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August 4, 2014
13:25 EDTRL, COH, KORS, 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.
News For KORS;COH;KATE;RL From The Last 14 Days
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March 6, 2015
16:22 EDTKATEKate Spade, Lucky Brand enter transfer and settlement agreement
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13:27 EDTKATEDWI Holdings announce new global licensing agreement with kate spade
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13:27 EDTKATEDWI Holdings announce new global licensing agreement with kate spade
DWI Holdings announced a global licensing agreement for the design, development and distribution of kate spade new york bedding and bath collections through 2020. Through this partnership, DWI Holdings will offer an assortment of bed and bath products through its extensive distribution network. DWI Holdings will launch its first collection during the upcoming March market week at its showrooms in New York.
11:16 EDTKATEDWI Holdings announce new global licensing agreement with kate spade
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March 5, 2015
07:01 EDTCOHCoach price target raised to $47 from $43 at JPMorgan
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March 3, 2015
15:57 EDTRL, COHBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:26 EDTKATEKate Spade sees FY15 net sales $1.2B-$1.28B, consensus $1.28B
Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $185M-$200M; Sees FY15 DTC omparable sales growth in high single digits. Sees FY15 CapEx $75M; Expects to open 50-55 stores in 2015. Sees FY15 normalized tax rate of 38%-40%. Sees FY15 interest expense of $18M-$22M.
07:25 EDTKATEKate Spade reports Q4 direct-to-consumer comparable sales up 28%
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07:25 EDTKATEKate Spade reports Q4 adjusted EPS 24c, consensus 28c
Reports Q4 revenue $398.57M, consensus $389.44M
07:19 EDTKATEKate Spade announces expansion of kate spade new york home category
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March 2, 2015
15:23 EDTKATENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:45 EDTKATEKate Spade volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Kate Spade March call option implied volatility is at 64, April is at 46, July is at 41; compared to its 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on March 3.
09:47 EDTCOHCoach downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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February 27, 2015
20:43 EDTKATEKate Spade management to meet with Sterne Agee
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February 25, 2015
07:31 EDTCOHCoach longer term outlook positive, says Stifel
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February 24, 2015
10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:28 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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February 20, 2015
07:14 EDTCOHOppenheimer to hold a tour
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