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February 21, 2014
11:03 EDTSALE, GRPN, RLOC, EBAYGroupon 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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January 21, 2015
16:27 EDTEBAYeBay says total stock repurchase authorization $3B as of January 21
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16:26 EDTEBAYeBay says plans 'on track' to separate eBay, PayPal
The company said, "Looking ahead, our plans are on track to separate eBay and PayPal into independent companies in the second half of 2015, and we are confident this is the right strategic path for each business."
16:24 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted operating margin 27.7%
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16:21 EDTEBAYeBay reports mobile payment volume grew 58% in Q4
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16:20 EDTEBAYeBay enters standstill agreement with Carl Icahn
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16:18 EDTEBAYeBay to reduce workforce globally by approximately 7% in Q1
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16:17 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY15 adjusted EPS $3.05-$3.15, consensus $3.26
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16:16 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q1 adjusted EPS 68c-71c, consensus 76c
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16:15 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 89c
Reports Q4 revenue $4.9B, consensus $4.93B.
15:27 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
14:00 EDTEBAYeBay technical comments ahead of earnings, levels to watch
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13:38 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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11:34 EDTEBAYAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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January 20, 2015
13:19 EDTEBAYeBay volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTEBAYGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 15, 2015
10:29 EDTGRPNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:08 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded at Evercore ISI
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06:15 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI
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January 14, 2015
10:39 EDTGRPNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:42 EDTEBAYEtsy looking to raise $300M with IPO as soon as this quarter, Bloomberg says
Etsy, which operates a website that allows people to sell handmade crafts, is working with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on an initial public offering that could come as soon as this quarter, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Etsy seeks to raise $300M via the offering, the report said. Publicly traded companies in the e-commerce space include Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Alibaba (BABA) and zulily (ZU). Reference Link
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