YouTube’s TrueView ads are mainly responsible for declining ad rates at Google. If a viewer skips an ad before viewing it for 30 seconds, advertisers don’t have to pay anything.
Google recently launched its Android for Work program, which it hopes will accelerate the adoption of Android by enterprises.
In the last few months, Google has made a few changes to its mobile ad network. It hopes to profit from the fast pace of growth seen in mobile Internet ad spending worldwide.
Google launched its Nexus 6 smartphone, that runs the Android operating system, in October 2014. Sales weren’t as strong as expected in 1Q15.
Google announced its 1Q15 earnings on April 23 after the close of trading. Investors had been expecting currency issues to take an even bigger toll on Google earnings.
Arch Coal surprised the markets with track record on the cost savings front. However, the pricing for both metallurgical and thermal coal remains weak.
Arch Coal has no major maturing obligations until 2018, when $1.9 billion of debt matures, followed by $1.7 billion in 2019, $500 million in 2020, and $1.1 billion in 2021.
Arch Coal reported adjusted EBITDA of $81.8 million in 1Q15, compared with $27.6 million in 1Q14. Despite lower revenues, the adjusted EBITDA improved due to cost savings.
The company showed remarkable cost performance at the Appalachian segment, and the cash costs in this segment were lowest in the last four years.
During 1Q15, Arch Coal shipped 3 million tons of Appalachian coal, including 1.5 million tons of met coal and an equal quantity of Appalachian thermal coal.
According to NASDAQ, McDonald’s shares closed at $97.84—up 3% from the previous day’s close. Share volume was also above-average.
The APMEA market experienced the biggest decline. Same-store sales growth was dragged down by markets in Japan and China, which experienced a decline of 32.3% and 4.8%, respectively.
One new initiative that McDonald’s announced in March is that it will discontinue using chicken raised on antibiotics that could have an effect on humans.
For newer restaurant chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) and Shake Shack (SHAK), unit growth is equally or more important than same-store sales.
In this quarterly overview, we’ll take a look at the earnings as well as the strategic changes and new tactics that McDonald’s management discussed during the earnings call.
Coca-Cola is accelerating the refranchising of its bottling operations, with the goal to hand back about two-thirds of its US bottler–delivered business by the end of 2017.
Coca-Cola’s gross margin in 1Q15 improved to 61.7% from 61.4% in 1Q14, due to favorable pricing and moderately lower commodity costs.
Coca-Cola’s North America segment’s 1Q15 revenue increased by 6.4% to $5.1 billion, compared to the same quarter in the previous year.
Coca-Cola’s 1Q15 adjusted earnings per share increased by 9.1% to $0.48, from the comparable quarter in the previous year.
Revenue for Coca-Cola in 1Q15 increased to $10.7 billion, compared with $10.6 billion in the first quarter of last year.