Consumer Cyclical Featured Manufacturing - Apparel & Accessories

Nike Inc. | Annual Report 2023

As of May 31, 2023, our contract manufacturers operated 123 finished goods footwear factories located in 11 countries. For fiscal 2023, NIKE Brand footwear finished goods were manufactured by 15 contract manufacturers, many of which operate multiple factories. The largest single finished goods footwear factory accounted for approximately 9% of total fiscal 2023 NIKE Brand footwear production. For fiscal 2023, factories in Vietnam, Indonesia and China manufactured approximately 50%, 27% and 18% of total NIKE Brand footwear, respectively. For fiscal 2023, four footwear contract manufacturers each accounted for greater than 10% of footwear production and in the aggregate accounted for approximately 58% of NIKE Brand footwear production.

Consumer Cyclical Restaurants

Darden Restaurants Inc. | Annual Report 2023

On June 14, 2023, we completed our acquisition of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Ruth’s), for $21.50 per share in cash. Ruth’s is the owner, operator and franchisor of restaurants under the Ruth’s Chris Steak House® trademark. As the acquisition was subsequent to our fiscal year ended on May 28, 2023, there was no impact to our consolidated financial statements or operations. As of the closing, Ruth’s Chris Steak House had 155 locations around the globe, including 81 company-owned or company-operated restaurants and 74 franchised restaurants.

Consumer Cyclical Featured Retail

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd | Annual Report 2023

2023 is destined to be a year filled with significance in Alibaba history. Just before the end of the fiscal year, we announced a decision with far-reaching impact – after 24 years, Alibaba is evolving from a single company into a new governance model of “1+6+N” in which major business groups and various companies have independent operations. “1” represents Alibaba Group’s holding company, “6” refers to six major business groups – Cloud Intelligence Group, Taobao and Tmall Group, Local Services Group, Alibaba International Digital Commerce (AIDC) Group, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Limited, and Digital Media and Entertainment Group, and “N” refers to various businesses such as Alibaba Health, Sun Art Retail, and Freshippo. Each entity in the “6+N” will establish its own board of directors that will provide oversight and support to the chief executive officer of the business.

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Ryanair Holdings Plc | Annual Report 2023

Ryanair Holdings operates a low fare, low cost scheduled airline group serving short-haul, point-to-point routes from 91 bases to airports across Europe and North Africa, which together are referred to as “Ryanair’s bases.” For a list of these bases, see “Item 4. Information on the Company—Route System, Scheduling and Fares.” Ryanair pioneered the low-fares air travel model in Europe in the early 1990s. As of June 30, 2023, the Ryanair Group had a fleet of 530 Boeing 737s, including 119 Boeing 737-8200 “Gamechanger” aircraft. In addition, the Group had 28 leased Airbus A320 aircraft. The Group offers over 3,000 short-haul flights per day serving approximately 230 airports across Europe and North Africa. Passengers who switch to Ryanair (from EU legacy airlines) can reduce their emissions by up to 50% per flight.

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Microsoft Corp. | Annual Report 2023

Through our Search, News, Mapping, and Browser services, Microsoft delivers unique trust, privacy, and safety features. In February 2023, we launched an all new, AI-powered Microsoft Edge browser and Bing search engine with Bing Chat to deliver better search, more complete answers, and the ability to generate content. Microsoft Edge is our fast and secure browser that helps protect users’ data. Quick access to AI-powered tools, apps, and more within Microsoft Edge’s sidebar enhance browsing capabilities. We are committed to designing and marketing first-party devices to help drive innovation, create new device categories, and stimulate demand in the Windows ecosystem. The Surface family includes Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and other Surface products. Microsoft continues to invest in gaming content, community, and cloud services. We have broadened our approach to how we think about gaming end-to-end, from the way games are created and distributed to how they are played, including subscription services like Xbox Game Pass and new devices from third-party manufacturers so players can engage across PC, console, and mobile. In January 2022, we announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, Inc., a leader in game development and an interactive entertainment content publisher.

Business Services Industrials Speciality

Cintas Corp | Annual Report 2023

Net income for fiscal 2023 of $1,348.0 million was a 9.1% increase compared to fiscal 2022. Diluted earnings per share of $12.99 was an 11.5% increase compared to fiscal 2022 diluted earnings per share of $11.65. Diluted earnings per share increased primarily due to the increase in net income combined with the decrease in diluted weighted average common shares outstanding. The decrease in diluted weighted average common shares outstanding resulted from purchasing an aggregate of approximately 2.7 million shares of common stock under the Board of Directors approved share buyback programs since the beginning of the third quarter of fiscal 2022 through the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023.

Consumer Consumer Defensive Farm Products

Cal-Maine Foods Inc | Annual Report 2023

On July 25, 2023, Cal-Maine Foods filed their annual 10-K report with the SEC. While the company reported record fourth quarter net income of $110.0 million and net sales of $593.0 million, a closer look at the filing reveals some concerning details. Cage-Free Conversion: A Costly Endeavor One of the most notable announcements in the report was the approval of a $55.3 million capital project to convert existing layer capacity to cage-free capacity for approximately 1.5 million cage-free hens. While this move towards more humane and sustainable practices is commendable, it comes at a significant cost to the company. The […]

Finance Financial Data

Value Line, Inc | Annual Report 2023

Investment periodicals and related publications revenues of $26,232,000 (excluding copyright fees) during the twelve months ended April 30, 2023 were 3.4% below publishing revenues of $27,145,000, as compared to the prior fiscal year. The Company continued activity to attract new subscribers, primarily digital subscriptions through various marketing channels, primarily direct mail, e-mail, and by the efforts of our sales personnel. As fewer individual investors manage their own portfolios, total product line circulation at April 30, 2023, was 10.4% below total product line circulation at April 30, 2022. However, during the twelve months ended April 30, 2023, Institutional Sales department total sales orders, representing our growing business with financial advisors and professional investors, reached a record of $15,236,000, 10.0% above the prior fiscal year. The retail telemarketing sales team generated total sales orders of $7,409,000 or 10.6% below the prior fiscal year.