Droughts made headlines throughout 2012due to their harmful affects on our nation’s food supply, but privation wasn’t the only drag on our fresh water sources. A recent study shows that oil and natural gas fracking has placed great stress on available fresh waterin areas around the country by taking up measurable amounts of the resource. In some instances in Texas, fracking staked its claim to 20% of total water usage in the regions surrounding production areas.
Reading that astonishing fact clears up any doubt as to why Texas now mandates the recycling of water used in the fracking process. If we plan on becoming more energy independent through increased production of domestic oil and natural gas, then something will most likely be done at the federal level as well. Which companies stand to benefit? Check out Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman’s video below.
Despite this, natural gas still has a great chance at revolutionizing the clean energy movement. This trend toward alternative energy is gaining momentum. One potential opportunity in this field is Clean Energy Fuels, which focuses its natural gas efforts primarily on trucking and fleets. It’s poised to make a big impact on an essential industry. Learn everything you need to know about Clean Energy Fuels in The Motley Fool’s premium research report on the company. Just click here now to claim your copy today.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings(AAWW)
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. provides air cargo and outsourced aircraft operating solutions worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance (ACMI); Air Mobility Command (AMC) Charter; Commercial Charter; and Dry Leasing. The ACMI segment offers aircraft that is crewed, maintained, and insured by the company for lease. The AMC Charter segment provides full planeload charter flights to the U.S. military. The Commercial Charter segment provides planeload of capacity charter services to charter brokers, freight forwarders, direct shippers, and airlines. The Dry Leasing segment provides for the leasing of aircraft and/or engines to customers. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 747 freighters. Its customers include airlines, express delivery providers, freight forwarders, the U.S. military, and charter brokers. It operates in Asia, the Middle-East, Australia, Europe, South America, Africa, and North America. As of Decem ber 31, 2009, the company operated a fleet of 747-400 freighter aircraft. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings was founded in 1992 and is based in Purchase, New York.
- [By Anders Bylund]
Jet chartering service Atlas Air Worldwide (NASDAQ: AAWW ) started a poison pill in 2009 “during a period of turmoil,” only to cancel it a year later when the risk of hostile takeover attempts had waned. Shares of Atlas have fallen 20% since the cancellation, while the S&P 500 surged 66% higher, but Atlas is most certainly an independent company today.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
UPS’s (UPS) big miss got the attention today–sending its shares down 1%–but that’s nothing compared to what’s happened to Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) has plunged 21% to $38.63 following its announcement that it would earn less this year than it had previously expected.
Oshkosh has dropped 12% to $46.25 after it reported a profit of 49 cents a share, missing forecasts for 590 cents, as sales of military vehicles plunged.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: Semgroup Corporation(SEMG)
SemGroup Corporation provides gathering, transportation, storage, distribution, blending, marketing, and other midstream services primarily to independent producers, refiners of petroleum products, and other market participants in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States, Canada, and the West Coast of the United Kingdom. It also purchases, stores, and sells natural gas liquids in the United States; provides natural gas gathering and processing services in Canada and the United States; offers refined products and crude oil storage services in the United Kingdom; and purchases, produces, stores, and distributes liquid asphalt cement products in Mexico. The company owns, contracts, and leases various pipelines, gathering systems, storage facilities, terminals, processing plants, blending facilities, and other distribution assets. It operates approximately 1,400 miles of natural gas transportation, gathering, and distribution pipelines in Kansas, Oklahoma, T exas and Alberta, Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- [By Holly LaFon]
In early August SemGroup (SEMG), an owner and operator of oil and gas midstream assets, including pipelines and storage and blending facilities, closed on an opportunistic purchase of assets from Chesapeake Energy. The assets nicely complement SemGroup’s existing core assets that stretch from Colorado to Oklahoma. While SemGroup will have to spend money to complete the assetsmoney that financially distressed Chesapeake likely could not justifywe view the expenditures favorably given their high return characteristics.From Third Avenue Management’s fourth quarter 2013 commentary.
