Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Evaluation of LDK Solar Company, Inc.

LDK Solar Company, Inc. (http://www.ldksolar.com/ ) (NYSE: LDK) through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of photovoltaic products; and the development of power plant projects. It was founded in 2005, and is headquartered in Xinyu City, The People's Republic of China. It operates as a subsidiary of LDK New Energy Holding Limited.

As of September 24, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $4.97 - 9.43. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income loss of $237,568,000. It had long term debt of $1,023,216,000 and net tangible assets of $837,924,000.

It is the largest producer of solar wafers in the world. It has a variety of green operational methods in its business, which include recycling materials in the production process, water recycling and reuse, and takeback programs for end of life solar modules. Their new Polysilicon Production Plant is designed to be a closed loop system.

This is a Basic Green Business because of its product line and basic operational model. It is properly valued at this time, because it has a strong market position and a low stock price range. Its net income loss in 2009 should not deter it from strong future growth.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
LDK Solar website

Gothic Green Sites/Blogs:
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http://www.gothicgreenrealestate.info/ Real Estate and Development Valuations
http://www.battleforvictory.info/ Fiction Blog

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Evaluation of Brinks Company

Brinks Company ( http://www.brinkscompany.com/ ) (NYSE: BCO) together with its subsidiaries, provides secure transportation, cash logistics, and other security related services to banks and financial institutions, retailers, government agencies, mints, jewelers, and other commercial operations worldwide. It was founded in 1838 and is based in Richmond, Virginia.

As of September 20, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $18.30 - 29.59. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income of $200,200,000. It had long term debt of $172,300,000 and net tangible assets of $321,200,000.

Brinks Company is a leading global security service company with 50,000 employees worldwide. The company has a long history which started in coal, but transitioned completely out of the coal and related business by 2003. This is a remarkable feat of a sustainable conversion, however, the company still has progress to make.

This is a Partial Green Business, because of its basic service type. This company is properly valued at this time, however, it should continue to make sustainable additions to its business model, such as all electric vehicles.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Brinks Company website

Gothic Green Sites/Blogs:
http://www.gothicgreensecurity.biz/ Gothic Green Security
http://www.gothicgreenrealestate.info/ Real Estate and Development Valuations
http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ Gothic Green Central

Friday, September 24, 2010

Evaluation of the Geo Group, Inc.

The Geo Group, Inc. ( http://www.geogroup.com/ ) (NYSE: GEO) provides government-outsourced services specializing in the management of correctional, detention, and mental health and residential treatment facilities in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. It was formerly known as Wackenhut Corrections Corporation. It was founded in 1984 and is based in Boca Raton, Florida.

As of September 20, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $17.91 - 23.45. As of Janurary 3, 2010, it had net income of $65,954,000. It had long term debt of $565,070,000 and net tangible assets of $606,932,000.

No information concerning sustainable initiatives was found.

This is a Non Green Business because it focuses on detention and after treatment rather than prevention. It is overvalued.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
The Geo Group website

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http://www.gothicgreenrealestate.info/ Real Estate and Development Valuations Blog
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Evaluation of Command Security Corporation

Command Security Corporation ( http://www.commandsecurity.com/ ) (AMEX: MOC) provides uniformed security officers, aviation security services, and support security services in the United States. It was founded in !980 and is based in Lagrangeville, New York.


As of September 20, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $1.72 – 3.04. As of March 31, 2010, it had net income of $1,632,000. It had long term debt of $43,000 and net tangible assets of $12,148,000.

There was no specific information to be found concerning green initiatives. This company serves multiple sectors and has more than 40 offices nationwide.

This is a Partial Green Business, because it is a basic service that uses very little resources to perform most of its duties. However, the clients it serves may be both sustainable and unsustainable companies and operations, so this company’s sustainability is directly tied to its clients’ sustainability as well as how it approaches its own specific internal operations. This company is currently properly valued because of its strong financial fundamentals, low stock price range, market position, and its Partial green rating.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Command Security Corporation website

Gothic Green Sites/Blogs:
http://www.gothicgreen.biz/ Gothic Green Central
http://www.battleforvictory.info/ Fiction Blog
http://www.gothicgreensecurity.biz/ Gothic Green Security

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Evaluation of Republic Services Inc.

Republic Services Inc. ( http://www.republicservices.com/ ) (NYSE: RSG) provides nonhazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. It was founded in 1996 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.


As of September 17, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $25.15 – 32.95. As of December 31, 2009 it had a net income of $495,000,000. It had long term debt of $6,419,600,000 and negative net tangible assets of $3,602,600,000.

In 2009 the company recycled 3.3 million tons of material. It has 78 recycling facilities and 192 landfills.

