United Online, Inc.

  • Likely a Profitable Spin-Off Later This Year

    By Mike Thiessen - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: FLWS, KR, UNTD

    Although it made an initial announcement of the deal back in the third quarter of 2012, a number of operational hurdles have forced United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD) to delay the closing of its much-anticipated FTD spin-off until the end of the third quarter of 2013. This delay is due largely to weak performance in other areas of the company's portfolio as well as standard logistical obstacles that afflict many more »

  • Likely A Profitable Spin-Off Later This Year

    By Mike Thiessen - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: FLWS, KR, UNTD

    Although it made an initial announcement of the deal back in the third quarter of 2012, a number of operational hurdles have forced United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD) to delay the closing of its much-anticipated FTD spin-off until the end of the third quarter of 2013. This delay is due largely to weak performance in other areas of the company's portfolio as well as standard logistical obstacles that afflict many more »

  • Stocks to Love on Valentine's Day

    By Erin McBride - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: FB, IACI, DATE, LOV, UNTD

    This Valentine’s Day show them you care, with shares of a love-based company.

    Online dating was once considered a dirty little secret, but now it is how 30 million Americans will find a date, according to market research firm Nielson. The business of love and online dating is a nearly two billion dollar industry, up from $900 million in 2007.

    Men used to need a watering hole to meet more »

  • Could This Spinoff Parent Compete With Facebook and Google +?

    By Mike Thiessen - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, UNTD

    In late August of 2012, Woodland Hills, California-based e-commerce company United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD) announced its intention to spin off its FTD floral-shipping business into a standalone public company. The FTD division currently accounts for 65 percent of United Online's gross revenues and could have an initial enterprise value of $500 million or more. As such, this offer appears to provide an excellent opportunity for ambitious United Online investors more »

  • Four Stocks to Avoid in 2013

    By Michael Nolan - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: PBI, GEVA, UNTD, VGR

    Some companies have very promising outlooks for 2013. These are not those companies. In this article, I am going to be focusing on stocks to avoid in the new year, starting with a pharmaceutical failure.

    Synageva BioPharma (NASDAQ: GEVA)

    Synageva actually has a rather promising drug in the making, called SBC-102. The mystery drug targets lysosomal acid lipase deficiency, and could be a success in the future. However, it is more »

  • When a 15% Dividend Doesn't Matter

    By Chad Henage - September 27, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, GOOG, UNTD

    Anyone who has read my writing in the past, knows that I'm a big fan of dividend stocks. However, what I'm not necessarily a fan of is one time special dividends. They are exactly what they sound like, one time items that may never be repeated. This is why when AOL (NYSE: AOL) recently announced they would pay a $5.15 one-time dividend, I couldn't help but yawn. For a company with fundamental issues, paying out a one-time dividend, from a one time cash windfall, seems like the height of short-term thinking. There is some good news for investors however, as the company is using about $600 million of this cash to repurchase shares. I guess the question for investors is, now that we know about the share repurchase and dividend, is AOL worth buying after all of this is completed?

  • Everyone Does Realize This Was Not a Good Quarter Right?

    By Chad Henage - August 14, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, GOOG, MSFT, UNTD, YHOO

    I'll admit that my family used to be avid AOL (NYSE: AOL) subscribers. We originally tried out the service in the 1990s, and believe it or not, part of my family still maintained their subscription service up until several months ago. However, just like many people, we realized that the service's value wasn't worth the cost. That's sort of a summary of the AOL subscription service, in my opinion it will eventually go away completely. With AOL reporting earnings recently, I honestly don't understand what investors are thinking bidding up the stock to its current level.

  • United We're Stuck – Divided We're Worth More

    By Chad Henage - May 4, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, CTL, UNTD

    Some companies are a combination of businesses that in theory work together and gain synergy. On the other hand, some companies have multiple businesses that really have nothing to do with each other. One such company is United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), this company runs three different businesses that have next to nothing to do with each other. As a whole, the company is worth about $431 million. I believe broken into pieces this company is worth more.

  • AOL Needs to Make this Decision Now

    By Chad Henage - April 23, 2012 | Tickers: AOL, ELNK, MSFT, UNTD | Editor's Choice

    AOL, Inc. (NYSE: AOL) used to be one of my favorite stocks. The company was a great performer early on in my portfolio as more and more people signed up, and the list of subscribers got longer and longer. I slowly but surely sold off my shares to pay for school bills at the time, and stopped owning AOL, before the now infamous AOL and Time Warner merger. Today, AOL is an afterthought in its main market which is advertising. The company has an opportunity to unlock some shareholder value that they haven't realized yet.

  • Valentine's Day Special: A 7.2 Percent Dividend You'll Love

    By Paula Pant - February 13, 2012 | Tickers: FLWS, UNTD

    Valentine's Day has come and gone, but the battle for market share in the flower-delivery business remains. Let’s compare two of the largest floral delivery companies to see which one is the better buy.

    The First Contender: 1-800-Flowers.com (NASDAQ: FLWS)

    It’s obvious by the name that this business has been around since long before the Internet. Launched in the 1980’s, 1-800-Flowers held a $7 million more »

  • The Magic of Jack

    By Roland Hughes - December 22, 2011 | Tickers: UNTD, VZ

    I have told this story over the years and I don’t care if I don’t get paid for it, not enough CEOs have actually heard it. If Jack is reading this and wishes to clarify some of the finer points, I welcome the clarification. This is the story as I know it.

    Many years ago there was a guy named Jack with a radio repair shop on Ruby more »