OCZ Launches the Next Generation Vertex 450 Series Solid State Drives
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the release of the Vertex 450 SATA III SSD Series featuring the company's proprietary Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Series controller. As part of the leading-edge Vertex series, Vertex 450 lives up to its name and bridges the gap between high performance and mainstream solid-state storage. With advanced storage performance, reliability, and quality, the Vertex 450 utilizes 20nm process geometry NAND flash to meet the needs of today's high-end consumer and client applications.
Highway Holdings Receives Multi-Year OEM Order for Vacuum Cleaner Components
Highway Holdings Limited (HIHO) today announced it received a multi-year order for vacuum cleaner components valued at approximately $400,000 per year from a leading international appliance manufacturer.
Production has already commenced, and an initial order of approximately three million components has been delivered to the customer for vacuum cleaner kits that require nine different plastic parts manufactured by Highway Holdings.
"We are gratified by this leading OEM's confidence in our capabilities and quality and look forward to additional opportunities to work together," said Roland Kohl, president and chief executive officer of Highway Holdings.
rue21 Enters Into Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Funds Advised by Apax Partners for $42.00 Per Share in Cash
Represents 42% Premium to 90-Day Volume Weighted Average Price Independent Special Committee to Conduct "Go-Shop" Process Company Expects to Report First Quarter 2013 Diluted EPS of $0.44 per Share
rue21, inc. (RUE), a leading specialty apparel retailer of girls and guys apparel and accessories, and Apax Partners, a global private equity firm, today announced a definitive agreement under which funds advised by Apax Partners will acquire all outstanding shares of rue21 for $42.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.1 billion. The transaction price represents a premium of approximately 23% to yesterday's closing share price and approximately 42% to the 90-day volume weighted average price (VWAP).
NPS Pharmaceuticals Prices Public Offering of Common Stock
NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NPSP) today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 6,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $14.53 per share to the public. All of the shares are being sold by NPS. The gross proceeds to NPS from this offering are expected to be approximately $87.2 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions, and other estimated offering expenses payable by NPS. The offering is expected to close on or about May 24, 2013, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Canaccord Genuity Inc. and Leerink Swann LLC are acting as lead co-managers for the offering and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. and Wedbush PacGrow Life Sciences are acting as co-managers for the offering.
Goodman Networks to Acquire Multiband
Goodman Networks Incorporated, a privately held leader in the design, engineering, deployment, integration and maintenance of wireless telecommunication networks, and Multiband Corporation, (MBND), a leading Home Service Provider (HSP) for DIRECTV and the nation's largest DIRECTV Master System Operator (MSO) for Multiple Dwelling Units (MDUs), today jointly announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which Goodman Networks will acquire Multiband.
Under the terms of the agreement, Goodman Networks will pay $3.25 per Multiband common share, redeem all of Multiband's outstanding preferred stock and repay Multiband's outstanding bank indebtedness in an all cash transaction totaling approximately $116 million.
Cleantech Solutions International Becomes Certified Supplier to China's Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Cleantech Solutions International, Inc. ("Cleantech Solutions" or "the Company") (CLNT), a manufacturer of metal components and assemblies, primarily used in the wind power, solar and other clean technology industries and dyeing and finishing equipment to the textile industry, today announced that it has become a certified supplier of components to China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
In May 2013, the Company delivered protoypes to Sinopec and CNPC of forged flanges and pipes, which are components used in oil and natural gas onshore and offshore drilling and refinery equipment. The Company's subsidiary, Wuxi Fulland Wind Energy Equipment Co., Ltd., has also received the necessary third party certifications, stating that its flanges and pipes are in conformity with the applicable standards in regard to axis shape, circular shape, tubular shape and forging processing.
FX Energy Reports Successful Production Test at Tuchola-3K Well
FX Energy, Inc. (FXEN) reported that the Tuchola-3K well flowed gas at rates ranging from 3.8 to 5.5 million cubic feet of gas per day with no water during a production test. The Company plans to collect the final data from the downhole pressure gauges and finish completing the well for production.
