Food marketer Calavo Growers saw earnings slide 54.4 percent to $2.7 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, despite higher revenues in the third quarter, it said Sept. 7. Its profits were constrained by high fruit costs in its fresh foods segment and a smaller supply of fresh avocadoes, it said, although sales jumped 44 Read More →
Simone Lagomarsino will take the reins at Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bank as president and CEO on Sept. 10. Lagomarsino succeeds current CEO Larry Ward, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Heritage Oaks, the parent of the Business First Bank brand in Santa Barbara, is the third-largest regionally based bank in the Tri-Counties. It Read More →
A shareholder of Venoco has filed a lawsuit to block a proposal by the CEO of the oil and gas company to buy the half of the company he doesn’t already own, alleging that the proposed buyback undervalues the firm. Tim Marquez, the CEO and president of Venoco, has offered $12.50 per share to buy Read More →
NiMin Energy Corp., an independent oil company based in Carpinteria, has raised $4 million in a private placement with an Australian bank. NiMin owns and drills onshore oil fields near Bakersfield and in Wyoming and southern Louisiana. It said the money will go toward developing its assets near Bakersfield. NiMin said it sold 2.7 million Read More →
Semtech earns $27.1M, amps up repurchase program Semtech Corp. said Aug. 25 that it earned $27.1 million in second-quarter profits and that it would expand its stock repurchase plan by $36 million. The board of the Camarillo-based semiconductor firm had previously authorized $14 million as part of the plan to buy back stock. Semtech saw Read More →
Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said Aug. 22 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will likely make a decision by April 26, 2012 on the biotech firm’s application to expand the use of its Xgeva bone treatment drug to treat advanced prostate cancer. Amgen, the largest biotech company in the world, said in a statement that Read More →
In the space of a decade, Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. fell from the throne of a blue-chip stock to a largely unprofitable player in the communications industry.