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August 20, 2014
12:02 EDTHTZ, CARHertz 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.
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September 16, 2014
08:06 EDTHTZHertz and Carl Icahn reach agreement regarding board appointments
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September 12, 2014
09:54 EDTHTZHertz rises, levels to watch
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09:14 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:11 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Baltimore/Wilmington on September 12 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:56 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on agreement-in-principle with Carl Icahn
Hertz Global volatility may move reaching an agreement-in-principle with Carl Icahn to add three representatives to its board. Overall option implied volatility of 37 is near its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
September 11, 2014
18:35 EDTHTZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:18 EDTHTZHertz reaches agreement-in-principle with Carl Icahn to add three directors
Hertz announced that it has reached an agreement-in-principle with Carl C. Icahn and affiliated entities to appoint Vincent J. Intrieri, Samuel Merksamer and Daniel A. Ninivaggi to the company's board as new independent directors. In connection with the anticipated director appointments, three existing directors will retire from the board, effective upon the appointments of the new directors to the board. In this connection, Icahn has agreed not to run a proxy contest at the company's 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and to vote in favor of the company's nominees at the Annual Meeting. Two of the new directors will be part of the five-person search committee leading the process to find a permanent CEO of Hertz. Following the contemplated appointments and retirements, Hertz will have a nine-person Board, with the Board expanded to 10 directors upon the appointment of a permanent CEO. Under the agreement-in-principle, the company's shareholder rights plan will be amended to increase the triggering percentage to 20% and to implement other changes. The agreement-in-principle remains subject to negotiation and execution of definitive documentation.
16:17 EDTHTZHertz reaches agreement-in-principle with Carl Icahn to add three directors
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07:37 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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05:53 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS HTZ
Stocks with implied volatility movement; UltraShort S&P500 ProShares (SDS) 24, Hertz (HTZ) 38 according to iVolatility.
September 10, 2014
09:06 EDTHTZHertz appoints Christian J. Cunningham as Chief Human Resources Officer
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09:06 EDTHTZHertz appoints Christian J. Cunningham as Chief Human Resources Officer
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06:43 EDTHTZTypo causes confusion Icahn's stake in Gannett, NY Times says
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September 9, 2014
11:11 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with MKM Partners
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September 8, 2014
10:36 EDTCAR, HTZHertz spikes higher as CEO Frissora resigns amid shareholder pressure
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09:24 EDTHTZHertz CEO stepping down a near-term positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the decision for Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO of Hertz (HTZ) as a prudent one that reduces the chances management and the board could get unnecessarily distracted from fixing operations and sees the change as a near-term positive for the stock. The firm thinks a thorough search for a new CEO is needed and believes former Dollar Thrifty (DTG) CEO Scott Thompson could be a candidate for the opening. Wells maintains its Outperform rating on Hertz.
09:12 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
Hertz Global volatility may move after announcing Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO. Overall option implied volatility of 35 is near its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:07 EDTHTZHertz jumps 6% after announcing Chairman Frissora steps down
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08:04 EDTHTZHertz announces Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
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