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May 30, 2014
10:55 EDTBIG, FDO, DLTRBig Lots advances after results top estimates, guidance raised
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are sharply higher this morning after the company reported first quarter results that exceeded expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Big Lots reported Q1 earnings per share from continuing operations of 50c and revenue of $1.28B, which topped analystsí consensus estimates of 44c and $1.26B, respectively, and beat the company's EPS guidance of 40c-45c per share. Same store sales for the quarter increased 0.9%. Inventory at the end of the quarter was $835M compared to $885M a year ago. Looking ahead, the company forecast second quarter EPS of 24c-30c and SSS to rise 1%-3%. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q2 EPS prior to the report was 28c. The company also raised fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to $2.35-$2.50 from $2.25-$2.45, on revenue of flat to slightly up and SSS up 1%-2%. The consensus forecast of analysts for FY EPS prior to the report was $2.38. The company sees FY14 cash flow of approximately $170M from continuing U.S. operations and consolidated cash flow of approximately $145M after the impact of the wind down of our discontinued Canadian operations. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Big Lots admitted that its Q1 results "could have been better," but believes the issue was weather. The company noted that some of the early groundwork is being established int he social advertising space. The company said "nothing has changed" regarding its gross margin rate forecast. PRICE ACTION: Big Lots is trading up $4.62, or 12.3%, to $42.14 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Big Lots peer Dollar Tree (DLTR) are down modestly to $52.88, while another retailer in the space, Family Dollar (FDO), is virtually unchanged at $58.16.
News For BIG;DLTR;FDO From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
16:53 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says receives FTC clearance to complete Family Dollar merger
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July 1, 2015
16:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 82c
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June 30, 2015
07:28 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree shares poised to outperform, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo predicts that Dollar Tree will be re-ranked by quantitative investment models following its merger with Family Dollar (FDO), enabling Dollar Tree's stock to outperform. The firm predicts that Dollar Tree's P/E ratio will become much lower versus its peers after the merger closes. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Dollar Tree.
June 25, 2015
09:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar volatility low into Q1 and outlook
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June 24, 2015
17:36 EDTBIGBig Lots CEO establishes 10b5-1 plan
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June 22, 2015
09:06 EDTBIGBig Lots launches Big Lots Latino
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