Strong demand from automotive companies like Ford helps aluminum companies such as Alcoa improve their profitability.
Alcoa’s primary segment posted after-tax operating income of $267 million in 4Q14 after posting a 35 million loss in 4Q13.
Alcoa gradually moved away from aluminum-based pricing for alumina, and it prices most of its alumina based on the alumina price index.
Alcoa recorded productivity-related gains of $210 million in the fourth quarter. A better price mix also had a positive impact of $153 million in 4Q14.
Special items include discontinued operations, charges associated with restructuring, and other nonrecurring expenses.
Alcoa is implementing a strategy to transform into a multimaterial powerhouse, including exiting several of its high-cost production facilities.
Aluminum premiums more than doubled in 2014, which benefited primary producers like Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.
Alcoa is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing. It employs more than 60,000 people in over 30 countries.
Adobe expects consolidated revenue to be ~$4.85 billion in fiscal 2015, a 17% increase from $4.15 billion in fiscal 2014.
Adobe primarily generates its revenues from its Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print & Publishing operating segments.
In January 2015, Adobe (ADBE), with a market cap of $435 billion, authorized a share buyback program of up to $2 billion over the next three years.
As of now, Adobe allows the integration of its digital marketing solutions to a company’s existing CRM platform.
In accordance with Adobe’s strategy to adopt a cloud model, it’s venturing into high growth areas like talent search, marketing, and analytics.
All the leading enterprise companies like Oracle, Salesforce.com, SAP, and IBM are trying to capture a place in the enterprise marketing space.
It’s no wonder Adobe (ADBE) is so focused on adding enhanced features and updates to its marketing cloud suite to benefit from this high growth market segment.
The strong adoption of online document services like EchoSign, an electronic content management system, has led Adobe to a 14% increase in Acrobat ARR.
Creative Cloud has been at the center of Adobe’s business transition from traditional software licensing to subscription business.
Adobe (ADBE) primarily generates its revenues from three operating segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print & Publishing.
On December 14, Adobe reported its fiscal 4Q14 earnings. The company posted revenue and non-GAAP EPS of $1.073 billion and $0.36, respectively.
If BlackBerry can achieve its expected growth of 100% for its software segment, it will indeed be a great achievement.