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February 22, 2013
10:23 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's backs FY12 EPS view $1.64, flat revenue
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report Q4 before the market open on Monday, February 25, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 23c on revenue of $10.83B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 20c-28c on revenue of $10.64B-$11.2B... LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported Q3 EPS of 35c including charges against estimates for 35c on revenue of $12.1B against estimates for $11.91B. Q3 results included charges related to long-lived asset impairments, discontinued projects, and a change in the discount rate applied to self-insurance claims which, in the aggregate, reduced pre-tax earnings for Q3 by $85M and diluted EPS by 5c. In December, the company backed its FY12 EPS view of $1.64 against estimates for $1.72 and its revenue view of approximately flat against estimates of $50.3B. The company also reiterated its FY12 same-store sales view of a 1% increase. On its analyst and investor call, the company said it was encouraged by recent trends in new and existing home sales and said it saw expansion opportunities in Mexico and Australia. During the quarter, Lowe's named Michael A. Jones as Chief Merchandising Officer... STREET RESEARCH: Stifel Nicolaus recently downgraded Lowe's to Hold from Buy as the firm thinks there's a growing chance that the housing recovery is slowing. Canaccord also downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold based on aggressive financial targets, a counterproductive management realignment, lack of traction in store resets, and continued e-commerce investments... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up about 10%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 7%.
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September 19, 2014
18:20 EDTLOWLowe's CEO Niblock sells nearly $28M of company stock near record high
In regulatory filings, it was disclosed that Lowe's CEO Robert A. Niblock sold nearly $28M worth of company stock from September 9-11. Lowe's stock has been climbing steadily over the past three months, and it made both a 52-week and record high of $54.81 on Friday, September 19.
September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTLOWPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).

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