Harman International Industries, Inc. announced today that is has acquired St. Louis-based Yurbuds, LLC., a manufacturer of headphones. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition seems surprising, given the fact that Harman already owns brands such as JBL and AKG that already offer headphones.
The release came across the wire at 8:00AM this morning and caught the industry totally off-guard – Harman International Industries, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with privately-held The Duchossois Group, Inc. to acquire its AMX, LLC subsidiary for $386 million. The move was not an immediately obvious one for Harman, which has been largely focused on building its automotive electronics division into a worldwide powerhouse.
But Harman did say it had a reason for taking this dramatic step… [Read more…] about Harman Takes Control; Acquires AMX
Nortek, Inc. released financial results for their fiscal first quarter this week. As a widely diversified provider of largely building-related products, the company noted marked improvement in several key areas over the same quarter last year. With an overall quarterly sales increase from $519.1 million last year to $550.1 million this year, sales increased 6%. But the company still lost money in the quarter – though the loss was less than last year.
Results for Norteck’s TECH segment continue a shift to security and AV continues to decline… [Read more…] about Nortek Q1 Sales Grow in All Major Segments, But AV Sales Continue to Decline
This past Saturday, CEPro published a strongly worded report based on anonymous email sources saying Automated Control Technology Partners, Inc., the parent company of Turn it On (TiO), has “fallen on some hard times” and its “office doors were locked” and “employees haven’t been paid for months.” The article also said that the company is “filing for Chapter 11” [bankruptcy] and “that a huge number of employees have been laid off.” CEO Mike Anderson was quoted as disputing many of the points in the article.
We spoke with Anderson who told us – emphatically – that CEPro got it wrong. So what is really going on at TiO?… [Read more…] about A Recent Report Says TiO Has ‘Fallen on Some Hard Times’ But Their CEO Disputes It; What’s Going On?
Yamaha Corporation announced their financial results for fiscal year 2014 (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014) and it is mostly good news for the company and its shareholders. However, like other Japanese companies, Yamaha benefited from an extremely favorable currency exchange rate that for some of their divisions was the only good news. Overall, however, Yamaha has much to crow about with sales up 11.8% to ¥410.3 billion ($4.0 billion) and net income up 455% to ¥22.9 billion ($223.8 million).
See more details on Yamaha’s results and see if it sounds good to you as well… [Read more…] about Yamaha’s Fiscal Results are Music to Management’s Ears
JVC Kenwood Corporation released a snapshot of the financial results for its fiscal year that ended March 31, 2014 and – while overall group revenues were slightly better than expected – the profit picture is still quite troubled. Fiscal year total revenues came in at ¥316.343 billion ($3.1 billion)…but the company booked a net loss of ¥6.571 billion ($64.3 million).
See more of the company’s results which suggest benefits from their reorganization are still ahead… [Read more…] about Aggressive Business Restructure Fails to Prevent JVC Kenwood’s Net Loss
For many tech companies, the industry has never been more challenging than the period following the end of the 2007 economic recession. For most of us, we put on a brave face and tell anyone who asks that everything is fine. But executives in public companies have the added challenge of having their performance publicly announced…often subjecting management to rebuke from angry investors.
For the last two years, however, most public companies on Wall Street have enjoyed a significant comeback. And this comeback has led to substantial increases in remuneration for company executives – Ingram Micro included. But who has done better – investors in the company’s stock…or the company management?
See our analysis on Ingram Micro executive compensation below…Hint: it’s not even close… [Read more…] about Are Investors Doing as Well as Ingram Micro Executives?
J&R Music World has announced that it will close its Manhattan store location today. The announcement is likely a surprise to consumers – but those in the industry in the New York Metro market are not surprised. J&R has been struggling for years, starting with a major push down a slippery slope in the wake of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks which were close enough to damage their location in lower Manhattan.
J&R has posted a note on its website about the matter. Will they come back?… [Read more…] about End of an Era? J&R Music World Closes Store Today
In a report that is sure to surprise many and even stun some, the Korea Fair Trade Commission, South Korea’s fair trade watchdog, announced that just four large companies – or conglomerates – generate 90% of all of the total net profit earned in the country in 2013. The commission, which closely tracks the performance of what they call the largest conglomerate companies, issues their report every April with this year’s report showing the share of the top four have continued to grow since 2011.
But wait until you see the percentage of profits from just the top TWO companies… [Read more…] about Talk About Income Inequality! Just Four Companies Generated 90% of All Net Profits in South Korea
Former CEO Pacor Comments on Brand Acquisition Strategy
We learned last week that D&M Holdings, also known as the D+M Group, sold off its Calrec Audio brand to Electra Partners, a London-based private equity company. D&M received £14 million ($23.1 million) for Calrec, a designer of premium audio products and live-to-air consoles for the broadcast market. The move is part of a plan to divest itself of all non-core businesses, CEO Jim Caudill has said in press reports.