Best Gas Stocks To Buy Right Now: PetMed Express Inc.(PETS)
PetMed Express, Inc., doing business as 1-800-PetMeds, operates a pet pharmacy in the United States. It markets non-prescription and prescription pet medications; and other health products for dogs and cats, as well as direct to consumers. The company?s non-prescription medications include flea and tick control products, bone and joint care products, vitamins and nutritional supplements, and hygiene products. Its prescription medications comprise heartworm preventatives; arthritis, thyroid, diabetes, and pain medications; antibiotics and other specialty medications; and generic substitutes. In addition, the company, through its Web site, 1800petmeds.com, sells beds, crates, stairs, strollers, and other pet supplies. PetMed Express offers its products under the Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix, Advantage, Heartgard Plus, Sentinel, Interceptor, Program, Revolution, Deramaxx, and Rimadyl brands. The company markets its products through national television, online, and direct mail /print advertising campaigns, as well as through telephone, catalogs, brochures, and postcards. It primarily serves retail customers. PetMed Express was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
The two-year soft patch for Petmed Express Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) may well be over; we’ll know for sure on Monday. The two-year dry spell for faithful PETS shareholders may also be over. In fact, the chart says the stock’s already in a new uptrend, and the company has a chance to cement that budding move into place when earnings are unveiled early next week.
- [By Sean Williams]
The most logical choice to invest in a burgeoning and ongoing domestication of our pets is by looking into pet superstores like PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM ) . While online companies like PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS ) offer the convenience of ordering medications from the comfort of your home, pets — like humans — need personalized care that you usually just can’t get from the click of a mouse. This means that PetSmart is bound to stay busy with physical store visits from consumers who want only the best for Fido or their feline. And the proof is certainly in the pudding –PetSmart hasn’t delivered an annual revenue decline once over the past decade with total sales up 125% since 2004.
- [By Rupert Hargreaves]
PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS ) is a pet pharmacy that markets prescription and non-prescription pet medications, health products, and supplies for dogs and cats. PetMed does offer a dividend, which currently works out to yield 4.3%, which is easily covered by free cash flow (apart from during Q1 2013 and Q4 2012 when the company paid out special dividends from its cash balance). The payout of $0.17 per quarter is costing the company roughly $3.5 million in total per quarter, free cash flow for the first two quarters of this year was $27.3 million compared to a total payout of $7 million.
- [By Monica Gerson]
PetMed Express (NASDAQ: PETS) is projected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $52.06 million.
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Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: Holly Energy Partners L.P. (HEP)
Holly Energy Partners, L.P. operates a system of petroleum product and crude oil pipelines, storage tanks, distribution terminals, and loading rack facilities. As of December 31, 2009, its pipeline assets included approximately 820 miles of refined product pipelines that transport gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in the metropolitan and rural areas of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and northern Mexico; approximately 510 miles of refined product pipelines that transport refined products in Texas and Oklahoma; 3 parallel 65 mile pipelines that transport intermediate feedstocks and crude oil to petroleum refinery facilities; approximately 960 miles of crude oil trunk, gathering, and connection pipelines located in west Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma that deliver crude oil to refineries; approximately 10 miles of crude oil and refined product pipelines in Salt Lake City, Utah; and gasoline and diesel connecting pipelines located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company?s ref ined product terminals and refinery tankage assets comprised four refined product terminals with an aggregate capacity of approximately 1,000,000 barrels in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona; three refined product terminals with an aggregate capacity of approximately 500,000 barrels in Idaho and Washington; one refined product terminal with a capacity of 120,000 barrels in Idaho; two refined product terminals with aggregate capacity of 480,000 barrels in Texas; a refined product truck loading rack facility; a jet fuel terminal; on-site crude oil tankage having an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 600,000 barrels; and on-site refined product tankage having an aggregate storage capacity of approximately 1,400,000 barrels. HEP Logistics Holdings, L.P. serves as general partner of the company. Holly Energy Partners was founded in 2004 and is based in Dallas, Texas.
