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August 20, 2014
12:02 EDTCAR, HTZHertz drops after withdrawing full year guidance, analyst downgrades
Shares of car rental firm Hertz (HTZ) are sinking after the company withdrew its fiscal 2014 outlook and received several analyst downgrades. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Hertz said it expects its FY14 results to be "well below" the low end of its prior view. On May 13, the company forecast FY14 adjusted EPS of $1.70-$2.00, versus consensus of $1.86. FY14 revenue was seen at $11.4B-$11.7B, compared to consensus $11.52B. FY14 corporate EBITDA was expected to be $2.06B-$2.42B, with FY14 free cash flow of $550M-$650M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: To explain the revised outlook, Hertz cited ongoing operational challenges in the rental car and equipment segments, as well as the associated costs related to the accounting review previously disclosed. These ongoing challenges include: Record level, industry-wide OEM vehicle recall activity, which has constrained the company’s U.S. fleet available for rent; Significantly higher-than-expected adjusted direct operating expense in U.S. rental car; Issues and delays associated with the installation of its Enterprise Resource Planning and counter systems, which have adversely impacted anticipated synergy capture flowing from the Dollar Thrifty acquisition; and Continued soft demand in the equipment rental business segment. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JP Morgan downgraded Hertz to Neutral from Overweight citing reduced confidence that the company's issues will be resolved in the near-term after it withdrew its full year forecast. The firm believes the wealth of bad news in the company's 8-K filing will prove to be a capitulation point for many bulls. The firm cut its price target on the shares to $25 from $32. Deutsche Bank also downgraded Hertz, revising its rating to Hold from Buy after the company withdrew is forecast for the year. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Hertz dropped $3.00, or about 9.5%, to $28.56 on nearly seven times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 14% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hertz' main competitor in the car rental space, Avis Budget Group (CAR), was up 0.3% in trading today.
News For HTZ;CAR From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
12:50 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with MKM Partners
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February 25, 2015
09:08 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:14 EDTHTZHertz reports Q4 revenue $2.55B, consensus $2.52B
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07:12 EDTHTZHertz expects foreign currency rates to negatively impact 2015 revenue by 3%
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07:11 EDTHTZHertz remains committed to separation of equipment rental business
Hertz remains committed to the separation of its equipment rental business and is continuing to advance those plans, although the timing of the actual separation will not occur until after the company has completed its accounting review, filed its financial statements with the SEC, and has completed the audited carve out financial statements for the equipment rental business and requisite SEC filing activities for the separation.
07:10 EDTHTZHertz: Early initiatives increase cost reduction commitment to $200M run rate
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February 24, 2015
07:30 EDTCARJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
February 19, 2015
14:59 EDTCARAvis Budget downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale
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February 18, 2015
16:42 EDTCARAvis Budget sees FY15 EPS ex-items $3.15-$3.75, consensus $3.56
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16:40 EDTCARAvis Budget reports Q4 EPS ex-items 23c, consensus 20c
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15:35 EDTCARNotable companies reporting after market close
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTHTZJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
17:06 EDTHTZIcahn gives quarterly update on stakes, takes new stake in Manitowoc
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