SAN FRANCISCO – Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trading in Thursday's session are National Semiconductor Corp., SeaChange International Inc. and Shuffle Master Inc.
Analogic Corp. (ALOG) is expected to report third-quarter earnings of 37 cents a share, according to a survey of analysts by Thomson Financial.
Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. (BRLI) is expected to post earnings of 22 cents a share for the second quarter.
Cascade Corp. (CAE) is expected to report first-quarter earnings of 93 cents a share.
MDS Inc. (MDZ) is expected to report second-quarter earnings of 8 cents a share.
National Semiconductor (NSM) is expected to post earnings of 23 cents a share for the fourth quarter.
Quiksilver Inc. (ZQK) is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 4 cents a share.
Smithfield Foods Inc. (SFD) is expected to post earnings of 36 cents a share for the fourth quarter.
UTI Worldwide Inc. (UTIW) is expected to report first-quarter earnings of 18 cents a share.
Volt Information Sciences Inc. (VOL) is expected to post earnings of 41 cents a share for the second quarter.
Aeropostale Inc.'s (ARO) May same-store sales rose 1.9 percent. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expected the company to post a same-store sales gain of 4.2 percent. The New York-based casual apparel and accessories company said net sales for the four-week period ended June 2 increased 19.3 percent to $88.1 million from $73.9 million from a year ago.
Affymetrix Inc. (AFFX) named John Batty chief financial officer and executive vice president to replace Greg Schiffman, who resigned in December.
AnnTaylor Stores Corp. (ANN) named Diane Holtz executive vice president, merchandising and design, for its Ann Taylor LOFT division. The New York-based upscale women's clothing retailer said Holtz will be taking over the responsibilities of Donna Noce, who resigned as president of Ann Taylor LOFT in January for personal reasons.
Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Corp. (ASPV) (ASV) said the Food and Drug Administration has granted fast-track designation for CellCept for the treatment of lupus nephritis. CellCept is Roche's (RHHDY) leading immunosuppressant or "anti-rejection" drug used in combination with other drugs for the prevention of rejection in patients receiving heart, kidney and liver transplants. Aspreva signed a collaboration agreement with Roche in July 2003 for the development and commercialization of CellCept.
Books-A-Million Inc. (BAMM) will pay a special one-time dividend of $3 on July 5 to shareholders of record on June 20. The Birmingham, Ala., book retailer will pay about $50.4 million on its 16.8 million outstanding shares from the dividend.
Brinker International (EAT) reported a 2.8 percent slump in same-store sales in May as the restaurant operator saw weakness across all of its brands. Same-store sales — or sales at outlets open more than a year — were down the most at its On The Border chain, where they fell 4.2 percent. Chili's, meanwhile was down 3 percent and Macaroni Grill 2.1 percent. The relatively recently acquired Maggiano's was the best performer with a drop of 1.5 percent.
Comtech Telecommunications Corp.'s (CMTL) fiscal third-quarter net income more than doubled to $19.1 million, or 71 cents a share, from $8.7 million, or 33 cents a share, a year earlier on growth in the mobile data communications segment. Excluding stock-based compensation expenses, earnings were $20.5 million, or 75 cents a share. The Melville, N.Y., communications services company said sales for the quarter ended April 30 increased 34 percent to $119.4 million from $89 million a year ago.
CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS) received a three-year pact to provide retail pharmacy benefit and clinical services for the Blue Cross & Blue Shield federal employee program, or FEP, through 2010. The Woonsocket, R.I., provider of pharmacy services said the retail and clinical portion of the program generates about $4 billion in annual revenue.
DSW Inc. (DSW) reported first-quarter net earnings of $23.7 million, or 54 cents a share, up 36 percent from $17.5 million, or 40 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The Columbus, Ohio-based footwear retailer said revenue for the 13 weeks ended May 5 rose to $357 million from $316.5 million in the comparable period last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had forecast, on average, a per-share profit of 47 cents on revenue of $359 million.
Dynamex Inc. (DDMX) reported fiscal third-quarter net earnings of $3.49 million, or 32 cents a share, up 8.6 percent from $3.21 million, or 29 cents a share, in the year-ago period. The Dallas-based provider of delivery and logistics services said revenue in the three months ended April 30 rose 19 percent to $103.5 million from $86.9 million in the comparable period last year.
DynCorp International Inc.'s (DCP) fiscal fourth-quarter net income more than tripled on improved operating margins and lower interest expense. The Falls Church, Va., company's board also approved a $10 million stock buyback program. DynCorp has 57 million outstanding shares. Net income jumped to $18.9 million, or 33 cents a share, from $5.76 million, or 18 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue for the period ended March 30 grew slightly to $552.3 million from $548.8 million.
G-III Apparel Group Ltd. (GIII) posted a fiscal first-quarter loss of $6.45 million, or 42 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $8.85 million, or 72 cents a share. The New York apparel company said revenue for the quarter ended April 30 rose to $35.1 million from $14.4 million a year ago. The company beat its previous expectations of a loss of 51 cents a share on sales of $28 million.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) said a Phase III trial of its Viread drug as a potential treatment for chronic hepatitis B met its primary endpoint by reducing virus and liver inflammation. The Foster City, Calif., company said that after 48 weeks, 70.8 percent of patients receiving Viread had a complete response, compared with 48.8 percent of patients receiving the company's once-daily antiviral drug Hepsera. The trial is one of two Phase III studies evaluating Viread for hepatitis B. The second study is expected to be complete later this year.
