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February 27, 2013
18:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO: We exit the year positioned to succeed in 2013
On J.C. Penney's (JCP) Q4 earnings conference call, CEO Ron Johnson said, "We began this year clean and ready to chase the items that are selling. It is incredibly comforting to me to be relieved of the massive inventory overhang with which we began last year. Based on these accomplishments, we exit the year positioned to succeed in 2013, and this is the year the new JCP will take form." Johnson admitted to making "big mistakes," but noted that the company has brought back coupons for rewards members and will offer sales each and every week moving forward. Despite flat year-over-year traffic on Presidents day, management said it was happy with holiday store traffic. However, they indicated that no sales guidance would be provided. They noted that merchandise inventory was down 20% or $575M from last year, expenses were reduced by $671M, and they were on track to achieve over $900M in savings. They expect the company's ability to return to growth will be much greater when the transformation of Joe Fresh and Home is completed.
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April 24, 2015
15:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 15, 2015
11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
April 14, 2015
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
April 13, 2015
06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link

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