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May 30, 2014
10:55 EDTFDO, DLTR, BIGBig 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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March 3, 2015
15:57 EDTFDOBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:19 EDTBIGBig Lots March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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March 2, 2015
13:14 EDTFDOHoward Levine to sell 1M-2M shares of Family Dollar over next five days
Subject to market conditions, legal restrictions, and financial considerations, Levine currently intends, as part of an effort to diversify his assets, to dispose of approximately 1M-2M shares of common stock of the company through brokered sales over the next five days. He expects to commence these sales as early as March 2. Levine currently holds a 6.21% stake in Family Dollar.
10:00 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTBIGBig Lots upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Johnson Rice
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February 26, 2015
10:33 EDTFDO, DLTRAnalysts split on Dollar Tree after results, Family Dollar commentary
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09:00 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree outlook has improved, says Wells Fargo
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08:12 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree price target raised to $89 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar Tree (DLTR) to $89 from $79 following Q4 results which reinforced that the company has a strong, multi-year growth story. The firm cited its profitable margin profile, strong comps, and the potential to reformat hundreds of Family Dollar (FDO) stores.
07:56 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded at BB&T
As previously reported, BB&T downgraded Dollar Tree to Hold from Buy. The firm downgraded shares due to valuation citing balanced risk/reward.
07:27 EDTFDO, DLTRStifel downgraded Dollar Tree on valuation, integration risks
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06:22 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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February 25, 2015
12:31 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
BB&T downgraded Dollar Tree to Hold based on valuation.
09:45 EDTDLTRDollar Tree says no plans for sweeping change to minimum wage rates
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09:33 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree says company, Family Dollar 'ready to integrate'
09:32 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree says 'enthusiastic' about Family Dollar deal
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says exceeded 1B transactions in a year for the first time in company's history. Says SSS accelerated throughout the quarter. Says January was strongest comp month of the quarter. Says top selling items in the quarter included party supplies, household products, food. Says believes Canadian market can support up to 1,000 Dollar Tree stores, sees 7,000 store potential for Dollar Tree in the U.S. Sees FY15 CapEx $465M-$475M. Says expects freight costs to be a headwind to gross margin. Sees $8M headwind to sales from earlier Easter holiday. Says may see "some" product delays from West Coast port issues. Doesn't see any share repurchases in 2015. Says more enthusiastic about Family Dollar (FDO) agreement today than when deal was announced in July. Says believes can realize $300M of synergies. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
07:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees FY15 EPS ex-items $3.30-$3.50, consensus $3.57
Consolidated net sales for the full year are estimated to range from $9.21B-$9.45B, consensus $9.38B. This estimate is based on a low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 7.2% square footage growth.
07:32 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q1 EPS ex-items 69c-74c, consensus 77c
The company estimates consolidated net sales for Q1 to range from $2.15B-$2.2B, consensus $2.2B, based on a low to mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 6.9% square footage growth.
07:31 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.16, consensus $1.14
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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