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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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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
10:00 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Hertz to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $15 price target on shares. The firm believes consensus estimates remain too high and meaningful price increases are unlikely. Additionally, Morgan Stanley said competition from Uber-like ride sharing and new mobility models is accelerating faster than expected.
06:42 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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July 20, 2015
06:27 EDTHTZHertz reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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