Tag: Annual

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

ASML signals double-digit annual growth as quarterly sales jump

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding NV ASML.AS on Wednesday posted a better-than-expected quarterly earnings and forecast a double-digit growth for next year on strong end-demand for electronics devices.

FILE PHOTO: ASML Holding logo is seen at company’s headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Januari 23, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The company reported sales of 3.96 billion euros ($4.65 billion) in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, ahead of analyst estimates of 3.7 billion euros, and a net profit of 1.06 billion euros. In the third quarter of 2019, ASML reported net profit of 627 million euros and sales of 3 billion euros.

ASML Chief Financial Officer Roger Dassen forecast sales of 3.7 billion euros in the fourth quarter and said the company expected “low double digit” growth in 2021.

ASML has a near monopoly on lithography systems, enormous machines that can cost up to $200 million each and play a vital role in the manufacture of computer chips, mapping out their circuitry.

ASML’s customers include major chipmakers, notably global market leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd 2330.TW, followed by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS and Intel Corp INTC.O.

Although ASML’s financial performance has not yet been hurt by U.S.-China tensions, it could be affected by a split in the supply lines for semiconductor production, which is highly integrated globally.

The Dutch company had already halted plans to sell its most advanced equipment to China after the U.S. government pressured the Netherlands not to grant export licenses under “dual use” military applications.

Last month, Washington asked U.S. equipment makers to seek a license to ship any equipment to SMIC, China’s oldest and biggest computer chipmaker, over military concerns.

The new U.S. trade curbs on SMIC mean ASML must now apply for a license to sell even older-generation equipment to

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

UserTesting Announces Second Annual Illumi Award Winners at the Human Insight World Customer Conference

The illumi Awards recognizes brands who have achieved extraordinary success using human insights to deliver world-class customer experiences

UserTesting, a leading provider of on-demand human insights, today announced the winners of its second annual illumi Awards at Human Insight World (#HiWorld20). The UserTestingⓇ HiWorld™ customer conference brings together UX researchers, designers, marketers, and product managers from some of the world’s leading brands to learn, share, and discuss how to create great experiences, build innovative products, and launch impactful campaigns using real human insight to drive the decision-making process.

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UserTesting illumi Awards 2020 (Graphic: Business Wire)

“Great customer experiences start with human insight. Organizations that focus on customer empathy, particularly in today’s business climate, will continue to build brand loyalty, and long term success, said Andy MacMillan, CEO of UserTesting. “The illumi Awards highlight the incredible work our customers are doing to create exceptional experiences for their customers using the UserTesting Human Insight Platform.”

In today’s challenging business environment, companies are having to relearn their customers, and they are relying on the UserTesting Human Insight Platform to do so. This year’s illumi Awards recognize trailblazing organizations from around the world that are leveraging human insights to gain a deeper understanding of and empathy for their customers–while simultaneously lowering their business costs and risk and accelerating their innovation and growth. Two hundred and thirty five organizations entered award submissions this year, resulting in 9 category Winners and 21 Distinguished Luminaries, each with remarkable stories of success and impact.

UserTesting congratulates all the illumi Award Winners and Distinguished Luminaries.

Category Winners:

  • Outstanding Business Impact Award: AAA

  • Outstanding Customer Focus Award: ATB Financial

  • Human Empathy Award: Cedar

  • Outstanding CommUnity Member of the Year Award: Chico’s

  • Outstanding Marketing Award: EARGO

  • Global Impact Award: Microsoft

11
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

South Texas Workforce Solutions hosting annual hiring event for veterans

With Veterans Day coming up Nov. 11, Workforce Solutions for South Texas is preparing an event to assist veterans with the “Hiring Red, White & You” job fair scheduled for Nov. 5.

The event will help veterans find jobs and transition from service live into the civilian workforce. Spouses of veterans are also encouraged to participate.

“Our veterans give their all to serve our country, and we are all indebted to them for their service,” Workforce Solutions for South Texas Executive Director Rogelio G. Treviño said. “We at Workforce Solutions for South Texas are honored to be able to provide this ‘Red, White & You’ hiring event as a token or our appreciation and to help our veterans and their families obtain meaningful, good paying career jobs.”

Workforce Solutions said the ninth annual edition of the event is needed now more than ever due to the pandemic.


The event is also not the only one planned for veterans in the coming weeks as Workforce Solutions has several projects planned to help veterans get the jobs they want. They will assist throughout the hiring process including helping set up online profiles for potential employers to see.

“We have many events lined up including the work preparation classes, Veterans Appreciation Day, and headshot photo sessions at no cost for veterans who need to update their profile picture on their resume or LinkedIn account,” Workforce Solutions for South Texas Project Director Andrea De La Garza, MPA said.

Many people have lost jobs during the pandemic, and veterans have not been immune to the issue. Workforce Solutions hopes to help veterans who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

“We want to prepare and demonstrate our support to veterans and their families by providing quality work preparation and employment opportunities during these uncertain

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

EasyJet warns first ever annual loss could top $1 billion

By Sarah Young



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a tarmac: FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick


© Reuters/Peter Cziborra
FILE PHOTO: EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick


LONDON (Reuters) – British airline easyJet warned on Thursday its first ever annual loss could be as much as 845 million pounds ($1.1 billion) as the pandemic meant it was flying just 25% of planned capacity.

The airline has signalled to the government it may need more financial support, according to media reports.

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The headline loss before tax forecast for the year ended Sept. 30 of 815-845 million pounds was worse than the loss of 794 million expected by analysts, Refinitiv Eikon data showed.

That is the first time easyJet, which was founded in 1995, has ever made a full-year loss.

With travel at very low levels, most European airlines are bleeding cash. EasyJet’s larger low-cost rival Ryanair has called this winter a “write-off”.

EasyJet said ongoing travel restrictions meant it would fly just 25% of planned capacity for the rest of 2020, behind Ryanair which is aiming for 40% in October.

At such levels and with no recovery in sight, easyJet’s finances will continue to remain under pressure. CEO Johan Lundgren called on Thursday for Britain to “step up with a bespoke package of measures” to help airlines.

To survive the pandemic so far, easyJet has taken a 600 million pound loan from the government, cut 4,500 jobs, raised 608 million pounds from selling aircraft and tapped shareholders for 419 million pounds. It said it might have to do more.

“EasyJet will continue to review its liquidity position on a regular basis and will continue to assess further funding opportunities, including sale and lease backs, should the need arise,” the airline said in a statement.

Bernstein analyst Daniel Roeska said easyJet was managing the

29
Sep
2020
Posted in gadget

8 Top Gadget Deals in Macworld’s Three-Day VIP Annual Sale

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