James Hardie Industries (NYSE:JHX) announced a first quarter net operating profit of $41.6 million and stated that it anticipates full-year earnings to be at the high end of analysts’ forecasts of $39 million to $67 million.
The company said the US residential construction market is displaying initial signs that it is “nearing the bottom” of the cycle.
Shares are surging on the news, up more than twenty two percent.
Yesterday, American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings (NYSE:AXL) and American Axle & Manufacturing entered into a second extension of the Waiver and Amendment to their Credit Agreement. The Second Waiver Extension, among other things, extends the Waiver Extension termination date of August 20, 2009 to August 31, 2009.
The Second Waiver Extension requires the company to maintain a daily minimum liquidity of $75 million and can be terminated under certain circumstances, including the company's inability to meet the minimum liquidity test for four consecutive business days.
News of the extension is driving American Axle higher, with shares up a whopping 101% to $5.28.
Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ:HURN) announced revenues of $165.8 million for the second quarter, an increase of about 15% from the same quarter last year. Additionally, GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.47 in the quarter, compared to $0.06 in Q2 2008.
The Company filed restated financials for fiscal years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and Q1 2009 with an impact on net income and EBITDA for all restated periods totaling approximately $56 million.
As a result of the significant decline in the price of the Company’s stock following the announcement of the restatement, the Company will conduct an impairment analysis with respect to the value of its goodwill and depending on the outcome, the Company may not be in compliance with the financial covenants in its credit agreement.
Despite this, Huron's stock is rallying today, up about forty percent so far.
Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ:RTK) announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement to supply eight airlines with up to 1.5 million gallons per year of renewable synthetic diesel for ground service equipment operations at Los Angeles International Airport beginning in late 2012.
The initial purchasers under the agreement with Aircraft Service International Group, the entity that provides fueling services to many airlines that operate at LAX, are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines (AMR), Continental Airlines (CAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), Southwest Airlines (LUV), United Airlines (UAUA), UPS Airlines (UPS) and US Airways (LCC).
In late morning trading, Rentech is up more than thirty four percent to $1.73 per share.
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