Altria Group [[MO]]- Altria Group is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation. Philip Morris USA is the largest tobacco company in the United States, with approximately half of the U.S. cigarette market. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company is the leading producer and marketer of moist smokeless tobacco.
John Middleton is a leading manufacturer of large machine-made cigars. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates ranks among the top 10 producers of premium wines in the United States. Philip Morris Capital Corporation’s portfolio consists primarily of leveraged and direct finance lease investments. In addition, Altria Group holds a continuing economic and voting interest in SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers.
Best Buy [[BBY]]- Best Buy is the nation’s largest specialty retailer of electronics, computers and appliances with stores located in major malls across America.
Best Buy has 949 stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico. The international segment included 160 Five Star stores and one Best Buy store in China, and 131 Future Shop stores and 51 Best Buy stores in Canada. In fiscal 2007, the company opened 155 new stores and closed 18 stores.
Cellcom Israel [[CEL]]- Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is the leading Israeli cellular provider; Cellcom Israel provides its approximately 3.259 million subscribers (as of September 30, 2009) with a broad range of value added services including cellular and landline telephony, roaming services for tourists in Israel and for its subscribers abroad and additional services in the areas of music, video, mobile office etc., based on Cellcom Israel’s technologically advanced infrastructure.
The Company operates an HSPA 3.5 Generation network enabling the fastest high speed content transmission available in the world, in addition to GSM/GPRS/EDGE and TDMA networks. Cellcom Israel offers Israel’s broadest and largest customer service infrastructure including telephone customer service centers, retail stores, and service and sale centers, distributed nationwide. Through its broad customer service network Cellcom Israel offers its customers technical support, account information, direct to the door parcel services, internet and fax services, dedicated centers for the hearing impaired, etc.
Colgate-Palmolive [[CL]]- Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company known for its products focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition.
Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet.
Extra Space Storage [[EXR]]- Extra Space Storage® Inc. is a real estate investment trust based in Salt Lake City, Utah with regional offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Extra Space Storage is the second largest operator of self storage in the U.S., and is a national owner, developer, acquirer and operator of professionally managed self-storage properties.
Extra Space Storage is a growth-oriented company creating a new standard in the self-storage industry. Both customers and communities benefit from Extra Space Storage’s professional approach to storage. Featuring attractive, convenient and secure facilities operated by professional managers, Extra Space Storage seeks to change the association of self storage as a temporary holding place for rarely-used things to a desirable, safe, and customer-oriented facility perfectly suited for maintaining and accessing valued personal and business possessions.
Harsco [[HSC]]- Harsco Corporation traces its industrial heritage to 1853, when the Harrisburg Car Manufacturing Company began building freight and passenger cars for the growing U.S. railway system. That company evolved into the Harrisburg Pipe & Pipe Bending Company, an early pioneer in crafting formed and coiled metal piping, whose techniques would help launch the commercial refrigeration industry.
With the dawn of the 20th century, the company turned its interests to a range of open hearth alloy and carbon steel products, and in 1935 became the Harrisburg Steel Corporation. The new name marked its rise as one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of quality steel products for industry.
Entering the 1950s, the company embarked on a strategy of multi-industry growth and diversification and in 1956 formed Harsco Corporation, a publically traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Intel [[INTC]]- Intel is still number one in semiconductors, but profits and chip demand are shrinking. The company holds about 80% of the market share for microprocessors that go into desktop and notebook computers, and also into computer servers. Archrival AMD ate into Intel’s market share for a time, but the big guy fought back with faster processors and advanced manufacturing technology. Intel also makes embedded semiconductors for the industrial equipment and networking gear markets. While most computer makers use Intel processors — PC giants Dell (18% of sales) and Hewlett-Packard (20%) are the company’s largest customers — computer sales are plummeting. The Asia/Pacific region generates more than half of Intel’s revenues.
Lancaster Colony [[LANC]]- Lancaster Colony went public in 1969. That year also saw the company enter the specialty foods business with the purchase of the T. Marzetti Company. In 1972, Lancaster Colony posted sales in excess of $100 million.
The company exceeded $1 billion in annual sales for the first time in fiscal 1998. Today, Lancaster Colony is positioned as a diversified marketer and manufacturer in two product groups: Specialty Foods, the largest and fastest growing division and Glassware and Candles. These groups operate autonomously, allowing each to focus on their specific customer base and market opportunities.
Laclede Group [[LG]]- The Laclede Group, Inc. is a public utility holding company committed to providing reliable natural gas service through its regulated core utility operations while engaging in non-regulated activities that provide opportunities for sustainable growth. Its primary subsidiary — Laclede Gas Company — is the largest natural gas distribution utility in Missouri, serving approximately 631,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of St. Louis and ten other counties in eastern Missouri. Its primary non-regulated activities include Laclede Energy Resources, Inc., a natural gas marketer located in St. Louis, Missouri.
NSTAR [[NST]]- NSTAR is the largest Massachusetts-based, investor-owned electric and gas utility, with revenues of approximately $3.3 billion and assets totaling approximately $8.3 billion. NSTAR transmits and delivers electricity and gas to 1.1 million electric customers in 81 communities and nearly 300,000 gas customers in 51 communities. NSTAR employs more than 3,200 employees in its regulated business.
PennantPark Investment Corporation [[PNNT]]- PennantPark Investment Corporation (Nasdaq: PNNT) is an externally managed investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and as a regulated investment company, or RIC.
PennantPark’s investment objectives are to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. We invest primarily in U.S. middle-market private companies in the form of mezzanine debt, senior secured loans, and equity investments. The companies in which we invest are typically highly leveraged, often as a result of leveraged buy-outs or other recapitalization transactions. We expect that our investments in mezzanine loans, senior secured loans and other investments will range between $10 million and $50 million each, although this investment size will vary proportionately with the size of our capital base.
Royal Gold [[RGLD]]- Royal Gold, Inc., a leading precious metals royalty company, owns and manages royalties primarily on precious metals mines, with a focus on gold. The Company’s royalty portfolio provides investors with a unique opportunity to capture value in the precious metals sector without incurring many of the costs and risks associated with mine operations.
Sysco [[SYY]]- Sysco, North America’s leading foodservice marketer and distributor, is dedicated to helping our customer succeed. Sysco’s foundation is that of an entrepreneurial culture that fosters the autonomy of each and every one of our operating entities across the United States and Canada.
Sysco is the market leader in the North American foodservice distribution industry. The company distributes from 177 locations across North America to approximately 400,000 restaurants, hotel, motels, schools, colleges, cruise ships, summer camps, sports stadiums, theme parks and other foodservice locations. Supported by approximately 51,000 employees across North America, Sysco is helping its customers create healthy, appetite-pleasing menus that keep their dining patrons returning again and again.
Visa Incorporation [[V]]- The Group’s principal activity is to operate retail electronic payments network, processing services and payment product platforms. The Group facilitates global commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses and government entities. The Group provides financial institutions, its primary customers, with product platforms encompassing consumer credit, debit, prepaid and commercial payments which are offered under the Visa, Visa Electron, Interlink and PLUS brands. Its global network, VisaNet, delivers value-added processing services, including fraud and risk management, dispute resolution, rewards and other business-enhancing applications.