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August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTANF, URBN, ARO, AEOAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
Shares of teen apparel and accessory retailer Aeropostale (ARO) are soaring after the company announced that former Chief Executive Officer Julian Geiger is set to return to his previous position. The retailer also provided second quarter guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Aeropostale's former CEO, Julian Geiger, is taking over effective immediately, the company announced yesterday. Thomas Johnson is leaving the board of directors and will also step down from his role as CEO. Johnson plans to remain available to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. Geiger was chairman and CEO from 1998-2010, when he was replaced with Johnson, and was the CEO and president of Crumbs (CRMBQ) from 2011-2013. WHAT'S NOTABLE: For the second quarter, Aeropostale forecast adjusted EPS of (45c)-(42c), topping analysts' consensus of (58c). Previously, the retailer was anticipating a Q2 loss of (61c)-(55c). Aeropostale anticipates Q2 revenue of $396.2M, which is higher than analysts' $395.44M consensus. Comparable sales, including the e-commerce channel, for Q2 decreased 13% vs. last year. Aeropostale is set to report Q2 earnings on August 21. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analyst Paul Lejuez feels that the return of Geiger will not aid in the company's future improvement. He feels that Geiger knows Aeropostale better than anyone, but he does not know what he could do to change its current market position. Lejuez says that the retailer is struggling to reinvent itself as a clothing brand and growth potential is still limited. The analyst says that valuation risks include the retailer alienating its core customer even more, failing to attract new customers and that its systems infrastructure could be insufficient. The firm maintains a Market Perform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffrey analyst Stephanie Wissink says that her perspective remains unchanged following Aeropostale's latest announcements. She said that while some investors could view the return of Geiger as a positive move, he comes to the retailers in a different stage of his life. Wissink feels that Aeropostale's business is not decreasing, but its not increasing either. The firm maintains a price target of $4 and Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of Aeropostale rose 78c or 24.07%, to $4.02. OTHERS TO WATCH: Aeropostale peers include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Urban Outfitters (URBN).
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May 19, 2015
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 EDTAEO, URBN, 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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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
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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May 14, 2015
10:00 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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