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April 3, 2014
11:04 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services continues slide, confirms withdrawal from DoD auction
Shares of surplus and salvage asset marketplace operator Liquidity Services (LQDT) are sliding again after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services announced that it will reset its outlook for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, or EBITDA, for fiscal year 2015 after withdrawing from the bidding process for one defense contract and due to higher costs for another. Liquidity said that it remains the high bidder for a contract to purchase, manage and sell non-rolling stock surplus assets for the DoD with a bid equal to 4.35% of the department's original acquisition value, which is up from 1.8% previously. The company also confirmed it withdrew from an auction for a rolling stock contract due to the fact that bidding reached a level that it determined would be "economically unsustainable." The company said that if it agreed to the contract, the result would be significantly higher costs of goods sold in FY15 and beyond. Liquidity Services said it will continue to operate its current DoD surplus contract to sell all usable surplus assets including rolling stock and non-rolling stock assets for a base term ending in December, with two additional one-month renewal options. Accordingly, the company expects the bid results from the last two days to not affect its results for fiscal year 2014. ANALYST OPINION: Following today's news, Liquidity Services was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird, which cited the "unfavorable" auction results. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $19 from $30. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the firm is lowering its FY15 EBITDA estimate by $40M and sees few near-term positive catalysts outside of potential short covering on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday, Liquidity Services shares were down after the company announced that it was the highest bidder for the DoD non-rolling stock surplus contract. Baird stated in a separate note yesterday that Liquidity's high bid for the non-rolling liquidation contract was "quite a bit" higher than the firm had anticipated. The firm said then that its Outperform rating was under review pending the full contract results. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Liquidity Services fell $2.85, or 13.66%, to $18.01. The stock had declined about 6.7% yesterday and over the last month shares have lost over 18.5%.
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July 10, 2014
15:51 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services may have chance to rebid on DoD contract, says RW Baird
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11:58 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services tumbles after guidance cut for defense agency change
Shares of surplus and salvage asset auction marketplace Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company lowered its third quarter adjusted earnings per share and EBITDA guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services now sees its Q3 adjusted EPS to be below 28c-34c and sees its Q3 adjusted EBITDA to be below its guidance range of $18M-$21M. Liquidity Services announced that its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA pending further review of the impact of regulatory rules. This action has resulted in the cancellation of selected sales during the June quarter as well as future sales of selected assets. The company noted that the DLA action was unrelated to the company’s performance or conduct and that it expects its Q3 total gross merchandise volume to be within its guidance range of $225M-$250M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call explaining the DLA surplus property items and its preliminary Q3 results, the company said that the DLA's recent decision to cease the sale of a majority of the rolling stock items is unexpected as it has sold these items for many years. Liquidity Services currently handle the affected rolling stock items under the terms of its DoD surplus contract, which extends through February 2015 including all renewal options. In April, Liquidity Services announced that it withdrew from the live auction bidding for the new DLA rolling stock contract. The company said that bidding reached a level that it determined would be economically unsustainable under the terms of the new contract jeopardizing the high level of service it had historically provided the DLA. Liquidity Services said that it feels the material reduction to the rolling stock property flow caused by DLA's recent actions will require further analysis regarding the viability of a standalone rolling stock program beyond February 2015. At this time, the DLA has not announced the details of a final policy regarding cessation of rolling stock sales covered under its existing DoD surplus contract, or the impact on the future of the rolling stock program. The company said it will continue to work closely with DLA. PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of Liquidity Services fell $2.18, or 14.8%, to $12.51.
09:15 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
07:06 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services ceases sale of selected U.S. Defense Logistics Agency assets
Liquidity Services announced that its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA pending further review of the impact of regulatory rules, unrelated to the company’s performance or conduct, on the DLA rolling stock property stream. This action has resulted in the cancellation of selected sales during the June quarter as well as future sales of selected assets. Liquidity Services anticipates these developments will adversely impact its financial results for its Q3 ended June 30, 2014 and for its FY14.
07:00 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services sees Q3 adjusted EPS to be below 28c-34c, consensus 30c
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