"The Tuchola-3K test raises the real possibility of opening a significant new exploration play for us in Poland," said David Pierce, President and CEO of FX Energy. "We intend to follow up the successful test with 3-D seismic acquisition covering approximately 100 square kilometers and drill one or two more wells this year in the Edge concession area in north-central Poland where the Tuchola-3K is located. The additional seismic and drilling will help us to determine the potential of this area and specifically the reserves in the structure where the Tuchola-3K well is being completed for production."
Genesys to Acquire Leading Cloud-Based Customer Engagement Solution Provider SoundBite Communications
Genesys Extends Cloud Contact Center Leadership Position With Addition of Proactive Collections and Payments, Mobile Marketing Applications, and Customer Service Solutions
Genesys, a leading provider of customer engagement and contact center solutions, today announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire SoundBite Communications (SDBT) for a price of $5.00 per share. SoundBite delivers cloud-based proactive collections, payments, and mobile marketing applications, as well as proactive customer service solutions to enterprises.
The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of SoundBite and also by Genesys, will be accomplished pursuant to a cash tender offer followed by a second step merger.
Yahoo! to Acquire Tumblr
Promises not to screw it up
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Tumblr announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement for Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr.
Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators.
With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of the fastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent on site each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app and do an average of 7 sessions per day.
Websense Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners
Shareholders to receive $24.75 per share in cash in transaction valued at approximately $1 billion
Websense, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) a global leader in protecting organizations from the latest cyber-attacks and data theft, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Vista Equity Partners ("Vista"), a leading private equity firm focused on investments in software, data and technology-enabled businesses.
"After detailed discussions with several potential acquirers, the Websense board of directors is pleased to approve this agreement," said John Carrington, chairman of the Websense board of directors. "It provides stockholders with immediate and substantial cash value that reflects our assessment of the fair value of the company."
Pactera Announces Receipt of "Going Private" Proposal at US$7.50 Per ADS
Pactera Technology International Ltd. (PACT) ("Pactera" or the "Company"), a global consulting and technology services provider strategically headquartered in China, today announced that its board of directors has received a non-binding proposal letter dated May 20, 2013 from an affiliate of funds managed or advised by Blackstone, the Company's non-executive Chairman, Chris Chen, its Chief Executive Officer, Tiak Koon Loh, and its Executive Committee members, David Chen, Sidney Huang and Jun Su (collectively, the "Buyer Consortium") to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pactera not currently owned by the Buyer Consortium in a going private transaction (the "Transaction") for US$7.50 per American Depositary Share ("ADS", each ADS representing one common share of the Company) in cash, subject to certain conditions.
Camtek Announces First Quarter 2013 Results
Revenues of $18.1 million; expects sequential revenue growth of approximately 20% for the second quarter
Camtek Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CAMT), today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
Highlights of the First Quarter 2013Revenues of $18.1 million; Improved gross margins of 45.8% (Non GAAP); 45.4% on a GAAP basis; Non-GAAP operating income of $0.1 million; GAAP operating loss of $0.2 million; Non-GAAP net loss of $0.2 million; GAAP net loss of $0.9 million; Second quarter revenue guidance of $21-23 million
Meade Instruments Corp. Announces Merger Agreement; to be Acquired by Jinghua Optics & Electronics
Meade Instruments Corp. (Nasdaq:MEAD) ("Meade"), (est. 1972) one of the world's largest designers and manufacturers of telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers, and Jinghua Optics & Electronics Co., Ltd. ("JOC") announced today that Meade and JOC's wholly-owned subsidiary, JOC North America LLC ("JOCNA") and JOCNA's wholly-owned merger subsidiary, have signed a definitive merger agreement for JOCNA to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Meade for approximately $4.5 million or $3.45 per share. The acquisition will be paid with cash and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2013, subject to shareholder approval.
JOC (est. 1997) with manufacturing facilities in Guangzhou and Kunming, China, is also the parent company of Explore Scientific, LLC (USA) and Meade Instruments Europe GmbH & Co. KG (Germany).
