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February 3, 2014
13:04 EDTKORSEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Michael Kors to meet or exceed Q3 guidance
Michael Kors (KORS) is scheduled to report third quarter results before the market open on Tuesday, February 4 with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am ET. Michael Kors Holdings Limited is a global lifestyle brand and global accessories, footwear and apparel company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 86c on revenue of $859.94M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 82c-89c on revenue of $842.7M-$885.09M. LAST QUARTER: Michael Kors reported Q2 EPS of 71c against estimates of 68c, on revenue of $740.3M against estimates for $725.9M. Comparable store sales increased 22.9%. The company forecast Q3 EPS 83c-85c on revenue of $845M-$855M, and said this outlook assumes a SSS increase in the 15%-20% range. Michael Kors also forecast FY14 EPS $2.77-$2.81 against estimates of $2.83 on revenue of $2.9B-$3B against estimates of $3.03; the company also sees FY SSS up approximately 20%. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley expects the company to meet or beat the 86c EPS estimate and for the market to reward 20% global comps. The firm believes Michael Kors will deliver "best in class" holiday sales, and says the brand remains the most searched handbag brand. Buckingham expects Michael Kors' sales and earnings guidance to surpass expectations During the quarter, shares were downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup and Wedbush said markdowns were higher than expected during the holiday season. Michael Kors was mentioned positively at ITG Research in January. OTHER STOCKS: Michael Kors peer Coach (COH) recently reported weaker than expected Q2 results. PRICE ACTION: Michael Kors shares are up almost 3% over the last three months, despite the stock being down over 3% in today's trading.
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July 18, 2014
11:45 EDTKORSJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
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07:32 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $80 from $95 at Jefferies
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July 17, 2014
13:14 EDTKORSMichael Kors rises after analyst sees less discounting than peers
Shares of accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) are slightly higher in a down market after Credit Suisse said that the company's brands are less likely to be on sale than those of its competitors. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss wrote that Michael Kors' products are "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments." At mid-tier department stores, 25% of Michael Kors' products are on sale with an average markdown of 27%, Buss reported. On average, 35% of the products of the company's peers are on sale, at an average discount of 27%, the analyst stated. Additionally, Michael Kors' channel strategy provides it with multiple advantages, including brand integrity and limits on markdowns, Buss believes. Buss wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent drop in the stock, and reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Michael Kors today was research firm Canaccord. Markdowns of the company's products are not any larger than last year, and concerns about large discounts on its products have created a buying opportunity, the firm contended. Canaccord continues to believe that the accessories maker has strong long-term growth opportunities, and it kept a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors gained 2% to $83. Two of the company's competitors, Coach (COH) and Kate Spade (KATE), rose fractionally.
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07:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors promo concerns creates buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said promotional activity concerns at Michael Kors have created a buying opportunity. The firm said markdowns were no bigger than last year, suggesting a standard seasonal markdown in anticipation of fall deliveries. Canaccord believes long term growth opportunities remain robust at Kors and keeps a Buy rating and $123 price target on the shares.
07:45 EDTKORSMichael Kors discounting well below industry averages, says Credit Suisse
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July 16, 2014
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:51 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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July 15, 2014
12:31 EDTKORSMichael Kors sinks after analysts issue bearish notes
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11:34 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Hold, price target cut to $85 at Maxim
As previously reported, Maxim downgraded Michael Kors to Hold from Buy and lowered its price target on the shares to $85 from $109 after the firm's checks showed domestic sales have weakened more than expected, which in turn led to increased markdowns.
11:21 EDTKORSMichael Kors August volatility increases as shares trend lower into Q1
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11:17 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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07:03 EDTKORSMichael Kors reiterated as an Underweight at Barclays
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06:44 EDTKORSMichael Kors sentiment 'increasingly more bearish,' says Piper Jaffray
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06:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $98 from $107 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Michael Kors (KORS) to $98 after its national handbag survey indicated a "lack of newness" and that the company failed to meet plan in 17% of responses versus 1% previously. Citi says Kors continues to be number one in handbags and it keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. Its survey indicated results at Coach (COH) are fairly consistent overall, with an improvement in stores exceeding plan. Citi has a Neutral rating on Coach.
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