- [By Tyler Crowe]
Let’s face it, building pipeline to move oil and gas takes a long time, and several refiners and exploration and production companies just can’t wait around for these pipes to get built. That is a large reason why HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC ) just announced that it and its midstream subsidiary Holly Energy Partners (NYSE: HEP ) plan to add rail capacity of 70,000 barrels per day to its operations to move oil from Holly Energy’s pipes in Southeast New Mexico to HollyFrontier’s refining facilities in the region.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: IMPACT Silver Corp (ISVLF.PK)
IMPACT Silver Corp. (IMPACT) is a profitable silver mining company with three 100% owned producing mines in Mexico. IMPACT controls two mineral districts in central Mexico: the 423 square kilometers Royal Mines of Zacualpan Silver District and the 200 square kilometers Mamatla Mineral District adjacent to and southwest of Zacualpan. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it produced 833,607 ounces of silver. On May 24, 2011, IMPACT announced that it completed 6,698 meters of drilling to expand the Capire zone to the north, east and south. In 2011, IMPACT carried out drilling on the Oscar Silver Project (Oscar) located 2.5 kilometers east of the Guadalupe Processing Plant. In 2011, IMPACT drilled two targets on the Huatecosco Gold-Silver Project located 9.5 kilometers south of the Guadalupe Processing Plant. In September 2011, IMPACT optioned its Veta Grande Silver Project assets in Zacatecas (Mexico) to Defiance Silver Corp. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Itinerant]
Besides the core drilling business the company also holds exploration properties which it seeks to monetize as opportunities arise. The company also holds an 11% interest in IMPACT Silver (ISVLF.PK), a Mexican junior silver miner.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: SilverSun Technologies Inc (SSNT)
SilverSun Technologies Inc, formerly Trey Resources, Inc., incorporated on October 3, 2002, is a business consultant for small and medium sized businesses and resellers and developers of financial accounting software. It also publishes its own electronic data interchange (EDI) software. It specializes in software integration and deployment, programming, and training and technical support, aimed at improving the financial reporting and operational efficiencies of small and medium sized companies. The sale of its financial accounting software is concentrated in the northeastern United States, while its EDI software and programming services are sold to corporations nationwide. It also provides software customization, data migration, business consulting, and implementation assistance for complex design environments. The Companys three product categories include Financial Accounting Software, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Software and Warehouse Management Systems. Its se rvices include network services and business consulting. In January 2012, the Company acquired the Sage software customer accounts of IncorTech. In January 2012, the Company acquired remaining 20% of SWK Technologies. In April 2012, its subsidiary, SWK Technologies, sold the Sage ERP X3 global enterprise solution to a power generation facility in the Northeastern United States. In June 2012, the Company acquired Micro-Point, Inc. In February 2013, the Company’s SWK Technologies, Inc. acquired Sage business partner accounts of Point Solutions, LLC. In February 2013, its wholly owned subsidiary, SWK Technologies Inc., completed the acquisition of the Sage business partner accounts of Colleyville, Texas-based SGEN, LLC (d/b/a Software Generation).
Financial Accounting Software
The Company resells accounting software published by Sage Software, Inc. (Sage) and Intuit, Inc. for the financial accounting requirements of small and medium sized businesses fo cused on manufacturing and distribution, and the delivery of! related services from the sales of these products, including installation, support and training. These product sales are primarily packaged software programs installed on a user workstation, on a local area network server, or in a hosted environment. The programs perform and support a variety of functions related to accounting, including financial reporting, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and inventory management. The Company provides a variety of services along with its financial accounting software sales. These services include training, technical support, and professional services. It also provides on-site training services that are tailored to meet the needs of a particular customer. It provides end-user technical support services through our support/help desk. Its professional services include project-focused offerings, such as software customization, data migration, and small and medium sized business consulting.
The Company competes with Micro soft.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Software
The Company publishes its own EDI software MAPADOC. The MAPADOC EDI solution is a fully integrated EDI solution that provides users of Sage Softwares MAS family of accounting software products. MAPADOC provides the user with data entry time, elimination of redundant steps, the lowering of paper and postage costs, the reduction of time spent typing, signing, checking and approving documents and the ability to self-manage EDI. The Company markets MAPADOC solutions to its existing and new small and medium-sized business customers, and through a network of resellers.
The Company competes with True Commerce and Kissinger Associates.
Warehouse Management System (WMS)
The Company is a reseller of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) software published by Accellos, Inc. Accellos, Inc. develops warehouse management software for mid-market distributors. The primary pu rpose of a WMS is to control the movement and storage of mat! erials wi! thin an operation and process the associated transactions. The detailed setup and processing within a WMS can vary from one software vendor to another. The basic WMS uses a combination of item, location, quantity, unit of measure, and order information to determine where to stock, where to pick, and in what sequence to perform these operations. Accellos works as part of a operational solution by integrating seamlessly with RF hardware, accounting software, shipping systems and warehouse automation equipment. The Company markets the Accellos solution to its existing and new medium-sized business customers.
