The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: DTS, Avis Budget Group, JTH Holding, United Rentals and Hertz Global Holdings

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: DTS, Avis Budget Group, JTH Holding, United
                      Rentals and Hertz Global Holdings

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CHICAGO, May 17, 2013

CHICAGO, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include DTS Inc (Nasdaq:DTSI), Avis
Budget Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), JTH Holding, Inc. (Nasdaq:TAX), United Rentals
Inc. (NYSE:URI) and Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTZ).


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Here are highlights from Thursday's Analyst Blog:

DTS Upgraded to Strong Buy

On May 14, 2013, Zacks Investment Research upgraded DTS Inc (Nasdaq:DTSI) to a
Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). With a strong return of 30.5% over the past six
months and a positive estimate revision trend, DTS is an attractive investment

Why the Upgrade?

DTS reported a better-than-expected first quarter of 2013, with non-GAAP
earnings (including stock-based compensation) of 7 cents, much better than the
Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 7 cents per share.

Revenues for the quarter increased 21.7% on a year-over-year basis to $32.7
million. However, revenues were slightly below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
$33.0 million.

Operating profit (excluding amortization & acquisition cost but including
stock-based compensation) decreased to $3.9 million from $7.6 million in the
previous-year quarter, primarily due to higher operating expenses.

The earnings beat helped DTS to reiterate its revenue guidance range of $140
million-$146 million for 2013. DTS continues to expect non-GAAP operating
margin in the low to mid-20s and non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.05 to
$1.20 per share.

DTS expects revenues from the Blu-ray segment to be approximately 25% of total
revenue due to the impact of the new game console cycle. However, DTS expects
flat to marginal growth in standalone players and a decline in Blu-ray-enabled

Moreover, DTS hinted that the primary growth driver in 2013 will be the
network connected business (TV and mobile devices).

Avis Expands Zipcar Services

Zipcar Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of global vehicle rental giant, Avis
Budget Group Inc. (Nasdaq:CAR), yesterday announced the expansion of its car
sharing services in the City of Lakes, Minneapolis. This implies that Zipcar's
services will be now available in 21 major metropolitan cities.

Though the company has its presence in the city since 2005, its services were
available only to the students and staff of University of Minnesota, and in
other nearby vicinities. However, the recent development will provide ample
opportunities to Minneapolis inhabitants to avail Zipcar's all-purpose car
sharing services. The company will charge its members $8.75 on an hourly basis
or $72.00 for 24 hours.

Currently, this Avis Budget subsidiary intends to commence its operations in
the city by positioning 40 vehicles at the most suitable locations including
Dinkytown, Downtown, Loring Park, Northeast, North Loop and Seven Corners.
Additionally, the company is in talks with City of Minneapolis officials to
set up on-street parking spots. It also intends to expand its operations in
other major areas of the city as well as in St. Paul.

Avis Budget, which competes with JTH Holding, Inc. (Nasdaq:TAX), acquired
Zipcar in Jan 2013 for a total value of $500 million. Following the completion
of acquisition, Avis Budget has been aggressively expanding Zipcar's services
at various new locations. Earlier this month, Avis Budget expanded Zipcar's
airport services in the North American continent by starting its operations at
8 new locations.

In the United States alone, car sharing is currently a lucrative business
worth nearly $400 million and is rapidly advancing in other parts of the
world. With over 760,000 members, Zipcar enjoys presence in 21 major cities of
the U.S., Canada and Europe.

We believe that the acquisition of Zipcar has facilitated Avis Budget to
extend its offerings from car rental to car sharing, and has helped it compete
better with rivals such as United Rentals Inc. (NYSE:URI) and Hertz Global
Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTZ). The latter has its own car sharing service, Hertz On

Avis Budget, which currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), expects the
acquisition to generate an annual synergy of $50–70 million. Zipcar is engaged
in operating a car sharing network and providing self-service vehicles to
members located in reserved parking spaces throughout the neighborhoods where
they live and work. The company's vehicles are available for use through its
reservation system accessible by phone, the Internet or wireless mobile

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