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March 14, 2014
10:30 EDTPLUG, FCEL, BLDPPlug Power slumps after two firms downgrade shares
Shares of fuel cell maker Plug Power (PLUG) are sinking after two research firms downgraded the stock in notes to investors earlier today. Plug Power develops fuel cell systems for industrial off-road vehicles, including forklifts and electric lift trucks. WHAT'S NEW: Roth Capital analyst Matt Koranda downgraded Plug Power to Neutral from Buy. The company's fourth quarter results, announced yesterday morning, suggested that the momentum of its bookings is slowing, the analyst believes. Although Plug Power's bookings still appear set to grow at a rate that exceeds historic levels, much of that growth already seems to be reflected in the stock, contended the analyst. Koranda also warned that some of Plug Power's shipments could be delayed because a majority of its products are being shipped to customers that still have to add hydrogen infrastructure. Adding the infrastructure could take longer than expected, wrote Koranda, who nonetheless raised his price target on the shares to $8 from 80c. Also downgrading Plug Power was Cowen analyst Robert Stone. The company's sales should rise this year as its bookings look strong, and its gross margins should increase as volumes rise and some costs decline, Stone contended. However, he believes that the stock's valuation looked "full" before trading today. Stone cut his rating on the shares to Market Perform from Outperform. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Plug Power fell 4.5% to $7.64. Other fuel cell makers also dropped, with FuelCell Energy (FCEL) slumping 5% to $3.16 and Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) losing 2.3% to $5.85.
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October 29, 2014
16:49 EDTFCELFuelCell announces manufacturing expansion to reduce costs
FuelCell Energy announced a two stage expansion project to improve manufacturing and logistics efficiencies and position the company for continued global growth. The existing manufacturing facility in Torrington, Connecticut, will be expanded in the first stage and production equipment will be added in the second stage. The State of Connecticut has extended a financial package through the Department of Economic and Community Development for both stages, including $20M of low interest long-term loans and up to $10M of tax credits, predicated on certain terms and conditions, including the forgiveness of 50% of the loan principal if certain job retention and job creation targets are reached. The first stage involves the expansion of the existing 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility by 90,000 square feet for a total size of 155,000 square feet. Initially, this additional space will be used to enhance and streamline logistics functions and provide the space needed to reconfigure the existing production process to improve manufacturing efficiencies and realize cost savings. The company expects to enter into a long term lease of up to 15 years as part of this expansion. The cost of the first stage construction is expected to be funded by a mix of private capital and State financial support. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016. Additionally, plans for the second stage include the installation of a megawatt scale tri-generation fuel cell plant to power and heat the facility as well as provide hydrogen for the manufacturing process of the fuel cell components, and the creation of advanced technology testing and prototype manufacturing. In addition, the final stage of the fuel cell module manufacturing will be relocated to the Torrington facility from its current location at the Danbury, Connecticut headquarters, which will reduce logistics costs.
09:19 EDTBLDPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Goodyear Tire (GT), up 10%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 3.7%... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ), up 9%... Eaton (ETN), up 2.3%... Anadarko (APC), up 2%... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.7%... IAC (IACI), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 12% after reporting quarterly results, announcing plan to spin off Ferrari... Cara Therapeutics (CARA), up 17.8% after HAL trial of IV formulation of CR845 met primary endpoint... Jamba (JMBA), up 4% after upgraded at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), down 5.7%... Gilead (GILD), down 3.2%... Ralph Lauren (RL), down 2.3%... SodaStream (SODA), down 3%... Garmin (GRMN), down 5%... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), down 9.9%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 10%... Ballard Power (BLDP), down 8.7%... Hershey (HSY), down 3.3%... Deutsche Bank (DB), down 2.3%... McKesson (MCK), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Sanofi (SNY), down 5.7% after downgraded at various firms including Barclays and BofA/Merrill after the company's board removed Christopher Viehbacher as CEO... InvenSense (INVN), down 22%, downgraded at Pacific Crest, Northland and Piper Jaffray following the company's Q2 earnings results... CareTrust REIT (CTRE), down 3.6% after acquiring Cross Healthcare Seniors housing portfolio... Orbital (ORB), down 16% after Orb-3 launch mishap... American Realty (ARCP), down 22% after announcing resignations of CFO, CAO.
October 28, 2014
20:03 EDTBLDPBallard Power expects FY14 revenue growth of 20%, consensus $79.88M
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20:02 EDTBLDPBallard Power reports Q3 EPS (2c), consensus (1c)
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