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May 30, 2014
10:55 EDTBIG, DLTR, FDOBig 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 analysts’ 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.
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July 14, 2014
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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:00 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says reduced price SKUs showing 'nice' unit lifts
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10:30 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says was 'delighted' with business done on July 4th weekend
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10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says operating environment likely to remain difficult
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10:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says in 'early stages' of turnaround
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10:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says long-term growth prospects remain strong
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09:15 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
07:26 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says Q3 results reflect economic challenges facing core customers
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says on track to close 370 underperforming stores by end of FY
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS $3.07-$3.17 ex-items, consensus $3.15
Sees low single digit increase in FY14 net sales, low single digit decline in SSS. Sees approx. 525 new store openings and approximately 400 store closings. Sees FY CapEx $450M-$500M. As part of its ongoing business review, the Company is taking deliberate actions to strengthen its value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve its financial performance. As previously announced, the Company has: Lowered prices on nearly 1,000 basic items, investing more than $50 million, on an annualized basis, to deliver more compelling values to customers; Reduced corporate overhead and re-aligned key organizational functions to improve execution and reinforce a commitment to being an efficient, low-cost retailer; Launched a process to close approximately 370 underperforming stores in the second half of fiscal 2014. Building on efforts to capture more food trips, the Company intends to further expand its cooler program beginning in fiscal 2015; Continuing to expand traffic-driving categories with a multi-year rollout of beer and wine, beginning in fiscal 2015; and Leveraging the scale and considerable diversity of the chain to launch a multi-year clustering initiative designed to enhance store productivity. The Company’s in-depth business review remains on-going, and the Board and management team continue to evaluate additional opportunities to drive efficiency in stores, and further increase value and convenience for the customer.
07:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q4 EPS 75c-85c ex-items, consensus 78c
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07:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms Q4 guidance
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07:01 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 89c
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06:28 EDTFDOOptions expected to be active
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July 9, 2014
15:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar July weekly 64 straddle priced for 4% move into Q3
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15:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 89c.
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