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January 10, 2014
10:39 EDTAPP, TLYS, ANF, AEO, GPSAbercrombie & Fitch rallies after raising full year profit view
Shares of casual apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) are rallying after the company raised its full year adjusted profit view. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Abercrombie & Fitch reported its fourth quarter comparable sales for the nine weeks ended January 4, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 6%. However, based on higher than expected sales for the fourth quarter-to-date, and ongoing cost reduction efforts, the company raised its full year adjusted earnings per share view to $1.55-$1.65 from its prior guidance of $1.40-$1.50. The consensus forecast of analysts prior to the company update was $1.47. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive on A&F. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Abercrombie to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $49. Another firm, Wells Fargo, increased its price target on the stock to $37-$39 from $33-$36, but kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. Brean Capital said it remained a buyer of Abercrombie & Fitch’s shares. Brean rates the shares a Buy with a $48 price target. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Abercrombie & Fitch rose $3.86, or 11.6%, to $37.07 on twice its average daily trading volume. However, over the past twelve months, the shares are down about 24%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Abercrombie’s competitors include American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), American Apparel (APP), and Tilly’s (TLYS). Another Abercrombie competitor, The Gap (GPS), reported last night that its comparable sales in the months of November and December grew 1% and that, given the holiday performance, the company is "comfortable" delivering at the high end of its prior full-year earnings per share guidance range. Gap shares are up 0.8% to $39.75 after its own holiday sales update.
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July 23, 2014
18:05 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel names four new board members, including one woman
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13:13 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel hopes to resolve Dov Charney situation by August, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
09:32 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch Q2 revenues tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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July 21, 2014
14:02 EDTGPSGap expands brand to Slovenia and Austria
Gap announced that it will introduce the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria through agreements with new and existing franchise partners. Magistrat International has been selected for the launch of Slovenia and Gottex, which currently manages the Gap franchise business in Israel and Hungary, will launch Austria. Gap has signed a new agreement with Magistrat International to open three stores for the first time later this year in the capital city of Ljubljana. City Park. All locations are scheduled to open by September this year. Gap will also open its first store in Vienna, Austria this October through an existing relationship with Gottex Brands, which is a part of the Trimera Group.
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July 18, 2014
17:25 EDTAPPStandard General working with American Apparel to restructure loan
On July 16, Lion/Hollywood assigned its rights and obligations as a lender under the credit agreement dated as of May 22, 2013 by and among the company, the facility guarantors party thereto, Lion/Hollywood as the initial lender and the other lenders party thereto to Standard General. Standard General purchased the loan in order to resolve any disputes over any alleged events of default under the credit agreement and does not believe that there has been an event of default under the credit agreement. Standard General is working with American Apparel to restructure the loan. As previously discussed on July 11, Standard General is prepared to lend its credibility and capital resources to assist American Apparel in accordance with the support agreement described therein.
July 17, 2014
18:43 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel investor close to buying Lion's $10M loan, Bloomberg says
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09:47 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel shareholders says firm endured 'serious damage' to reputation
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06:47 EDTAPPStandard General plans American Apparel future without ex-CEO, Reuters says
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