s technology, website design and digital marketing services have won more than 400 prestigious industry awards, including World Travel Awards, HSMAI Adrian Awards, Stevie Awards (American Business Awards), Travel Weekly”s Magellan Awards, and more. The HEBS Digital team is comprised of thought leaders, a diverse team of experts comprised of over 33 nationalities speaking over 22 languages. Contact HEBS Digital”s consultants at 1 (800) 649-5076 (North America), +44 (0) 7730 779 213 (London), +64 (0) 9 889 8489 (Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific), +65 9005 1589 (Asia), or success@hebsdigital.com. WebsiteFacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+ Editorial Contact: Mariana Mechoso Safer SVP – Global Marketing, HEBS Digital Phone: (212) 752-8186 Email:...

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The Euphoric High Of Bitcoin: Digital Power’s Single Press Release, 650% Gain, And Inevitable Fall From Grace

By on Dec 30, 2017 in Press Release |

While it’s possible to find a diamond in the rough while sifting through the financial filings of penny stocks, the majority of the time these companies have major issues that are reflected in the stock price. Some of these include: serial diluters, never been profitable, material weaknesses in accounting principles, risk of being delisted from major exchanges, growth company with no growth, at risk as a going concern, restated financial reports, concerning related party transactions, terminal decline in sales of legacy products. These are all red flags that savvy investors will identify as a good reason to move on to the next company and stop wasting time on a perpetual loser. But what should an investor do when a company with all these concerns has run up over 650% on speculation that the company plans to enter the exciting space of cryptocurrency? They should celebrate because they have found a way to trade against Bitcoin without taking the risk of betting against a runaway train that can shred all your returns for the year. While we have a generally negative view on cryptocurrency and Bitcoin in general, we will not be taking a stance against it in this article, instead we will be looking at the insane valuation of Digital Power Corp (NYSEMKT:DPW), and explain why we expect it to lose 90% of its current value relatively quickly as reality sets in. Going Concern According to the company’s most recent S-3 filed with the SEC, DPW is a growth company seeking to increase their revenue through acquisitions. This acquisition and development target strategy includes companies that have developed a “new way of doing business” in mature, well-developed industries experiencing changes due to new technology; companies that may become profitable through efficiency and reduction of costs; companies that are related to their core business in the commercial and defense industries; and companies that will enhance their overall revenues. This immediately jumped out to us as a strange strategy, given that the company has a cash balance of around ~$300,000, a negative net working capital of $4.2mm and a tangible book value of less than $600,000. It is unclear how they plan to finance this acquisition strategy as the company has...

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