Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Shares of , Unwired Planet Inc. (Nasdaq: UPIP) were up more than 9 percent from Wednesday’s closing price in morning trading on Thursday after the company announced that it filed patent infringement lawsuits against Apple and Google.
Shares touched a high of $2.02 in morning trading, up from Wednesday’s closing price of $1.85.
The complaints charge Apple with infringing on 10 of Unwired Planet’s patents, and charge Google with infringing on 10 different patents, according to a September 20 press release. The 20 patents are related to smart mobile devices, cloud computing, digital content stores, push notification technologies and location-based services including mapping and advertising, the press release stated.
“Apple and Google generate substantial revenues from devices and services that rely on the intellectual property that Unwired Planet developed and patented over the last 15 years,” said Unwired Planet’s CEO Mike Mulica in the September 20 press release. “They should compensate us for the use of our patented technologies, which are foundational to mobility.”
The complaints were filed in Nevada, which was chosen as “one of 14 districts across the United States as a pilot patent district,” and has developed “specialized procedures to handle complex patent cases,” Mulica said. “As a result, we believe the Nevada district will be an ideal venue to resolve this matter with efficiency and expertise.”
Unwired Planet has about 200 U.S. and foreign patents and roughly 75 pending applications, Fores reported.
Shares of UPIP are down about 19 percent over the past three months.
Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Shares of Groupon, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRPN) were up more than 10 percent from Tuesday’s closing price in morning trading on Wednesday after the company announced the launch of Groupon Payments, a new service that offers merchants a low-cost option to accept credit cards.
Groupon shares touched a high of $5.17 in morning trading on Wednesday, up from Tuesday’s closing price of $4.69.
According to a September 19 press release, Groupon Payments allows any merchant that runs a deal with Groupon in the U.S. to accept payments “at the lowest rates in today’s market place.” The press release stated that MasterCard, Visa and Discover transactions will cost merchants 1.8 percent and a 15 cent transaction fee, and American Express transactions will cost merchants 3 percent plus a 15 percent transaction fee.
“Our goal is to provide merchants with the most affordable and powerful tools to run and grow their businesses,” said Mihir Shah, VP Mobile and Merchant Products at Groupon in the September 19 press release. “With groundbreaking pricing and service, Groupon Payments does just that.”
The technology was initially tested int he San Francisco Bay area. And although the rates may seem attractive, Groupon faces stiff competition from EBay’s PayPal unit and Square, a service founded by Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter).
Despite the competition, Groupon’s rates are somewhat lower than competitors’ rates. Square charges 2.75 percent per swipe, or $275 per month. PayPal charges 2.7 percent, the Associated Press reported.
Shares of Groupon are down about 50 percent over the past three months.
Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2012
Shares of Israel-based business support systems provider MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd. (Nasdaq: MTSL) soared as much as 77 percent from Thursday’s closing price in morning trading on Friday after the company announced improved results for the second quarter of 2012 over the same period last year.
MTSL hit an intraday high of $2.84 per share on Friday, up from Thursday’s closing price of $1.60.
Revenue for the second quarter was $3.3 million, up from $3 million in the same period a year ago. Operating income from the quarter skyrocketed to $517,000, a 170 percent improvement over operating profit of $191,000 for the same quarter a year earlier. Net income improved to $460,000, or 10 cents per share, up from $229,000 or 5 cents per share in the second quarter of 2011.
“Our second quarter results represent continued improvements in our financial results and indicators as a result of our efforts to develop our Telecom Expense Management opportunities through partners, new customer acquisitions and expanding our existing customer base,” said Eytan Bar, CEO of MTS in an August 16 press release. “In addition, our company’s Billing and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) activity as a managed service has grown and we were able to sign an additional managed service agreement with a new MVNO in the U.S. and we see other opportunities in this market. We are looking forward to improving both our top and bottom line performance.”
Shares of MTSL are up more than 50 percent over the past three months.
Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Shares of China-based Deer Consumer Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: DEER) were up as much as 53 percent from Wednesday’s closing price on Thursday after the company reported record 2011 financial results, and a rosy outlook for 2012.
Shares climbed as high as $4.89 on Thursday, up from Wednesday’s closing price of $3.18.
The company reported 2011 revenue of $226.7 million, up 28.9 percent from the previous year. The growth was driven by the company’s sales expansion in the China domestic market for its Deer branded product lines coupled with Deer Consumer Products’ ability to raise the average selling prices of its products, a March 29 press release stated.
Net income for 2011 increased 31 percent to $39.8 million, or $1.18 per share, over the same period last year.
The company also reaffirmed its 2012 financial guidance, and stated that it expects 2012 revenue guidance of between $270 million and $290 million, and net income of between $45 million and $47 million.
Deer’s product mix includes housewares and appliances such as blenders, choppers, food processors, and microwave ovens.
“Deer currently has access to approximately 4,000 retail locations across China and has developed a well-recognized brand by working with various retail channels,” said Deer Consumer Products’ Chairman and CEO Bill He in a March 29 press release. “We believe China remains the world’s largest and fastest growing consumer retail market and has strong domestic demand for small household appliances. There are approximately 35,000 retail locations across China that Deer could potentially penetrate. Deer has significant growth potential in China.”
Shares of DEER are down roughly 39 percent over the past 12 months, according to historical data provided by Yahoo Finance.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Shares of diabetes drug maker Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMLN) were up more than 50 percent from Tuesday’s closing price in morning trading on Wednesday after Bloomberg reported that Amylin rebuffed an unsolicited takeover bid from pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squib Co. (NYSE: BMY) for $3.5 billion, or $22 a share.
According to data provided by Yahoo Finance, shares of AMLN touched a high of $23.50 on Wednesday, up from Tuesday’s closing price of $15.39.
Reuters reported that Amylin has been considered a possible takeover target for quite some time. Spokeswomen for Bristol-Myers and Amylin refused to comment, Reuters reported.
“Bristol as an acquirer makes sense,” Robyn Karnauskas, an analyst with Deutsche Bank in New York, wrote in a note to clients today, Bloomberg reported. “Amylin could be worth up to $31 a share based on expense synergies. However, Bristol is financially disciplined.”
There have been 16 acquisitions more than $1 billion of biotech companies in Amylin’s peer group in the past five years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average disclosed size was $8 billion, with an average premium of 35 percent, the Bloomberg data show.