Thu, Feb. 26, 6:07 PM
- UniPixel (NASDAQ:UNXL) states in its Q4 report the company and Kodak (NYSE:KODK) have "achieved integration yields in the high 80 percentile" with a previously-disclosed for an InTouch Sensor solution meant for a tablet OEM partner. "Our tablet customer understands the touchless plating line modifications we’re undertaking and remains patient with the process. We are currently working with the customer in planning follow-on integration trials."
- UniPixel also states a previously-disclosed all-in-one PC OEM partner "recently approved UniPixel’s all-in-one product design, and UniPixel is now working with two module integrators approved by the customer." Using Kodak's manufacturing facility, UniPixel plans "initial commercial shipments" to the OEM in Q2.
- Also planned for Q2: Commercial production of UniPixel's Diamond Guard hard-coat resin, and the modifying of an operational InTouch Sensor plating line to make its web handling touchless.
- UniPixel had no revenue in Q4, or in any other quarter within 2014. Q4 SG&A expenses fell 6% Y/Y to $2.88M, and R&D expenses fell 14% to $2.65M. The company's cash balance fell by $2.9M Q/Q to $23.7M.
- Shares have risen to $5.45 AH.
- UniPixel's Q4 results, PR
Tue, Feb. 3, 1:51 PM
- Kodak (KODK +4.3%) states German printing services firms Europrint Medien and Druckteam Berlin have adopted its Sonora XP process-free printing plates.
- Kodak asserts Sonora XP removes "all chemistry, water, equipment, energy, and waste related to the [print] processing or clean out step," and also delivers better operational efficiencies (by boosting process control) than processed plates.
- Shares remain just ~$2 above a 52-week low of $17.40.
Dec. 19, 2014, 1:01 PM
- Though post-bankruptcy Kodak (KODK +0.1%) doesn't directly make consumer electronics gear, it has licensed its brand to a slew of third-party consumer hardware OEMs The company plans to show off some of this hardware at CES (runs from Jan. 6-9)
- Among the showcased products: Standard digital cameras, camcorders, action cameras, baby monitoring systems, batteries, mobile device chargers, binoculars, and camera accessories. Kodak will also show off "paper imaging specialty items" and a photo-printing apps.
Nov. 7, 2014, 1:45 PM
- Though UniPixel (NASDAQ:UNXL) is still dealing with "a limited number of challenges" related to starting mass-production for its InTouch sensors, the company expects "low volume sampling to our development customers in [Q4] and ramping to commercial production in 2015."
- Citing the progress seen for an InTouch roll-to-roll pilot plating line at partner Kodak's (KODK +0.3%) NY facility, UniPixel is "in the process of moving plating lines from the Texas facility to the Kodak facility where they will be eventually commissioned for production."
- The company also states it's working with Kodak on "an initial [InTouch] development project for the tablet market while working closely with a certain tablet manufacturer," and claims it's "engaged with an all-in-one PC OEM customer and their touch module integrators" regarding development efforts for an InTouch product aimed at the all-in-one PC market.
- UniPixel's cash balance fell by $3.6M Q/Q in Q3 to $26.8M. SG&A spend rose 18% Y/Y to $2.9M; R&D spend fell 5% to $2.7M.
- UniPixel and Kodak will host an analyst day on Dec. 4.
- Q3 results, PR
Nov. 5, 2014, 10:49 AM
- Kodak (NYSE:KODK) managed to deliver (slightly) positive Y/Y revenue growth in Q3, as a 13% increase in Graphics, Entertainment, & Commercial Films (GECF) revenue to $400M offset a 17% drop in Digital Printing & Enterprise (DP&E) revenue to $164M.
- GECF revenue was boosted by $51M in non-recurring IP licensing revenue, as well as rising digital plate sales. Motion picture film sales saw a "significant decline."
- DP&E revenue fell due to the ongoing decline in Kodak's consumer inkjet printing ops. On the other hand, sales of FLEXCEL NX plates (used for package printing) rose 34%.
- Gross margin rose to 28% from 19% a year ago. SG&A spend fell 28% Y/Y to $67M, and R&D spend 17% to $20M. Nonetheless, CEO Jeff Clarke suggests Kodak needs to make further cost-cutting efforts.
- The company "expects to meet projections for 2014 of revenue between $2.1 and $2.3 billion and Operational EBITDA between $145 and $165 million."
- Q3 results, PR
Nov. 4, 2014, 5:00 PM
Aug. 7, 2014, 5:58 PM
- UniPixel (NASDAQ:UNXL) says it's "working closely" with Kodak (NYSE:KODK) to transfer the pilot plating technology for its InTouch sensors from its Texas facility to the companies' NY production facility.
- The pilot line is said to be producing "appreciable quantities of sensors on a weekly basis to support yield ramp activities and sampling for our development customers." UniPixel adds it's making "measured progress" in improving yields.
- UniPixel and Kodak have provided InTouch samples to an unnamed tablet maker, and have "engaged an all-in-one PC OEM customer and their touch module integrators."
