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June 6, 2014
15:09 EDTCAR, HTZHertz crashes after more accounting errors found, profit warning issued
Shares of rental company Hertz (HTZ) are crashing after the company warned its first quarter results are "likely to be below consensus" and revealed that mistakes were identified during its preparation of its financial statements and that certain ones must be restated. WHAT'S NEW: Hertz announced that it postponed the filing of its form 10-Q due to errors identified relating to the company's conclusions regarding the capitalization and timing of depreciation for certain non-fleet assets, allowances for doubtful accounts in Brazil, as well as other items. Hertz continued its review and identified additional errors related to allowances for uncollectible amounts with respect to renter obligations for damaged vehicles and restoration obligations at the end of facility leases. The company's audit committee concluded that the financial statements for 2011 should no longer be relied upon and Hertz must restate them. Hertz said in its filing that it also needs to correct the 2012 and 2013 financial statements to reflect these errors and that it may need to restate those as well. Hertz also noted in the filing that for Q1 the company’s results are "likely to be below consensus, reflecting costs associated with the accounting review, other unusual items, and certain anticipated operating results." Consensus for Hertz' Q1 EPS and revenue were 9c and $2.56B, respectively, prior to the filing. Hertz also noted in its filing that Q1 U.S. rental car revenue increased approximately 4.5% over the same period last year and that U.S. rental car total revenue per day was down 1.6% compared with last year. International rental car revenue increased approximately 1.7% over the same period last year and worldwide equipment rental segment revenue increased approximately 2.4% over the same period last year during Q1, Hertz added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hertz had previously filed to delay its 10-Q on May 13 and disclosed some of the errors it had found to that point. Hertz stated that its previously disclosed equipment rental business’ transition into a new, publicly traded company is advancing and remains "on track," but added that it is possible that the efforts to resolve the various accounting issues could impact the timing of the actual separation. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analyst Richard Kwas wrote that Hertz's disclosure will be a headwind for the stock, as he feels the ongoing accounting mistakes are likely to spark further concerns among investors. However, Kwas noted that the errors don't appear to be fleet-related and he feels the forward commentary the company gave as part of its filing to be "good." Wells Fargo has an Outperform rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: The primary publicly traded competitor to Hertz in the rental car industry is Avis Budget (CAR). PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Hertz fell 8.86% to $27.79, while Avis Budget was up 2.25% to $60.03.
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November 17, 2014
08:41 EDTHTZHertz rating suspended at Goldman
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05:54 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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November 14, 2014
17:01 EDTHTZIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTHTZThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
16:01 EDTHTZOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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10:05 EDTHTZHertz restatatement news worse than expected, says Deutsche Bank
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10:02 EDTHTZHertz restatements to last into next year, says Wells Fargo
After speaking with management, Wells Fargo says Hertz's restatement process is likely to last through most of the first half of 2015. On the plus side, Wells notes that it confirmed vehicle fleet depreciation was not cited as an issue with the company's 2011-2013 restatements. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:56 EDTHTZHertz falls on restatements, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTHTZJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
09:38 EDTHTZActive equity options trading
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08:20 EDTHTZHertz November volatility elevated into outlining new rental car strategy
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07:21 EDTHTZHertz: Lower revenue growth, higher directing expenses are transitionary
Interim CEO Brian MacDonald said, "We believe the lower revenue growth and higher direct operating expenses we are experiencing in 2014 are transitory, primarily associated with fleet and systems integration challenges related to the Dollar Thrifty acquisition as well as some execution issues. We are addressing the operational issues by strategically repositioning the fleet, hiring incremental sales and maintenance staff and migrating the Dollar and Thrifty financial and counter systems onto Hertz systems. Accordingly, 2015 will represent a transitional year with a more normal base performance becoming evident in 2016."
07:20 EDTHTZHertz sees FY14 corporate EBITDA $1.3B-$1.45B
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07:20 EDTHTZHertz reports Q3 revenue $3.12B, compared to $3.07B a year ago
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07:17 EDTHTZHertz to restate 2011, 2012, 2013 financial statements
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz to implement global cost reduction program
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz announces new U.S. rental car fleet strategy
Hertz announced a new fleet purchasing strategy to improve the U.S. rental car business's competitive position and customer experience. Hertz will purchase roughly 350,000 model year 2015 vehicles in the U.S., approximately 60% more than the model year 2014 vehicles. Approximately 25% of the model year 2015 fleet buy is being delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014. Approximately 70% of the U.S. operating fleet is expected to be risk vehicles in calendar year 2015 versus approximately 85% in 2014. As the company strategically transforms the U.S. fleet, the average U.S. risk-car holding period for 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles is expected to be substantially lower than the 2013 model year holding periods. To accelerate its fleet transformation, the company increased its fourth quarter U.S. risk vehicle dispositions by 45% versus plan, targeting its highest mileage vehicles. As of the end of October, approximately 40% of the sales planned for fourth quarter 2014 have been completed. For the full year 2014, U.S. car rental monthly depreciation per vehicle is expected to be approximately $280 - $300 per unit, which is higher than forecast primarily due to the accelerated disposition timeline and weaker residual values.
November 13, 2014
14:50 EDTHTZLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTHTZLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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07:27 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Atlanta on November 13 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
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