Oramed Receives FDA Clearance to Initiate Oral Insulin Trials in the U.S.
Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ORMP) (http://www.oramed.com), a developer of oral drug delivery systems, announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Company's Investigational New Drug application(IND) for ORMD-0801, its oral insulin capsule.
"We are very pleased to have the FDA clearance to proceed," stated Nadav Kidron, CEO of Oramed. "The upcoming trial is a major milestone for Oramed and we look forward to continuing to progress ORMD-0801's clinical development in the US."
NASDAQ Welcomes Marketo [MKTO] to The NASDAQ Stock Market
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NDAQ) today announced that trading of Marketo, Inc. (MKTO), the provider of a leading cloud-based marketing software platform, commenced on The NASDAQ Stock Market on Friday, May 17, 2013. Marketo is listed under the ticker symbol MKTO.
Marketo is a provider of an easy-to-use marketing software platform that enables a variety of organizations to engage in modern relationship marketing. Marketo's customer base extends across more than 2,300 customers across a multitude of industries including business services, consumer, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media, technology and telecommunications.
SolarCity and Goldman Sachs Create Largest U.S. Rooftop Solar Lease Financing Platform
Collaboration Expected to Fund more than $500 Million in Solar Projects, 110 Megawatts of Solar Capacity
SolarCity (SCTY), a leading provider of clean energy, today announced a lease financing agreement with Goldman Sachs (GS) to fund more than $500 million in solar power projects; an estimated 110 megawatts in generation capacity for homeowners and businesses.
The financing makes it possible for homeowners, businesses, government and other non-profit organizations to install solar panels with no upfront cost and pay less for clean, solar electricity than they currently pay for utility bills. The agreement was initiated in 2012 and expanded per its initial terms at the end of April.
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Results
Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (EGLE) today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.
For the First Quarter:Net reported income of $1.4 million or $0.08 per share (based on a weighted average of 16,966,070 diluted shares outstanding for the quarter), compared with net loss of $17.4 million, or $1.11 per share, for the comparable quarter of 2012. Net revenues of $72.2 million, compared to $52.6 million for the comparable quarter in 2012. Gross time charter and freight revenues of $73.6 million, compared with $54.8 million for the comparable quarter of 2012.
Insmed Granted Key Composition of Matter Patent Allowance for ARIKACE in Europe
Provides Important Foundation as Company Advances European Commercial Plans for ARIKACE to Treat Lung Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing an inhaled anti-infective to treat patients battling serious lung diseases in orphan indications that are often life-threatening, today announced that the European Patent Office intends to grant E.U. Patent No. 1909759 for ARIKACE® (liposomal amikacin for inhalation). Once granted, the composition of matter patent provides exclusivity in any of the European Patent Office's member states where Insmed chooses to file at least through July 19, 2026. The Company's liposomal amikacin for inhalation is in clinical development to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections and patients with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung infections.
Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Results
First quarter homebuilding revenue of $11.4 million compared to $3.2 million last year Net income from continuing operations of $1.1 million compared to net loss of $(1.4) million last year Raising revenue outlook and reaffirming forecast for profitable 2013
Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (CHCI) (“Comstock” or the “Company”), a homebuilding and multi-faceted real estate development and services company in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, today announced results for the first quarter of 2013, ended March 31.
Independent Bank Corp. and Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. Sign Definitive Merger Agreement for Acquisition of Mayflower Bancorp, Inc.
Independent Bank Corp. (INDB), parent of Rockland Trust Company, and Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. (MFLR), parent of Mayflower Bank, have signed a definitive agreement for Independent to acquire Mayflower and Rockland Trust to acquire Mayflower Bank.
Mayflower Bank was founded in 1889 and currently has 8 Plymouth County bank branches, approximately $236 million in deposits, and approximately $141 million in loans.
“We are pleased to welcome Mayflower Bank customers and colleagues to Rockland Trust,” said Christopher Oddleifson, the Chief Executive Officer of Independent.
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