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February 6, 2013
15:17 EDTTSO, ORLY, EFX, AIZ, ALL, SRCL, LNC, CINF, V, PRU, FMC, CBG, NWSACompanies reporting After the Market Close on Wednesday, February 6th
Notable companies reporting after the bell include Akamai (AKAM), Allstate (ALL), Assurant (AIZ), CBRE Group (CBG), Cincinnati Financial (CINF), Equifax (EFX), FMC Corporation (FMC), Lincoln National (LNC), News Corp. (NWSA), O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), Prudential (PRU), Stericycle (SRCL), Tesoro (TSO) and Visa (V)
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July 23, 2015
16:11 EDTVVisa moves up after earnings news
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16:08 EDTVVisa reports Q3 payments volume growth 11%
Reports payments volume, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, on which fiscal third quarter service revenue is recognized, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2 trillion. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, was 11% over the prior year at $1.3 trillion. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 8% for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, were 18.0 billion, an 8% increase over the prior year. As a result of recent changes in Russian National Payment System law, the Company has transitioned the processing of Russian domestic transactions to the Russian National Payment Card System during the fiscal third quarter. This impacted processed transactions growth negatively by approximately 2 percentage points during the quarter.
16:07 EDTVVisa reports Q3 EPS 74c, consensus 59c
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15:04 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:17 EDTVEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
14:11 EDTVVisa July weekly straddle 71.5 priced for 3.3% movement into Q3
July 22, 2015
16:19 EDTEFXEquifax sees 2015 adjusted EPS $4.38-$4.42, consensus $4.34
Sees 2015 revenue $2.645B-$6.67B, consensus $4.62B.
16:18 EDTEFXEquifax sees Q3 adjusted EPS $1.08-$1.11, consensus $1.07
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16:18 EDTEFXEquifax reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.15, consensus $1.10
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15:01 EDTVEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:12 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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July 20, 2015
09:19 EDTCBGBofA/Merrill data center analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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July 16, 2015
09:04 EDTALLAllstate reports June estimated catastrophe losses of $346M
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08:54 EDTPRU, LNC, AIZBofA/Merrill U.S. life insurance analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Life Insurance Analyst Weiss, along with Jill Hoffman, VP of Government Affairs and Felicia Smith, VP & Senior Counsel for Regulatory Affairs from the Financial Services Roundtable, discuss the Labor Department's recent proposal to impose fiduciary standards on the sale of retirement products on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 20 at 11 am.
July 15, 2015
16:34 EDTSRCLCintas reports sale of Shred-it stake to Stericycle for $550M-$600M
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16:20 EDTSRCLStericycle acquires Shred-it for $2.3B, sees at least 10% EPS accretion in 2016
Stericycle announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Shred-it International, a global secure information destruction services provider, for $2.3B in cash. Upon closing, Shred-it will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stericycle. Stericycle noted that the acquisition will provide "operational synergies stemming from Stericycle's core competencies." The company sees approximately $150M in expected tax benefits, leading to a $2.15B cash purchase price net. Stericycle sees improved EBITDA and EPS growth through a combination of margin expansion and debt repayment. Sees Stericycle cost synergies of at least $20M-30M by 2018 with the potential for revenue synergies over time. The acquisition is anticipated to be accretive to cash EPS by at least 10% in 2016 and in the mid-to-high teens in 2018. The combined company is expected to generate in excess of $1B in EBITDA in 2016. Stericycle notes that it expects a "continued, disciplined acquisition strategy." Stericycle sees de-levering back to current debt/EBITDA levels by 2017. The acquisition is expected to close in Q4. Following the acquisition, the Shred-it management team will join Stericycle.
16:16 EDTSRCLStericycle acquires Shred-it for $2.3B
10:01 EDTLNC, CINFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:34 EDTCINFCincinnati Financial downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:34 EDTLNCLincoln National downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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