One of your goals as a small-business owner should be to recruit and develop a dedicated, hardworking team that serves the company well and contributes to its success. But if you don’t put some serious thought into how you compensate your employees, you’re likely to fail in that regard. That’s why it’s crucial to establish a well-thought-out strategy that serves your workers and your business well. Here’s how to start.
1. Decide what your needs and goals are
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to developing a compensation strategy, so as you set out to do just that, think about your business needs and goals. Are you struggling to retain employees? Attract talent? Both? Are you satisfied with the team you’ve built but eager to motivate them to do better? Before you decide how to compensate your staff, figure out what you, as a business owner, are hoping to gain by investing time into developing your strategy.
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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.(SBLK)
Star Bulk Carriers Corp., incorporated on December 13, 2006, is an international shipping company. The Company owns and operates a fleet of dry bulk carrier vessels. The Company’s segment is operating dry bulk vessels. The Company has a fleet of approximately 76 vessels consisting primarily of Newcastlemax and Capesize, as well as Kamsarmax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels, with a carrying capacity between 45,588 and 209,537 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company’s vessels transport a range of bulk commodities, including ores, coal, grains and fertilizers, along shipping routes across the world.
The Company’s fleet, which emphasizes Capesize vessels, primarily transports minerals from the Americas and Australia to East Asia, particularly China, as well as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Company’s Supramax vessels carry minerals, grain products and steel between the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Indonesia and from these areas to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia. The Company’s vessels include Goliath, Maharaj, Star Poseidon, Leviathan, Peloreus, Star Pauline, Star Borealis, Star Angie, Big Fish, Big Bang, Star Aurora, Amami, Star Vega, Star Angelina, Pendulum, Star Maria, Star Danai, Star Georgia, Star Nina and Mercurial Virgo. The Company charters its vessels to iron ore miners, utilities companies, commodity trading houses and diversified shipping companies.
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Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Yum! Brands, Inc.(YUM)
YUM! Brands, Inc. (YUM), incorporated on May 30, 1997, is engaged in restaurant business. The Company develops, operates, franchises and licenses an across the world system of restaurants, which prepare, package and sell a menu of food items, primarily through the three concepts of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (the Concepts). YUM operates through four segments: YUM China (China Division), which includes all operations in mainland China; The KFC Division, which includes all operations of the KFC concept outside of China Division; The Pizza Hut Division, which includes all operations of the Pizza Hut concept outside of China Division, and the Taco Bell Division, which includes all operations of the Taco Bell concept. The Company has over 42,000 restaurants in over 130 countries and territories. The Company’s three Concepts focus on the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories, respectively.
The Company’s China Division, based in Shanghai, China, comprises approximately 7,180 units, primarily Company-owned KFCs and Pizza Huts. It also owns non-controlling interests in Chinese entities operating in a manner similar to KFC franchisees and a meat processing entity that supplies lamb to the Little Sheep business.
KFC operates in approximately 130 countries and territories throughout the world. KFC has over 5,000 units in China, approximately 370 units in India and over 14,580 units within the KFC Division. KFC restaurants across the world offer fried and non-fried chicken products, such as sandwiches, chicken strips, chicken-on-the-bone and other chicken products marketed under a range of names. KFC restaurants also offer a range of entrees and side items suited to local preferences and tastes.
Pizza Hut is a restaurant chain specializing in the sale of ready-to-eat pizza products. The Company’s Pizza Hut operates in approximately 90 countries and territories throughout the world. Pizza Hut has appro! ximately 1,900 units in China, over 430 units in India and approximately 13,730 units within the Pizza Hut Division. Pizza Hut operates in the delivery, carryout and casual dining segments around the world. Pizza Hut features a range of pizzas, which are marketed under varying names. Each of these pizzas is offered with a range of different toppings suited to local preferences and tastes. Pizza Huts also offer pasta and chicken wings, including approximately 5,900 stores offering wings under the brand WingStreet in the United States. Outside the United States, Pizza Hut casual dining restaurants offer a range of core menu products other than pizza, which are suited to local preferences and tastes.
Taco Bell operates in over 20 countries and territories throughout the world. There are over 6,400 Taco Bell units within the Taco Bell Division, primarily in the United States, and approximately seven units in India. Taco Bell specializes in Mexican-style food products, including various types of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, nachos and other related items. Taco Bell offers breakfast items in its the United States stores.
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A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $97.00 target price on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Saturday, November 17th. Gordon Haskett started coverage on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. They set a “hold” rating and a $90.00 price objective on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus cut shares of Yum! Brands from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $94.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, October 23rd. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on shares of Yum! Brands in a research note on Sunday, December 2nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird lifted their price objective on shares of Yum! Brands from $94.00 to $105.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $93.46.
