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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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November 21, 2014
07:43 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree price target raised to $74 from $68 at UBS
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07:04 EDTDLTRDollar Tree price target raised to $72 from $64 at Stifel
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November 20, 2014
09:30 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says working to close Family Dollar deal 'as soon as possible'
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09:21 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:35 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q4 EPS $1.07-$1.14, consensus $1.13
Sees Q4 revenue $2.39B-$2.46B, consensus $2.45B. Sees Q4 SSS up in the low single digits.
07:35 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees FY14 EPS including acquisition related costs $2.97-$3.04
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07:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q3 EPS 69c ex-items, consensus 64c
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November 19, 2014
15:31 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:15 EDTFDODollar General affirms commitment to Family Dollar deal, says FTC review ongoing
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15:14 EDTFDODollar General says actively engaged in ongoing FTC review process for deal
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15:13 EDTFDODollar General affirms commitment to Family Dollar acquisition
08:31 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar reschedules special meeting of shareholders to December 23
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06:39 EDTFDODollar General may have to sell over 4K stores for deal approval, NY Post says
The Federal Trade Commission may require Dollar General (DG) to sell more than 4,000 of its stores to gain approval of its deal to buy Family Dollar (FDO), according to The New York Post. Dollar General had previously said that it was willing to sell 1,500 of its stores to facilitate the deal, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTFDOPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 12, 2014
07:04 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar reaffirms recommendation to merge with Dollar Tree
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