$DST (DST Systems Inc.)

$DST {{ '2016-06-14T19:42:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DST, a software development company focused on the financial and healthcare industries, said it agreed to sell its North American Customer Communications business to $BR for $410MM. The Transaction is expected to close in July 2016, the company said.

$IBM {{ '2018-01-12T12:40:09+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IBM appointed James Kavanaugh as SVP and CFO effective Jan. 11, 2018 to replace Martin Schroeter. Schroeter will take a new role as SVP, Global Markets, effective Jan. 11, 2018. Kavanaugh is currently SVP, Finance and Operations, and served as $IBM's VP and Controller from 2008 to 2015.

$SSNC {{ '2018-01-11T17:27:37+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SSNC agreed to buy $DST. $SSNC expects $150MM of run-rate cost savings annually, achieved by 2020. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to its adjusted EPS before synergies, and is expected to result in mid-teens earnings growth in 2019.

$SSNC {{ '2018-01-11T17:26:17+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SSNC agreed to buy $DST in an all-cash transaction for $84 per share plus assumption of debt, equating to an enterprise value of about $5.4Bil. $SSNC plans to fund the acquisition and refinance existing debt with a combination of debt and equity. Both $SSNC's and $DST's BoD have approved the transaction, and it is expected to close by 3Q18.

$LDOS {{ '2018-01-10T13:14:37+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LDOS, a technology solutions provider, said it received a $47MM contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory for providing sensor technology. The contract, under the EO-CHIL Program, has an 87-month period of performance. The company was also awarded an initial task order under the program.

$AKAM {{ '2018-01-04T18:13:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AKAM announced the appointment of Fari Ebrahimi as SVP and Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Ebrahimi succeeds Kumud Kalia and he will report to CEO Dr. Tom Leighton. Mr. Ebrahimi joins $AKAM from Avaya. He will be based in $AKAM’s corporate headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

$MSFT {{ '2018-01-04T15:19:52+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

As part of its Healthcare NExT initiative, $MSFT partnered with Seattle-based biotech firm Adaptive Biotechnologies. Microsoft and Adaptive will build a universal blood test that will screen a person's human immune system using the former's AI and machine learning technologies. Microsoft had invested an undisclosed amount for this partnership.

$PRO {{ '2018-01-04T14:00:49+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$PRO appointed Penny Herscher to its BoD effective Jan. 1, 2018. Herscher joins the board as an independent director and will be nominated for reelection for a three-year term by $PRO shareholders at its 2018 annual meeting.

$LDOS {{ '2018-01-04T12:57:33+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Technology solutions provider $LDOS has named Matt Wiles head of its UK operations. Wiles, who has been serving Leidos as SVP and Managing Director, had retired as Air Vice-Marshal from the Royal Air Force. Earlier, he served Serco in various roles, including Partnership Director for the Atomic Weapons Establishment and Managing Director, Defence.

$MSFT {{ '2018-01-03T14:45:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT to acquire Pittsburgh-based data storage firm Avere Systems. The transaction terms were not disclosed. Microsoft believes that the addition of Avere Systems will add value to its cloud computing platform Azure and its customers. In March 2017, Avere closed a $14MM Series E funding in which $GOOG was one of the investors.

$LDOS {{ '2018-01-02T22:06:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LDOS was awarded a prime contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division to support the Southeast Alaska Measurement Facility signature silencing program. The single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five year period of performance and a total contract value of approx. $42MM.

$IBM {{ '2017-12-29T11:01:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IBM said it has reached an agreement to resolve the patent lawsuit with $PCLN pending in the United States District Court for Delaware. As part of the confidential settlement, the parties will obtain patent cross-licenses to each company’s worldwide patent portfolio.

$GOOG {{ '2017-12-22T12:16:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

“Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of the board of directors of $GOOG $GOOGL, has decided to step down. He will take up the role of Technical Advisor to the firm. Schmidt, who has been serving Alphabet for the past 17 years, will continue to serve on its Board. It is expected that the Board will appoint a non-executive chairman at the next meeting.”

$SAIC {{ '2017-12-18T11:43:54+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SAIC said the Audit Committee of its BoD approved Ernst & Young LLP as its independent registered public accounting firm for FY19, replacing Deloitte & Touche LLP. This follows a formal competitive review of several independent registered public accounting firms.

$ETFC {{ '2017-12-14T15:41:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ETFC said net new brokerage assets were $1.5Bil in November, 2017. During the month, customer security holdings increased by $6.8Bil, and brokerage-related cash increased by $0.3Bil to $53.1Bil. Customer margin balances increased $0.5Bil, ending the month at $8.9Bil. Customers were net buyers of approx. $1.6Bil in securities during the month.

$ETFC {{ '2017-12-14T15:40:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$ETFC said Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) for November, 2017 were 248,669, up 15% from October and up 19% from the year-ago period. Derivatives represented 31% of DARTs during the month. The company added 41,473 gross new brokerage accounts in November and ended the month with approx. 3.6MM brokerage accounts, flat from October.

$SAIC {{ '2017-12-14T13:04:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SAIC board authorized and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.31 per share. The cash dividend is payable on January 26, 2018 to stockholders of record on January 12, 2018.

$AAPL {{ '2017-12-13T16:14:11+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Finisar Corp, which makes chips that can power various iPhone features including FaceID, will become the latest beneficiary of $AAPL's $1Bil Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Apple said it would invest $390MM in the chipmaker, following which, $FNSR shares shot up about 17% in premarket trading.

$DST {{ '2017-12-12T22:14:00+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$DST has signed an agreement with ActiveOps, giving $DST the rights to distribute ActiveOps’ Workware and Active Operations Management (AOM) Method solutions in the Australian market. The agreement extends the existing alliance between the two companies in the EMEA and APAC markets.

$SAIC {{ '2017-12-12T13:05:15+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SAIC said Mark Johnson has been appointed as a member of its BoD, effective Dec 12, 2017. Johnson will serve on the Audit Committee. Johnson is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Astra Capital Management, a private equity firm specializing in communication and technology services.

$LDOS {{ '2017-12-11T12:24:10+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LDOS BoD declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.32 per outstanding share of common stock. The cash dividend is payable on December 29, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 18, 2017.

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