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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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August 3, 2015
19:01 EDTCAROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:33 EDTCARAvis Budget lowers FY15 revenue view to $8.6B-$8.7B from $8.8B
FY15 consensus $8.76B. Narrows FY15 adjusted EBITDA view to approximately $900M-$950M from $900M-$1B.
16:31 EDTCARAvis Budget narrows FY15 EPS view to $3.15-$3.45 from $3.15-$3.75
FY15 consensus $3.40.
16:29 EDTCARAvis Budget authorizes additional $250M of share repurchases
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16:28 EDTCARAvis Budget narrows FY15 earnings outlook
16:28 EDTCARAvis Budget authorizes additional $250M of share repurchases
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16:28 EDTCARAvis Budget reports Q2 EPS 84c, consensus 68c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.2B, consensus $2.24B.
08:25 EDTCARMobileye, Delphi named Volkswagen supplier partners for ADAS
On Friday, Volkswagen Group (VLKAY) announced it has nominated the first 44 suppliers who will be collaborating with the Group on a new common strategic level under the joint "Future Automotive Supply Tracks," or "FAST," initiative. "These suppliers were chosen for their outstanding performance in their respective field of competence based on a systematic selection process," Volkswagen stated. Mobileye (MBLY) and Delphi (DLPH) were each named as partners for ADAS, or advanced driver assistance systems. Other supplier partners named by the German automaker included NVIDIA (NVDA), Vodafone (VOD), IBM (IBM), Avis Budget (CAR), Corning (GLW), Honeywell (HON), BP (BP) and Exxon Mobil (XOM).
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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