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June 10, 2014
12:19 EDTCBK, CHS, ANN, NWY Christopher & Banks rallies after better than expected results
Shares of women's retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are rising after the company's first quarter quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates, and it confirmed it was on track to deliver on its three-year growth plan. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks reported Q1 earnings per share of 7c and revenue of $103.4M, topping estimates of 2c and $103.23M, respectively. Q1 same store sales fell 0.2%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 SSS up in the low to mid single digit range and approximately 100 to 150 bps of gross margin improvement, as compared to the comparable prior year period, largely driven by improved merchandise margins. LuAnn Via, President and CEO, commented, "Looking ahead, additional opportunities to enhance our merchandise offering, further engage our customer and broaden our reach with our marketing programs are expected to result in continued improvement in store productivity. We also plan to accelerate our MPW strategy and end the year with approximately 190 locations in this format, as these stores continue to deliver strong returns. Overall, we are well-positioned to meet our financial goals for the year, and are on track to deliver on our three-year growth plan. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Christopher & Banks rose 70c, or 10.53%, to $7.35 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), which is up almost 9% after announcing it was exploring a sale to private equity firms, Ann Inc (ANN), and New York & Company (NWY).
News For CBK;CHS;ANN;NWY From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
18:20 EDTANNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:54 EDTANNAnn Inc. up 8% after nondisclosure agreement with Golden Gate Capital
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16:24 EDTANNAnn Inc. in non-disclosure agreement with Golden Gate Capital
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06:01 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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October 9, 2014
09:41 EDTCHS, ANNBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 7, 2014
12:09 EDTCBKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:34 EDTANN, CBK, CHSChristopher & Banks plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of specialty women's apparel retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks lowered its Q3 revenue outlook to $114M-$118M from its previous guidance of $122M-$124, trailing the consensus of $123.98M. The company also cut the top end of its Q3 margin forecast, lowering its margin growth outlook to 75-100 basis points from its prior view of 75-125 bps. SG&A dollars for the quarter are expected to be approximately $33.5M-$34M, below its prior guidance of $34M-$34.5M. Christopher & Banks expects its inventory at the end of the quarter will remain higher than the comparable prior year period on a dollar per square foot basis, but at a level lower than at the end of Q2, due to planned higher levels of core inventory. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company believes sales have been negatively impacted by continued softness in mall traffic and lower than expected sales from its September fashion show. The company noted that the demand for fashion merchandise exceeded planned inventory levels, due to late receipts associated with the West Coast port disruptions. President and Chief Executive Officer LuAnn Via said in a statement, "We believe that the continued softness in traffic trends, coupled with the difficult overall retail environment, have adversely affected our sales as compared to our initial expectations for the quarter." She said the firm assumes promotional activity will continue to be aggressive and that the current environment will continue to be challenging, creating continued pressure on sales and margins. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Christopher & Banks fell $2.69, or about 30%, to $6.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have only lost approximately 2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), down 1.28%, Ann Inc. (ANN), down 2.1%, and L Brands (LB), down 1.13%.
09:14 EDTCBKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks says Q3 sales negatively impacted by mall traffic softness
In regards to its Q3 outlook, the company believes sales have been negatively impacted by continued softness in mall traffic and lower than expected sales from its September fashion show, as the demand for fashion merchandise exceeded planned inventory levels, as well as due to late receipts associated with the West Coast port disruptions.
08:06 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks lowers Q3 revenue view to $114M- $118M
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08:05 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks lowers Q3 revenue view to $114M- $118M
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07:32 EDTANNAnn opens first LOFT store in Mexico
ANN announced the opening of its first LOFT store in Mexico, continuing the Company's international expansion. The store is located in the Antea Lifestyle Center in Queretaro, with additional locations planned for later this year in Mexico City's Parque Toreo Mall and Puebla's Angelopolis Mall. ANN INC. is working with its franchise partner Grupo Axo to establish its retail presence in Mexico.

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