Casey's General Stores Inc. (Nasdaq:CASY) reported $0.51 in basic earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 ended October 31, 2010. The results include approximately $19.4 million in expenses pertaining to the Company’s recapitalization plan completed in the second quarter as well as the unsolicited hostile offer and related actions by Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Without those expenses, basic earnings per share would have been $.81 compared to $0.66 for the same quarter a year ago, up 22.7%. Year to date, basic earnings per share were $1.27 versus $1.53 for the same period last year. Excluding expenses related to the hostile offer and recapitalization plan, mid-year basic earnings per share would have been $1.62.
Casey's General Stores provides nonfood items, which include tobacco products, health and beauty aids, school supplies, house wares, pet supplies, photo supplies, and automotive products. In addition, the company offers gasoline or gasohol for sale on a self-service basis.
American Video Teleconferencing Corp. (OTCPK:AVOT)
The 17 elements that are classified as "rare earth" have become a more vital part of our day-to-day lives. Rare earth metals are the life blood of modern personal computers, batteries and alternative energies. To illustrate, there are nearly ten lbs of the rare earth element, lanthanum, in just about every Toyota Prius engine. Furthermore, rare earth elements are vital to military technologies. As opposed to the name, rare earth metals are not particularly uncommon and can be found in most continents. In recent weeks the US government has made significant steps to increase production of these metals, since they will have a large part in President Obama's overhaul of US energy.
American Video Teleconferencing Corp. is pleased to announce that it is presently in final discussions to enter into a formal agreement to acquire an exclusive option on a molybdenum property in the Otter lake area in the province of Quebec, Canada. The property has been dormant since the 1960's when Hupon Mining and Exploration carried out surface work, stripping, trenching and a minor drill program of 445 feet contained in 11 drill holes. Some of the sample results from the trenching in 1962 showed 0.94% to 25% molybdenum averaging 5-10%. These values were obtained from assessment files in the Department of Mines in Quebec City.
This property is only one of several advanced stage properties AVOT has under consideration in the province of Quebec.
Majestic Gold Corp. recently released the results of an updated resource estimate on its Song Jiagou Mine.
As part of the ongoing assessment on the Song Jiagou Mine, Wardrop Engineering Inc. has revised their previous resource estimate (NR 23 April, 2010) as a result of the revision to the contract mining costs (NR 30 September 2010) which allowed cut-off grades to be reduced from 0.40 g/t to 0.30 g/t and warranted a revision of the block model.
Subsequent to the initial resource estimate, Wardrop determined that rotating the block model perpendicular to drilling direction was the most favorable orientation to evaluate the deposit and to calculate the revised resource. The new cut-off grade and the re-orientation of the model significantly increased the overall size of the resource and the contained ounces of gold in both the inferred and indicated categories.
The most significant changes from the previous estimate are:
- Increase in Indicated tonnes by 35.34% to 33,739,586 tonnes
- Increase in Indicated contained gold by 24.09% to 1,244,211 ounces
- Increase in Inferred tonnes by 37.96% to 38,812,054 tonnes
- Increase in Inferred contained gold by 7.48% to 1,830,576 ounces
The increase in the size of the resource from 53 to 72.5 million tonnes will very significantly reduce the strip ratios to be used as Majestic continues its engineering studies on the Song Jiagou mine. Wardrop will move forward now to re-evaluate a production pit design.
Majestic continues to work with Wardrop and its sister company, Tetra Tech (Beijing) Consultancy Company Limited, (both subsidiaries of Terta Tech Inc.) to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment, concurrent with the required Chinese Geological and Engineering studies required to apply for increased production levels at Song Jiagou. The results of these studies will ultimately culminate in a Pre-feasibility report.
The geological and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Greg Mosher, P. Eng, of Wardrop Engineering, and Mike Hibbitts, P.Geo., who are qualified persons under the definitions established by National Instrument 43- 101.
Majestic Gold Corp. engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in China. Majestic focuses on its gold project located in the prolific gold region of Song Jiagou in eastern Shandong Province. Majestic is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
To learn more about Majestic visit: http://www.majesticgold.net
Alliance Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:ALNC) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per common share. The dividend is payable on January 3, 2011 to shareholders of record on December 20, 2010. Alliance Financial Corporation is an independent financial holding company with Alliance Bank, N.A. as its principal subsidiary that provides retail and commercial banking, and investment management services through 29 offices in Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties. Alliance also operates an investment management administration center in Buffalo, N.Y., an equipment lease financing company, Alliance Leasing, Inc., and a multi-line insurance agency, Ladd's Agency, Inc.
Alliance Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Alliance Bank, N.A., which provides various financial products and services to commercial, retail, government, and investment management customers in New York.
PriceSmart Inc. (Nasdaq:PSMT) announced that for the month of November 2010, net sales increased 21.3% to $131.9 million from $108.7 million in November a year earlier. For the three months ended November 30, 2010, net sales increased 22.2% to $377.3 million from $308.7 million in the same period last year. There were 28 warehouse clubs in operation at the end of November 2010 compared to 26 warehouse clubs in operation in November 2009.For the five weeks ended December 5, 2010, comparable warehouse sales for warehouse clubs open at least 12 full months increased 15.8% compared to the same five-week period last year.
PriceSmart, Inc. owns and operates warehouse clubs in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Its warehouse clubs sell consumer goods and perishable foods at low prices to individuals and businesses.
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