J.C. Penney, GM: After-Hours Headlines
By Michael Baron - 05/15/12 - 6:33 PM EDT
NEW YORK (TheStreet
) -- Here's a round-up of companies making news after Tuesday's closing bell.
reported a much wider than anticipated quarterly loss late Tuesday and said it's discontinuing its dividend. The department store retailer, which is trying to reinvent itself under the direction of CEO Ron Johnson, a former Apple
executive, reported an adjusted loss of $55 million, or 25 cents a share, and said same-store sales fell 18.9% in its fiscal first quarter ended in April.
The average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters
was for a loss of 11 cents a share in the quarter.
"Sales and profitability have been tougher than anticipated during the first 13 weeks, but the transformation is ahead of schedule," said Johnson in a press release.
The company now expects to record additional restructuring charges in 2012 so it dropped its outlook for GAAP earnings of $1.59 a share for the year. The elimination of the quarterly dividend of 20 cents a share is expected to result in annual savings of $175 million.
The stock was last quoted at $28.85, down 13.4%, on volume of more than 4 million, according to Nasdaq.com
Shares of General Motors
were up more than 4% to $22.31 on late volume of more than 560,000 following news that Warren Buffett has purchased a significant stake
in the car and truck maker.
In addition, the company has reportedly decided to stop advertising on Facebook
. The news comes ahead of the social networking giant's initial public offering, which is expected to take place on Friday.
Based on Tuesday's regular-session close at $21.42, GM shares are up 6.7% so far in 2012. Based on the latest filing of his holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway
built a stake of 10 million GM shares in the first quarter.
said its board has approved a 21% increase in its quarterly dividend to 17.5 cents a share from 14.5 cents a share.
The Pleasanton, Calif.-based grocery store operator said the higher dividend is to be paid on July 12 to shareholders of record on June 21.
The stock closed Tuesday's regular session at $18.78, down 13 cents. Year-to-date, the shares are down more than 10%.
Shares of Cogo
surged in late trades after the China-based company reported non-GAAP earnings of $4.5 million, or 13 cents a share, on revenue of $169.3 million, up nearly 70% from last year.
Jeffrey Kang, Cogo's CEO and chairman, also said the company's audit committee continues to review his proposal to buy "certain assets, liabilities and operating business units" with the process expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter.
"Target companies of the deal roughly account for 26% of the group's revenue, with a gross margin of approximately 5% in the first quarter of 2012," Kang said in a press release. "I continue to believe that this purchase, which may possibly place an overall value of Cogo at $6-$8 a share, will help to legitimize the value of our financial assets."
The stock was last quoted at $2.33, up 16.5%, on volume of nearly 700,000, according to Nasdaq.com
Shares of Sina Corp.
got a lift after the China-based online media company reported a non-GAAP loss of $14 million, or 21 cents a share, for the first quarter, narrower than Wall Street's consensus estimate for a loss of 23 cents a share.
The company also forecast non-GAAP revenue of $126 million to $129 million for the second quarter, slightly below the average analysts' view of $130.4 million.
"Our brand advertising business got off to a relatively slow start in the first quarter due to the softening of macroeconomic conditions in China," said Charles Chao, Sina's CEO. "Although we expect macroeconomic headwinds to continue into the second quarter, we have begun test trials of Weibo brand advertising, which is powered by a social interest graph recommendation engine, and expect this new product offering to have a meaningful impact on our brand advertising business in the second half of this year."
The stock was last quoted at $54.71, up 5.9%, on volume of nearly 500,000, according to Nasdaq.com
--Written by Michael Baron in New York.
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