This is a Partial Green Business based on its recycling efforts. However, the business is currently overvalued because of its large investments in landfills and its net tangible assets showed a negative.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Republic Services website

Gothic Green Websites

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http://www.gothicgreenrealestate.biz/ Real Estate
http://www.gothicgreentransit.biz/ Transportation
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http://www.gothicgreensecurity.biz/ Security

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http://www.fortheloveofhistory.info/ History
http://www.gothicgreen.info/ Sustainable Concepts and Designs

Monday, September 20, 2010

Evaluation of Waste Management, Inc

Waste Management Inc. ( http://www.wm.com/ ) (NYSE: WM) provides integrated waste management services in North America. The company was incorporated in 1987 and is based in Houston, Texas.

As of September 17, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $28.28 – 35.99. As of December 31, 2009 it had a net income of $994,000,000. It had long term debt of $8,124,000,000 and net tangible assets of $415,000,000.

Waste Management is North America’s largest recycler. They have a variety of recycling options that include single stream recycling and recycling Kiosks through Greenopolis. However, they also have a lot of traditional landfills in operation and plan to stay in the landfill business for some undetermined amount of time. They also use landfill gas to generate energy.

This is a Partial Green Business mainly because of its recycling programs and kiosks. This company is currently slightly overvalued because of its high debt and its landfills. However, this company has a favorable market position.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Waste Management website

Friday, September 17, 2010

Evaluation of Casella Waste Systems, Inc

Casella Waste Systems Inc. ( http://www.casella.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: CWST) provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services primarily in the United States. It was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Rutland, Vermont.


As of September 10, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $2.55 – 5.39. As of April 30, 2010, it had a net income loss of $13,858,000. It had long term debt of $556,130,000 and negative net tangible assets of $78,581,000.

This company has a zero sort program for recycling as well as electronics and organics recycling. It also has a insulation product that helps make homes more energy efficient. However, the business does not recycle all of the waste it collects.

This is a Partial Green Business. It is currently overvalued because of its weak financials.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Casella Waste Systems website

Gothic Green Websites

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http://www.gothicgreenrealestate.biz/ Real Estate
http://www.gothicgreentransit.biz/ Transportation
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http://www.gothicgreensecurity.biz/ Security

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Evaluation of Caribou Coffee Company, Inc

Caribou Coffeee Company, Inc. ( http://www.caibou-coffee.com/ ) (NasdaqGM: CBOU) operates coffeehouses primarily in the United States. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a subsidiary of Caribou Holding Company Limited.


As of September 7, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $6.50 – 10.79. As of January 3, 2010 it had a net income of $5,138,000. It had no long term debt and net tangible assets of $50,620,000.

Caribou Coffee Company was the first major coffeehouse retailer committed to 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee. The Rainforest Alliance ( http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/ )ensures a broad range of sustainable initiatives.

This company is a Partial Green Business that is currently properly valued. It has a good market position and strong financial fundamentals.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Caribou Coffee Company website

Friday, September 10, 2010

Evaluation of Starbucks Corporation

Starbucks Corporation ( http://www.starbucks.com/ ) (NasdaqGS: SBUX) engages in the purchase, roasting, and sale of whole bean coffee worldwide. As of September 27, 2009, the company operated 8,800 retail store. The company was founded in 1985 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

As of September 7, 2010, the 52 week stock price range was $18.46 – 28.50. As of September 27, 2009 the company had a net income of $390,800,000. Its long term debt was $549,300,000 and it has net tangible assets of $2,718,400,000.

Starbucks Corporation has a number of green initiatives underway and many goals to improve its sustainability. These goals include recycling and material use reductions, energy use reductions, LEED certifications, and water use reductions. They are taking active steps to improve their overall efficiency on multiple fronts.

This is a Partial Green Business, but it may become a Green Business soon. This company is properly valued. It has a strong market position and a good grasp of where it is heading.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Starbucks Corporation website
On site visits

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Evaluation of YUM! Brands, Inc.

YUM! Brands, Inc ( http://www.yum.com/ ) (NYSE: YUM) together with its subsidiaries, operate as a quick service restaurant company worldwide. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. It operates independent of Pepsico, Inc. as of October 6, 1997.


As of September 1, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $32.49 – 44.00. As of December 26, 2009, it had a net income of $1,071,000,000. It had long term debt of $3,207,000,000 and a negative net tangible assets of $77,000,000.

Most of its green initiatives have focused on energy use reductions. However, this company is based on a system of food service which is basically unsustainable, because it is centered on disposal and convenience and drive thru. It has more than 37,000 stores worldwide, and includes such brands as KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, A&W Restaurants, and Wingstreet.

