Andersons reports dip in retail sales
Andersons, an agricultural and rail transportation company that also operates six home centers, reported revenues of $906 million for its third fiscal quarter, compared to $554 million in revenues in the same quarter of 2007. Net income for the quarter, which ended on Sept. 30, 2008, was $12.8 million, versus $10.6 million in the corresponding period last year.
For its retail sector, the Maumee, Ohio, firm reported $42 million in revenues for its third fiscal quarter, a slight decline from sales of $41 million in the third quarter of 2007. The Retail Group posted a loss of $200,000 for this past quarter, an improvement over the loss of $600,000 in the previous year.
In a Nov. 5 conference call with analysts, Mike Anderson, company president and CEO, attributed the dip in sales to “weak economic conditions that led to an overall decline in consumer spending.” Anderson also said that the retail group did a “great job at controlling costs” during the quarter.
Ranked No. 59 on the Home Channel News Top 500 Retail Scoreboard, Andersons operates six large home centers throughout Ohio. Revenues for its retail sector in 2007 were $180.5 million. Andersons is a publicly traded company with diverse interests that include agribusinesses, railcar leasing and repair, turf products and ethanol operations.
Leviton appoints director of national accounts
Leviton has promoted Brian Sorensen to director of national distribution accounts for the company’s commercial data networking business. In this role, Sorensen will direct the growth of the company’s line of voice and data devices and build relationships with channel partner and end-user markets.
In 2006, Sorensen joined Leviton as manager of national accounts. His previous experience includes positions with Tyco Electronics/DEK and Prestolite/Krone.
“In his two years with the company, Brian has demonstrated consistent and outstanding performance,” said Brad Leland, Leviton’s vp-sales for network solutions. “I am confident he will direct Leviton’s Network Solutions’ growth and work to develop solutions that meet our customer needs.”
Obama wins election
Barack Obama was elected as the 44th president of the United States in heavy voting yesterday. The latest electoral tally stood at 338 votes for Obama and 161 for his rival John McCain. Obama’s reported views on housing, taxation and small business were presented on the campaign trail, and represented here.
Troubled Asset Relief Plan (TARP)
Obama has called for greater oversight of Wall Street, and assurances that taxpayers will benefit from the $700 billion TARP. He also supported limiting the pay of executives from the companies being bailed out. He has expressed support for homeowners in danger of foreclosure and reiterated the need for a stimulus package of tax cuts.
Obama has proposed a 10 percent universal mortgage credit to provide tax relief for what his campaign estimates are around 10 million homeowners in income brackets under $50,000 per year. He has also supported the Stop Fraud Act for several years, a proposal that includes various reforms meant to protect consumers from “abusive” lending practices, and also supported mandating accurate loan disclosure, including a simplified borrower metric — described as similar to the APR — for home buyers, called the Homeowner Obligation Made Explicit (HOME) score.
Obama’s proposals include a tax cut of $500 per person or $1,000 per couple for most families, but letting President Bush’s tax cuts lapse for those making $200,000 or more a year and raising the capital gains tax rate for big companies.
Obama has proposed a tax relief plan for small businesses and start-up companies that will include elimination of all capital gains taxes on those types of businesses, with the aim of encouraging innovation and job creation. His campaign’s $50 billion “Obama-Biden Relief Plan” would include the creation of a $25 billion Jobs and Growth Fund. He also has pledged to make the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent.
Obama has proposed a plan with the goal of creating 5 million “Green Collar jobs,” including jobs related to a plan to weatherize one million low-income homes annually, part of an over-arching energy-savings initiative that supports green building. The campaign also has voiced a plan to increase funding for federal work force training programs, while directing them to incorporate training on “green technologies.”