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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 24, 2014
07:15 EDTAANAaron's reports Q3 same store revenue down 2.8%
Reports Q3 customer count on a same store basis was down 3.9%. For Company-operated stores open over two years at the end of September 2014, same store revenues decreased 3.7% during the third quarter of 2014 compared to the third quarter of 2013. The Company had 1,072,000 customers and its franchisees had 574,000 customers at the end of the most recent quarter.
07:14 EDTAANAaron's expects $50M in annual cost savings achieved by 2015-end
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07:05 EDTAANAaron's sees FY14 non-GAAP EPS $1.62-$1.67, consensus $1.68
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07:04 EDTAANAaron's sees Q4 non-GAAP EPS 34c-39c, consensus 39c
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07:03 EDTAANAaron's reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 39c, consensus 37c
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October 23, 2014
15:39 EDTAANNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
07:20 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Rent-A-Center to Market Perform due to valuation.
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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