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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.
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August 29, 2014
14:55 EDTCONNConn's September 45 straddle priced for 13.9% move into Q2
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14:37 EDTCONNConn's technical comments ahead of results
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12:49 EDTCONNStocks with increasing volume options volume
Stocks with increasing volume options volume: OXY HD RSH UTHR IRF TTWO CONN
August 28, 2014
06:29 EDTCONNConn's September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Conn's September call option implied volatility is at 65, October is at 53, January is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 2.
August 27, 2014
09:53 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:10 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center upgraded to Buy at Canaccord
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06:03 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
August 21, 2014
08:31 EDTAANAaron's appoints Gilbert Danielson interim CEO
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