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February 14, 2013
07:26 EDTPG, GISGeneral Mills, Procter & Gamble eye start ups, WSJ reports
General Mills (GIS) and Procter & Gamble (PG) are using their partnerships with a "crowdfunding" site to get to know more about consumer-packaged goods start ups, reports the Wall Street Journal. Each company recently teamed up with CircleUp Network Inc., a San Francisco firm that connects consumer-goods start ups to individual investors on the Web. CircleUp is providing trend reports to both about startups in 18 categories, including pet foods, beverages, snack foods and infant products. Reference Link
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May 22, 2015
13:49 EDTPGHenkel seen in lead for Procter & Gamble's Wella brand, Bloomberg says
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12:48 EDTPGHenkel seen in lead for Procter & Gamble's Wella brand, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTPGProcter & Gamble should consider break-up, says Bernstein
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May 21, 2015
10:26 EDTPGDesigner Parfums, LUXE Brands to purchase Frederic Fekkai brand from P&G
Designer Parfums and LUXE Brands announced they have collaborated to form a joint venture to acquire the Frédéric Fekkai luxury hair care brand and salons from Procter & Gamble, effective June 30. The Fekkai business comprises a range of hair products and seven salons in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Texas and California. Approximately 225 people are currently employed in the salon business; they are expected to transfer to the newly formed entity.
May 19, 2015
12:47 EDTGISEarnings Watch: Target sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, 2%-3% sales growth
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report first quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, May 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $17.09B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.98B-$17.25B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.50 on revenue of $21.75B, beating analysts' estimates for $1.46 and $21.63B, respectively. The company said comparable sales increased 3.8% in Q4, reflecting a 3.2% increase in comparable transactions. Target said digital channel sales contributed 0.9 percentage points to SSS growth. Target forecast Q1 adjusted EPS 95c-$1.05, SSS up about 2% and said its top priority is to drive digital sales growth. The company said it could be in a position to revisit stock buybacks later this year and noted that its workers' wages are "competitive." NEWS: At its Financial Community Meeting on March 3, Target forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS $4.45-$4.65, against estimates at that time for $4.50, on sales growth of 2%-3% for the fiscal year. The company also forecast 10% annual EPS growth for 2016 and beyond, as well as 5%-10% annual dividend growth. Target forecast $2B in savings in expenses and cost of goods over the next two years and 9.5%-10% EBITDA margins over the next five years. As for share repurchases, Target sees $2B this year, and said it continues to support the dividend and repurchase "billions." Looking to FY15, Target forecast FY15 capital expenditures of $2.1B and sees expected CapEx of $2B-$2.5B over the next five years. Target said its gross margin rate of 29.5% is "achievable." Target said it would focus on categories including style, baby, kids and wellness. As part of its $2B cost savings plan, Target said it will cut "several thousand jobs." Target said in a filing that on March 10, the company notified approximately 1,700 employees whose employment will be terminated as part of an overall plan to transform Target’s business. The company said it expects to incur severance costs of $10M. During the quarter, Target said it planned to raise its minimum pay for all workers to at least $9 an hour starting in April, according to The Wall Street Journal, and agreed to pay $10M to settle a class action lawsuit related to its 2013 data breach, Reuters reported. Target reached a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailer’s 2013 data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19M in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe. Target Canada said it would close the last 133 retail stores by April 12. Target also announced plans to sell its Target Commercial Interiors subsidiary to Omni Workspace. The retailer launched the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection in April, which rendered its website inaccessible for short time after it was overwhelmed by customer traffic, The WSJ said. The WSJ also reported that, according to sources, Target gave notice to Campbell Soup (CPB), General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), Kraft Foods (KRFT) and others that it will reduce their presence in Target circulars and in-store advertisements. STREET RESEARCH: Following Target's analyst meeting, Wells Fargo said it thinks the company's operating plan sets the stage for the company to potentially beat expectations in 2015 and beyond. The firm believes that"outsized digital growth" or new products could enable Target's results to beat expectations. Piper Jaffray views Target's long term earnings algorithm, which is based on a 1% store comp and 40% growth in digital sales annually, as realistic and the company's capital deployment as encouraging. BofA/Merrill upgraded Target to Buy from Neutral in April and increased its price target to $92 from $86. The firm believes Target is well positioned to benefit from an improving middle-income core customer base. The firm said customers are responding well to improved assortment and merchandising and expects Target to continue to see increased spending at stores and online as customers trade-up to more expensive items. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up over 1.6% over the past three months. In early afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report, shares are down 0.51% to $77.96.
07:13 EDTGISBarclays to hold a conference
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05:38 EDTGISGeneral Mills backs FY15 adjusted EPS to grow at low single-digits
FY15 EPS consensus of $2.83. Backs FY15 net sales to grow at low single-digit rate, consensus $17.86B.
May 18, 2015
08:52 EDTPGProcter & Gamble removed from US Focus List at Credit Suisse
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May 17, 2015
19:11 EDTGISTarget to reduce advertising space for certain large brands, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
07:38 EDTPGP&G fighting lawsuits over laundry-pod poisonings, WSJ reports
Procter & Gamble (PG), which has a commanding spot in the laundry-pod market and has put the products at the center of its laundry strategy, is defending itself against several lawsuits alleging injuries from the products, reported The Wall Street Journal. The Journal noted it reviewed data showing that at least seven people, including four last year and one earlier this year, have died after biting into laundry-pods. A P&G spokesman said there are indications that the rate of accidents relative to the number of pods sold is declining since 2012, when the products were first introduced in the U.S. Reference Link
May 10, 2015
20:07 EDTPGCVC, Advent prepare bids for Procter & Gamble haircare unit, Sunday Times says
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