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Verizon added 1.2MM retail postpaid net additions (647K postpaid adds) in fourth quarter. Earnings came in at $4.56, which includes tax reforms related benefits. Excluding special items, adj. EPS was $0.86, same as 4Q16. $VZ plans to spend $17-17.8Bil in 2018, including the planned 5G launch. It also expects tax reforms to bring $3.5-4Bil in 2018.
$CBT elected Cynthia Arnold to its BoD, effective Jan. 18, 2018. She was also appointed a member of the Compensation Committee. $CBT elected Sue Rataj as Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors, effective March 9, 2018. $CBT said Roderick MacLeod will retire from the Board, effective at annual meeting that will be held on March 8, 2018.
$TRMB and VolkerWessels, a construction firm, announced a strategic relationship to standardize VolkerWessels' projects on a key set of Trimble construction technologies. The collaboration is designed to advance innovations in Building Information Management technology and improve management of building construction and real estate projects.
Verizon announced today that it had acquired Niddel, which offers automated end-to-end threat hunting solution for enterprises. $VZ plans to integrate Niddel's services, which the firm believes would augment the existing offerings to its enterprise clients. The company didn't disclose the terms of the deal.
Software services provider $TRMB has acquired Dutch firm Stabiplan BV, expanding its construction solutions product portfolio for Building Information Modeling clients. The company did not disclose financial terms of the deal. After integration, the Stabiplan business will be reported as part of the Buildings and Infrastructure Segment of Trimble.
$KEM expects that it will continue to experience strong performance, both in income statement and balance sheet, throughout balance of fiscal year. $KEM expects to continue to grow cash, with a 2Q ending balance of $253.7MM, and an estimated 3Q ending balance of $265-275MM, while lowering debt and lifting capital expenditures to build capacity.
$KEM expects 3Q18 net sales to be within the $288-300MM range, and gross margin as a percentage of net sales are expected to be 26.5-27.5%. Order rates remain significantly higher than at the same time in the company’s 2Q, and distributor days-on-hand inventory remains within normal levels.
At the end of 3Q18 earnings call, CEO John Chen confirmed that $BB will participate in the Detroit Auto Show during Jan. 2018. Chen will deliver a keynote presentation on Jan. 15, 2018 in the Detroit Auto Show, and he is expected to unveil a BlackBerry product that will help to shape and secure the future of connected and self-driving cars.
Based on the customer wins so far in the fiscal year, $BB confirmed its outlook for FY18. Non-GAAP revenue is expected to be in the mid to high range of the previously provided outlook ($920-950MM). BlackBerry also maintained the previous expectations of hitting 10-15% growth in software and services revenue and achieving positive non-GAAP EPS.
$BB reported a wider net loss in 3Q18, hurt by Nokia arbitration charges of $149MM. Net loss expanded to $275MM or $0.52 per share from a net loss of $118MM or $0.22 per share in the prior year quarter. GAAP revenue dropped 22% to $226MM, while non-GAAP EPS rose 50% to $0.03 from the year-ago quarter.
$ROP's BoD declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.4125 per share. The dividend is payable on Jan. 23, 2018 to stockholders of record as of Jan. 9, 2018. This represents an increase of 18% over the dividend paid in each quarter of 2017, or an expected $0.25 increase on an annual basis ($0.0625 on a quarterly basis).