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August 30, 2013
10:37 EDTBIG, DG, DLTRBig Lots advances despite lowered 2013 guidance
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are advancing after the company reported second quarter profit that beat consensus estimates. The company, however, lowered its full year 2013 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Big Lots reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 31c and revenue of $1.23B. Analysts' consensus expectations were for EPS of 24c and revenue of $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its full year 2013 guidance. Big Lots' FY13 adjusted EPS view was lowered to $2.80-$3.05 from $2.87-$3.12. Consensus prior to the update from the company was $2.96. Its FY13 revenue growth forecast was cut to flat to up 1%, from a prior view of up 1%-2%, while the FY13 SSS outlook remained the same. Big Lots cited its operating results for the first two quarters and its expectations for the third and fourth quarters for the lowered guidance. The company also gave a cautious view for the third quarter. It guided Q3 EPS to (13c)-(5c) versus consensus (1c), and expects Q3 U.S. comparable store sales in the range of flat to minus 2%. The company expects Q3 to be “somewhat of a transitional quarter as it incurs inventory costs" and sets up for the holiday season, executives said. PRICE ACTION: In early morning trading, Big Lots rose 75c, or 2.2%, to $35.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Two competitors, Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Dollar General (DG), were both down fractionally in early trading.
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April 21, 2014
10:01 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:43 EDTBIGBig Lots upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Big Lots to Overweight citing valuation and the company's turnaround initiatives. Piper raised its price target for shares to $45 from $39.
April 10, 2014
13:14 EDTDG, DLTRFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
April 9, 2014
09:20 EDTDGBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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