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February 7, 2014
09:51 EDTAAN, RCII, CONNAaron's jumps following buyout offer despite weak outlook
Shares of Aaron's (AAN), which offers consumer electronics, computers, furniture, and household appliances to customers via leases and lease-to-own arrangements, are surging despite the company's weak quarterly results and gloomy outlook after a shareholder made a $30.50 per share takeover offer. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Vintage Capital, which holds about a 9.5% stake in Aaron's, disclosed that it sent a letter to the company's board containing a non-binding proposal to acquire the company for $30.50 per share of common stock. In its letter, the investor wrote that on three separate occasions since 2011, Vintage privately submitted "bona fide offers" to acquire 100% of the outstanding common stock of Aaronís at "significant premiums" to the then-current market prices. "Each of our offers was summarily ignored by the Board of Directors at the expense of your unknowing stockholders," Vintage stated, adding that it is the firm's "strong belief that Aaronís is at a crossroads that will culminate with a sale of the company." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Aaron's reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 30c, which fell within the company's lowered guidance of 27c-31c that it had issued in January. Aaron's also reported that is same-store sales in the quarter fell 0.9% and that its customer count grew 'only slightly' in 2013. For the fourth quarter, revenues decreased 2% to $553.9 million and the company said it will take several quarters of increasing the customer base to significantly grow revenue and earnings. Aaron's CEO Ronald Allen stated that 2013 was "a year of challenges and change" for the company, adding that growing revenues and adding customers has been "difficult with the ongoing economic pressures on low to middle income consumers." Aaron's guided to an earnings range for the new year that also fell below the consensus estimate at its midpoint. PRICE ACTION: In early morning trading, Aaron's jumped more than 16% to trade at $31.50, which is $1.00 above the offer made by Vintage Capital. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retailers competing with Aaron's include Rent-A-Center (RCII) and Connís (CONN), both of which are lower on the session.
News For AAN;RCII;CONN From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
16:24 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center backs FY14 guidance provided during Q2
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16:23 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center reports Q3 EPS 48c, consensus 47c
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15:30 EDTRCIINotable companies reporting after market close
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10:38 EDTRCIIHigh option volume stocks
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October 13, 2014
14:00 EDTAANCalifornia AG announces $28.4M settlement with Aaron's
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October 8, 2014
12:00 EDTAANShapiro Capital reports 10.82% passive stake in Aaron's
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10:00 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:14 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
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October 6, 2014
09:25 EDTCONNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: HP (HPQ), up 5% after confirming plans to separate into two companies... CareFusion (CFN), up 24% after Becton Dickinson (BDX) agreed to acquire the company for $58 per share in $12.2B deal. Becton Dickinson shares are up 7% following the news... Chimerix (CMRX), up 7% after announcing announced that brincidofovir has been provided for potential use in patients with Ebola Virus Disease... Conn's (CONN), up 6.5% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... TASER (TASR), up 5% after announces multiple orders of TASER Smart Weapons... Tableau (DATA), up 3.5% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Splunk (SPLK), up 3.9% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Unilife (UNIS), up 52% after signing a 15-year commercial supply agreement with Sanofi (SNY). LOWER: RadioShack (RSH), down 5% after confirming definitive agreements to restructure debt... Alcobra (ADHD), down 43% after announcing results from Phase III study of MDX in adult ADHD... Sunesis (SNSS), down 71% after announcing Phase 3 VALOR trial did not meet primary endpoint... H&R Block Bank (HRB), down 5% after deal with BofI (BOFI) not expected to get regulatory approval this year. Tekmira (TKMR), down 8% after downgraded at Leerink.
07:01 EDTCONNConn's says exploring strategic alternatives
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07:00 EDTCONNConn's says exploring strategic alternatives
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06:57 EDTCONNConn's trading halted, pending news
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