Saturday, July 31, 2010

Evaluation of American Railcar Industries, Inc.

American Railcar Industries, Inc. (http://www.americanrailcar.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: ARII) designs, manufactures and markets hopper and tank railcars in two segments: Manufacturing Operations and Railcar Service. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in St. Charles, Missouri. It is a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises, L.P.


As of July 29, 2010, the 52 week stock price range was $8.03 – 19.49. Net income was $15,458,000 and long term debt was 275,000,000 as of December 31, 2009.

Currently, the company serves multiple freight markets that include fossil fuels. However, it is in a sustainable industry and can transition into a sustainable economy. No current data was found concerning recycling and other sustainable initiatives.

This is a partial green business because of its relations with fossil fuels and lack of other data to analyze. As a result, this business is slightly over valued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Google Finance
American Railcar Industries Inc website

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Evaluation of CSX Corporation

CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) www.csx.com is a transportation company. It has a approximately 21,000 mile rail network. It was founded in 1978 and is based in Jacksonville, Florida. CSX serves the eastern United States and part of Canada.


Its long term debt was $7,895,000,000 as of December 25, 2009. It had a net income of $1,152,000,000 as of December 25, 2009. Its 52 week stock price range was $52.15 -53.02 as of July 28, 2010.

CSX was the first railroad to join the EPA’s Climate Leaders Program. CSX is also involved in recycling and has invested in more fuel efficient locomotives and engines. CSX transports a variety of cargo, including unsustainable products. However, it is based in a sustainable industry and its rail network can feasibly be used to only transport sustainable products and commuter traffic. As a result, CSX is properly valued.

This is a Partial Green Business, but could quite easily become a Green Business and, ultimately, a Basic Green Business.

Sources:
Google Finance
Yahoo Finance
Reuters
CSX Corporation website

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http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ The Formula of Sustainable Design
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Evaluation of Panera Bread

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Panera Bread (NasdaqGS: PNRA) www.panera.com owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States. It was founded in 1981 and is based in Richmond Heights, Missouri.

It has no long term debt as of December 29, 2009, and a net income of $25,845,000 as of March 30, 2010. As of July 22, 2010, its 52 stock price range was $51.38 to $88.68.

Panera Bread offers some organic food and meat without antibiotics. Panera does not have extensive recycling at all of its cafés, but most recycle cardboard to some degree. Most of the food and paper products are shipped over long distances. Overall, they operate by an outdated restaurant operation that uses lots of energy and generates lots of waste. On the plus side, some Panera Bread cafés have comprehensive recycling.

Panera Bread is a Partial Green Business. It has made some headway with introducing organic products and some cafés offer travel mugs for sale. This company is only slightly overvalued, because it has no long term debt and does contain some green elements, however, it needs to make more inroads or it will be overcome by other smaller but rising cafés operations that have local grown foods, renewable energy and comprehensive recycling that allow them to provide superior products at lower costs.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Panera Bread website
Onsite visits

http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ The Formula of Sustainable design
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Evaluation of Ocean Power Technologies

Ocean Power Technologies (Nasdaq: OPTT) www.oceanpowertechnologies.com engages in the development and commercialization of proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves. It incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in Pennington, New Jersey.

This company is formed on the concepts of a Basic Green Business, but it is still early to ascertain if it will be solvent financially. It has long term debt of $250,000 as of April 30, 2010, and a net loss of $19,170,000 as of April 30, 2010. Its 52 week stock price range as of July 22, 2010 was $3.81 to $11.22.

The technology appears to be sound according to most recent tests. The company is undervalued by the market, because the technology can reduce environmental impact of energy production. If the company can find a workable business model for sales and market penetration, then it should become a good investment. At this point, investors should be cautious if they do not have much to invest, but better positioned investors may want to take a closer look at this company.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Ocean Power Technologies website

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Evaluation of Xcel Energy, Inc

Xcel Energy Inc.(NYSE: XEL) http://www.xcelenergy.com/ was founded in 1909 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It engages in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to residential, commercial, industrial, and public authorities in the United States.

It had a net income of $680,887,000 as of December 31, 2009. Its long term debt as of December 31, 2009 was $7,888,628,000. Its 52 week stock price range was $18.53 to $22.14 as of July 22, 2010.

It generates electricity by fossil fuels, nuclear energy, biomass, and renewable energy. Xcel is the #1 wind energy provider and #5 solar energy provider in the United States. It has a number of programs to help reduce energy use in homes and businesses.

