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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.
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August 20, 2014
17:12 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTHTZOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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15:43 EDTHTZIcahn reports 8.48% stake in Hertz, plans talks with management
Icahn acquired his positions in the shares in the belief that they were undervalued. Icahn intends to have discussions with representatives of the company's management and board of directors relating to shareholder value, accounting issues, operational failures, underperformance relative to its peers and Icahn's lack of confidence in management. Icahn may also seek shareholder board representation if appropriate. Icahn may, from time to time and at any time: (i) acquire additional Shares and/or other equity, debt, notes, instruments or other securities of the company in the open market or otherwise; (ii) dispose of any or all of their securities in the open market or otherwise; or (iii) engage in any hedging or similar transactions with respect to the securities.
15:40 EDTHTZIcahn reports 8.48% stake in Hertz
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15:25 EDTHTZHertz holder Fir Tree urges board to change CEO, Bloomberg says
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14:56 EDTHTZHertz holder Fir Tree petitions board to change CEO, Bloomberg says
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12:37 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:02 EDTHTZ, CARHertz drops after withdrawing full year guidance, analyst downgrades
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10:20 EDTHTZHertz falls sharply, levels to watch
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10:04 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
09:07 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PetSmart (PETM), up 2,1%... Staples (SPLS), up 2%... E-House (EJ), up 2.5%. HIGHER: Fairchild (FCS), up 4% after Bloomberg says Infineon (IFNNY) is near a deal to buy a U.S. semiconductor company for $2B... Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), up 18.4% after reporting positive Phase 3 data from the Fabry study. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Lowe's (LOW), down 3%... Tarena (TEDU), down 9%... Leju (LEJU), down 4.2%... JA Solar (JASO), down 5%. LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 12.7% after downgraded at JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank following the company's decision to withdraw its FY14 guidance... NovaBay (NBY), down 35.2% after primary, secondary endpoints were not met in its NVC-422 study... RGS Energy (RGSE), down 14.9% after downgraded at Roth Capital following Q2 earnings results.
08:01 EDTHTZHertz renews agreement with Paragon Car Rental in Thailand
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06:09 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on withdraw of FY14 financial guidance
Hertz Global volatility may move on withdraw FY14 financial guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 37 is its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
05:53 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Hertz to Hold after the company withdrew is forecast for the year. Shares were also downgraded this morning at JPMorgan.
05:52 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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August 19, 2014
18:37 EDTHTZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE REPORTERS: Digital Ally (DGLY), rose another 6.6% in after-hours trading after surging 94% intraday. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Real Goods Solar (RGSE), down 15.8% after reporting second quarter results, filing to sell 5.02M shares of Class A common stock, and announcing that it has promoted Dennis Lacey to CEO... La-Z-Boy (LZB), down 3.79% after reporting first quarter EPS below analyst estimates... Tarena International (TEDU), down 8.4% after reporting second quarter results and guidance for third quarter and fiscal 2014. ALSO LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 12% after withdrawing fiscal 2014 guidance.
17:57 EDTHTZHertz expects to be 'well below' the low end of FY14 guidance
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17:53 EDTHTZHertz down 12% in after hours trading after withdrawing FY14 guidance
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17:51 EDTHTZHertz decides to withdraw FY14 financial guidance
August 18, 2014
15:17 EDTCARAvis Budget signs exclusive partnership with Seaborne Airlines
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