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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 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.
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August 21, 2014
08:04 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar: Dollar General declined to schedule talks on antitrust issues
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08:03 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar: Dollar General's letter contained 'blatant mischaracterizations'
08:02 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar reaffirms recommendation in support of merger with Dollar Tree
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08:01 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
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08:00 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
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07:55 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar to reject Dollar General takeover bid, CNBC reports
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07:34 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees FY14 EPS $2.94-$3.06, consensus $3.13
Sees FY14 sales $8.44B-$8.55B, consensus $8.51B. This estimate is based on a range of low- to low-mid-single digit positive comparable store sales. Diluted EPS, which includes 2c per share of Q2 acquisition-related costs, are expected to range from $2.94 to $3.06, excluding Q3 and Q4 acquisition-related costs.
07:32 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q3 EPS 61c-66c ex-items, consensus 66c
Sees Q3 revenue $2.02B-$2.07B, consensus $2.05B. Sees low- to mid-single digit positive comparable store sales.
07:31 EDTDLTRDollar Tree says outlook for 2H unchanged from original guidance
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07:31 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q2 EPS 61c ex-acquisition-related costs, consensus 64c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.03B, consensus $2.01B. Reports Q2 SSS up 4.5%.
05:35 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar General sends letter to Family Dollar board
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August 20, 2014
15:26 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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August 19, 2014
12:18 EDTFDODollar General could have bought Family Dollar last year, CNBC reports
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12:16 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar board frustrated with Dollar General tactics, CNBC reports
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11:41 EDTDLTR, FDOIcahn says Family Dollar throwing away $300M in fees, Reuters says
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10:13 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar board likely to meet this week, CNBC's Faber reports
Family Dollar's (FDO) board is likely to meet this week to discuss the takeover bid by Dollar General (DG), CNBC's David Faber reports, citing people close to the matter. The board has long focused on antitrust implications and is likely to reject the Dollar General proposal, Faber added. Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar previously announced a merger agreement.
09:43 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar board likely to reject Dollar General bid, CNBC's Faber reports
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07:29 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree may raise bid for Family Dollar, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital thinks that Dollar Tree (DLTR) could increase its bid for Family Dollar (FDO) given the revenue and gross margin synergies that the firm thinks the deal would generate. However, the firm believes that Dollar General (DG) would ultimately win a bidding war for Family Dollar, leading to wins for the shareholders of Dollar General and Family Dollar.
06:52 EDTFDOFamily Dollar upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
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