Network Services And Business Consulting
The Company provides network maintenance and service upgrades for its business clients. It provides various services for its clients, including server implementation, support and assistance, operation and maintenance of central systems, technical design of network infrastructure, technical troubleshooting f or large scale problems, network and server security, and backup, archiving, and storage of data from servers.
- [By CRWE]
Today, SSNT has shed (-8.33%) down -0.010 at $.110 with 3,500 shares in play thus far (ref. google finance Delayed: 10:08AM EDT September 12, 2013).
SilverSun Technologies, Inc. previously reported its second quarter results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.
Financial highlights for 3 months ended June 30, 2013 compared to 3 months ended june 30, 2012 are as follows. The Company reported revenues increased to $3,870,598, rising 26% from $3,071,425. Software sales climbed 14% to $528,368 from $462,151. Services revenues totaled $3,342,230, increasing 28% from $2,609,264. Income from operations rose to $77,339 from a loss from operations of $319,781. Net income was $62,185, or $0.00 earnings per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $334,031, or 0.00 loss per basic and diluted share.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: VCA Antech Inc (WOOF)
VCA Antech, Inc., incorporated on May 4, 1987, is a national animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company provides veterinary services and diagnostic testing to support veterinary cares. The Company operates in two segments: animal hospital and laboratory. Its all other category includes Vetstreet and Medical Technology operating segments. The Company sells diagnostic imaging equipment and other medical technology products and related services to the veterinary markets. The Company’s animal hospitals offer a range of general medical and surgical services for companion animals, as well as specialized treatments, including advanced diagnostic services, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology and cardiology. On January 31, 2012, it expanded its operations into Canada with an increased investment in Associate Veterinary Clinics (1984) Limited (AVC), which operates 44 hospitals in three Canadian provinces. On February 1, 2012, it acquired ThinkPet’s, Inc. (ThinkPets). In 2012, it acquired 79 animal hospitals, including 44 with the acquisition of AVC, one laboratory and ThinkPets.
The Company provides various communication, marketing solutions and other services to the veterinary community. The Company’s network of animal hospitals is supported by more than 3,000 veterinarians and had approximately 7.4 million patient visits during the year ended December 31, 2012. The Company’s network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories provides testing and consulting services used by veterinarians in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, treatment and prevention of diseases and other conditions affecting animals. The Company’s network of veterinary diagnostic laboratories provides diagnostic testing for over 16,000 clients, which includes standard animal hospitals, large animal practices, universities and other government organizations. The Company’s medical technology business sells digital radiography and ultrasound imaging equipment, provid! es education and training on the use of that equipment, and provides consulting and mobile imaging services.
The Company’s Vetstreet business provides services to veterinary practices, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and the pet owning community. The Company’s services to veterinary practices include subscriptions to the Company’s Pro Pet Portals. The Pro Pet Portal provides an online platform for the veterinarian to offer secure individualized portals for pet owners, as well as practice Websites that are branded to the individual veterinary clinic. The Company also sells appointment reminder notices that are sent to pet owners on behalf of their clinics. The Company’s services to manufacturers involve targeted marketing programs to animal hospitals whom are subscribers to the Company’s Pro Pet Portal.
As of December 31, 2012, the Company operated 609 animal hospitals serving 41 states and three Canadian provinces. The Co mpany’s Animal Hospital revenue accounted for 78% of total revenue in 2012. In addition to general medical and surgical services, the Company offers specialized treatments for companion animals, including advanced diagnostic services, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology and cardiology. The Company also provides pharmaceutical products for uses in the delivery of treatments by its veterinarians and pet owners. Many of the Company’s animal hospitals offer additional services, including grooming, bathing and boarding. The Company also sells specialty pet products at its animal hospitals, including pet food, vitamins, therapeutic shampoos and conditioners, flea collars and sprays, and other accessory products.
The Company operates a veterinary diagnostic laboratory network serving all 50 states and certain areas in Canada. The Company’s Laboratory revenue accounted for 16% of total revenue in 2012. The Company service a di verse customer base of over 16,000 clients, including animal! hospital! s the Company operates, which accounted for 16% of total laboratory revenue in 2012. The Company’s diagnostic spectrum includes over 300 different tests in the area of chemistry, pathology, endocrinology, serology, hematology and microbiology, as well as tests specific to particular diseases. As of December 31, 2012, the Company operated 55 veterinary diagnostic laboratories. The Company’s laboratory network includes primary hubs that are open 24 hours per day and offer a testing menu, secondary laboratories that are open 24 hours per day and offer a testing menu servicing large metropolitan areas, and short-term assessment and treatment (STAT) laboratories that service other locations with demand sufficient to warrant nearby laboratory facilities and are open primarily during daytime hours. In 2012, the Company derived approximately 85% of its laboratory revenue from metropolitan areas, where the Company offers twice-a-day pick-up service and same-day results. In addition, in these areas the Company generally offers to report results within three hours of pick-up. Outside of these areas, the Company typically provides test results to veterinarians before 8:00 a.m. the day following pick-up.
