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February 7, 2014
09:51 EDTCONN, RCII, AANAaron'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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February 9, 2016
17:19 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center to replace F.N.B. in S&P 600 as of 2/12 close
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17:19 EDTRCIIF.N.B. to replace Rent-A-Center in S&P 400 as of 2/12 close
F.N.B. (FNB) is acquiring Metro Bancorp (METR) in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals
06:09 EDTCONNConn's reports January SSS up 0.5% including all product categories
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06:08 EDTCONNConn's reports Q4 revenue $376.5M, consensus $455.88M
Conn's reported $101.0M in total retail net sales for the month ended January 31 a 7.9% increase compared to the same prior year period. For the three months ended January 31 total retail net sales were $376.5M, a 7.4% increase compared to the same prior year period. Company said, "Greater than 60-day delinquency was 9.9% as of January 31 compared to 9.7% as of January 31, 2015. The delinquency rate was flat as of January 31 compared to December 31, 2015, consistent with the trend in the same period a year ago."
February 2, 2016
06:24 EDTRCIIOptions expected to be active
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February 1, 2016
19:09 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), up 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively... Mattel (MAT), up 5.6%... Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up 4%... AFLAC (AFL), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 8.1% after giving guidance for fiscal 2015 and entering a license agreement with G-III Apparel (GIII) for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear collections. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 15.8%... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 9.6%. ALSO LOWER: Pixelworks (PXLW), down 5.7% after giving fourth quarter guidance and announcing the resignation of its CEO... PDL BioPharma (PDLI), down 14.3% after cutting its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 15c per share.
16:54 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center sees FY16 core U.S. SSS down 1%-3%
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16:52 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center reports Q4 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 52c
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14:32 EDTRCIINotable companies reporting after market close
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January 29, 2016
10:03 EDTRCIIHigh option volume stocks: GIMO CSOD NAVI ALGN IMPV LC INO FMC VMW RCII
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