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August 4, 2014
13:25 EDTRL, KORS, COH, KATEMichael Kors retreats after reporting margin decline
Shares of luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) are falling after the company reported stronger than expected results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, but said that its gross margins had dropped during the quarter. The company also estimated that its gross margin would drop in fiscal 2015. Analysts were divided on the company's outlook following the results. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors reported first quarter earnings per share of 91c, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of 81c. The company's revenue came in nearly $70M above expectations at $919.2M. However, Michael Kors' retail operating margin fell to 29.7% last quarter from 31.7% during the same period a year earlier, partially due to increased discounts. The company warned that its retail gross margin would likely decline about half a percentage point this year. On a positive note, the accessories designer provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance of $4.00-$4.05, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $3.96. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow wrote that "red flags abound" for the company. Specifically, Michael Kors' gross margins look poised to come under pressure as its spending is accelerating, the analyst warned. Meanwhile, the company's inventories were "heavy," and its first Fall products were not well-received by customers, the analyst stated. Although it remains to be seen if the red flags will become a "tipping point" for Michael Kors' profitability, investors should stay on the sidelines on the name until the outcome becomes more certain, advised Boruchow, who lowered his price target on the shares to $85 from $92 and kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Conversely, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Robert Ohmes wrote that the "impressive momentum" of Michael Kors should continue, partly due to its expected launch of new products for men this fall, its "impressive" growth in Europe, its launch of 100 new footwear shops, and strong licensing revenue. He expects the company's results to continue beating expectations and said that today's pullback in the stock has created a buying opportunity. OTHERS TO WATCH: Michael Kors' competitors include Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Ralph Lauren (RL). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors slumped 6.6% to $76.42.
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September 12, 2014
07:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors names Pascale Meyran as Chief Human Resources Officer
Michael Kors Holdings Limited announced that Pascale Meyran has been named to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. She will report to John D. Idol, the company’s chairman and CEO. Meyran’s appointment, effective September 15, 2014, is a key element in the brand’s development of a strategic global infrastructure. In this new role, Ms. Meyran will oversee the creation of a best in class Global Human Resources Department, with a focus on a robust learning and talent development program.
September 10, 2014
10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: African Barrick Gold (ABGLY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Raymond James... Callon Petroleum (CPE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Coach (COH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... L Brands (LB) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Marcus (MCS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
07:47 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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06:01 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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September 9, 2014
10:10 EDTRLOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:26 EDTRLUSPA wins motion to dismiss Ralph Lauren lawsuit
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09:06 EDTRL, COH, KORSJimmy Choo near London IPO with $1B valuation, Bloomberg says
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07:58 EDTRLRalph Lauren upgraded to Strong Buy at ISI Group
As previously reported, ISI Group upgraded Ralph Lauren to Strong Buy from Buy. The analyst upgraded shares based on relative valuation, a more effective organization structure, the rollout of the Polo store, and the launch of the first ever Polo women's collection in department stores and own stores. Price target is $230.
07:02 EDTCOHCoach names Gebhard Rainer as president and COO, effective September 29
Coach (COH) announced the appointment of Gebhard Rainer, as President and COO, effective September 29. Rainer joins Coach from Hyatt Hotels Corporation (H), where he most recently held the position of Executive Vice President and CFO. Rainer is filling a position that has been vacant since September 2013.
06:39 EDTRLRalph Lauren upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group
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September 5, 2014
16:25 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:19 EDTKORSMichael Kors margin concerns still overblown, says Buckingham
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09:16 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:25 EDTKORSMichael Kors 11.63M share Spot Secondary priced at $76.75
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07:27 EDTKORSMichael Kors volatility expected to move on offering of 11.63M shares for holder
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07:09 EDTCOHCoach volatility increases
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September 4, 2014
18:28 EDTKORSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:26 EDTKORSMichael Kors offers 11.63M shares for Sportswear Holdings
Michael Kors announced that it has launched a secondary public offering of ordinary shares pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 filed with the SEC on behalf of Sportswear Holdings Limited, one of its principal founding shareholders, for the offering of 11.63M ordinary shares, representing all of the ordinary shares held by Sportswear Holdings. Effective as of the closing date of the offering, Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou will resign from the company’s board. Following their resignation, the company’s board will be comprised of seven directors. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC will act as sole book-running manager for the offering.
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