The Company competes with IDEXX Laboratories, Demand Force, and ePet Health.
- [By John Udovich]
Abouta week ago, Wall Street was biting small cap pet stock Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) for not living up to its earnings expectations- meaning it might be worth taking a closer look at the stockand compare its performance with other pet stocks like mid cap PetSmart, Inc (NASDAQ: PETM) and small cap VCA Antech Inc (NASDAQ: WOOF). I should also mention that we have recently added Petmed Express to our SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio because we think the stock is undervalued in the pet space and has tremendous growth potentialmoving forward.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: Fresenius Medical Care Corporation (FMS)
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, a dialysis company, provides products and services for patients with chronic kidney diseases. As of May 12, 2011, it provided dialysis care services to 216,942 patients through its network of 2,769 dialysis clinics primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, and Africa. The company also develops and manufactures various dialysis products, including hemodialysis machines, dialyzers, hemofilters, dialysis fluid filters, tubing systems, fistula needles, dialysis related equipment, acute hemodialysis machines, plasma filters, acute tubing systems and cassettes, catheters, and related disposable products for chronic hemodialysis, acute therapy, home therapy, and therapeutic apheresis, as well as dialysis drugs. In addition, it provides laboratory services. Fresenius Medical sells its products through distributors. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Bad Homburg, Germany.
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap dialysis stock Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ: RMTI) looks set to decline when the market opens after Brean Capital initiated coverage with a sell rating and a price target of $4.00, meaning it might be time to take a closer look at what is going on with the stock along withthe performance of large cap dialysis stocks DaVita Healthcare Partners (NYSE: DVA)and Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) along with small cap dialysis stocks NxStage Medical, Inc (NASDAQ: NXTM).
- [By Louie Grint]
First, Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS ) is the No. 1 global provider of dialysis equipment. It enjoys leading market share of almost 33% in its home country.
- [By Johanna Bennett]
Dialysis provider DaVita Healthcare Partners (DVA) soared almost 8.9% to close at $61.55 after the market learned that Medicare funding cuts would come in lower than expected. Rival Fresenius Medical Care (FMS) rose 7.2% on the same news.
- [By Ben Eisen]
DaVita (DVA) gained 8.9% and Fresenius (FMS) rose 7.2%.
Best Trucking Stocks To Buy Right Now: MDU Resources Group Inc (MRE)
MDU Resources Group, Inc.,incorporated on March 14, 1924, is a diversified natural resource company. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (Montana-Dakota) is a public utility division of the Company. Montana-Dakota, through the electric and natural gas distribution segments, generates, transmits and distributes electricity and distributes natural gas in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Cascade Natural Gas Corporation (Cascade), which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MDU Energy Capital, distributes natural gas in Oregon and Washington. Intermountain Gas Company (Intermountain) distributes natural gas in Idaho. Great Plains Natural Gas Co. (Great Plains), which is a public utility division of the Company, distributes natural gas in western Minnesota and southeastern North Dakota. These operations also supply related value-added services. The Companys segments include electric, pipeline and energy services, exploration and production, construction material s and contracting and construction services.
The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Centennial Energy Holdings, Inc. (Centennial), owns WBI Holdings, Inc. (WBI Holdings) (consisting of the pipeline and energy services and the exploration and production segments), Knife River Corporation (Knife River) (construction materials and contracting segment), MDU Construction Services Group, Inc. (MDU Construction Services) (construction services segment), Centennial Energy Resources LLC (Centennial Resources) and Centennial Holdings Capital LLC (Centennial Capital) (both included in the Other category). The Company produces Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions primarily from its fossil fuel electric generating facilities, as well as from natural gas pipeline and storage systems, operations of equipment and fleet vehicles, and oil and natural gas exploration and development activities.
