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July 8, 2014
06:53 EDTLUX, KORSMichael Kors re-launch of eyewear a multi-year catalyst, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes the recently signed 10-year license agreement between Michael Kors (KORS) and Luxottica (LUX) represents a multi-year opportunity for both companies. After meeting with Luxottica, Piper believes the company's goal of $100M in wholesale sales in three years could prove conservative given the growing appeal for the Michael Kors brand. The firm views eyewear as another comp drive for Michael Kors and a multi-year catalyst for the company. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with a $115 price target.
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October 20, 2014
13:10 EDTKORSSteve 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
05:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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October 13, 2014
17:53 EDTLUXLuxottica accepts Cavatorta resignation, Del Vecchio to be interim CEO
Luxottica Group announced that the board of directors accepted the resignation of Enrico Cavatorta from the board following disagreements on the current governance structure. Roger Abravanel resigns from the board of directors for the same reasons. The Chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio takes on the executive responsibilities ad interim while the co-CEO of Markets selection process is being finalized, based on a high profile list of candidates. The appointment of Massimo Vian as co-CEO of Operations and Product will take place together with the appointment of the co-CEO of Markets. The board acknowledged the Group performance of the third quarter, which shows a strong free cash flow generation, sales growth in line with the first half of the year at constant exchange rates and an expected increase in net income of approximately 10%. Reference Link
05:30 EDTLUXLuxottica downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
October 12, 2014
17:47 EDTLUXLuxottica CEO Enrico Cavatorta intends to submit resignation
Luxottica announces that a meeting of the Board of Directors has been called for tomorrow, Monday 13th October, following the intention expressed by Enrico Cavatorta to submit to the Board his resignation as CEO of the company. The Chairman will propose that the Board appoint Massimo Vian, current COO, with the mandate of co-CEO for Operations and Product, and to entrust him on an interim basis with responsibility for Corporate Functions and Markets. If approved, all business functions and related responsibilities will consequently be under the exclusive responsibility of the two co-CEOs. The company also confirms that the search process for a co-CEO for Markets is progressing, based on a high profile list of candidates. In light of the solid results achieved also in the third quarter, Luxottica is in a position to take the necessary time to execute this search, in order to ensure that the best decision is made for the company. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
09:42 EDTKORSMichael Kors mentioned positively at OTR Global
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October 6, 2014
06:49 EDTKORSMichael Kors global growth remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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