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August 15, 2014
10:30 EDTJCP, JWN, KSS, MJ.C. Penney falls despite posting a narrower than expected Q2 loss
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) are lower this morning despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: J.C. Penney's Q2 adjusted earnings per share was a loss of 75c per share, which was better than analysts' consensus of a 93c loss. The company's Q2 revenue came in at $2.8B, which narrowly beat analysts' consensus of $2.79B. Same store sales for the quarter increased 6% and online sales were up 16.7% compared to the same period last year. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said that the company's turnaround initiatives continued to produce improved financial results. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, J.C. Penney forecast third quarter SSS to be up mid-single digits, while Q3 gross margins are expected to fall in line with Q2. SG&A expenses are anticipated to be slightly above last year's levels. For fiscal year 2014, the company expects SSS to be up mid-single digits, while gross margin is seen to improve significantly compared to last year. The retailer is expecting profitable sales this back-to-school season. ANALYST REACTION: Maxim analyst Rick Snyder said that while J.C. Penney had a quarter which surpassed expectations, he still feels that difficult comps lie ahead. Snyder said that even though the company guided free cash flow to be positive, the projection is a one-time inflow and is not likely to be repeated in the coming years. He is modeling free cash flow to be up only modestly even past the end of the year. The firm maintains a Hold rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga said that a company turnaround is "very much underway" and that it is poised to regain $2B-$3B of its $6B revenue loss after a management shift. He continues to feel that the retailer is positioned to improve cash flow, sales and margins over time. Tamminga believes that the retailers' positive outlook for Q3 comps indicate an optimistic outlook for back-to-school season. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the shares with a price target of $12. Wells Fargo analyst Paul Lejuez said that even though gross margin comps proved notably and gross profit dollars increased by 25%, he feels that there isn't any reason why anyone should "get too excited" about J.C. Penney since they lost 73c per share excluding the gain on sale of land. He maintains his opinion that the current valuation is stretched and keeps an Underperform rating on the company's shares with a $5-$6 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, J.C. Penney fell 26c, or 2.67%, to $9.48, reversing earlier gains. The stock has lost approximately 32% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: J.C. Penney peer Macy's (M), which reported its earnings earlier this week, is down almost 1% this morning, while Nordstrom (JWN), which reported in-line results yesterday, is down almost 4%. Kohlís (KSS) is down 0.7%.
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October 8, 2014
12:04 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney now sees Q3 SSS in low single digit range
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12:04 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces growth initiatves for 2015-2017
At its 2014 analyst meeting in New York City today, J. C. Penney Company presented its plans for restoring sustainable profitable growth at the Company over the next three years."JCPenney is in a far stronger position today than it was when we began our turnaround effort 18 months ago. While we recognize that there's more work to be done in a highly competitive retail environment, I couldn't be more encouraged by the significant progress our teams have made in such a short amount of time," said Myron E. Ullman, III, CEO. "I am confident that the initiatives we are putting in place will fuel new growth and earn greater customer loyalty as we pursue our vision to become the preferred shopping choice for Middle America." The Company is focused on attracting a new and younger customer by investing in popular in-store attractions that can only be found at JCPenney. To that end, the Company announced the expansion of its highly successful partnership with Sephora, as the companies have agreed to open additional Sephora inside JCPenney locations through 2017, entering new and smaller markets as the first major beauty destination in town. The Company also provided financial performance goals that include achieving $1.2 billion in EBITDA in 2017. This reflects expectations for top line improvements associated with incremental growth potential, as well as continued market share gains in its underlying business, which represents a $3.5B sales opportunity. Of that amount, the Company conservatively expects to realize approximately $2B in incremental sales over the next three years, resulting in mid-single digit sales growth during that period.
11:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
11:16 EDTKSSKohlís October volatility elevated
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11:13 EDTMMacy's October volatility increases as shares pull back
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11:10 EDTJCPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says succession planning remains 'top priority'
Sees SG&A dollars "roughly flat" over next three years. Sees CapEx averaging $250M-$300M per year.
11:06 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says expects to be free cash flow positive in FY14
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11:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney falls 6%, halted for circuit-breaker after providing guidance
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11:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney now sees Q3 SSS up low single digits vs. previous guidance
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11:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says has seen slow down in sales in September
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11:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney reaffirms all FY guidance metrics
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10:59 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees $14.5B in total sales by 2017
CFO Ed Record says focused on restoring profitability. Says since 4Q13, has had three straight quarters of sales growth. Sees opportunities to improve SG&A and gross margin. Sees $3.5B sales growth opportunity over next three years: Sees continued share growth a $1M opportunity over three years, center core a $1M opportunity, home store a $750M opportunity, omnichannel a $800M opportunity. Sees $1.2B EBITDA growth opportunity over next three years. Sees sales growth in mid single digits through 2017. Free cash flow over next three years "at least" $600M. Comments made at J.C. Penney's Analyst Day.
10:33 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says seeing "significant" shift to mobile
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10:25 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says home is $750M growth opportunity
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09:23 EDTMCitigroup to hold a tour
Athletic Footwear Mall Tour travels to Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, New York on October 8.
09:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says will expand Disney stops in stores to 680 from 500
09:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEOsays will open more Sephora shops in store
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09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO Ullman says customers remain cautious
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