Montana-Dakota provides electric service at ret ail, serving more than 131,000 residential, commercial, indu! strial and municipal customers in 177 communities and adjacent rural areas as of December 31, 2012. The principal properties owned by Montana-Dakota for use in its electric operations include interests in 10 electric generating facilities and three small portable diesel generators, as further described under System Supply, System Demand and Competition, approximately 3,100 and 4,700 miles of transmission and distribution lines, respectively and 51 transmission and 268 distribution substations. Montana-Dakota has obtained and holds valid and existing franchises authorizing it to conduct its electric operations in all of the municipalities it serves where such franchises are required.
The Company, through the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (Midwest ISO), Montana-Dakota has access to wholesale energy, ancillary services and capacity markets. The Midwest ISO is a regional transmission organization responsible for operational control of the tr ansmission systems of its members. The Midwest ISO provides security center operations, tariff administration and operates day-ahead and real-time energy markets, ancillary services and capacity markets. In 2012, Montana-Dakota purchased approximately 27 % of its net kilowatts-hour needs for its interconnected system through the Midwest ISO market.
Montana-Dakota serves markets in portions of western North Dakota, including Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson and Williston; eastern Montana, including Glendive and Miles City; and northern South Dakota, including Mobridge. The maximum electric peak demand experienced to date attributable to Montana-Dakota’s sales to retail customers on the interconnected system was 573,587 kilowatts in July, 2012. The interconnected system consists of nine electric generating facilities and three small portable diesel generators, which has an aggregate nameplate rating attributable to Montana-Dakota’s interest of 488,905 kilowatts. Throug h the Sheridan System, which is a separate electric system o! wned by M! ontana-Dakota, Montana-Dakota serves Sheridan, Wyoming, and neighboring communities. The maximum peak demand attributable to Montana-Dakota sales to retail customers on that system was approximately 61,501 kilowatts in July, 2012.
Montana-Dakota’s four principal generating stations are steam-turbine generating units, which uses coal for fuel. The nameplate rating for Montana-Dakota’s ownership interest in these four stations , including interests in the Big Stone Station and the Coyote Station, aggregating 22.7 % and 25%, respectively is 327,758 kilowatts. Two combustion turbine peaking stations, two wind electric generating facilities, a heat recovery electric generating facility and three small portable diesel generators supply the balance of Montana-Dakota’s interconnected system electric generating capability.
The Coyote coal supply agreement provides for the purchase of coal necessary to supply the coal requirements of the Coyote Station or 30, 000 tons per week, whichever may be the greater quantity at contracted pricing. The Heskett and Lewis & Clark coal supply agreements provide for the purchase of coal necessary to supply the coal requirements of these stations at contracted pricing. Montana-Dakota estimates the Heskett and Lewis & Clark coal requirement to be in the range of 450,000 to 550,000 tons and 250,000 to 350,000 tons per contract year, respectively
Natural Gas Distribution
The Company’s natural gas distribution operations consist of Montana-Dakota, Great Plains, Cascade and Intermountain, which sell natural gas at retail, serving over 859,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 334 communities and adjacent rural areas across eight states as of December 31, 2012, and provide natural gas transportation services to certain customers on their systems. These services are provided through distribution systems aggregating approximately 18,200 miles.
The Company’s purchased natural gas is supplied by a po! rtfolio o! f contracts specifying market-based pricing and is transported under transportation agreements with WBI Energy Transmission, Northwest Pipeline GP, Northern Natural Gas, Gas Transmission Northwest LLC, Northwestern Energy, Viking Gas Transmission Company and Ruby Pipeline LLC. The natural gas distribution operations have contracts for storage services to provide gas supply during the winter heating season and to meet peak day demand with various storage providers, including WBI Energy Transmission, Questar Pipeline Company, Northwest Pipeline GP and Northern Natural Gas. In addition, certain of the operations have entered into natural gas supply management agreements with various parties.
Pipeline and Energy Services
WBI Energy Transmission, the regulated business of this segment, owns and operates approximately 3,800 miles of transmission, gathering and storage lines in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. WBI Energy Midstream ow ns a 50% undivided interest in certain midstream assets located in western North Dakota. Three underground storage fields in Montana and Wyoming provide storage services to local distribution companies, producers, natural gas marketers and others, and serve to enhance system deliverability. WBI Energy Transmission’s system is located near five natural gas producing basins, making natural gas supplies available to WBI Energy Transmission’s transportation and storage customers. The system has 13 interconnecting points with other pipeline facilities allowing for the receipt and/or delivery of natural gas to and from other regions of the country and from Canada.
