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May 21, 2014
11:57 EDTAEO, URBN, ANFAmerican Eagle slides after sales miss, more store closures signaled
Shares of apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are sliding this morning after the company reported first quarter results that reflected weaker than expected sales and increased markdowns and forecast second quarter earnings per share that fell short of analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: American Eagle reported Q1 EPS of 2c and revenue of $646M, which compare to analysts' consensus estimates of 0c and $647.74M, respectively. For the quarter, comparable store sales declined 10%. Interim CEO Jay Schottenstein said results were consistent with the company's expectations, reflecting weak sales and increased markdowns. Schottensetin said the company is committed to improved profitability and is working to strengthen its brands. The company forecast its second quarter to be approximately break-even in terms of profit on a high single digit decline in comparable sales. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q2 prior to the report was for 4c per share in earnings. The company said it has identified an additional 150 stores to close over the next three years in North America, with plans to close around 50 AE and 20 aerie stores in North America beginning this year. American Eagle sees annualized after-tax savings of $10M-$15M related to the closures beginning in 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, the company said its search for a permanent CEO is "underway." Executives said the retailer is "committed to finding a strong successor," and will take the necessary time to find the "right person to do so." In the meantime, American Eagle's focus is "unwavering," and the "very strong" team will facilitate the company's recovery plan. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, American Eagle fell 63c, or 5.6%, to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of American Eagle peer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are down 1.26% to $36.70 while another retailer, Urban Outfitters (URBN), is also down around 1% to $32.63.
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May 19, 2015
05:53 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded Urban Outfitters to Perform with a $35 price target after the company's Q1 results missed expectations. Opco says retailers typically report multiple quarters of weaker than expected results. Shares of Urban Outfitters were also downgraded this morning at Piper Jaffray.
05:50 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Urban Outfitters to Neutral with a $36 price target citing near-term transition uncertainty after the retailer's Q1 results missed expectations.
May 18, 2015
20:16 EDTURBN, ANF, AEOUrban Outfitters down over 16% after disappointing Q1 results
Urban Oufitters (URBN) is down sharply after reporting first quarter earnings per share and revenue that missed analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Oufitters reported Q1 EPS of 25c on revenue of $739.01M, below consensus expectations of 30c and $758.25M, respectively. Urban Outfitters also reported Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%, with Q1 retail segment net sales increasing 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters, and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q1 earnings conference call, Urban Outfitters announced that Urban Outfitters Group CEO Ted Marlow, who oversaw the direction of the namesake brand, would retire at the end of August. While Urban Outfitters did not provide guidance, Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Group CEO David McCreight commented on the Anthropologie brand, "We're expecting we could see Q2 shaping up like Q1 in terms of low single-digit comps. We could also see being in the low-mid-single digit comps. It's hard to tell at this point." ANALYST REACTION: Two analyst firms lowered their respective price targets on Urban Outfitters following the company's earnings report. Sterne Agee, which rates Urban Outfitters a Neutral, lowered its 12-month price target to $34 from $46, noting the company has had trouble getting both its Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands to perform at the same time. Cantor, which maintained its Buy rating, lowered its price target to $53 from $54, saying that Anthropologie sales disappointed, but noting that a "later catalog release appears to us to have pushed some sales at Anthropologie into May." PRICE ACTION: Urban Outfitters fell 16.4% to just over $34 in after-hours trading. PEERS: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Five Below (FIVE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
19:12 EDTURBNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:40 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters down 13% following weaker than expected Q1 results
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16:03 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%
Comparable Q1 retail segment net sales increased 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%.
16:02 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters reports Q1 EPS 25c, consensus 30c
Reports Q1 revenue $739.01M, consensus $758.25M.
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15:14 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:01 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle management to meet with Guggenheim
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07:31 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters brands positioned for market share gains, says Brean Capital
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May 15, 2015
08:24 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle, Express should be bought ahead of results, says BMO Capital
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07:41 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 14, 2015
10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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May 13, 2015
10:01 EDTAEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:32 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters' Q1 revenues tracking above consensus, says ITG Research
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06:08 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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