StockCall Research on Applied Materials and Verifone: Business Equippers Continue to Adapt

Jan 23, 2013, 08:00 ET from

LONDON, January 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The ongoing transition away from paper is both challenging and creating opportunities for companies within the business equipment industry. Mailing giants like Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI)and payment processors such as Verifone Systems Inc. (NYSE: PAY) are adapting to this trend in different ways. StockCall analysts have initiated coverage on Applied Materials and Verifone Systems. Sign up now to access the free reports on these companies at

On the mail equipment market, Pitney's approximate 80% share of the domestic postal meter market still impresses but falling demand for physical mail has forced the company to think differently. It continues to grow its software segment but it still represents a relatively small percentage of its total revenues. StockCall posted a technical report on Pitney Bowes, register for free to access it at  

For its most recent quarter, the company's Enterprise Business Solutions segment sales dropped to $614 million, which is a 5% decline in year-over-year. This shortfall was a result of a 19% fall in Software revenue, a 6% decrease in Management Services, a 4% drop in Marketing services and a 1% decline in management services. A 12% growth in its Worldwide Production Mail moderately helped counteract the negative, however. Pitney Bowes will be posting its earnings on January 31st.

On the payment processing side, the increasingly crowded space has made it challenging for the likes of Verifone Systems Inc. [Free Report on PAY] [(1)] to grow its presence. However, the shift to mobile device aided transactions is accelerating, creating a tremendous opportunity to grow. The challenge for companies like Verifone now becomes striking a balance within its pricing model between competitive and profitable without swaying too far to one side.

For the first quarter of 2013, VeriFone anticipates net revenues in the range of $495 million and $500 million.


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