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June 12, 2014
11:50 EDTLULU, GPS, VFC, Mlululemon 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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September 11, 2014
10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTLULUlululemon sees near-term gross margin in a similar range to Q2
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09:31 EDTLULUlululemon raises FY14 normalized EPS view to $1.72-$1.77 from $1.71-$1.76
Consensus $1.74. Narrows FY14 revenue guidance to $1.78B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.8B, consensus $1.78B. Sees FY14 total comparable sales up in the low single digits on a constant-dollar basis. The company said, "We are pleased to be on track with the implementation of our strategic road map, and are starting to see the results of our work across product, brand and international expansion. While there is still much to be done, we are making meaningful progress on building a scalable foundation for our next phase of global growth, and I'm excited about the collaboration between our Whitespace team and ambassadors to accelerate innovation into the future."
09:29 EDTLULUlululemon says 'happy' to have Advent back as shareholder
Says "happy" to have Advent back as a shareholder, "looking forward" to having Advent's guidance going forward. Says on track to open store in Singapore in Q4. Sees Q3, FY14 gross margin approximately 51%. Expects to open 47 corporate owned stores in FY14. Sees FY14 CapEx $110M-$115M. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:18 EDTLULU, MOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: lululemon (LULU), up 15%... Sigma Designs (SIGM), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: JDSU (JDSU), up 13.8% after announcing that it will separate into two publicly traded companies... Wet Seal (WTSL), up 4.5%, upgraded at B. Riley following Q2 earnings results... Gogo (GOGO), up 5% after announcing partnership with T-Mobile (TMUS)... Digital Ally (DGLY), up 8.4% after announcing plans to introduce "bullet camera" option at October police conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), down 5%... Five Below (FIVE), down 5.6%. LOWER: Radio Shack (RSH), down 8% after reporting Q2 losses, stating that it may need to pursue bankruptcy... E2open (EOPN), down 29%, downgraded at Pacific Crest and Northland after the company announced preliminary Q2 earnings results... Twitter (TWTR), down 1% after announcing that it will offer $1.3B in convertible unsecured senior notes... Crocs (CROX), down 2.6% after downgraded at Buckingham... Macy's (M), down 1.3% after downgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:19 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee downgraded Macy's to Neutral from Buy. As reasons for the downgrade, the firm cited valuation and its belief that the company's SSS and EBIT growth are unlikely to accelerate. Target $62.
06:38 EDTGPSApple hires Gap's Marcela Aguilar for marketing role, Ad Age reports
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06:05 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:47 EDTLULUlululemon sees Q3 EPS 36c-38c, consensus 38c
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05:44 EDTLULUlululemon reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 29c
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September 10, 2014
15:50 EDTLULUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:04 EDTLULULululemon Athletica September 38.5 weekly straddle priced for 7.7% move into Q2
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13:51 EDTLULUlululemon technical commentary ahead of results
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13:25 EDTLULUEarnings Preview: Lululemon could report 'sharply' lower Q2 profit
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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09:50 EDTLULULululemon Athletica September volatility increases into Q2
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06:39 EDTLULUlululemon valuation unattractive ahead of results, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says lululemon's valuation is unattractive ahead of the company's Q2 results on Thursday morning. Deutsche sees a lack of visibility on when comps will improve and remains cautious on the stock with a Hold rating and $35 price target.
September 8, 2014
10:06 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Gap to Underperform based on expectations it will miss full year guidance and consensus expectations. The firm said lower than expected August comps due not bode well for turnaround and lowered its full year EPS estimate to $2.85 from $2.96, vs. guidance of $2.95-$3.00.
06:42 EDTLULUlululemon expected to report sharply lower profit, WSJ reports
lululemon is expected to report a sharply lower profit, with analysts expecting a profit of $42.7M in the latest quarter, reports the Wall Street Journal. Investors will be watching for signs the self-inflicted problems are getting resolved after executives said overhauling the company's process will take about 18 months. Reference Link
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