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Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE:CLB) has announced a cash dividend payable in the third quarter of 2011 of $0.25 per share of common stock. This amount, in part, reflects a decision by the Company to incorporate its practice of paying an annual special dividend into its quarterly dividends. On an annualized basis, the quarterly cash dividend for the third quarter of 2011 would equal a payout of $1.00 per share of common stock. The quarterly $0.25 per share cash dividend will be payable on 22 August 2011 to shareholders of record on 22 July 2011. Dutch withholding tax will be deducted from the dividend at a rate of 15%.
Core Laboratories N.V. (www.corelab.com) is a leading provider of proprietary and patented reservoir description, production enhancement, and reservoir management services used to optimize petroleum reservoir performance. The Company has over 70 offices in more than 50 countries and is located in every major oil-producing province in the world.
Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI) reported financial results for the quarter and year ended May 31, 2011. Net loss for the quarter was $9.1 million or $.33 per share and included, net of related charges, an after-tax gain of $6.7 million or $.24 per share from the exchange of aggregate operating assets for ready mix operating assets. Net loss for the quarter ended May 31, 2010 was $9.8 million or $.35 per share and included a non-cash after tax charge of $5.4 million or $.20 per share with respect to our defined benefit plans and the recognition of after tax income of $2.6 million or $.09 per share with respect to a reduction of our capital lease obligation related to power facilities at our Oro Grande, California cement plant. Net loss for the year was $64.9 million or $2.33 per share and includes an after tax loss on debt retirement of $18.6 million or $.67 per share associated with the refinancing of senior notes due in 2013. Net loss for the year ended May 31, 2010 was $38.9 million or $1.40 per share.
Texas Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and supply of heavy construction materials in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Cement, Aggregates, and Consumer Products.
Questar Corp. (NYSE:STR) will host a teleconference and Webcast to discuss second-quarter 2011 results beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. MT) on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Ronald W. Jibson, Questar president and CEO, and Kevin W. Hadlock, executive vice president and CFO, will comment on Questar's second-quarter performance. Questar plans to issue its 2011 earnings release Wednesday, July 27, 2011, after the market closes.
Questar Corporation, a natural gas-focused energy company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the gas and oil exploration and production, midstream field services, energy marketing, interstate gas transportation, and retail gas distribution businesses. Visit www.questar.com
National Health Partners, Inc. (OTC:NHPR)
National Health Partners, Inc. is a national healthcare savings organization that provides discount healthcare membership programs to uninsured and underinsured people through a national healthcare savings network called "CARExpress." CARExpress is one of the largest networks of hospitals, doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare providers in the country and is comprised of over 1,000,000 medical professionals that belong to such PPOs as CareMark and Aetna. National Health Partners, Inc primary target customer group is the 47 million Americans who have no health insurance of any kind. The company's secondary target customer group includes the millions of Americans who lack complete health insurance coverage.
Health care costs are increasing at an annual rate of 7% a year, which if sustained will bankrupt Medicare in nine years and increase the nation's overall annual health care tab to $4 trillion in 10 years.
These rising costs are an important reason why the number of uninsured has soared, but the cost problem affects everyone. Unlike the problem of the uninsured, the cost problem has not captured the public imagination. New or increased use of medical technology contributes 40-50% to annual cost increases, and controlling this technology is the most important factor in reducing them.
National Health Partners, Inc., a leading provider of discount healthcare membership programs, expects July sales to increase by as much as 75% over June sales as a result of the new marketing campaign announced by the company on May 25, 2011.
The company has experienced a tremendous amount of success from the current marketing campaign. As a result, the company has implemented a plan to substantially increase its monthly sales on a continuous basis, beginning with a 75% increase in July. During the remainder of 2011, this campaign has the ability to increase monthly sales by more than 700% while enabling the company to achieve positive cash flows from operations.
The remarkable cash flow opportunity of this marketing campaign is tied to the innovative cost terms achieved by the company. Traditionally, the company paid a monthly recurring residual commission during the life of the membership for each member acquired. Through the current campaign, the company is only paying a small, one-time fee for each member acquired -no monthly recurring residual commissions are paid. As a result, the cash flow generated by the company during the life of each membership obtained through this campaign is 150% greater than that of the memberships previously sold by the company.
"I am very excited about the incredible results that we are generating through this new marketing campaign," stated David M. Daniels, National Health Partners' President and CEO. "This marketing campaign is unique not only because of the large scale marketing operations of our partner, but because we are only paying a one-time commission on each new member we obtain. As a result we are seeing a substantial jump in cash flow from these new sales. As we continue to add more retained memberships from this program, we will see cash flow growth increase substantially."
"I am very comfortable with our outlook over the coming months and I am anxious to build on our profitability on a larger scale," continued Mr. Daniels. "As we generate more monthly cash flow, we plan to use much of this cash to acquire even more members. Within 6 months, we could be generating annualized cash flows in an amount that is greater than the current market value of our entire company."
For more information about National Health Partners, Inc. please visit their website: www.nationalhealthpartners.com.
Syms Corp (NASDAQ:SYMS) announced results for its first quarter ended May 28, 2011. For the first quarter (13 week period) ended May 28, 2011, the Company had net income of $1.5 million ($0.10 per share) as compared to a net loss of $0.8 million ($0.06 per share) for the first quarter ended May 29, 2010. Net sales decreased by $16.0 million or 13% to $105.4 million during the thirteen weeks ended May 28, 2011. Sales were $121.4 million in the comparable period last year.
Syms Corp operates a chain of ‘off-price’ apparel retail stores under the Syms and Filene’s Basement names in the United States. Its stores offer a range of in-season merchandise for men, women, and children. Syms Corp was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey.
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