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February 21, 2014
11:03 EDTSALE, EBAY, GRPN, RLOCGroupon plunges after forecasting losses in current quarter
Shares of Groupon (GRPN), a local e-commerce marketplace which offers discounted goods and services, are falling after the company’s first quarter profit forecast significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Groupon reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 4c and revenue of $768.4M, compared to expectations of 2c and $718M, respectively. At the end of Q4, on average, active deals in North America were approximately 80,000, compared with more than 65,000 at the end of Q3. Active customers grew 9% year-over-year, to 44.9M as of December 31, 2013. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast first quarter losses per share 2c-4c, which was far below expectations of 6c per share in earnings. Revenue for Q1 was seen at $710M-$760M, versus consensus of $668.6M. Groupon said it expects one-time costs related to the integration of its recent acquisitions, specifically as it consolidates Ticket Monster with its Korean business, and anticipates approximately $25M of additional investment in marketing and other growth initiatives to drive adoption of the marketplace. Together, in Q1, newly-acquired LivingSocial Korea and Ideeli are expected to contribute approximately $50M to revenue and have an approximately $20M negative impact on adjusted EBITDA, Groupon said. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firm RBC Capital downgraded Groupon to Underperform from Sector Perform after the company's 2014 EBITDA guidance came in significantly below expectations and it reported that its billings growth rates had deteriorated in Q4. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $7 from $11. Conversely, Piper Jaffray said Groupon’s quarter was “not as bad as it looks.” The firm attributed the post-earnings pullback in shares of Groupon to the company's North America local billings decelerating to 2% year-over-year growth and it’s weaker than expected earnings guidance. Piper kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $15 price target. The firm believes Groupon remains well positioned to build a deal marketplace, Piper added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Groupon dropped $1.73, or 16.9%, to $8.55 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s slide, the stock is up by approximately 48% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: eBay (EBAY) owns an online marketplace with a significant mobile presence. RetailMeNot (SALE) operates a digital coupon marketplace. ReachLocal (RLOC) owns DealOn Media, a local deals company.
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April 22, 2015
16:17 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q2 EPS 71c-73c, consensus 71c
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16:16 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q1 EPS 77c, consensus 70c
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15:30 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:41 EDTEBAYEarnings Watch: eBay shares rise over 6.3% since last earnings report
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06:13 EDTEBAYeBay April weekly call volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 20, 2015
08:37 EDTGRPNKKR, Anchor Equity to acquire controlling stake in Groupon's Ticket Monster
Private equity investor Anchor Equity Partners and global investment firm KKR (KKR) have signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in leading South Korean mobile commerce company Ticket Monster from Groupon (GRPN). Anchor and KKR, in conjunction with TMON’s management, will jointly acquire a controlling stake in TMON and will inject new capital into the company to help fund its future growth opportunities. Anchor and KKR will hold equal stakes in the company. Some of the world’s largest pension, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Pavilion Capital, will also be participating as investors in this transaction. Groupon, which acquired TMON in January 2014, will retain a fully diluted 41% minority stake in the company. The investment is based on a $782M fully diluted valuation of TMON. KKR and Anchor will work closely with TMON’s co-founder and CEO Dan Shin and the management team to grow the business. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions.
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon continues to see FY15 adjusted EBITDA greater than $315M
08:35 EDTGRPNGroupon raises Q1 adjusted EPS view to 1c-3c from 0c-2c
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08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon board approves new $300M share repurchase program
Groupon announced its Board of Directors has approved a new $300M share repurchase program, subject to the closing of the TMON sale. The authorization includes the flexibility for accelerated repurchases and purchases over time in the open market in accordance with our current practice. The new plan is expected to commence with the closing of the TMON sale and will run through August of 2017. Groupon expects to continue repurchases under its existing $300M share repurchase program approved in 2013. That program had $83M of authorized repurchases remaining as of March 31, 2015, and is set to expire in August of 2015. Share repurchases are subject to market conditions and other factors.
08:33 EDTGRPNGroupon agees to sell 46% stake in Ticket Monster to KKR for $360M
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April 17, 2015
15:24 EDTEBAYeBay April weekly call volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
eBay April weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, May is at 30, June is at 24, July is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
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April 15, 2015
10:23 EDTEBAYJD.com Launches JD Worldwide cross-border e-commerce platform
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April 14, 2015
11:07 EDTEBAYStocks with call strike movement; EBAY RAD
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10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon core business still key to valuation, says Piper Jaffray
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07:00 EDTGRPNKKR investor consortium close to deal to buy stake in Ticket Monster, WSJ says
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April 13, 2015
16:18 EDTEBAYeBay announces executive appointments ahead of PayPal separation
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09:03 EDTEBAYeBay SSS grew 7.3%, Amazon SSS up 24.6% in March, ChannelAdvisor says
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07:12 EDTEBAYeBay PayPal unit worth $39 per share alone, says Bernstein
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