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March 11, 2014
10:36 EDTGPS, ANF, APP, URBN, ARO, AEOAmerican Eagle, Urban Outfitters fall after earnings reports
Shares of mall-based clothing retailers American Eagle (AEO) and Urban Outfitters (URBN) are sliding after the both companies reported fourth quarter earnings per share that beat analysts' expectations but also sounded cautious notes about the current quarter. WHAT'S NEW: American Eagle reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 27c which narrowly beat analysts' consensus estimate of 26c. The company's revenue of $1.04B also edged out the consensus estimate of $1.03B, though American Eagle reported fourth quarter same-store-sales fell 7% from last year. The company said it expects its Q1 EPS to breakeven compared to adjusted EPS of 18c last year based on a high single-digit decline in comparable sales and added that "Business conditions remain challenging, with severe winter weather contributing to weak demand." Retail rival Urban Outfitters reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 59c, beating analysts' estimate of 55c, on revenue of $905.9M, which fell below the expectation of $927.86M. The company said comparable retail segment net sales, which include comparable direct-to-consumer channel, increased 1%. Urban Outfitters' CEO said the company will remain "very cautious" about its upcoming first quarter performance due to continued challenges. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its fourth quarter earnings conference call, American Eagle said business has remained highly competitive and sales trends have been choppy so far this year, though added that it was encouraged by what it saw in the first few weeks of January. The company also noted that its search for a new CEO is under way. OTHERS TO WATCH: Retail rivals to both American Eagle and Urban Outfitters include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Aeropostale (ARO), American Apparel (APP) and Gap (GPS). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of American Eagle fell 6.2% to $13.33, while Urban Outfitters was down 4.9% to $35.68. Shares of Abercrombie, American Apparel and Gap were all lower as well, though Aeropostale rose over 2% to $7.15 per share.
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May 19, 2015
08:00 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle announces license agreements in South Korea, Singapore, Greece
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07:42 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters weakness a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital noted Urban Outfitters missed Q1 estimates but said they would be buyers on weakness as they believe the company is in the early stages of a turnaround. The firm sees considerable margin expansion, increased operating efficiencies, and share repurchases supporting the stock. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $46 price target on Urban Outfitters shares.
07:23 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters shares should be bought on weakness, says SunTrust
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05:56 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Urban Outfitters to Neutral and lowered its price target for shares to $36 from $50 after the company's Q1 results missed expectations. The firm sees pressure in Q2 and believes the retailer will be a "show me" story in the second half of 2015. Shares of Urban Outfitters were also downgraded this morning at Oppenheimer and Piper Jaffray.
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, AEO, ANFUrban 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).
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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
17:31 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel sues Dov Charney for violations of Standstill Agreement
American Apparel filed suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery against Dov Charney, the former CEO, for violations of his Standstill Agreement with the company.
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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