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November 12, 2015
14:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November weekly 9 straddle priced for 7.8% movement into Q3
14:35 EDTJCPEarnings Watch: J.C. Penney CEO says Q3 EPS, gross marin 'exceeded expectations'
J.C. Penney (JCP) is scheduled to third quarter earnings before the market opens on Friday, November 13 with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. J.C. Penney operates about 1,100 retail stores and EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for a loss per share of (55c) on revenue of $2.88B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (64c)-(43c) on revenue of $2.79B-$2.95B. LAST QUARTER: J.C. Penney reported second earnings per share of (45c) on revenue of $2.88B, slightly beating estimates for (48c) and $2.86B, respectively. Comparable store sales were up 4.1% in the quarter. The retailer backed its fiscal year 2015 same-store sales view of up 4%-5% and raised its FY15 EBITDA guidance to approximately $620M from about $600M. The company also backed its FY15 gross margin view of a 100-150 basis point improvement. On its earnings conference call, J.C. Penney said it was "confident" in its ability to achieve its long-term financial targets, and forecast an improvement in second half SSS vs. first half. Further, J.C. Penney sees Q3 SSS up sequentially from Q2. The company expects to be free cash flow breakeven in FY15. NEWS: During the quarter, J.C. Penney named John Tighe as its chief merchant, succeeding Elizabeth Sweeney. J.C. Penney cut 300 jobs at its Plano, Texas, headquarters in October as it progresses on its strategic framework. On November 11, J.C. Penney reported stronger than expected SSS growth of 6.4% for Q3. Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison said that the company's Q3 EPS and gross margin performance "exceeded our expectations." Separately, the retailer also announced the settlement of a class action lawsuit alleging false advertising. The company will make $50M in cash available for claims under the terms of the settlement. STREET RESEARCH: On September 28, Sterne Agee CRT upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target. After meeting with the company's new CEO, the firm thinks he has the ability to lead a turnaround at the company. The firm believes that the retailer's initiatives will boost its EBITDA, and Sterne thinks the company can surpass its $1.2B 2017 EBITDA guidance while its same-store sales growth can accelerate. On October 7, Citi analyst Paul Lejuez started shares of J.C. Penney with a Sell rating and $7 price target. The company's goals are aggressive while its free cash flow is "elusive," Lejuez told investors in a research note. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, J.C. Penney shares are up 7.5%. In trading ahead of Friday's Q3 report, J.C. Penney is up about 4.25% to $8.88.
14:30 EDTJCPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include J. C. Penney (JCP), consensus (55c)... Edgewell Personal Care (EPC), consensus 69c.
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