Friday, February 27, 2015

Ruth’s Hospitality Group: A Fine Dining Company

Publicly traded on the NASDAQ, under the ticker symbol RUTH, Ruth’s Hospitality Group is considered as the world’s largest fine dining business. The company was created in May 2008 and is currently headquartered in Winter Park, Florida.

As a fine dining business, the company focuses on seafood restaurants and American steakhouses. The creation of the company is the result of the acquisition made by Ruth’s Chris Steak House of Mitchell’s Fish Market and Columbus Fish Market brands. The two were once owned and operated by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. With the buyout, the company rebranded to reflect the diverse offering they now carry. There are five brand names under Ruth’s Hospitality Group: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Mitchell’s Steakhouse, Columbus Fish Market and Cameron’s Steakhouse.

There are over 160 locations that the company operates under these five brand names. Their operations cover the United States and in different locations around the world.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Schlumberger Ltd: Servicing the Oilfield Industry

Imagine more than 120,000 people coming from 140 nationalities, working in 85 countries under one brand name and you will have a bit of an idea of the operations of Schlumberger Ltd. These highly skilled individuals come together as a team to apply their knowledge and technical innovation in making a difference in the industry of oilfield services and equipment.

Schlumberger Limited is now listed as one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company also maintains offices in the Hague, Paris, and in London. Supporting the global operations in the oil and gas industry, the company provides information solutions, integrated project management and technology that is deployed in various phases of the oil and gas exploration and exploitation. With more than 80 years of experience in the industry, the business has earned the trust of their business partners to provide the highest level of support that empowers their customers to out-deliver and outperform their competitions.

Other than the services they provide, Schlumberger is best known for their real-time technology that allows its users to gather a huge amount of data and then analyze it to create a knowledge base. This knowledge is something that they use to improve their decision making skills. Through this approach, their partners are able to enhance their productivity and efficiency.

As a business that thrives on the oil and gas industry, Schlumberger is one of those companies, who have taken extra precautionary measures in their dealings. To ensure that they leave little to no footprints in the community they thrive in, the company has invested in several technological advancements that lessen their contributions to pollution. The business has invested in carbon sequestration to mitigate their contributions to global warming.

Listed as a component of the Russell 3000 Index, the company continues to trade publicly on the New York Stock Exchange.

Friday, February 20, 2015

RetailMeNot, Inc.: Unlimited Coupons for Every Shopaholic

Discounts and sales have always been the eye candy of any shopaholic. Anyone who is into shopping and would like to have a huge percentage off on their purchases would likely see coupons as early Christmas gifts. 

RetailMeNot, Inc. is an American multinational company that owns and operates two of the largest coupon sites in the United States and in the United Kingdom. The business is the owner of the sites and Thriving in the industry of online coupons, the business has grown over the years through the acquisition of similar coupon sites and third party software. There are over 500,000 coupons coming from 50,000 stores around the country that the company distributes.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the company distributes coupons for baby products, home & garden, toys & travel, beauty products, jewelries, electronic items, furniture and just about any other retail products. The business was created in 2006 by two Australian entrepreneurs, Guy King and Bevan Clark.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Revlon, Inc.: Enhancing Beauty Around the World

Ask any woman around the world what are the best cosmetic products and you would likely hear the word Revlon on top of their list. Since the company’s inception in 1932, their products have transformed women across the globe and added elegance and beauty to their daily lives.

It was brothers Charles and Joseph Revson, who founded the company together with chemist CR Lachman. The name Revlon was taken from the last name of the brothers with Lachman’s initial replacing the letter S. These gentlemen have set the standards in cosmetics and have made an imprint in the beauty industry forever. Before creating their world famous make-up and lipsticks, they first introduced to the market, their revolutionary nail enamel. Starting out with red, they have expanded the color of their nail polish to match the daily outfit of the fashionable women in the United States. It didn’t take long for their product to pick up a hefty follower that even Vogue started featuring their offerings.

Competing against foreign actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Brigitte Bardot, Revlon released their empowering campaign of Fire & Ice in the 1950s, which showcased the beauty of the American woman and how she could be as compelling and glamorous as those foreign artists. As the decades turn, the company continued its quest in championing beauty products for the fashionable American woman. To market its products, it has partnered with some of the world’s most sought after women. These faces include Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. From the Great Depression, Revlon has withstood the test of time and continues to enhance the beauty of every woman in the world. Holding its headquarters in New York City, the business now markets a wide array of personal care products, skin care items, fragrances and cosmetics. Annually, Revlon, Inc. generates more than $1.3 billion in revenue.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Raptor Pharma: Finding a Cure for Debilitating Diseases

Nephropathic cystinosis is a disorder that starts during infancy and would later on blossom to create complications in the kidneys. This disease is considered as one of the debilitating diseases that could be fatal if left untreated.

Raptor Pharmaceuticals Corp is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses its resources in the development of drugs that are intended to treat life-altering diseases like nephropathic cystinosis. In the United States, their PROCYSBI has already been given approval to be marketed for adults and children 6 years old and above. This product is also marketed in 28 other countries that are members of the European Commission. The company continues to research and develop products that would cure diseases like Huntington’s diseases, mitochondrial disorders and non-fatty liver diseases.

Founded in 2005, the company holds its corporate office in Novato, California. Its strategic partnerships with other companies allow Raptor Pharmaceutical to further advance and hasten the development of their product candidates.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Qualcomm Inc.: Inspiring Technology, Connecting Lives

One of the semiconductor companies headquartered in San Diego, California is Qualcomm Incorporated. The business was founded in 1985 and is one of the companies that supply technology for the wireless telecommunications markets. The company is a component of the S&P 500 and the Russell 3000 Indices and is traded publicly on the NASDAQ. Common stocks are marketed under the ticker symbol QCOM.

This American venture has global operations and maintains 157 worldwide locations. It has several subsidiaries operating under its brand name. Its research and development operations are currently being handled by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The company is powered by scientists, engineers and business analysts who are committed to making a difference in the lives we lead. In this digital age, wherein we are hooked with the latest technology, Qualcomm continues to touch our lives by innovating mobile technology.

The latest technology in Smartphones, in navigation systems and in several other wireless telecommunications is the expertise of Qualcomm. The scientific breakthroughs and innovative technologies that are created by the business continues to power the latest consumer electronics around the world. From the innovation of the CDMA in 1989 to the latest technology in LTE, the company has made an impression in the mobile industry. The creation of the 3G phones is mostly based on the patents owned by Qualcomm. Until today, the business continues to generate royalties from these patents that have also caused some litigations in the markets for patent-related complaints. The operations of Qualcomm are multi-billion in scope and operations. Other than the technology patents it has created, the company attributes its growth to the strategic acquisitions it has made through the years. Several companies have been acquired by the business, the latest of which is CSR PLC, which was completed in October 2014. During its 2013 fiscal year, Qualcomm generated more than $24.87 billion in revenue.