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March 14, 2014
10:37 EDTANN, ASNA, CWTR, CACHAnn Inc. advances after results, strategic realignment announcement
Shares of women's specialty retailer Ann Inc. (ANN) are higher this morning after the company reported fourth quarter results that beat expectations and announced a strategic realignment. WHAT'S NEW: Ann Inc. reported Q4 earnings per share of 10c, which topped analysts’ consensus estimate of 7c. The company's revenue came in nearly in-line with the consensus forecast. Ann Taylor brand sales were $246.2M, while Loft brand sales were $377.1M in Q1. Total same store sales for the quarter increased 2.9%, with Ann Taylor brand SSS down 1.1% and LOFT brand SSS up 5.7%. Looking ahead, the retailer forecast first quarter revenue of $600M, SSS approximately flat and gross margin rate performance of 55%. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q1 revenue prior to the report was just over $613M. For fiscal year 2014, the company sees revenue of $2.62B, compared to estimates for $2.64B, and SSS up in the low-single digits. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The retailer announced an organizational strategic realignment in a move to support an integrated stores/ecommerce structure and position the company for accelerated growth and efficiency. As a result of the realignment, the company said it eliminated about 100 positions from its corporate workforce. The company expects to record a pre-tax restructuring charge of approximately $15M in connection with the realignment, most of which will be incurred in Q1. The realignment is expected to result in ongoing annualized pre-tax operating savings of about $25M, and the company sees $15M of this realized in FY14. Chief Executive Officer Kay Krill also announced that Gary Muto was named as president of Ann Inc. Brands. Krill said on the earnings conference call that omnichannel will continue to be a key focus for the company. Krill noted that the company will move forward with plans to enter Mexico with the LOFT brand in the second half of 2014. The executive said that Q1 is "off to a choppy start," adding that "some weeks are good, some weeks are softer." The company will take a "cautious" approach to the quarter given extreme weather conditions, heightened promotional environment and soft traffic. PRICE ACTION: Ann Inc is trading up 4.45%, to $36.43 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Ann Inc. peer Ascena Retail (ASNA) is up about 0.5%, ColdWater Creek (CWTR) is up 2.6% and Cache (CACH) is up fractionally.
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September 22, 2014
18:18 EDTASNAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:36 EDTASNAAscena Retail hits fresh 52-week low after results
In the extended session the shares are down over 15% to $13.99, taking out the previous 52-week low at $15.63. At current price next support is at $13.15. Resistance is at $14.83.
16:32 EDTASNAAscena Retail down 15% following weaker than expected Q4 results, guidance
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16:06 EDTASNAAscena Retail sees FY15 adjusted EPS 90c-$1.00, consensus $1.25
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16:03 EDTASNAAscena Retail reports Q4 adjusted EPS 13c, consensus 18c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.18B, consensus $1.21B. Reports Q4 SSS down 2%.
16:00 EDTASNAAscena Retail trading halted, pending news
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15:05 EDTASNANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), consensus 18c.
September 17, 2014
10:00 EDTANNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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September 16, 2014
16:26 EDTANNAnn Inc. initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
Target $43.
09:29 EDTANNAnn Inc. leveraged buyout makes sense in low-$50 range, says Janney Capital
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September 15, 2014
09:17 EDTANNAnn Inc. responds to Engine Capital and Red Alder
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06:52 EDTANNEngine Capital, Red Alder urge Ann to announce strategic alternatives review
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September 9, 2014
11:12 EDTASNAAscena Retail appoints LaPorte Chief Accounting Officer
Ascena Retail announced that Ernest LaPorte joined the company as senior vice president, Chief Accounting Officer. As CAO, LaPorte will oversee Ascena’s accounting, financial reporting and accounting shared service functions. For the last seven years, LaPorte held the position of senior vice president, Controller at Saks.
09:04 EDTANNMorgan Stanley views a potential IPO of Ann Inc. as unattractive
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