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July 30, 2014
10:30 EDTKORS, COH, KATEMichael Kors risks seen increasing, shares downgraded
Shares of accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) are falling after research firm Robert W. Baird downgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: There is increased risk to Michael Kors' revenue and profit margins in North America, Baird analyst Mark Altschwager wrote. The firm's survey on handbags suggests that many fewer consumers are looking to buy handbags this quarter than in the prior quarter, the analyst stated. Additionally, the survey suggests that fewer women plan to buy a Michael Kors handbag in Q3 than in Q2, Baird stated. Meanwhile, Internet search trend data indicates that Michael Kors' trends in the U.S. decelerated in July, Altschwager stated. On a positive note, Michael Kors can still meet its guidance for a high teen percentage increase in Q1 comparative sales and the company's European business appears to be strong, the analyst stated. Moreover, the accessories maker's Q1 results and its guidance are likely to be in-line with expectations, Altschwager believes. However, he "sees less room" for the company's Q1 results to beat expectations. The analyst lowered his price target on the shares to $98 from $114 and cut his rating to Neutral from Outperform. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In recent days Topeka, Morgan Stanley, and Piper Jaffray recommended buying Michael Kors' stock following its weakness. However, BMO Capital called the stock overvalued and Citigroup wrote that its own survey showed that Michael Kors' watch sales were moderating. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Michael Kors fell 1% to $82.91. Other companies in the space were mixed, as Coach (COH) gained 1.4% to $34.83 and Kate Spade (KATE) lost 0.6% to $38.45.
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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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October 9, 2014
09:41 EDTCOHBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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