University of Vermont Extension Names Associate Directors

first_imgUniversity of Vermont Extension Names Associate DirectorsUniversity of Vermont Extension recently announced that Gary Deziel has become the new associate director for statewide Staff Support and Operations and Rick LeVitre has become the new associate director for statewide Faculty Support and Evaluation. Deziel will concentrate on expanding the viability and impact of local University of Vermont offices, aligning Extension staff and programs to enhance efficiency of operations that will support programs focusing on emerging and critical issues facing Vermont. He will also be facilitating organizational and individual staff development. UVM Extension has local offices in 11 of 14 counties in Vermont, with the state office located at UVM. With a strong background in communications, research, and operations, Deziel has been chair of the Northwest Region, based in St. Albans, since 2001. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Vermont in 2005. He is looking forward to working with the approximately 60 staff members located across the state in local offices.LeVitre’s duties will include supporting 18 field faculty located in local UVM Extension offices across the state with programs that focus on helping individuals and groups cultivate healthy communities. This work includes supporting local government officials, agricultural enterprises, and supporting other local programs aimed at helping individuals. His work to link University of Vermont Extension faculty with other University faculty and staff on campus will expand UVM’s impact in serving local community needs, and facilitate program partnerships with other departments, agencies, and organizations. LeVitre will also work to establish and maintain linkages with local legislators on the important educational issues that can be impacted with UVM outreach programs.Presently chair of the Southern Region, LeVitre has served Extension for more than 25 years, working as a 4-H youth specialist, a farm manager, a regional faculty member, a sustainable agricultural specialist, and a legislative liaison and regional chair, working with faculty and program staff in the areas of natural resources, nutrition, agriculture, and youth programming.Both associate directors will work out of the new location for the University of Vermont State Extension Office in Colchester, just off I89, Exit 16. For more information, call (802) 656-2990. -30-last_img read more

School of Small Business initiates incubator space program

first_imgThe School of Small Business Practice, located on Route 100B a mile or so from I 89, Exit 9, has initiated a new incubator space program. This program provides low cost private and shared rental accommodation with high speed Internet, copier, scanning and fax accessibility for early or start-up small businesses. The program also offers learning support services crafted to match each clients early business needs.last_img