This is a Non Green Business, and it is currently overvalued. This company has a large market and can change its operations, but the company will need to rethink how it provides quick service with sustainable systems.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
YUM! Brands website

Gothic Green Cafe Concepts
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Evaluation of Trinity Industries, Inc

Trinity Industries, Inc. ( http://www.trin.net/ ) (NYSE: TRN) through its subsidiaries, provides various products and services for the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction sectors primarily in the United States. It was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.


As of August 27, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $14.87 – 27.09. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income loss of $137,700,000. It had long term debt of $1,845,100,000 and net tangible assets of $1,625,500,000.

The company serves both sustainable and unsustainable markets. Among the sustainable markets, it is a leading manufacturer and producer of many types of railcar products and it builds structural wind towers.

This is a Non Green Business, because it only contains some green elements. Currently this business is overvalued, especially with the huge income loss. However, this company has a lot of resources that can help it shift to a sustainable business model.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Trinity Industries website

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Evaluation of ZAP

ZAP ( http://www.zapworld.com/ ) (OTCBB: ZAAP.OB) engages in the development, acquisition, and commercialization of electric vehicles and electric vehicle power systems in the United States. It was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California.


As of August 23, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $0.17 – 0.58. As of December 31, 2009, it had a net income loss of $10,687,000. It had no long term debt and net tangible assets of $3,519,000.

The company produces electric scooters, cars, trucks, and small shuttle vans as well as rechargeable products. It recently acquired ownership in a Chinese auto company for expansion.

This is a Partial Green Business. It is properly valued because it has a good market position, a low stock price range, and no long term debt.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
ZAP website

http://www.gothicgreentransit.biz/ Gothic Green Transportation

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Evaluation of Brinker International, Inc.

Brinker International, Inc. ( http://www.brinker.com/ ) (NYSE: EAT) owns, develops, operates and franchises various restaurant brands primarily in the United States. It also operates internationally. It was founded in 1977 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

As of September 1, 2010 it had a 52 week stock price range of $12.39 – 21.12. As of June 30, 2010 it had a net income of $137,704,000. It had long term debt of $524,511,000 and net tangible assets of $604,659,000.

Brinker International Inc serves more than a million people daily through more than 1700 restaurants. The restaurant includes such brands as Chili’s, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Ramaos Macaroni Grill. No information concerning green initiatives could be found on company website.

This is a Non Green Business and it is overvalued. This company has significant resources which could be used to convert to a green business model.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Brinker International Inc website

http://www.gothicgreencafe.info/ Green Café Concepts

Friday, September 3, 2010

Evaluation of Darden Restaurant, Inc.

Darden Restaurant Inc. ( http://www.darden.com/ ) (NYSE: DRI) through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of full service restaurants primarily in the United States and Canada. As of May 31, 2009, the company owned and operated over 1700 restaurants. It was founded in 1968 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

As of August 27, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $29.94 – 49.01. As of May 30, 2010 it had net income of $404,500,000. It had long term debt of $1,466,300,000 and net tangible assets of $922,700,000.

Darden is the largest full-service restaurant in the world. Its brands include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grill, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52. Season 52 is based on a seasonal menu concept which is a sustainable concept. The company also has some other measures underway.

This company is a Non Green Business, because of its basic business model. It is currently overvalued, because of its operation type and the fact that it is not taking a leadership role in green restaurant operations. This company has a sizable market position which can be used advantageously in the green conversion process.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Darden Restaurant Inc website

Gothic Green Websites

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http://www.gothicgreensecurity.biz/ Security

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Evaluation of Jamba, Inc.

Jamba, Inc. ( http://www.jambajuice.com/ ) (NasdaqGM: JMBA) through its subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, owns and franchises Jamba Juice Stores in the United States and the Bahamas. As of April 20, 2010, it operated 745 stores. It was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Emeryville, California.

As of August 27, 2010, it had a 52 week stock price range of $1.04 – 3.83. As of December 29, 2009, it had a net income loss of $23,945,000. This is less than the two previous years. Its long term debt was $1,163,000 and it had net tangible assets of $12,686,000.

Jamba Juice Stores serve organic and natural food products. They also support a variety of sustainable programs. This company also has franchises available.

This is a Partial Green Business. It is slightly overvalued, because of its business model and net income loss. However, it has a favorable market position and low stock price range which make this a low risk investment. If the net income shows a profit instead of a loss in the next two or three years along with improvements in its green operations, then this company will likely establish itself as a leader in the healthy food service sector.

Sources:
Yahoo Finance
Jamba Inc. website

Gothic Green Websites

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http://www.gothicgreenrealestate.biz/ Real Estate
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http://www.gothicgreensecurity.biz/ Security

Gothic Green Blogs
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