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June 26, 2014
11:20 EDTBBBY, WSM, PIR, RH, KIRKBed Bath & Beyond sinks after results, outlook miss estimates
Shares of home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) hit a fresh 52-week low after the company's first quarter results and second quarter profit outlook missed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Bed Bath & Beyond reported Q1 EPS of 93c and revenue of $2.66B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 94c and $2.69B, respectively. Q1 comparable sales grew 0.4% versus 3.4% last year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company modeled Q2 EPS of $1.08-$1.16, versus consensus of $1.20, while Q2 revenue was seen growing 2%-4%, compared to consensus of $2.92B. Q2 same store sales are seen growing 1%-3%. For fiscal 2014, EPS is seen increasing by a mid-single digit percentage and revenue is expected to grow 4%. FY14 SSS is expected to grow 3%. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it was "cautiously optimistic about the balance of the fiscal year." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JP Morgan lowered its price target on the shares to $65 from $75 after the company's Q1 comparable sales and gross margin missed expectations. The firm kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Morgan Stanley said Bed Bath & Beyond remains unattractive given margin pressures and slippage as it executes its omni-channel strategy. The firm lowered its price target to $58 from $63 and reiterated its Underweight rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Bed Bath & Beyond fell $5.61, or 9.2%, to $55.50 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $54.95. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 20% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Williams Sonoma (WSM), Pier 1 Imports (PIR), Restoration Hardware (RH), and Kirkland's (KIRK).
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October 31, 2014
06:07 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma to pay $700,000 penalty for faulty shades
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Williams-Sonoma has agreed to pay a $700,000 civil penalty. The agreement resolves CPSC staff’s charges that the firm knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, a defect involving Pottery Barn Kids Roman shades with exposed inner cords. Williams-Sonoma sold the Roman shades nationwide, through its Pottery Barn Kids brand, between January 2003 and November 2007, for $30 to $60. CPSC staff charged that the Pottery Barn Kids Roman shades posed a strangulation hazard to young children. By the time that Williams-Sonoma filed its full report with CPSC, seven consumers had reported that children had become entangled on the inner cords of the Pottery Barn Kids Roman shades. Williams-Sonoma ultimately recalled approximately 85,000 of the Roman shades in cooperation with CPSC. Williams-Sonoma has agreed to continue to maintain the compliance program and system of internal controls referenced in an earlier civil penalty settlement with CPSC, designed to ensure compliance with the safety statutes and regulations enforced by the Commission. In agreeing to the settlement, Williams-Sonoma neither admits nor denies CPSC staff’s charges.
October 30, 2014
14:22 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Wolfe Research
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October 22, 2014
07:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Union, NJ on October 22 hosted by Deutsche Bank.

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