Rock of Ages reports 26 percent revenue increase, smaller net loss Q1

first_img13,361 ROCK OF AGES CORPORATIONConsolidated Statements of Operations(In thousands except per share amounts) (Unaudited) 7,241 1,244 5,277 Property, plant and equipment, net 2009 Quarry 25,678 65,751 (88)Loss before interest and taxes 548 Total gross profit (loss): Deferred salary (2,231) 968 $58,452 94 5,386 3,973 1,041 Preferred stock $0.01 par value. Authorized 3,444 Borrowings under line of credit Total cost of goods sold 1,522 Loss before taxes Common stock Class A, $0.01 par value. outstanding at April 3, 2010 and December 31, 2009 7,416 5,938 445 14,827 Salary continuation 5,784 (121) Identified intangible assets, net 2,814 593 547 $58,452 1,264 774 1,620 1,504 33,457 Accumulated other comprehensive loss Total net revenues (944) Divisional operating loss: (484) Cost of goods sold: 14,546 Manufacturing (225)Manufacturing 687 Net loss per share – basic and diluted (4,224) 104 Current assets: Other long-term assets $(0.37) $3,124 Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic and diluted $58,233 (351) 294 1,419 Source: BARRE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rock of Ages Corporation. 5.12.2010 7,417 515 $214 2,710 31,948 Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $(2,092) ROCK OF AGES CORPORATIONConsolidated Balance Sheets( in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) — 5,265 702 Three Months Ended 3,349 — 26 Total current liabilities 26 Dec. 31,Assets outstanding at April 3, 2010 and December 31, 2009 — Total assets 15,077 (139) Interest expense (1,428) Cash and cash equivalents Total SG&A expenses Authorized 15,000,000 shares; 2,603,721 issued and $(0.28) Accrued pension cost 6,059center_img Other current assets Accrued post retirement benefits 691 758 Total current assets 582 April 3, 26,409 Current liabilities: 31,067 Manufacturing Income tax benefit Quarry (178) Inventories 553 $(2,774) (864)Divisional operating loss Net revenues: (2,684) 758 $58,233 Apr. 3, 929 Customer deposits Long-term debt, excluding current installments $1,124 1,515 7,062 1,622 801 95 1,623 897 Trade payables 2010 Goodwill 30,559 Quarry Stockholders’ equity: $– April 4, 1,463 $3,622 (772)Manufacturing 236 Unallocated corporate overhead Selling, general and administrative expenses: Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity 7,416 387 Rock of Ages Corporation,Rock of Ages Corporation (NASDAQ:ROAC) announced today that the net loss for the first quarter of 2010 narrowed to $2,092,000, or $.28 per share, compared to a net loss of $2,774,000, or $.37 per share, for the first quarter of 2009. Revenue increased 26% to $7,511,000 from $5,938,000 for the first quarter of last year. “We have always reported a loss in the first quarter due to the seasonal nature of our business. This year’s sharply reduced first quarter loss was primarily the result of the substantially improved performance of our manufacturing operations, as well as continued reductions in overhead costs,” said Chief Executive Officer Donald Labonte.Rock of Ages announced earlier this week that it had received an unsolicited offer from Swenson Granite of New Hampshire to purchase the company and take it private. Kurt Swenson is chairman of both companies.Manufacturing revenue for the first quarter of 2010 was up 38% to $3,889,000 compared to $2,814,000 for the first quarter of 2009, as sales of monuments and industrial products both increased. The operating loss in the manufacturing segment decreased to $484,000 from $864,000 a year ago, reflecting the higher revenue and cost saving steps initiated last year. “Based on current trends, we are optimistic regarding the performance of our manufacturing operations for 2010 as a whole,” Labonte said.Quarry revenue for the three months ended April 3, 2010 increased 16% to $3,622,000 compared to $3,124,000 for the first quarter of 2009, primarily the result of higher shipments from the Company’s export quarries. The operating loss in the quarry segment increased to $944,000 compared to an operating loss of $772,000 last year as the Company employed significantly more manpower in its Barre, Bethel, Gardenia White and Salisbury quarries during the quarter compared to the prior year to prepare more areas for quarrying and build inventory levels. “Demand for our export granite in particular remains strong, and we expect it to remain strong throughout the year,” Labonte said. “The development program in our quarries we launched last year is on schedule, and we expect to produce and deliver increased quantities of saleable granite throughout the rest of the year.”Unallocated corporate overhead decreased 34% to $687,000 for the first quarter of 2010 versus $1,041,000 for the first quarter of 2009. This decrease is a result of lower salary, pension, audit and franchise tax expenses. “We are confident that our unallocated corporate overhead for 2010 will be approximately 10% below 2009,” said Labonte.Total debt at April 3, 2010 was $16 million. This compares to total debt at April 4, 2009 of $19.3 million and $14.4 million at December 31, 2009. “We continue to focus on reducing our debt and are in discussions with various lenders regarding options that may be available to us to reduce our interest costs,” Labonte said.About Rock of AgesRock of Ages (www.RockofAges.com(link is external)) is the largest integrated granite quarrier and manufacturer of finished granite memorials and granite blocks for memorial use in North America.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business or expected events based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.Therefore, actual events, results or outcomes may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including the challenge of successfully implementing our strategic plan intended to enhance our overall profitability; unanticipated overhead or other expenses including possible expenses we may incur in connection with responding to the recently disclosed acquisition proposal from Swenson Granite Company LLC and related matters; and other risks discussed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports including, but not limited to, the risks discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. Per share information: (34,746) 387 Accrued expenses $1,713 Current installments of long-term debt 59 4,810 Quarry Net loss Gross profit (loss): Assets held for sale 3,889 (1,937) Other income, net 26,504 Common stock Class B, $0.01 par value. 2,500,000 shares; none issued 48 Trade receivables, net Effect of pension curtailment Authorized 30,000,000 shares; 4,812,342 issued and 48 (36,838) 2009 Manufacturing 1,504 Current installments of retirement benefits (1,636) 2010 Additional paid-in capital 65,764 Deferred tax liabilities Accumulated deficit 1,285 Quarry Total liabilities (116) (4,575) Total stockholders’ equity 24,776 4,723 (2,890) 1,907 7,511 206last_img read more

