James River Coal Co. Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection


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NASDAQ:JRCC / NASDAQ:BLDP / NASDAQ:ZNGA / NASDAQ:HERO
04/10/2014 [ACCESSWIRE]

James River Coal Co. (NASDAQ: JRCC) stock volume shot through the roof Apr. 9, with 4,838,059 shares changing hands, nearly five times its three-month average volume of  1,063,120 shares.

Files for Protection under Chapter 11

The tremendous surge in stock volume is being fueled by the Richmond, Va.-based coal company’s announcement that it has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code as the coal provider struggled to reorganize its debt.

JRCC's bankruptcy petition indicated that it has 10,001 to 25,000 creditors, assets estimated at $1,066,040,000, and liabilities estimated at $818,698,000. Ronald Page is a corporate bankruptcy attorney based in Richmond, Virginia available to represent creditors of JRCC's bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy petitions were also filed by affiliates of JRCC including James River Coal Sales, Inc. and James River Coal Service Company among others.

JRCC seeks to have these cases jointly administered under its chapter 11 case numbered 14-31848-KRH. The bankruptcy case is to be presided over by Judge Kevin Huennekens. Proposed counsel for JRCC is the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP.

The hearings on JRCC's first day motions are scheduled for April 9th at 1:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Judge Huennekens located in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U. S. Courthouse, 701 E. Broad St., Room 5000, Richmond, VA 23219.

On Apr. 9, JRCC’s share price closed at 23 cents, down 3 cents from its previous day‘s share price of 26 cents.

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Ballard Power Systems’ Fuel Cells Power Buses for Aberdeen Hydrogen

In the alternative energy sector, Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP) announced that Van Hool NV, the fourth-largest bus manufacturer in Europe, delivered the first four buses powered by Ballard's 150-kilowatt FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell module.

Van Hool will deliver the other six buses in the fleet of ten known as the "Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project" to transit agencies in Aberdeen, Scotland in the next few weeks.

The Canadian-based fuel-cell company is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, sale and service of fuel cell products for a variety of applications, focusing on motive power and stationary power.

Analysts’ Consensus

The two analysts that cover BLDP both recommend a "hold."

On Apr. 9, BLDP’s share price closed at $4.20, down 10 cents from its previous day‘s share price of $4.30, on volume of 3,674,510 shares.

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Zynga Inc. To Report 1Q Results Via Apr. 23 Webcast

 In the online gaming sector, Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA) enjoyed robust stock volume Mar. 17, with 24,775,348 shares changing hands and its share price closing at $4.37, up 3 cents from the previous day’s close of $4.30

The  online game maker announced that it will hold a conference call to discuss financial results for its first quarter on Wed., Apr. 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time), following the release of its financial results after the close of market.

The live webcast of Zynga's earnings conference call can be accessed at investor.zynga.com. Following the call, a replay of the webcast will be available through the website.

Focusing On Mobile Platform

Recently, analysts covering the game maker say that Zynga’s new CEO Mattrick is a stickler for pleasing existing customers and attracting new ones. One way to get more customers is to focus on developing more games for the mobile platform.  If this is the case, they contend that Zynga is adopting a mobile-first strategy. In addition, industry experts say you can expect Zynga to step up its creating and introduction of new games to the marketplace this year.

Restructuring In Full Swing

While Zynga enjoyed some success in 2013 with such popular games as Zynga Poker, Farmville, and Farmville 2 still topping social-gaming charts, its quarterly revenue fell by about 30% in 2013 due to competing games. The company reported during its second quarter that it lost 39% of its active users in 2013 compared with the previous year, decreasing to 187 million.

Since then, Zynga has gone though some major restructuring, including recruiting and hiring its new CEO Don Mattrick, who served productive stints both at Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Electronics Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA).

Zynga also reduced its workforce by 18% when it laid off 520 workers as part of slashing $80 million dollars from its budget. It is also developing new role-playing games, which have a longer lifespan that social games, by introducing such games as Battlezone. In addition, Zynga is making a foray into online gambling games by introducing ZyngaPlusCasino and ZyngaPlusPoker in the United Kingdom.

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Hercules Offshore To Report 1Q Results Via Apr. 23 Conference Call

Meanwhile Houston, TX-based drilling and marine services Hercules Offshore Inc.’s (NASDAQ: HERO) stock volume soared Apr. 9, with 5,770,791 shares changing hands, significantly higher than its three-month average of 4,010,782 shares.

The company announced that it has scheduled a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2014 financial results on April 23, 2014. The call will take place at 10:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. EDT). The financial results are scheduled to be released publicly prior to market opening in the United States on that same day.

To participate in the conference call by telephone, please call one of the following telephone numbers 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time:

·      800-884-5695 (Domestic)

·      617-786-2960 (International)

·      The access or confirmation code is 29196501.

The conference call will also be broadcast live via the Internet. You may listen by accessing Hercules Offshore’s website at http://www.herculesoffshore.com. You should connect to our website at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

If you are unable to participate, a replay of the conference call will be available on April 23, 2014, beginning at 2:00 p.m. CDT (3:00 p.m. EDT), through April 30, 2014. The phone number for the conference call replay is 888-286-8010 (Domestic) or 617-801-6888 (International). The access code is 32983445. Additionally, the recorded conference call will be accessible through our website for 7 days after the conference call.

Full Year 2013 Results Disappointing

 

On Feb. 28, Hercules Offshore released its financials for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, 2013, At that time, Hercules reported a loss from continuing operations of $26.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, on revenue of $858.3 million, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $121.0 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, on revenue of $618.2 million for the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012.

While it can be said that Hercules Offshore is losing a lot less money these day, the fact is it is still bleeding red.

Analysts’ Consensus

Of the 9 analyst firms covering Hercules Offshore, 3 recommend a “strong buy,” 5 a “hold” and 1 a “sell.”

On Apr. 9, the share price of HERO closed at $4.46, down 16 cents from its previous day‘s share price of $4.62

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