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Community & Management, Behind the Makings of Strong Brands - Research Report on H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, SCI, VCA Antech and



Community & Management, Behind the Makings of Strong Brands - Research Report
        on H&R Block, Ulta Beauty, SCI, VCA Antech and Weight Watchers

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 7, 2013

NEW YORK, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting H&R
Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:
ULTA), Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), VCA Antech Inc. (NASDAQ:
WOOF) and Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW). Today's readers may
access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry
analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.

H&R Block, Inc. Research Report

H&R Block teams up with DoSomething.org teamed up to kick off "the Craziest
Thing I Did To Save Money" - a teen-focused personal finance campaign last
Feb. 28. The campaign encourages young people to share stories about the
quirky and off-beat things they have done to save up, while receiving
real-life advice about managing finances without going to such extremes. Teens
can participate through a Facebook experience, text messaging game, humorous
videos and opportunities to win than $30,000 in scholarships. "Research shows
teens really do want to learn money management skills while they're young -
they know it will help them avoid costly mistakes after graduation," said
Susan Ehrlich, president of financial services for H&R Block, which provides
financial education for teens through its H&R Block Dollars & Sense
philanthropic program. "This campaign is a fun way to address the issue of
personal finance and help teens make smart choices about money." H&R Block is
one of the world's largest tax services providers, utilizing more than 100,000
highly trained tax professionals and having prepared more than 550 million tax
returns worldwide since 1955. The Full Research Report on H&R Block, Inc. -
including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is
available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/aefe_HRB]

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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Research Report

Ulta Beauty has delivered exceptional sales growth and operating margin
improvement via a successful execution of the company's multi-year growth
strategy. The company's fiscal 2012 Q4 total sales increased 305 to $757
million, along with an 8% increase in comparable store sales. "With a strong
management team, a deep bench of talent throughout the Company and the support
of our Board, we will continue to build on the positive momentum of our
business with a strong focus on executing our strategy," said Dennis K. Eck,
Interim CEO. Ulta Beauty is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop
shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the
United States. Ulta Beauty provides affordable indulgence to its customers by
combining the product breadth, value and convenience of a beauty superstore
with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. The
Full Research Report on Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. - including
full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/60bf_ULTA]

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Service Corporation International Research Report

With funeral services coming back from the dead, Service Corporation, the
largest provider of deathcare products and services in North America reported
a lively fiscal 2012 Q4. "We are very pleased with the solid operating
performance of our business during the fourth quarter which capped-off an
impressive 23% improvement in full-year EPS from continuing operations
excluding special items. Strong cemetery sales production and an increase in
funeral services performed drove earnings above the high-end of our
expectations,' said Tom Ryan, President and CEO for Service Corporation
International. "This operating momentum, when combined with an expanding
footprint and growing preneed backlog, creates an exciting opportunity to
continue to grow the company into the future and to enhance shareholder value.
Our successes could not have been achieved without the hard work and
dedication of our 21,000 associates, and I thank them for their continued
focus on delivering extraordinary service to our client families," he added.
Diluted earnings per share increased to 15.8% while funeral gross profits
reached $4.6 million, an increase of 5.3%, along with a 31.6% increase or
$13.6 million for cemetery gross profits. The Full Research Report on Service
Corporation International - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings
and price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/970e_SCI]

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VCA Antech Inc. Research Report

Leading animal healthcare company, VCA Antech, reported increases in both
revenue and gross profits at $418.2 million and $81.8 million respectively.
Bob Antin, Chairman and CEO, stated, "We are pleased that we are experiencing
improving revenue growth in both our core Animal Hospital and Laboratory
segments. We are also encouraged that we were able to increase our same-store
gross profit margins in each of those segments. We are seeing steady
improvement and growth in the veterinary market which bolsters our optimism
for our overall growth prospects. "Animal Hospital revenue in 2012 Q4
increased to $330.1 million, a 15.6% driven by acquisitions made in the past
12 months and same-store revenue growth of 1.6%. Laboratory internal revenue
also increased in that same quarter by 3% or $75.1 million, while revenue from
all other segments increased to $4.9 million. The Full Research Report on VCA
Antech Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/1313_WOOF]

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Weight Watchers International, Inc. Research Report

Weight Watchers, the world's leading provider of weight management services,
teamed up with the city of Newark for the Let's Move! Newark campaign to
combat obesity. The announcement, made at Newark City Hall by Mayor Cory A.
Booker along with David Kirchhoff, Chief Executive Officer, Weight Watchers
International, Inc., underscores Newark's commitment to offering innovative
opportunities for City employees to improve their health and well-being. The
effort is an example of Weight Watchers' resolve to form unique relationships
with like-minded cities that want to promote healthy lifestyles and work to
tackle obesity with community-based solutions. Mayor Booker and Kirchhoff were
joined by the Newark Municipal Council, Newark Food Policy Director and
Co-Chair of Let's Move! Newark Elizabeth Reynoso, the Let's Move! Newark
Council, and Weight Watchers Leader and Newark resident Ruby Anderson. This
offering allows more than three thousand employees in Newark city agencies the
opportunity to attend Weight Watchers meetings at work and in their
communities with Monthly Pass at a discounted rate for up to one year. The
Full Research Report on Weight Watchers International, Inc. - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/8910_WTW]

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