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June 6, 2014
15:09 EDTHTZ, CARHertz 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.
News For HTZ;CAR From The Last 14 Days
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March 30, 2015
10:00 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC...Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Madison Square Garden upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.... Restoration Hardware (RH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Kraft Foods (KRFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Tetra Technologies (TTI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil.
08:04 EDTHTZHertz upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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March 24, 2015
16:47 EDTHTZHertz receives NYSE notice of non-compliance
Hertz Global Holdings announced that on March 18, it received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange notifying the company of its failure to meet a NYSE listing standard resulting from the company's failure to timely file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. As previously disclosed, the company was unable to timely file its 2014 Form 10-K with the SEC because of the ongoing nature of the company's previously announced thorough review and investigation of its internal financial records for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013. As a result of the ongoing nature of this review and its potential impact on the company's 2014 financial results, the company was unable to file the 2014 Form 10-K by the extended due date of March 17, 2015. The financial review and investigation by the company is ongoing. Hertz continues to expect that it will not be able to file updated financial statements, including the 2014 Form 10-K, before mid-2015, and there can be no assurance that the process will be completed by that time.
March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTHTZOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
09:26 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with JPMorgan
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March 16, 2015
14:37 EDTCARAvis Budget backs FY15 EPS view $3.15-$3.75, consensus $3.53
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