Gottschalks Inc. (GOT) reported a first-quarter net loss of $4.67 million, or 34 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $3.96 million, or 30 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The Fresno, Calif.-based regional department store chain said that revenue fell slightly to $143.5 million from $144.1 million last year.
Greif Inc. (GEF) reported second-quarter net earnings of $18.6 million, or 32 cents per Class A share, down from $28.7 million, or 49 cents per Class A share, during the year-ago period. The company said income before special items came in at $39.2 million, or 66 cents per Class A share, versus $30.4 million, or 52 cents per Class A share, last year. The Delaware, Ohio-based industrial packaging company said revenue for the three months ended April 30 rose 31 percent to $815 million from $620.1 million last year. Greif raised its annual earnings forecast, excluding special items, to a range of $3.05 to $3.10 a share.
Hooker Furniture Corp.'s (HOFT) first-quarter net income fell 27% to $4.27 million, or 33 cents a share, from $5.83 million, or 49 cents a share, a year earlier. The most recent quarter included restructuring and impairment credits of $129,000, while the year-ago quarter included impairment charges of $120,000.
Hub Group Inc. (HUBG) said it has agreed to acquire the assets of Interdom Partners for $26 million in cash. In addition, the agreement provides for an earn-out for 2007 and 2008, consisting of two cash payments which combined will not exceed $5 million. The deal is expected to close at the end of June. Palos Heights, Ill.-based Interdom is a privately held intermodal marketing company.
IDT Corp.'s (IDTC) fiscal third-quarter net loss widened to $15.9 million, or 20 cents a share, from a year-earlier net loss of $8.6 million, or 9 cents a share. The Newark, N.J., telecommunications and phone card company's revenue declined 11 percent to $485.4 million, from $547.2 million in the year-earlier period ended April 30.
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (LH) said it has renewed its multiyear clinical laboratory services contract with Cigna HealthCare (CI). Financial terms weren't disclosed. LabCorp will continue to be a contracted laboratory provider in all Cigna HealthCare markets, the company said.
Martek Biosciences Corp. (MATK) reported second-quarter net earnings of $4.87 million, or 15 cents a share, down 11 percent from $5.45 million, or 17 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The Columbia, Md.-based biotechnology company said that revenue for the three months ended April 30 rose to $76.7 million from $70.2 million last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had forecast, on average, a per-share profit of 15 cents on revenue of $76 million.
Meritage Homes Corp. (MTH) said May and April sales were weaker than expected with a decline of 21% from a year earlier, putting the company's 2007 outlook in jeopardy. The Scottsdale, Ariz., homebuilder said cancellations increased to 36 percent of gross orders from 27% in the first quarter due to credit concerns and difficulties in subprime markets. Meritage Homes no longer expects to reach its 2007 revenue and earnings forecast on the decrease in demand.
Ocwen Financial Corp. (OCN) said it has acquired NCI Holdings Inc. and its operating subsidiary, Nationwide Credit Inc., for $55 million in cash. NCI, a privately held accounts-receivable management company, will be combined with Ocwen recovery group's operations, the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based company said.
Parexel International Corp. (PRXL) forecast fiscal fourth-quarter net earnings of 35 cents to 37 cents a share and raised its service revenue forecast to a range of $200 million to $203 million. For fiscal 2007, the company expects earnings of $1.30 to $1.32 a share on service revenue of $737 million to $740 million. For fiscal 20008, the Boston-based biopharmaceutical services company forecast earnings of $1.56 to $1.66 a share on service revenue of $850 million to $880 million.
PW Eagle Inc. (PWEI) said the Federal Trade Commission has advised the company that the waiting period imposed by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act related to the company's proposed acquisition by J-M Manufacturing Co. has been terminated. Eugene, Ore.-based PW Eagle, a maker of pipe products, now expects the deal to close in the second quarter.
SAIC Corp.'s (SAI) fiscal first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $80 million, or 19 cents a share, from $106 million, or 31 cents a share, a year earlier. Net income from continuing operations was 18 cents a share, down from 27 cents a year earlier. The San Diego consulting and technical support company said revenue for the period ended April 30 rose 5.8 percent to $2.07 billion from $1.95 billion.
SeaChange International (SEAC) reported a first-quarter net loss of $3.65 million, or 12 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $4.36 million, or 15 cents a share, during the year-ago period. The Acton, Mass.-based digital video systems company said that revenue for the three months ended April 30 rose to $38.8 million from $33.2 million last year. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense were $916,000 vs. an adjusted loss of $1.9 million last year.
Shuffle Master (SHFL) swung to a second-quarter profit of $3.44 million, or 10 cents a share, from a year-earlier loss of $12.7 million, or 37 cents a share. The Las Vegas gaming supply company's revenue grew to $44.6 million from $43.3 million. On average, analysts expected per-share earnings of 13 cents on revenue of $43 million, according to a poll by Thomson Financial.
Six Flags Inc. (SIX) said revenue for year-to-date period through June 3 rose 5 percent, or roughly $12 million, from the same period last year. Guest spending per capita grew 3 percent, while total revenue per capita increased 5 percent to roughly $39.70.