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Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Monday, January 30, 2006

First Take on Kodak

Kodak has released its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report. It's got enough details and data to keep finance MBAs busy for several hours, if not days. The offices of the analysts who cover Kodak are mighty busy at the moment.

Kodak's own take on the earnings is rather straightforward: We're delivering. Digital imaging now generates the majority of revenue for the company -- an estimated 54 percent. It's profitable revenue, as well: Kodak said it earned $161 million from digital in the fourth quarter. (The mostly widely stated worry about the company expressed on Wall Street is whether it could make money from digital.) Other positives, according to Kodak: A 95 percent increase in sales of snapshot printers for the home and 140 percent growth in commercial printing.

"We are now more than halfway through our transformation, and we have proven our ability to drive sales in digital markets and to generate the cash necessary to fund our growth," Chairman and CEO Antonio Perez said.

Still, there are challenges, according to analysts. Kodak's health business reported declines in revenue. Competition remains fierce. New technologies are still a drain on the bottom line. And are the profits large enough?

More as it develops. There is a lot of honking outside my hotel window, so apparently the day in the city that never sleeps has begun. Loudly.

Here are some stories on the earnings from Reuters and the Associated Press.


Blogger inigo montoya said...

Figures lie and liars figure.
Read between the numbers just released and you will find the reason the digital sales have overcome the traditional is because of the free fall of the later. Commercial printing sales accounted for the so called growth of 12% in top line due to a billion dollar acquisition.
The Health Group is hitting the wall as the revenues from film is evaporating, which is the "only" significant profitable item in the division. The PACS portion has been seperated out on the balance sheet, continues to bleed, and will probably soon be sold.

6:12 PM, January 30, 2006  

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