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February 26, 2013
12:46 EDTAZO, AAPAutoZone falls after CEO says sales remain inconsistent
Auto parts retailer AutoZone (AZO) is retreating after the company's CEO, Bill Rhodes, said during the company's earnings conference call this morning that its sales "have remained inconsistent and below our desires and expectations." The company's sales growth during the first two weeks of February, which are the last two weeks of its second quarter, were below normal historical levels, Rhodes added. Usually the company's sales during these two weeks increase significantly compared with prior weeks, the CEO explained. This year, however, its sales rose only modestly versus previous weeks, Rhodes said. Moreover, its U.S. same-store sales during this period tumbled 8% versus the same period in 2012, he reported. The weakness was caused by delays in the processing of tax refunds by the IRS, the CEO stated, adding that the company's outlook remains "cautious." AutoZone's domestic same-store sales dropped 1.8% during its entire second quarter. On a positive note, AutoZone's second quarter earnings per share of $4.78 and revenue of $1.9B were slightly ahead of analysts' consensus estimates. In early afternoon trading, AutoZone shares fell about $5, or 1.3%, to $373.56. Meanwhile, Advance Auto Parts (AAP), one of AutoZone's competitors, dropped 1.6% to $77.10.
News For AZO;AAP From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
10:02 EDTAZO, AAPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:39 EDTAZOAutoZone initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair
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07:03 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
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September 25, 2014
10:06 EDTAZOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:24 EDTAZOAutoZone downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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September 22, 2014
11:16 EDTAZOAutoZone says business model 'solid'
10:57 EDTAZOAutoZone says every month in Q4 had positive SSS growth
The company notes that August was better than July.
10:36 EDTAZOAutoZone optimistic company can grow in all upcoming quarters
Sees acquisition of Interamerican Motor Corporation as "impressive" growth opportunity, does not see significant overlap with IMC's customer base. Says will open a "handful" of IMC stores in the new FY. Says May was "quite strong," June was "decent," July was "not as strong." Says over time will open more Hub locations at a moderate level. Says maintenance-related categories missed expectations in Q4. Looking to FY15, says Q2, Q3 will have more difficult comparisons, but optimistic company can grow in all upcoming quarters. Says committed to long-term growth strategy. Sees costs "predictable and manageable" in FY15. Sees opportunity for gross margin expansion in retail, commercial businesses. Sees IMC a "slight drag" on gross margins. Views share repurchase as attractive capital deployment strategy. Says can hopefully close IMC deal "within the next week or so." Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call. AutoZone shares are down 3.84% to $505.98 in mid-morning trading.
10:22 EDTAZOAutoZone falls after results, levels to watch
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07:06 EDTAZOAutoZone opened 83 new U.S. stores, 28 new stores in Mexico, 1 in Brazil in Q4
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07:03 EDTAZOAutoZone reports Q4 EPS $11.28, consensus $11.26
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