- Q2 GAAP opex rose 29% Y/Y to $6.07M. R&D spend totaled $2.99M, and SG&A $3.08M. UniPixel ended Q2 with $30.4M in cash, down from $34.4M at the end of Q1.
- Q2 results, PR
Aug. 5, 2014, 5:00 PM
Jun. 25, 2014, 5:54 PM
- Citing a "technical breakthrough in roll-to-roll plating process," UniPixel (UNXL) says it has achieved roll-to-roll pilot production for its InTouch sensor film.
- The company claims it now has "a fully-functional, roll-to-roll pilot production line comprised of a plating line at the company's Texas facility, and printing, final testing and packaging at the Kodak (KODK) facility" in Rochester, NY.
- UniPixel will now focus on improving manufacturing yields. Its announcement coincides with an operational update CC (webcast).
- With 40% of the float shorted as of June 13, a short squeeze is quite possible tomorrow.
Jun. 17, 2014, 2:47 PM
- After Intel stated in a June 1 presentation UniPixel (UNXL) has begun production of its roll-to-roll metal mesh touch sensor film in Q2, UniPixel contacted Intel to tell them production hasn't begun, says SA author Richard X. Roe. Intel later removed the comment from its presentation.
- Roe doesn't expect a June 25 operational update call (previous) to reveal major progress towards mass-production, and declares "a failure to start production would simply be admission of another delay," given UniPixel and partner Kodak (KODK) have forecast commercial production would start by July 1.
- He adds recent CEO comments and the website of a UniPixel sub-contractor suggest improving roll-to-roll plating yields remain a challenge, and states the company's Diamond Guard film is "apparently nothing more than a commodity off-the-shelf acrylic coating."
Mar. 25, 2014, 10:51 AM
- Looking to further shore up its balance sheet, Kodak (KODK +0.6%) plans to sell its massive Eastman Business Park. The facility covers 1,200 acres in Rochester and Greece, NY, holds 7.2M sq. feet of space, and features 50+ tenants and owners, including several Fortune 500 companies.
- Kodak says it will "maintain a significant presence at the site, encompassing research, development and manufacturing activities."
- The company had $844M in cash and $678M in debt at the end of 2013.
- Previous: Kodak's Q4 results/2014 guidance
Mar. 19, 2014, 4:50 PM
- In its first earnings report since emerging from Chap. 11, Kodak (KODK) reports Q4 revenue of $607M (-18% Y/Y) and a net loss of $63M (improved from a year-ago loss of $402M).
- Sales for Kodak's Graphics, Entertainment, & Commercial Films unit fell 12% to $396M; gross margin dropped 2380 bps to 9.6%. Kodak blames the drop lower graphics and motion picture film demand, and unfavorable graphics pricing/mix.
- The Digital Printing & Enterprise unit saw its sales drop 22% to $210M; gross margin fell 220 bps to 13.8%. The discontinuing of printer sales, along with weaker sales of related ink, pressured results.
- Some bright spots: 1) Kodak's digital printing ops saw volume growth thanks to "a larger number of placements of commercial inkjet components." 2) Entertainment & Commercial Films is seeing favorable pricing. 3) 450 graphics customers have adopted Kodak's Sonora process-free printing plates.
- The company predicts growth within its "strategic technology businesses" will offset declines in mature businesses in 2014. Kodak ended 2013 with $844M in cash and $678M in debt.
- 2014 guidance: Revenue of $2.1B-$2.3B, and earnings from continuing ops of -$40M to breakeven.
Mar. 12, 2014, 9:18 AM
- Jeffrey Clarke, the chairman of travel site Orbitz (OWW) and once an exec at CA and H-P, has been named Kodak's (KODK) new CEO. (PR)
- Kodak emerged from Chap. 11 last September, after selling $406M in equity to creditors and unloading its personalized document/imaging ops. The company will focus on commercial printing/imaging and touch sensor products going forward.
Dec. 16, 2013, 5:42 PM
Sep. 16, 2013, 11:58 AM
- It sounds like a "best of breed" call with analyst Michael Carrier saying Blackstone (BX +2.8%) deserves a buy rating thanks to rising distributions and asset growth at a time "when some in the sector are likely to begin facing some cyclicality."
- Carrier bumps his 2014 distributable earnings estimate by 10% and the price target to $28 from $25. The ramp in distributions over the next 18 months will first be driven by real estate, then "potentially" by private equity."
- More Blackstone: As emerged-from-bankrputcy Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK) prepares to come public again, it reveals its equity owners. Topping the list is Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners with a 22.6% stake.
Sep. 3, 2013, 2:51 PM
- Two weeks after a bankruptcy judge signed off on Eastman Kodak's (EKDKQ.PK -45.6%) restructuring plan, the company has officially emerged from Chap. 11. (PR) (8-K)
- The emergence follows the sale of Kodak's personalized/document imaging ops to its pension plan, the completion of a rights offering, and the sale of $406M in new equity to unsecured creditors, among other moves.
- All previously issued and outstanding Kodak shares have been cancelled, along with all other prior equity interests. Initial distributions related to "general unsecured claims" are due by the end of September.
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