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November 19, 2012
11:40 EDTBBYEarnings Preview: Best Buy may offer comments on Schulze in Q3 report
Best Buy (BBY) is expected to report Q3 earnings before the market open on Tuesday, November 20 with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Analysts are looking for a profit of 12c on revenue of $10.73B. The consensus range is 4c-23c for EPS, and revenue of $10.43B-$11.48B, according to First Call. On August 21, Best Buy suspended its earnings guidance due to lowered expectations for industry wide sales and the uncertainty associated with several key product launches expected in 2H13. In addition, the company named Hubert Joly as CEO, who began his role in September. In its Q2 report, Best Buy said it would suspend buybacks for FY13 for the CEO transition and forecast annual free cash flow of $1.25B-$1.5B. On the associated conference call, Best Buy said that trends seen in Q2 won't extend to 2H "in the same way" and that it wasn't expecting major improvements in key international businesses. During the quarter, Joly outlined turnaround plans, which include cost cutting, rethinking store square footage, improving customer service in stores and creating a better online experience. Joly says Best Buy aspires to achieve over time an operating margin of 5%-6% and a return on invested capital of 13%-15%. Best Buy also hired Sharon McCollam, the retired COO and CFO of Williams-Sonoma (WSM), as its new Chief Administrative Officer and CFO. Bloomberg recently said founder Richard Schulze is still exploring a buyout offer and will likely seek a 30-day extension to conduct due diligence. The New York Post said sources close to the company believe Best Buy is open to considering a lowered bid from Schulze, possibly at around $20 per share. Analysts and investors will listen for comments from the company on the status of Schulze's bid, as well as any updates on its turnaround plan and how it views the holiday season. The company may also note any impact it is seeing on Q4 from Hurricane Sandy. Oppenheimer believes that Best Buy's new strategy fails to aggressively address the two factors that have hurt the company's results in recent years: price competition from online retailers and an ineffective store infrastructure.
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February 12, 2016
09:59 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Comstock Resources (CRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... EV Energy (EVEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... FNFV (FNFV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goldcorp (GG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Group 1 Automotive (GPI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... HSBC cuts Sprint (S) to sell, says competitors may make turnaround difficult... KAR Auction (KAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded on multiple headwinds at RBC Capital... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Vanguard Natural (VNR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg.
07:01 EDTBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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07:00 EDTBBYBest Buy downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel downgraded Best Buy to Perform citing the challenging environment for consumer spending. The analyst does not expect a "quick snapback" for Hardlines Retail stocks.

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