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Shell Rotella’s Starship Truck to debut early 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – If Captain James T. Kirk and his sidekick Spock were to get behind the wheel of a big rig, surely Shell Rotella’s Starship Truck would be an obvious choice.

Providing a sneak peek into the details of its Starship Truck initiative, Shell Rotella plans to unveil its next generation vehicle early 2018 with a coast-to-coast tour, showcasing what the company says will be a more fuel efficient option for long haul transportation in a world where energy demand will continue to rise.

Bob Mainwaring, technology manager of innovation for Shell Lubricants, said the overall goal of the Starship Truck is to produce a more energy efficient vehicle that can minimize the amount of energy needed to move goods.

With transport trucks currently getting anywhere between six and 6.5 mpg fuel efficiency, the Starship initiative aims to design a truck that can at least double that mark by improving roll resistance, aerodynamics, and engine efficiency.

When measuring energy efficiency, Mainwaring said people must get away from their tendency to simply look at miles per gallon as the gauge of success.

“Miles per gallon is the metric, but I don’t think it’s the best metric,” explained Mainwaring, saying the focus should rather be on freight-ton efficiency, which measures how much fuel is used to move a certain amount of cargo.

For example, one truck moving one ton of freight at 10 mpg would equate to 10 ton mpg, while one truck moving 20 tons of freight at 7mpg would equal 140 ton mpg, a more efficient freight-ton efficiency, Mainwaring said.

To enhance the overall efficiency of a truck, Mainwaring divides the multitude of options into two categories – those that reduce energy demand, such as lightweight components, auto tire inflation systems, exhaust aftertreatment, and aerodynamics, and others that enhance the efficiency of energy delivery, like the engine, transmission, regeneration, and solar energy capabilities.

Facing what he said were three hard truths the world is facing moving toward 2050 – increased energy use, lack of resources, and energy security – Mainwaring said it is imperative that transportation, which makes up 35% of the world’s energy use, become more efficient.

To emphasis this need, Mainwaring underscored that by 2050 the world’s population is expected to increase to nine billion, people in cities would reach 75%, and energy demand would increase by 200%, all of which could have a significant impact on the environment.

“Because transport is the largest segment, you have to pay close attention to it if you’re going to reduce CO2 emissions,” Mainwaring said.

Chris Guerrero, global heavy duty engine oil brand manager, Shell Lubricants, said the Starship Truck initiative was the perfect example of “the beauty of the American can-do spirit,” while Mainwaring added that it is imperative that we not put off until tomorrow what we can do today.

Shell Rotella Starship Truck model.


Nothing Is More Important Than Profitability: Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (HGV), Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD)

Shares of Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE:HGV) are making a strong comeback as they have jumped 50.57% since bottoming out at $24.6 on Jan. 12, 2017. Thanks to a rise of almost 2.83% in the past five days, the stock price is now up 42.46% so far on the year — still in strong territory. In this case, shares are down -2.37% from $37.45 , the 52-week high touched on Aug. 04, 2017, but are collecting gains at 0% for the past 12 months.

HGV Target Price Reaches $43.4

Brokerage houses, on average, are recommending investors to buy Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (HGV)’s shares projecting a $43.4 target price. Analysts‟ target price forecasts are a prediction of a stock‟s future price, generally over the 12 months following the release date (Asquith et al., 2005). This forecast is a point estimate that provides investors with a benchmark against which to directly compare stock price in the short run.Target prices made by analysts employed by large brokers, who have access to a greater resource pool, are more likely to be met over the 12-month forecast period.

How Quickly Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (HGV)’s Sales Grew?

HGV’s revenue has grown at an average annualized rate of about 6.2% during the past five years. However, the company’s most recent quarter increase of 12.3% looks attractive. The sales growth rate for a stock is a measure of how the stock’s sales per share (SPS) has grown over a specific period of time. It tells an investor how quickly a company is increasing its revenues. The sales growth rate helps investors determine how strong the overall growth-orientation is for a stock or portfolio.

