Kate Spade plans to open around 80 stores in 2014, slightly below prior plan In 2014, plans to focus on expansion of international e-commerce business, integrate newly acquired business in Southeast Asia. Says Juicy Couture wind-down remains on track. For 2014, sees FY14 adjusted EBITDA margins up ~100bps from FY13. Sees FY14 CapEx around $140M. Comments from slides that are being presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
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Kate Spade upgraded at BofA/Merrill As previously reported, BofA/Merill upgraded Kate Spade to Buy from Neutral. The analyst has increased confidence in sustainable comp growth following a recent handbag survey and said the current share price does not reflect growth prospects. Price target is $34.