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June 12, 2014
11:50 EDTM, LULU, VFC, GPSlululemon plummets to 52-week low after outlook cut, CFO retires
Shares of athletic apparel retailer lululemon (LULU) are sinking after the company's second quarter view missed analysts' consensus estimates and it lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. The company's CFO, John Currie, also announced his retirement. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, lululemon reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 34c and revenue of $384.6M, topping estimates of 32c and $381.24M, respectively. Q1 SSS on a combined basis increased 1% on a constant dollar basis. Comparable corporate-store sales for Q1 decreased by 4% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 25% on a constant dollar basis. For Q2, the company forecast EPS of 28c-30c and revenue of $375M-$380M, falling short of consensus of 36c and $387.19M, respectively. The company lowered its FY14 normalized EPS view to $1.71-$1.76 from $1.80-$1.90, compared to consensus of $1.89. It also narrowed its FY14 revenue guidance to $1.77B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.82B, versus consensus of $1.8B. The company's CFO, John Currie, also announced his intention to retire by the end of the fiscal year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, the company said Q2 sales have started off behind plan and that comps have been "more impacted than originally anticipated." ANALYST REACTION: Following the company's quarterly report, the stock was downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel. OTHERS TO WATCH: lululemon has been facing increased competition from rival yoga-wear retailers and department stores such as Gap's (GPS) Athleta brand, VF Corp's (VFC) lucy, Macy's (M), and others who are selling athletic-wear at lower prices and across more locations, according to a Reuters report. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, lululemon fell about 15% to $37.87 on nearly six times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $37.00. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 41% over the past 12 months.
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February 26, 2015
11:52 EDTMMacy's claims against J.C. Penney to be reinstated after appeal, Bloomberg says
February 25, 2015
10:10 EDTGPSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Head of European General Retail Equity Research Steegers, along with Head of U.S. General Retail Equity Research Hutchinson, discuss the global apparel sector, focusing on international expansion, pricing and sustainability of margins and returns on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
February 24, 2015
11:06 EDTMMacy's says will continue to be aggressive in buying back stock
10:54 EDTMMacy's doesn't see Bluemercury accretive to EPS in 2015
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10:52 EDTMMacy's says 2015 a 'transition' year
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09:33 EDTMMacy's expects to launch offprice outlet stores in 2015
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08:39 EDTMMacy's sees completing Bluemercury transaction in Q1
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08:05 EDTMMacy's reports Q4 EPS $2.44 ex-charges, consensus $2.41
Reports Q4 revenue $9.36B, consensus $9.4B. Comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis for the fourth quarter was 2.5%. On an owned basis, fourth quarter comparable sales grew 2%. The fourth quarter charges of $87 million were lower than the estimate of $100 million to $110 million provided in the company’s Feb. 3 news release on investments for sales growth. This was primarily the result of lower severance expense as the company was able to place more associates than expected in new jobs within the company in the course of its workforce reductions.
08:03 EDTMMacy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, consensus $4.84
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06:40 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:57 EDTMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMAT M
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Applied Materials (AMAT) 43, Macy's (M) 28 according to iVolatility.
February 23, 2015
15:23 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
14:03 EDTMMacy's technical comments before earnings release
The shares are in a topping pattern, with the $62 area a key support level. If there were a break below $62, the topping pattern would be confirmed. Next support in that event would be at $60.57, and then at $59 to $57.03. If the news is a positive surprise, next resistance would be at $65.74 and then at the 52-week high and life high at $68.30.
13:56 EDTMEarnings Preview: Macy's sees FY14 EPS $4.35-$4.37, SSS up 2.5%
Macy's (M) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 24, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Macy's is a retailer that sell a range of merchandise, including apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.40 on revenue of $9.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.21-$2.59 on revenue of $9.32B-$9.56B. LAST QUARTER: Macy's reported third quarter EPS of 61c, above estimates for 50c, on revenue of $6.2B, slightly below estimates for $6.34B. Same-store sales, together with comparable sales of departments licensed to third parties, were down 0.7% from the prior year. Q3 comparable sales exclusive of licensed businesses were down 1.4%. Macy's chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said the company was "optimistic" for Q4, though the company commented on the Q3 earnings conference call that it was "not counting on a lot of help from the economy" for the holiday season. Macy's said Q4 gross margin "could be flat or could be down." NEWS: In early February, Macy's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.35-$4.37 from its previous outlook of $4.25-$4.35. Estimates at that time called for FY14 EPS of $4.35. Macy's said the outlook excludes charges of approximately $100M-$110M related to the previously announced merchandising and marketing restructuring, store and field adjustments, store closings and asset impairment charges, as well as approximately $17M of interest expense related to the make-whole premium for the previously announced early retirement of debt. Macy's said Q4 comparable sales growth on an owned plus licensed basis was 2.5%. This calculates to growth in comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis 2014 of 1.4%. On an owned basis, Q4 comparable sales were 2%. The retailer said its Q4 performance represents a "strengthening trend" from Q3 and spring season. The company said Jeff Gennette, president of Macy’s, will oversee Macy’s merchandise planning, as well as maintain oversight responsibility for merchandising and marketing of Macy’s stores and digital, and private brand product development. Gennette relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as Macy’s chief merchandising officer. Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer since 2012, moved to a new role as Macy’s Chief for Innovation and Business Development. Jeff Kantor, previously chairman of macys.com, was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer. The company also said R.B. Harrison would continue in his role as Macy’s. Chief Omnichannel Officer and that Julie Greiner, Macy’s Chief Merchandise Planning Officer since 2009, will retire from the company in August. During the quarter, Macy's said it would close 14 stores and restructure merchandising and marketing functions at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In conjunction with the merchandising and marketing restructuring and store and field adjustments, as well as store closings and asset impairment charges, an estimated $100M-$110M of charges, of which approximately $80M-$90M is expected to be cash, will be booked in Q4. The retailer named RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) Chief Financial Officer Leslie Hale to its board of directors, sued Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names and acquired Bluemercury for $210M in cash. STREET RESEARCH: Morgan Stanley downgraded Macy's to Equal Weight and removed shares from the Best Ideas List based on share and earnings outperformance. The analyst believes valuation appropriately values Macy's superior execution and sees balanced risk/reward going forward. Evercore ISI initiated Macy's with a Buy and $74 price target given its scale and stability, competitive advantages, strong vendor relationships and significant cash-flow generation. During the quarter, Macy's was also downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Macy's shares are up fractionally. In afternoon trading, he stock is down 0.3% to $63.51 ahead of Tuesday's report.
February 20, 2015
10:16 EDTGPSGap weekly volatility increases into Q4 and spring outlook
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07:14 EDTLULUOppenheimer to hold a tour
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February 19, 2015
11:36 EDTVFCVF Corp. reaches settlement with RevoLaze in patent infringement case
RevoLaze, LLC, a laser technology firm headquartered in Westlake, OH, announced that it has reached a settlement and license agreement with VF Corporation regarding the patent infringement lawsuits filed with the International Trade Commission August 18, 2014 and Cleveland U.S. District Court on August 15, 2014 naming 17 denim jeans companies. The financial terms of the agreement are confidential.
06:55 EDTMMacy's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 18, 2015
10:42 EDTVFCApparel makers beyond Perry Ellis seen hurt by port slowdown
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03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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