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Grubhub could also secure more partnerships with big restaurant chains. It partnered with Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) last year to offer online pickup and delivery services from select KFC andTaco Bell restaurants, and it recently launched Taco Bell delivery services nationwide.
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Shares of GoPro Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) added 2.2% after the company reported earnings after the bell and said that it is on a path to profitability. However, to get into the black, the firm had to cut several hundred employees to keep operating expenses below $400 million. Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) popped more than 10% after the company blew out earnings expectations after the bell yesterday. The company’s ongoing turnaround has produced a big uptick in consumer foot traffic. The firm reported EPS of $1.72, well above the $1.37 per share. Revenue came in at $1.23 billion and topped expectations, as did same-store growth at 6.1%. Look for other earnings reports from ANGI HomeServices Inc.(NASDAQ: ANGI), ArcelorMittal SA(NYSE: MT), Cardinal Health Inc.(NYSE: CAH), Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc.(NASDAQ: DNKN), Expedia Group Inc.(NASDAQ: EXPE), GrubHub Inc.(NASDAQ: GRUB), IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NYSE: IAC), Kellogg Co.(NYSE: K), Macerich Co.(NYSE: MAC), Mattel Inc.(NYSE: MAT), News Corp.(NASDAQ: NWSA), Penn National Gaming Inc.(NASDAQ: PENN), Sanofi SA(NYSE: SNY), Tyson Foods Inc.(NYSE: TSN), World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.(NYSE: WWE), and Yum! Brands Inc.(NYSE: YUM).
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Shares of Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) — the exclusive Chinese licensee of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell that was spun off from Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) a few years ago — rallied after the company recently reported a better-than-feared report for the fourth quarter of 2018. Investors have been fretting that a slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy would hurt restaurant operators, and it’s true that Yum China has slowed down as of late. Growth is growth, though, and the fast-food chain was able to deliver solid bottom-line numbers.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Celadon Group, Inc.(CGI)
Celadon Group, Inc. (Celadon), incorporated on July 24, 1986, is a truckload freight transportation provider. The Company’s segments are asset-based, asset-light, and equipment leasing and services. Its services involve point-to-point shipping for its customers within the United States, between the United States and Mexico, and between the United States and Canada. The Company’s primary asset-based services include the United States domestic dry van, refrigerated and flatbed service; cross-border service between the United States and each of Mexico and Canada; intra-Mexico and intra-Canada service; contract service; regional and specialized short haul service, and rail intermodal service.
The Company’s primary asset-light services include freight brokerage, warehousing, less-than truckload consolidation and supply chain logistics services. Through its Quality Companies subsidiaries, the Company provides tractor leasing and ancillary services to owner-operators who contract with it or with other trucking companies. Celadon’s equipment leasing and services segment consists primarily of leasing activities with independent contractors and other trucking fleets. The equipment leasing and services segment also focuses on insurance, maintenance and other ancillary services that it provides for, or makes available to, independent contractors.
The Company provides warehousing and dedicated trucking services through Celadon Dedicated Services. It also transports the manufacturing component parts to its warehouses and sequences those parts for its customers. It transports completed units from its customer’s plants. It also offers less-than-truckload, intermodal and refrigerated services to its customers. As of June 30, 2016, the Company operated 5,547 tractors and 15,369 trailers. The Company’s primary transportation subsidiaries include Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.; Celadon Logistics Services, Inc.; Servicio de Transportation Jaguar, S.A. de C.V., and Celadon Canada, Inc.
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Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in shares of Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI) by 26.7% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,347,089 shares of the transportation company’s stock after purchasing an additional 283,476 shares during the quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. owned about 4.76% of Celadon Group worth $4,983,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Scopus Asset Management L.P. reduced its holdings in shares of Celadon Group, Inc. (NYSE:CGI) by 57.5% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 900,000 shares of the transportation company’s stock after selling 1,218,285 shares during the quarter. Scopus Asset Management L.P. owned approximately 3.18% of Celadon Group worth $3,330,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Capricor Therapeutics, Inc.(CAPR)
Capricor Therapeutics, Inc., incorporated on January 26, 2007, is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company develops and commercializes regenerative medicine and large molecule products for the treatment of disease, with a primary focus on cardiovascular diseases. The Company has six drug candidates in stages of development, which include CAP-1002, CAP-1001, CSps, Exosomes, Cenderitide (CD-NP) and CU-NP. The Company’s technology is based in cardiospheres (CSps), which are multi-cell clusters of cardiac derived cells. The Company’s product candidate, the cardiosphere-derived cells (CDC), is the single cell monolayer product of the CSps. Both CSps and CDCs are derived from a deceased human donor (allogeneic source) or from heart tissue taken directly from recipient patients themselves (autologous source).