Boyd Gaming Corporation Achieves Below-Average Profit Margin

The best measure of a company is its profitability, for without it, it cannot grow, and if it doesn’t grow, then its stock will trend downward. Increasing profits are the best indication that a company can pay dividends and that the share price will trend upward. Creditors will loan money at a cheaper rate to a profitable company than to an unprofitable one; consequently, profitable companies can use leverage to increase stockholders’ equity even more. Profitability ratios compare different accounts to see how efficiently a business is generating profits. These ratios show how well income is generated through operations, and are important to both creditors and investors. They help determine the company’s ability to continue operating. Currently, Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. net profit margin for the 12 months is at 0%. Comparatively, the peers have a net margin 17.92%, and the sector’s average is 57.43%. In that light, it seems in weak position compared to its peers and sector. The profit margin measures the amount of net income earned with each dollar’s worth of revenue. It shows the percentage of sales that remain after all of the company’s expenses have been paid. The higher the ratio, the better.

Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) is another stock that is grabbing investors attention these days. Its shares have trimmed -3.78% since hitting a peak level of $27 on Sep. 11, 2017. Meanwhile, due to a recent pullback which led to a fall of almost -0.35% in the past one month, the stock price is now outperforming with 28.81% so far on the year — still in strong zone. In this case, shares are 54.92% higher from $16.77, the worst price in 52 weeks suffered on Nov. 02, 2016, and are keeping their losses at 31.01% for the past six months.

Analysts See Boyd Gaming Corporation -0.06% Above Current Levels

The bad news is analysts don’t believe there’s a room for Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD) to move in the upward direction. At recent closing price of $25.98, BYD has a chance to give up $-0.06 or -0.23% in 52 weeks, based on mean target price ($25.92) placed by analysts.The analyst consensus opinion of 2.4 looks like a hold. It has a 36-month beta of 1.89 , so you might be in for a bumpy ride.

Are Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) Earnings Growing Rapidly?

For the past 5 years, Boyd Gaming Corporation’s EPS growth has been nearly 91.6%. Sure, the percentage is encouraging but better times are ahead as looking out over a next 5-year period, analysts expect the company to see its earnings go up by 29.3%, annually.

Is BYD Turning Profits into Returns?

Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD)’s ROE is 0%, while industry’s is 14.69%. The average ROE for the sector stands at 13.89%. The return on equity (ROE), also known as return on investment (ROI), is the best measure of the return, since it is the product of the operating performance, asset turnover, and debt-equity management of the firm. If a firm can borrow money and use it to achieve a higher return than the cost of the debt, then the leveraging creates additional revenue that accrues to stockholders as increased equity.

Boyd Gaming Corporation’s ROA is 0%, while industry’s average is 3.94%. As with any return, the higher this number the better. However, it, too, needs to be taken into the context of a company’s peer group as well as its sector. The average return on assets for companies in the same sector is 7.69. The return on assets (ROA) (aka return on total assets, return on average assets), is one of the most widely used profitability ratios because it is related to both profit margin and asset turnover, and shows the rate of return for both creditors and investors of the company. ROA shows how well a company controls its costs and utilizes its resources.


Dry bulk motor carrier ups driver pay

A&R has also improved its driver vacation policy to allow for more home time. (Photo: A&R)

A&R Logistics[1], one of the largest dry bulk carriers in North America, is boosting its truck driver pay effective October 1, with company drivers able to earn up to an additional 10% per loaded mile.

“Drivers are our face to our customers’ client: their professionalism and commitment to safety and customer service is what makes A&R the leader in dry bulk transportation,” said Steve Brantley, senior vice-president of terminal operations, in a statement.

“As a result of the increase in demand, we have more opportunities for qualified drivers and want to make sure we retain our current drivers,” he added.

Brantley also noted that A&R has “significantly” improved its driver vacation policy to provide for more time at home along with the aforementioned pay raise and is also launching efforts to upgrade and modernize its fleet to provide drivers the best equipment possible.

A&R provides a suite of logistics services to the chemical industry, including over-the-road transportation, trans-loading, packaging, warehousing and end-to-end outsourced transportation management.

It operates a nationwide network of 28 facilities plus a fleet that combines company-owned equipment, owner-operators, and a non-asset based transportation management division.


  1. ^ A&R Logistics (www.ardoingitright.com)