FINANCE

HSN profit falls 27% in Q3

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Multichannel retailer HSN Inc. reported Wednesday that net income for the third quarter dropped 27.2% to $17.7 million, from $24.3 million in the year-ago period. Results still beat Wall Street projections.

Revenue rose 7.1% to $778.8 million, beating analysts’ estimated $747.1 million in revenue.

The company has now seen profit fall in two consecutive quarters, but it has beaten Wall Street estimates for three quarters in a row.

“Our strong financial performance during the quarter demonstrates the sustained effectiveness of our overall strategy of creating immersive experiences, offering differentiated products and leveraging technology to build relationships, not just transactions,” said Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSN.

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PriceSmart sales and profit rise in Q4

BY Staff Writer

San Diego, Calif. — Warehouse club operator PriceSmart reported Wednesday that net income for the quarter ended Aug. 31 rose to $17.7 million from $12.7 million in the year-ago period.

Total revenue rose to $515.5 million from $447.4 million.

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Vantiv strengthen mobile capabilities

BY CSA STAFF

Leading payment processor Vantiv said it signed an agreement to acquire Litle & Co., a leading mobile payment processor in a deal valued at $361 million.

According to Vantiv president and CEO, Charles Drucker, the deal makes sense because e-commerce is one of the fastest growing segments of payments.

"As our clients continue to expand their online presence to meet their consumers’ demands, they rely on us to meet their payments needs through our integrated processing platform," Drucker said. "The acquisition of Litle & Co. will enable us to offer leading, integrated products in high growth markets, allowing our clients to engage with their customers across multiple channels, with better visibility and increased simplicity."

Drucker indicated that Litle & Co. has built a premier e-commerce product in the market, which is supported by a talented leadership team. The combination of the two companies is said to create a differentiated product offering that will enable Vantiv to rapidly capitalize on market opportunities.

"Today’s agreement represents the beginning of a new chapter in our company’s evolution," said Tom Litle, president and CEO of Litle & Co. "By partnering with Vantiv, we are able to accelerate the development and distribution of the value added services Litle & Co. is known for and drive payments intelligence deeper into the operations of the world’s leading eCommerce and multi-channel merchants."

The deal is expected to close later this year at which time Litle & Co. will become a subsidiary of Vantiv and will maintain its location in Lowell, Massachusetts. Vantiv is headquartered in Cincinnati.

 

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