The Company’s product candidate consists of allogeneic cardiosphere-derived cells. The Company is testing CAP-1002 in Capricor’s ALLSTAR Phase I/II clinical trial. It is a dual cohort clinical trial that has two independently recruiting strata: the first are patients who have recently experienced a myocardial infarction (30-90 days post myocardial infarction); the second are patients who have suffered an myocardial infarction within one year (90 days to one-year post MI) to see if the cells can reduce the size of older, more established scar.
CAP-1001 consists of autologous CDCs. This product was used in the Phase I CADUCEUS clinical trial. The data from CADUCEUS, using autologous CDCs, demonstrate that the cells are effective in reducing scar within several months of a heart attack.
CSps are multicellular clusters called cardiospheres, a 3D micro-tissue from which CDCs are derived. It has shown healing effects in pre-clinical models of heart failure. The Company considers the CSps as a product.
Exosomes are nano-sized, membrane-enclosed vesic! les, that are filled with select molecules, including proteins and microRNAs, which, when released send messages to neighboring cells to regulate cellular functions. Exosomes act as a transport vehicle out of the cell for microRNA, other fragments of genetic material and proteins that act as messengers between cells, providing regulatory function for many cell processes, including inflammation, angiogenesis, programmed cell death (apoptosis) and scarring.
Cenderitide (CD-NP) belongs to a class of drugs called natriuretic peptides. Cenderitide is designed as an outpatient therapy to be delivered continuously using a validated subcutaneous infusion pump for up to 90 days (the post-acuteperiod) following a hospital admission for Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (ADHF).
CU-NP is a pre-clinical rationally-designed natriuretic peptide. It consists of amino acid chains identical to those produced by the human body, the ring structure of C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP), and the N- and C-termini of Urodilatin (URO). CU-NP is formulated and manufactured by third parties and they provide the Company with the devices and other products necessary to administer it.
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Media headlines about Capricor Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CAPR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Capricor Therapeutics earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the biotechnology company an impact score of 46.8406921113539 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2021: Crestwood Equity Partners LP(CEQP)
Crestwood Equity Partners LP, incorporated on March 7, 2001, is a holding and master limited partnership (MLP) company. The Company develops, acquires, owns or controls, and operates assets and operations within the energy midstream sector. The Company’s segments include gathering and processing (G&P), which includes its natural gas, crude oil and produced water G&P operations; storage and transportation, which includes its natural gas and crude oil storage and transportation operations, and marketing, supply and logistics, which includes its natural gas liquid (NGL) supply and logistics business, crude oil storage and rail loading facilities and fleet, and salt production business. The Company provides infrastructure solutions to service natural gas and crude oil shale plays across the United States. It owns and operates a portfolio of crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets.
The Company’s operating assets are owned by or through its subsidiary, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (Crestwood Midstream). Its operating assets include natural gas facilities with approximately 2.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of gathering capacity, over 480 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of processing capacity, approximately 40.9 Bcf of certificated working gas storage capacity and over 1.3 Bcf/d of firm transmission capacity. It also includes NGL facilities with approximately 24,000 barrels per day (Bbls/d) of fractionation capacity and over 2.8 million barrels of storage capacity, as well as its portfolio of transportation assets (consisting of truck and rail terminals, truck/trailer units and rail cars), and crude oil facilities with approximately 125,000 Bbls/d of gathering capacity, approximately 1.5 million barrels of total storage capacity, over 48,000 Bbls/d of transportation capacity and 160,000 Bbls/d of rail loading capacity.
Gathering and Processing
The Company’s G&P segment operations provide gathering, compression, trea! ting and processing services to producers in various unconventional resource plays across the United States. Its G&P segment operations include Bakken Shale, Marcellus Shale, Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Delaware Permian, and other owned and operated systems. It owns and operates an integrated crude oil, natural gas and produced water gathering system (the Arrow system) on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in the core of the Bakken Shale in McKenzie and Dunn Counties, North Dakota. The Arrow system consists of approximately 590 miles of low-pressure gathering pipeline capable of gathering over 100 MMcf/d of natural gas, approximately 120 thousand Bbls/d (MBbls/d) of crude oil and over 40 MBbls/d of produced water. It also has approximately 266,000 barrels of crude oil working storage capacity at the Arrow central delivery point.
The Company owns and operates low-pressure natural gas gathering system with a gathering capacity of approximately 420 MMcf/d of gas produced by its customers in Hood and Somervell Counties, Texas, which delivers the gas to its processing plant where NGLs are extracted from the natural gas stream, and low-pressure gathering systems with a gathering capacity of over 530 MMcf/d of dry natural gas produced by its customers in Tarrant and Denton Counties, Texas. It owns and operates approximately five low-pressure gas gathering systems with a gathering capacity of approximately 510 MMcf/d of dry natural gas produced by its customers in Conway, Faulkner, Van Buren, and White Counties, Arkansas.
