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August 12, 2014
11:21 EDTKATE, KORS, COHKate 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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October 20, 2014
13:10 EDTKATE, KORSSteve Madden tumbles after providing preliminary Q3 results, FY14 outlook
Shares of shoe and accessory company Steve Madden (SHOO) are tumbling after the company announced preliminary third quarter results that were below analysts' consensus along with a reduction to its fiscal year 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Steve Madden announced that it is anticipating Q3 earnings per share to be approximately 61c-62c and net sales of $392M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 67c and $415.72M, respectively. The company noted that retail comparable store sales for the quarter are anticipated to be down 7.4%. Steve Madden also reduced its FY14 EPS outlook to $1.81-$1.86 from $2.00-$2.10, well below analysts' $2.02 consensus. The company lowered its net sales projection for the year, and now sees net sales up 1%-2% over fiscal year 2013 versus its previous net sales guidance for up 2%-4% over FY13. The new guidance factors in the recent acquisition of Dolce Vita and current expectations for remainder of the year. On August 14, Steve madden acquired Dolce Vita for $60.3M in cash and previously said the deal would be accretive to earnings in FY14 by 2c-3c and be "modestly accretive" in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Steve Madden's Chief Executive Officer Edward Rosenfeld said that the company's Q3 earnings were "disappointing" and were the result of weaker than expected retail segment performance. He believes that retail trends in the footwear space will continue to be difficult through the fourth quarter due to a lack of noteworthy fashion trends in the industry. The CEO said that the company's full-year guidance results from this pattern, along with a lowered reorder outlook in its wholesale segment. Rosenfeld is still confident, however, in the company's business model and believes that its acquisitions of Dolce Vita and its Mexican licensee will fuel the business forward over the long term. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors of Steve Madden include Michael Kors (KORS), Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE), and Vera Bradley. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Steve Madden fell $2.62 or 8.2%, to $29.32. Over the last twelve months, the stock has fallen over 15%.
October 14, 2014
17:03 EDTKATEKate Spade appoints Thomas Linko as CFO
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05:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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