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August 14, 2014
10:36 EDTJCP, M, MSO, HSNIEarnings Preview: Analyst sees J.C. Penney reporting positive Q2 comps
J. C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 14, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and jcp.com. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (93c) on revenue of $2.79B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is ($1.13)-(65c) on revenue of $2.71B-$2.86B. LAST QUARTER: J. C. Penney reported first quarter EPS of ($1.16), against estimates for ($1.25), on revenue of $2.8B, against estimates for $2.71B. Comparable store sales increased 6.2% for the quarter. The retailer forecast Q2 SSS up in the mid single digits and said the gross margin would improve sequentially against the prior year period. For fiscal year 2014, J.C. Penney forecast same-store sales up in the mid-single digits with gross margin up "significantly" versus the prior year. On its Q1 earnings conference call, the company said that it expected to be cash flow neutral this year and that it sees working capital as a source of funds in 2014. NEWS: Shopper visits to physical stores, not specifically J.C. Penney but all U.S retailers, fell by nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July, according to data firm ShopperTrak, reported The Wall Street Journal. The report noted that physical store visits have fallen by 5% or more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years in the U.S. The WSJ also reported that Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN (HSNI), was considered the lead candidate for J.C. Penney Chief Executive Officer Myron Ullman's position. Grossman had been in talks with J.C. Penney but could not agree on terms and negotiations broke down "months" ago, the Journal added in its July 13 report. During the quarter, J.C. Penney appealed a New York state court decision that ruled the company interfered with a contract between Macy's (M) and Martha Stewart (MSO) by selling the celebrity's home products. STREET RESEARCH: Craig-Hallum upgraded J.C. Penney shares to Hold from Sell earlier this week. The research firm expects the Q2 report to reflect better than expected comps from a stronger inventory position and improving vacancy rates in its malls, but remains cautious longer-term given gross margin pressures from outsized e-commerce growth. Piper Jaffray believes a turnaround is "very much underway" at the retailer and says the company is on a path to reclaim $2B-$3B of its $6B revenue loss following a change in management. The firm sees positive comps in Q2 and the second half of 2014, it stated in a report published July 31. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its last earnings report, J. C. Penney shares are up about 12.5%. In morning trading today ahead of tonight's Q2 report, J. C. Penney's stock is up 0.5% to $9.40.
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October 8, 2014
12:25 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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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.
11:13 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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