WBI Energy Midstream, the non-regulated pipeline business of this segment, owns and operates gathering facilities in Colorado, Kansas, Montana and Wyoming. It also owns a 50% undivided interest in certain midstream assets located in western North Dakota that were acquired in 2012, which include a natural gas processing plant, both oil and gas gathering pipelines, an ! oil stora! ge terminal and an oil pipeline. Prairielands is an energy services business,which provides natural gas purchase and sales services to local distribution companies, producers, other marketers and a limited number of end-users, primarily using natural gas produced by the Company’s exploration and production segment. WBI Energy Transmission’s underground natural gas storage facilities has a storage capacity of approximately 353 billion cubic feet, including 193 billion cubic feet of working gas capacity, 85 billion cubic feet of cushion gas and 75 billion cubic feet of native gas.
Exploration and Production
Fidelity is involved in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas resources. Fidelity continues to seek additional reserve and production growth opportunities through these activities. Fidelity’s business is focused primarily in two core regions: Rocky Mountain and Mid-Continent/Gulf States.
Fideli ty’s Rocky Mountain region includes Bakken areas , which includes oil targets in which Fidelity holds approximately 16,000 net acres in Mountrail County, North Dakota, approximately 51,000 net acres in Stark County, North Dakota, and approximately 60,000 net acres in Richland County, Montana; Cedar Creek Anticline, which is in primarily in eastern Montana, the Company has a long-held net profits interest in this oil play. Paradox Basin holds approximately 83,000 net acres located in Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah, targeting oil; Big Horn Basin includes approximately 33,000 net acres in Wyoming, targeting oil and Natural gas liquids (NGL); Green River Basin properties primarily includes natural gas targets in Wyoming in which the Company holds approximately 36,000 net acres; Baker Field is a long-held natural gas properties in which Fidelity holds approximately 99,000 net acres in southeastern Montana and southwestern North Dakota; Bowdoin Field is a long-held natural gas properties in which Fidelity holds approximately 127,000 net! acres in! north-central Montana, and Other includes other exploratory oil projects in the Niobrara play in Wyoming and the Heath Shale in Montana; along with the Powder River Basin natural gas properties, which Fidelity is pursuing divestment of and various non-operated positions.
Fidelity’s Mid-Continent/Gulf States region includes South Texas area includes approximately 9,000 net acres in the Tabasco, Texan Gardens and Flores fields, this area has NGL content associated with the natural gas. East/Central Texas holds approximately 27,000 net acres, primarily natural gas and associated NGL. Other includes various non-operated onshore interests, as well as offshore interests in the shallow waters off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. At December 31, 2012, there were 44 gross (17 net) wells in the process of drilling or under evaluation, 39 of which were development wells and 5 of which were exploratory wells.
Construction Materials and Contracting
Knife River operates construction materials and contracting businesses. These operations mine, process and sell construction aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel); produce and sell asphalt mix and supply ready-mixed concrete for construction, including roads, freeways and bridges, as well as homes, schools, shopping centers, office buildings and industrial parks. Although not common to all locations, other products include the sale of cement, liquid asphalt for various commercial and roadway applications, various finished concrete products and other building materials and related contracting services.
MDU Construction Services specializes in constructing and maintaining electric and communication lines, gas pipelines, fire suppression systems, and external lighting and traffic signalization equipment. This segment also provides utility excavation services and inside electrical wiring, cabling and mechanical services, s ells and distributes electrical materials, and manufactures ! and distr! ibutes specialty equipment. These services are provided to utilities and manufacturing, commercial, industrial, institutional and government customers. MDU Construction Services operates a fleet of owned and leased trucks and trailers, support vehicles and specialty construction equipment, such as backhoes, excavators, trenchers, generators, boring machines and cranes. In addition, as of December 31, 2012, MDU Construction Services owned or leased facilities in 17 states. This space is used for offices, equipment yards, warehousing, storage and vehicle shops.
- [By Eric Lam]
Martinrea International Inc. (MRE), a metal auto-parts maker, slumped 10 percent to C$10.96 after the company said it received a press release discussing a claim from Nat Rea, former vice chairman of the company. Martinrea has not received the claim or reviewed the allegations and will respond appropriately in due course.