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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 analystsí 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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August 22, 2014
13:12 EDTCACH, ASNA, ANNAnn Inc. slides after Q2 SSS decline
Shares of women's specialty retailer Ann Inc. (ANN) are sliding after the company said that it experienced softer traffic levels along with sales and margin pressure in the second half of the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Ann's Q2 earnings per share was 70c, which is a bit higher than analysts' consensus of 68c. The company's Q2 revenue was $648.7M, which nearly matched analysts' consensus of $648.09M. The clothing retailer cited softer traffic levels and a highly promotional environment pressured sales and margin as the reason for its loss during the second half of the quarter. In addition, LOFT experienced continued softness in basic knit tops, which represented a significant component of its summer assortment. Q2 same-store-sales were down 2.3%. Ann sees Q3 revenue to be $670M, which is a bit lower than analysts' consensus of $673.31M and sees Q3 comparable sales to be flat to slightly negative. The company expects it FY14 revenue to be $2.56B, which matches analysts' $2.56B consensus and anticipates flat comparable sales in FY14. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Ann said that Q3 inventories are "conservatively positioned" as it enters the fall season. Ann said that despite the "challenging" retail environment, the retailer noted that it is focused on optimizing full-price sell-through to drive positive comp and increase productivity. Overall, the company believes that it is better positioned to optimize brand growth. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Ann Inc. fell $1.19, or 3.07%, to $37.62. OTHERS TO WATCH: Ascena Retail (ASNA) is up fractionally, Cache (CACH) is down 1.52%, and New York & Company (NWY) is up 1.84%.
09:05 EDTANNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
07:34 EDTANNAnn Inc. sees FY14 revenue $2.56B, consenssu $2.56B
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07:33 EDTANNAnn Inc. sees Q3 revenue $670M, consensus $673.31M
Sees Q3 comparable sales flat to slightly negative.
07:33 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q2 SSS down 2.3%
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07:32 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q2 Ann Taylor brand sales $250M, LOFT brand sales $398.7M
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07:31 EDTANNAnn Inc. says second half of Q2 proved challenging
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07:31 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q2 EPS 70c, consensus 68c
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August 21, 2014
15:15 EDTANNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 54c; ANN INC. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 31c.
August 19, 2014
16:06 EDTASNADesigner Lela Rose to create limited-edition line for Lane Bryant
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August 13, 2014
11:15 EDTANNAnn Inc. September volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Ann Inc. September call option implied volatility is at 34, December is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 22.
August 11, 2014
16:06 EDTCACHCache reports Q2 EPS (33c), consensus (26c)
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August 8, 2014
10:00 EDTANNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTANNAnn Inc. price target lowered to $41 from $46 at Janney Capital
Janney Capital cut its estimates for Ann Inc. after the company issued a revenue warning for Q2 and lowered its fair value estimate on the stock to $41 from $46. The firm maintains its Buy rating on the stock.
06:43 EDTANNAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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