CitiCapital plans to repossess BT equipment; BT sought by private investors

first_imgBurlington Telecom,CitiCapital, the lead creditor for Burlington Telecom, the municipal telecommunications company, and the City of Burlington have failed to rework a financing deal on tens of millions of dollars in debt. CitiCapital will repossess the equipment as a result. However, before that happens the Vermont Public Service Board must approve any action that would significantly affect service. In the meantime, service will continue uninterrupted to BT customers. Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss issued the following statement Wednesday regarding Burlington Telecom’s negotiations with CitiCapital.‘The City of Burlington has been in negotiations with CitiCapital to restructure its lease since early this year. The cornerstone of these negotiations has been a plan to utilize the positive cash flow Burlington Telecom is producing from regular operations to support a lease amendment. However, CitiCapital has been unwilling to make an accommodation the City could support.‘As a result of this impasse, Burlington and CitiCapital have agreed that the equipment lease is terminated. Now that the lease is terminated, the City will obtain replacement equipment either through a partnership or other means, which will allow CitiCapital equipment to be de-installed and returned.‘The City has requested a status conference with the Vermont Public Service Board to discuss this process in more detail as well as potential partnership opportunities to fund the replacement equipment and to propose a cure to the Board. Burlington Telecom is an important asset of the City. As always, Burlington Telecom is committed to providing continuing service to the residents and businesses who are its customers in the City of Burlington.’Eleven private investors, most of whom were Vermonters, offered to buy Burlington Telecom. The offer was made to Bob Kiss and City Council President Bill Keogh shortly after the city announced that CitiCapital intended to repossess as collateral the equipment that’s important to BT’s operations.The letter claimed that the group had made unsuccessful attempts since October to discuss a purchase of Burlington Telecom with Burlington consultant Terry Dorman and CitiCapital.There was also a proposal offered to buy BT known as Reboot BT. This proposal was made in February by nine investors to help stabilize and secure the utility.This year, Burlington Telecom has been unable to make interest and principal payments of approximately $1.5 million to CitiCapital this year.CitiCapital loaned the utility $33.5 million in 2007, or about twice what some potential buyers believe the system is worth. BT’s total debt is about $55 million. BT is under Public Service Board and court orders not to use public funds in order to repay the loan.An earlier transfer of $17 million from city accounts to BT is currently under investigation. Source: City of Burlington. 11.24.2010, 11.26.2010.RELATED:  Burlington Telecom ruled in violation of its CPGThu Nov 18 2010The Vermont Public Service Board has found that Burlington Telecom is in “wanton” violation of its Certificate of Public Good as related to its borrowing $16.9 million from the City of Burlington and not paying it back, and for its failure to buildout the network by 2008. BT was challenged by the Department of Public Service, which acts on behalf of consumers, and was joined by Comcast. Comcast is BT’s principal competitor in the city for high-speed Internet and landline television services. The PSB Order was filed October 8. Towns starting to lay their own fiber | Vermont Business Magazine Sep 30, 2007 … Burlington Telecom. “The idea has been to focus on one place to …Burlington Telecom’s pricing is gaining attention in other towns as well …www.vermontbiz.com/article/october/towns-starting-lay-their-own-fiber Burlington broadbands its view | Vermont Business Magazine Feb 1, 2004 … The City also got a bargain in finding Nulty to be director of the Burlington Telecom Project. A Northeast Kingdom farm boy who made good, …www.vermontbiz.com/article/february/burlington-broadbands-its-view Moody’s downgrades Burlington’s credit rating | Vermont Business … Jul 12, 2010 … Primarily, this is the uncertainty regarding the financial situation of Burlington Telecom and the enterprise’s approximately $16.9 million …www.vermontbiz.com/news/…/moodys-downgrades-burlingtons-credit-rating Burlington Telecom misses another loan payment | Vermont Business … Nov 4, 2010 … Burlington Telecom didn’t make a $480000 payment due last Sunday to CitiCapital, which included $386000 in interest. … Vermont Public Service Board rules against Burlington Telecom … Oct 13, 2010 … The Vermont Public Service Board has found that Burlington Telecom is in “wanton” violation of its Certificate of Public Good as related to …www.vermontbiz.com/…/vermont-public-service-board-rules-against-burlin…last_img read more