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February 28, 2014
10:32 EDTDECK, SHOO, WWWDeckers Outdoor tumbles after guidance miss
Shares of footwear maker Deckers Outdoor (DECK) are plunging after the company last night reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but provided much lower than expected guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Deckers, which makes the popular "UGG" brand of boots, reported Q4 EPS of $4.04, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of $3.80. Decker's revenue also came in above expectations. However, the footwear maker predicted that it would report a Q1 loss of 16c per share, versus the consensus outlook of a 10c per share profit. The company added that its profit would drop in the first half of fiscal 2014, compared with the same period a year earlier. Deckers indicated that the decline would be caused by costs associated with its opening of 28 new stores in the second half of 2013. ANALYST REACTION: Two research firms had very different reactions to Deckers' results. In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy. Deckers' "overly aggressive" spending plan for 2014, along with its guidance, caused Konik to recant his previous belief that the company's 2014 earnings would beat expectations. Costs associated with the company's new stores, in tandem with other expenses, will prevent the company from increasing its gross margins this year as the analyst had previously anticipated, he wrote. Taking a much more optimistic view was PiperJaffray analyst Erinn Murphy, who urged investors to buy the stock on today's weakness. Deckers' guidance incorporates a large amount of conservatism, wrote the analyst. She expects the company's same-store sales to remain positive, and notes that the company plans to roll out more than 25 new stores this year, while its year-end backlog was up 25% versus he end of 2012. She thinks the company can report stronger than expected results going forward, and keeps a $96 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Deckers plunged $13.67, or 16.15%, to $71.01. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other makers and retailers of boots and other footwear include Steven Madden (SHOO) and Wolverine World Wide (WWW).
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July 31, 2014
07:10 EDTSHOOSteven Madden now sees FY14 EPS $2.00-$2.10, consensus $2.15
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07:09 EDTSHOOSteven Madden reports Q2 EPS 44c, consensus 45c
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July 29, 2014
11:46 EDTDECKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:52 EDTSHOOSteven Madden well positioned for next fashion cycle upturn, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Steve Madden had an issue with a private label customer that will impact Q2 sales, but that the impact should be more than made up in Q3. The firm believes the company's wholesale business outperformed and took market share, managed down its slower-turning inventory, and has easier comps in Q3. Canaccord has a Buy rating with a $43 price target on the stock.
July 28, 2014
11:18 EDTDECKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 25, 2014
11:29 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor climbs higher after Q1 results, increased FY outlook
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10:02 EDTDECKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:25 EDTDECKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor margin recovery continues, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital believes a move towards mid- to upper-teens operating margins remains possible for Deckers and that multiple expansion and continuing weak sentiment around the stock makes the risk/reward favorable. Janney maintains its Buy rating on Deckers and raised its fair value estimate on shares to $100 from $94.
07:46 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor price target raised to $105 from $95 at ISI Group
ISI Group believes Deckers investments are beginning to drive more consistent sales results and turning it into a lifestyles brand. The firm raised estimates and increased its price target to $105 from $95. Shares are Buy rated.
06:32 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor price target raised to $105 from $94 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Deckers Outdoor shares to $105 citing the better than expected Q1 results and guidance increase. Citi views the stock's valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
05:46 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Deckers Outdoor to Buy following the company's Q1 results citing greater conviction in margin expansion potential and new product launches. The firm views the risk/reward on shares as compelling and raised its price target for the stock to $130 from $78. Shares of Deckers rallied 6% to $90.00 following the company's earnings report.
July 24, 2014
18:17 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor raises FY15 EPS view to up 14.5% from up 13.5%
Raises FY15 revenue guidance to up approximately 14% from up 13%. The company expects FY15 SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales to be approximately 36%. Among other items, these expenses include increased marketing and supply chain costs, investments in IT infrastructure, expenses related to management reorganization, and operating costs associated with opening new stores in 2013 and 2014. The company now expects FY15 UGG brand revenues to increase approximately 12% over the twelve month period ended March 31 from the previous guidance of 11%. The company expects FY15 Teva brand revenues to increase approximately 11% over the twelve month period ended March 31. The company expects FY15 Sanuk brand revenues to increase approximately 15% over the twelve month period ended March 31. Combined FY15 net sales of the company's other brands are expected to be approximately $82M compared to $48.6M for the twelve month period ended March 31.
18:12 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor reports Q1 EPS ($1.07), consensus ($1.28)
In a regulatory filing, the company reports Q1 revenue $211.5M, consensus $192.01M. Reports Q1 direct-to-consumer comparable sales up 10%. Reports Q1 UGG brand net sales up 22.8% to $123.3M vs. $100.4M last year. Reports Q1 Teva brand net sales up 25.7% to $39.3M vs. $31.2M last year. Reports Q1 Sanuk brand net sales up 19.6% to $36M vs. $30.1M last year. Reports combined net sales of the company's other brands increased 54.5% to $12.9M for Q1 compared to $8.4M last year. Sales for the global retail store business, which are included in the brand sales numbers above, increased 29.4% to $42M compared to $32.5M for the same period last year. This increase was driven by 37 new stores opened after June 30, 2013, partially offset by a same SSS decrease of 2.8% for the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2014 compared to the thirteen weeks ended June 30, 2013.
15:31 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor technical comments ahead of results
The shares have moderately outperformed the broader averages in the last three months an are trading relatively close to the 52-week high at $90.09. On a positive surprise on earnings or guidance, that level could be easily tested. Resistance above the 52-week high is at $91.83, and $96.11. If the news disappoints, the uptrend in place off the lows of October 2012 could be violated. A breakdown below the 200-week moving average at $78.37 would snap the trend. Support below that moving average is at $74.35. It should be noted that the short-base in this name is very large. Over 18% of the float is short according to the last available report. On a positive surprise the shares could be fueled higher by a strong short-squeeze.
July 18, 2014
10:03 EDTWWWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:33 EDTWWWWolverine World Wide downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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