Xcel is currently a Non Green Business to Partial Green Business, and appears to be on a course to being a Green Business and ultimately a Basic Green Business. However, it still has substantial amounts of Anti Green operations in its business model. Currently, this business is slightly overvalued, because of the fossil fuels, nuclear, and biomass operations.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Xcel Energy Inc website

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Evaluation of Siemens AG

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), http://www.siemens.com/ , is an electronics and electrical engineering company, operates in the industry, energy, and healthcare sectors worldwide. It was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Siemens AG has a variety of operations. In the energy sector they are involved in both fossil fuels and renewable energy. They appear to be a company that is hedging its operations by introducing green throughout various parts of its company. It, however, does not appear to be making a decisive change from the industrial model on which it was founded and the sustainable model that will support the future.

Based on the information from Yahoo Finance and Siemens AG’s website and according to the Formula of Sustainable Design, the company is a Non Green Business with some green elements. This is due to the prominent position of fossil fuel in the energy part of its business and limited investments in actual green operations when the size of the company is taken into consideration.

This company is slightly overvalued, because all environmental impacts of operations have not yet been considered. However, Siemens AG may be a worthwhile investment to follow for future consideration because it is taking steps, although small, towards a Partial Green Business. In the future, it may eventually shed its industrial past and remake itself as a Basic Green Business.

As of September 30, 2009, it had long term debt of $27,685,000,000. As of July 20, 2010, its 52 week stock price range was from $74.10 to $103.10.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Siemens AG website

Gothic Green Blogs and Sites:

http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ The Formula of Sustainable Design
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Evaluation of Exxon Mobil Corp

Exxon Mobil Corporation is one of the largest oil companies in the world. It was founded in 1870 and is based in Irving, Texas. It is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation, and sale of crude oil and natural gas. It is also involved in the manufacture, transportation, and sale of petroleum products. It also has interests in electric power generation facilities.

This company is overvalued. It does not appear to be making any substantial efforts to change its basic business model. It is an Anti Green Business. Its website does not directly address the true effects of the environmental impact of oil and natural gas use.

Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM), http://www.exxonmobil.com/ , as of July 20, 2010 had a 52 week stock price range from $55.94 to $76.54. It had long term debt of $7,129,000,000 as of December 31, 2009.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Exxon Mobil Corp Website

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Evaluation of Real Goods Solar, Inc

Real Goods Solar, Inc. is a pioneer in sustainability. It is currently undervalued, because the energy market has not yet been corrected. It is in a good position to take advantage of the regional market in which it does business.

Real Goods Solar, Inc. ( www.realgoodsolar.com ) is a subsidiary of Gaiam, Inc. It’s traded on Nasdaq: RSOL. It operates as a residential and commercial solar integrator in California and Colorado. It was founded in 1978 by John Schaeffer.

As of July 19, 2010 it has a 52 week stock price range from $1.95 to $4.80. It has no long term debt and showed a profit in the 1st Quarter of 2010.

According to the information found on Yahoo Finance and the Real Goods Solar official website and analyzed by the Formula of Sustainable Design, this company is a Basic Green Business. Its company mission is to reduce the human ecological footprint on Earth.

The company also has an affiliate program that people can use to potentially make money by promoting their products. The Solar Living Institute which provides training in sustainability was also founded by John Schaeffer. It is a nonprofit.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Real Goods Solar website

Gothic Green Blogs and Sites:

http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ The Formula of Sustainable Design
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stock Evaluations Using the Formula of Sustainable Design: Introduction

The Formula of Sustainable Design can be used for any purpose, but this blog uses it to analyze investments. It takes the guesswork out of green. It measures ecological impact based on ten measurable factors. Every investment (business) can be measured using the formula. An investment will fit into one of five categories:
1) Basic Green
2) Green
3) Partial Green
4) Non Green
5) Anti Green

The only category of business that is indefinitely sustainable is the Basic Green Business, and all businesses should have a plan to become Basic Green. Investors should invest in Basic Green Businesses, however, there are very few at this time because most businesses currently follow the Industrial Model. Therefore, investors should look at and evaluate Green and Partial Green Businesses and the plans they have to go Basic Green.

The practice of using the formula for investing helps investors make considerations that go beyond simple classic economics by considering ecological impact as a financial variable. The formula takes into account actual resource use, and redefines whether or not a business can be profitable. Ultimately, only a Basic Green Business can be considered profitable, because it does not waste resources or degrade the environment. An Anti Green Business is the anti thesis of Basic Green. BP (British Petroleum) is an example of an Anti Green Business.

The Formula of Sustainable Design can be found at http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ .

New entries will analyze specific investments.
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