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February 12, 2014
08:39 EDTHDHome Depot to hire 80,000 for spring season
The Home Depot has begun filling more than 80,000 positions as it prepares for spring, the company's busiest selling season.
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August 24, 2015
16:07 EDTHDHome Depot completes acquisition of Interline Brands
The Home Depot (HD) announced it has completed its $1.625B acquisition of Interline Brands (IBI), a leading national distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations products. The agreement to acquire Interline was previously announced on July 22.
August 21, 2015
10:02 EDTHDHome Depot, Honda Power Equipment expand supply partnership
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), and marketer of a comprehensive range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the expansion of its partnership with The Home Depot (HD). Beginning September 1, a number of Honda generator models will be sold at The Home Depot's top 300 U.S. PRO Desk locations, a specialized area of the store dedicated to the product and service needs of the professional contractor.
August 19, 2015
10:26 EDTHDLowe's advances as Q2 revenue increases 4.5% from prior year
Shares of Lowe's (LOW) are advancing after the company reported second quarter revenue that increased 4.5% and a comparable store increase of 4.3%. WHAT'S NEW: Lowe's reported Q2 earnings per share of $1.20, missing analysts' estimates of $1.24, on revenue of $17.35B, slightly beating estimates of $17.27B and an increase of 4.5% from the prior year. Comparable store sales for the quarter rose 4.3%, the company said. Regarding the quarter, Robert Niblock, the company's chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said that the company was able to capitalize on big-ticket market share opportunities with "strong" growth in categories including outdoor power equipment and appliances. Looking ahead, the company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29, above analysts' consensus estimates of $3.28, and revenue for the year up 4.5%-5% year over year. This guidance is in line with previously provided guidance. Lowe's added that it sees FY15 SSS rising 4%-4.5% over last year and it expects to add 15-20 stores in FY15. Additionally, the company sees FY15 operating margin up 80-100 basis points and expects the effective income tax rate will be approximately 38.1%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Lowe's noted that recovery within the housing market continues and that drivers for the improvement include disposable personal income, home prices and housing turnover. Lowe's said it expects to repurchase $3.8B of stock in 2015, in line with prior forecasts. The company said it is planning to open 70 stores in Canada by 2017. The Fly notes that Lowe's announced earlier this month plans to open its first Manhattan store "in the coming weeks." STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of the company's earnings, Baird said that it views weakness in Lowe's shares as a buying opportunity and that the company's confidence in their unchanged FY15 guidance implies significant flow-through improvement and 30%+ EPS growth over the second half of the year. Baird added that upgraded online/project management functionality and installation/delivery optimization capabilities coming in 2015 show that progress on providing a seamless shopping experience for consumers should continue. In addition, Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterated its Buy rating on the Lowe's shares due its view of the company as a beneficiary of the consumer shift into bigger ticket purchases, which should sustain comp growth. OTHERS TO WATCH: Lowe's peer Home Depot (HD) yesterday reported Q2 adjusted EPS of $1.71, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $1.71, on revenue of $24.83B, relatively in line with the consensus estimate of $24.69B. Home Depot said SSS rose 4.2%, with U.S. SSS up 5.7%. The company also raised its FY15 EPS growth view to 13% from 11%-12%, with analysts expecting $5.27, and its FY15 sales growth view to 5.2%-6% from 4%-4.6%, with analysts expecting $87.02B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares in Lowe's are up 0.63% to $73.50. Meanwhile, Home Depot is up 0.14% to $122.96.
07:17 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $138 from $129 at UBS
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