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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.
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November 25, 2015
11:47 EDTRLGuess surges after Q3 profit beats estimates
Shares of Guess (GES), which licenses and distributes apparel and accessories, are advancing after the company's third quarter profit surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Guess reported Q3 earnings per share of 15c, beating estimates of 11c, and revenue of $521M, matching the consensus forecast. In constant currency, total net revenue decreased 3.9%. Q3 retail comparable sales including e-commerce decreased 6% in U.S. dollars and 2% in constant currency. Victor Herrero, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am pleased to report that third quarter results were better than our expectations. Our European retail business was especially strong with a double digit comp sales increase for the quarter for the first time in five years." GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to Q4, Guess forecast EPS of 53c-62c, versus consensus of 59c. It sees Q4 net revenues to range between a decline of 1.5% and an increase of 1.5% in constant currency, compared to consensus of $662.8M. Currency headwinds are expected to negatively impact consolidated revenue growth by approximately 5.5%, for a net decline between 7.0% and 4.0%. The estimated impact on earnings per share of the currency headwinds is approximately 18c. For FY16, Guess raised the bottom end of its EPS outlook to 93c-$1.02 from 89c-$1.02, compared to consensus of 96c. FY16 revenue is forecast to decline between 1.5% and 0.5% in constant currency, versus consensus of $2.21B. Currency headwinds are expected to negatively impact consolidated revenue growth by approximately 8.0%, for a net decline between 9.5% and 8.5%. The estimated impact on FY16 earnings per share of the currency headwinds is approximately 40c. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Guess rose $1.60, or about 8.2%, to $21.14 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's advance, the shares have lost approximately 7% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that distribute and license apparel and accessories include PVH Corp. (PVH), Ralph Lauren (RL), Perry Ellis (PERY) and VF Corp. (VFC).
November 17, 2015
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November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTKORSGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).

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