The Company owns and operates low-pressure dry gas and natural gas systems with a primary focus on the Willow Lake system that includes a gathering and processing system with approximately 50 MMcf/d of capacity to serve its customers in Eddy County, New Mexico (Willow Lake system). It owns and operates a low-pressure natural gas gathering system with a gathering capacity of approximately 40 MMcf/d of gas produced by its customers in Roberts County, Texas, and a p! rocessing! plant that extracts NGLs from the natural gas stream (Granite Wash system), and high-pressure natural gas gathering pipelines with a gathering capacity of approximately 100 MMcf/d that provide gathering and treating services to its customers located in Sabine Parish, Louisiana (Haynesville/Bossier system).
Storage and Transportation
The Company’s Storage and Transportation segment consists of its natural gas storage and transportation assets, which include Northeast Storage and Transportation; COLT Hub; PRBIC, and Tres Holdings LLC (Tres Holdings). The Company has approximately four natural gas storage facilities (Stagecoach, Thomas Corners, Steuben and Seneca Lake) and over three transportation pipelines (North/South Facilities, MARC I and the East Pipeline) located in the Northeast in or near the Marcellus Shale. Its storage facilities provide approximately 40.9 Bcf of certificated firm storage capacity and over 1.3 Bcf/d of firm transportation capacity to producers, utilities, marketers and other customers.
The Company owns and operates the COLT Hub, which is the crude oil rail terminal in the Bakken Shale based on actual throughput. It is located at approximately 60 miles away from Arrow’s central delivery point and interconnects with the Arrow system through the Hiland and Tesoro pipeline systems. The hub, which can be sourced by various pipeline systems or truck, is capable of loading approximately 160,000 Bbls/d and has over 1.2 million barrels of total crude oil storage capacity. PRBIC owns an integrated crude oil loading, storage and pipeline terminal, located in Douglas County, Wyoming, which provides a market for crude oil production from the PRB Niobrara. PRBIC includes approximately 20,000 Bbls/d of rail loading capacity and over 380,000 barrels of crude oil working storage capacity.
Marketing, Supply and Logistics
The Company’s marketing, supply and logistics segment consists of its NGL supply and logistics business and US S! alt. The ! Company utilizes its over-the-road and rail fleet, processing and storage facilities, and contracted pipeline capacity on a portfolio basis to provide integrated supply and logistics solutions to producers, refiners and other customers. Its NGL supply and logistics business serves producers, refiners and other customers that produce or consume natural gas liquids, including propane, butane and natural gasoline. To provide these services, it utilizes its portfolio of third party NGL processing, fractionation, storage, terminal and trucking assets, including its fleet of rail and rolling stock, rail-to-truck terminals, West Coast processing, fractionation and storage operations, NGL storage facilities and contracted capacity (including leased storage capacity at hubs and leased transportation capacity on NGL pipelines).
The Company’s crude oil and produced water trucking fleet has approximately 48,000 Bbls/d of crude oil and produced water transportation capacity. It provides hauling services to customers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico. Its salt production business, which has a plant near Watkins Glen, New York, is capable of producing approximately 400,000 tons of evaporated salt products annually. US Salt’s solution mining process creates underground caverns that can be developed into natural gas and NGL storage capacity.
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Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) offers an even more attractive yield at 7.5%, which it can comfortably cover with cash flow. However, unlike the others on this list, Crestwood Equity doesn’t expect to increase its payout this year. That’s because the MLP currently plans to plow all its excess cash into its growing slate of expansion projects, which should give the company the fuel to grow its cash flow at a more-than-15% annual rate through 2020. Once it’s past this heavy investment phase, Crestwood Equity should be in a better position to return more cash to investors. In the meantime, it offers a sustainable high yield with someenticing upside.
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Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) is in the midst of a multi-year strategy to improve its financial profile even as it restarts its growth engine. That plan has already paid dividends for investors as the company generated high-end results in 2018, which enabled it to deliver market-crushing total returns.
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Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) was the top-performing master limited partnership(MLP) of 2018 by a landslide. The midstream company generated a total return of 17% last year, which was well ahead of the negative-12.7% total return of the average MLP as measured by the Alerian MLP ETF. That outperformance has continued in 2019, as Crestwood has generated a more than 23% total return through the first month and a half, which has outpaced the 18% total return of its peers in the Alerian MLP ETF.
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Crestwood Equity Partners LLC (NYSE:CEQP)Q4 2018 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET
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