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August 12, 2014
11:21 EDTCOH, KORS, KATEKate Spade falls as company remains 'cautious' on FY16 margin outlook
Shares of accessory and clothing retailer Kate Spade (KATE) are falling lower despite climbing higher during pre-market trading after teh company said it is "cautious" on fiscal year 2016. WHAT'S NEW: Kate Spade this morning reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 5c, surpassing analysts' consensus of 0c. The company's Q2 revenue was $266.0M, which beat analysts' consensus of $237.83M. Net sales for Kate Spade North America during the quarter were $208M, a 54.6% increase compared to last year, driven primarily by increases in Kate Spade New York. The retailer reported that its direct to consumer comparable sales growth for the quarter was up 30% and noted that it expects fiscal year 2014 direct consumer comparable sales growth of 15%-17%. Kate Spade also increased its full-year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization outlook to $120M-$130M from $115M-$125M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, the company said that its Juicy Couture wind-down is "substantially complete" and that it has liquidated virtually all of Juicy's inventory. Interest expense in FY14 is anticipated to be $32M-$37M and the company's normalized tax rate is foreseen to be 38%-40%. The retailer expects 80 new store openings compared to last year. Kate Spade says comps in the second half of 2014 are anticipated to be in the high single digit range. Still, Kate Spade said that it remains "cautious" on FY16 margin targets, and noted the "promotional" landcape in Q2. The company noted that it is not currently revisiting FY16 margin targets. It sees margins "slightly lower" than Kate Spade New York over time and expects Saturday to be a "compelling" business. The company said it expects to achieve an adjusted EBITDA margin target of 25% for the former Kate Spade Segment, but is assessing whether any short-term adjustment to the 2016 timeframe is warranted, adding that if a short-term adjustment is necessary, it expects the most likely adjustment would be a shift to 2017. The company sees margin rate affected by the promotional environment. The company is currently pursuing various partnerships to improve operating leverage and expects to launch its UK e-commerce site in Q4. Kate Spade said it feels "very good" about the direction of the Kate Spade Saturday brand. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Kate Spade were down $5.36 or 13.79% to $33.51. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Kate Spade include Michael Kors (KORS) and Coach (COH).
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July 30, 2015
10:18 EDTKORSMichael Kors call activity attributed to takeover speculation
Michael Kors July 40 and 40.5 calls are active on total call volume of 2500 contracts (300 puts) amid speculation private equity is interested in the company. July weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, August is at 52, September is at 42; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 54. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement,
10:13 EDTKORSRumor: Michael Kors strength attributed to takeover speculation
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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July 28, 2015
10:23 EDTKATE, COH, KORSBMO Capital says high-end handbag makers to stay weak
High end handbag makers Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Michael Kors (KORS) are continuing to struggle and their share prices are likely to remain weak, research firm BMO Capital wrote in a note to investors today. The firm significantly cut its price targets on all three names. WHAT'S NEW: Consumers are spending less on high-end handbags as they increase the amount they allocate to other areas, including travel, leisure and apparel, BMO Capital analyst John Morris stated. Consequently, the North American handbag market was expanding at a 5% rate at the end of June, down from a high single digit rate earlier this year, according to Morris. Meanwhile, competition within the space is mounting and handbag price wars are continuing, the analyst stated. Although handbag stocks have dropped significantly and their valuations appear attractive, they are "falling knives," the analyst warned. Assessing the status of specific companies, Morris says that Kate Spade has avoided implementing major price cuts on its products, though its comparative sales and "mind share" have suffered as a result of that decision and stores are displaying its products less prominently. Coach's stock suggests that investors expect the company's fundamentals to rebound, but Morris thinks that their optimism may be premature. The pace of the company's improvement "remains challenging," and it is likely to be hurt by a decline of U.S. tourism, he believes. Also likely to be hurt by declines in tourism is Michael Kors, the analyst stated. The prices of Michael Kors' products are being reduced by retailers, its gross margins are sinking and its watch business is weak, Morris warned. He reduced his price target on Kate Spade to $19 from $30, on Coach to $28 from $37 and on Michael Kors to $40 from $51. The analyst kept Market Perform ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kate Spade was little changed at $18.75, Coach fell 0.5% to $30.60 and Michael Kors was fractionally higher at $39.17.
09:04 EDTKORS, COH, KATEHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
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08:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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July 22, 2015
07:25 EDTCOHCoach price target lowered to $40 from $47 at Stifel
Stifel cut its price target on Coach as the firm believes that competition in the accessories category is increasing, causing a deceleration in the segment. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
July 17, 2015
07:54 EDTCOHCoach near-term risk remains but could create opportunity, says UBS
UBS believes near-term risk remains for Coach but sees underlying trends creating the potential for a buying opportunity. The firm noted its concerns surrounding the company's heavy promotions but sees the brand improving with millennials. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating and lowered its price target to $34 from $40 on Coach shares.
July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
OTR Global downgraded Michael Kors to Mixed following checks that indicate U.S. Department Store sales are below goals and feedback that popularity is waning due to over distribution.

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