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June 11, 2014
12:48 EDTLULU, ADDYY, VFCEarnings Preview: Lululemon quarter may not be 'defining' quarter in turnaround
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, June 12, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Lululemon is a designer and retailer of yoga-inspired apparel operating primarily in North America and Australia. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 32c on revenue of $381.24M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 30c-38c on revenue of $376.55M-$403.7M. LAST QUARTER: Lululemon reported fourth quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c on revenue of $521M against estimates for $515.11M. same-store sales decreased 2% on a constant dollar basis, and total SSS, including direct-to-consumer, increased 4% on a constant dollar basis. Looking ahead, the company forecast Q1 EPS of 31c-33c on revenue of $377M-$382M and flat total combined SSS on a constant dollar basis. The company also guided fiscal year 2014 EPS to $1.80-$1.90 and revenue of $1.77B-$1.82B on estimates for $1.90 and $1.78B, respectively. Total combined SSS for FY14 is expected to be in the low to mid single digits on a constant dollar basis. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, lululemon said SSS would gradually improve throughout the year from Q1, and said it expected Q1 SSS, excluding online, to be low single digit negative. At an "uneventful" analyst day meeting held in April, the yoga clothing maker did not provide updates on its mid-term or long-term financial objectives, according to research firm Sterne Agee. On April 18, Reuters said U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest granted final dismissals of lawsuits which accused lululemon and various company officials of defrauding shareholders by hiding yoga pant defects. Reuters also noted that lululemon has been facing increased competition from rival yoga-wear retailers and department stores such as Gap (GPS), Athleta, VF Corp's lucy, Macy's (M) and others who are selling athletic-wear at lower prices and across more locations. On June 11, founder Chip Wilson announced that he voted against the re-election of Michael Casey and RoAnn Costin to the board of lululemon. He commented that he is "concerned that the Board is not aligned with the core values of product and innovation on which lululemon was founded and on which the company thrived. As a 27% shareholder in the company, I believe change is now needed at the Board level to increase shareholder value." Lululemon responded to Wilson, "The Board is overseeing lululemonís strategy to strengthen the Companyís foundation, focus its product engine on innovation, and accelerate sustainable and controlled global expansion. By leveraging its design-led roots, strengthening its supply chain and providing an exceptional guest experience, we are confident that lululemon, under new CEO Laurent Potdevinís leadership, will provide guests with the high-quality, technical products they know and love and create value for shareholders. Contrary to Mr. Wilson's assertions, lululemonís Board members are aligned with the companyís core values and possess the necessary expertise to successfully lead lululemon forward." STREET RESEARCH: Canaccord, which expects in-line results and unchanged guidance, believes investors sentiment on lululemon is overly negative. Camilo Lyon, managing director of equity research at Canaccord Genuity said in a report that possible suitors of lululemon include VF Corp (VFC). and Adidas (ADDYY), the Globe and Mail reported on June 10. RBC Capital does not expect Q1 to be a defining quarter for the company's turnaround, but expects the company's comp trends to rebound sequentially throughout the year. ISI Group said in May that lululemon could be a potential takeover target for VF Corp.PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, lululemon shares are down almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are down almost 25%. Ahead of tomorrow's earnings, shares are down 2.5% in mid-day trading.
News For LULU;VFC;ADDYY From The Last 14 Days
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July 27, 2015
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:15 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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July 24, 2015
07:09 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees Q3 revenue up at nearly same rate as Q2
Third quarter currency neutral and reported revenues are expected to increase at nearly the same rates as those of the second quarter driven by strength from the Outdoor & Action Sports and Jeanswear coalitions, our international operations and continued strength in our direct-to-consumer businesses. Fourth quarter currency neutral revenue should increase at a rate slightly lower than third quarter results due to the tougher comparison against the same period of 2014 which included a 53rd week. The strongest margin and profit comparisons of the year are expected in the fourth quarter, when the direct-to-consumer business makes the most significant contribution of the year, the negative impact of currency lessens and lower product costs are realized.
07:08 EDTVFCVF Corp. now sees FY15 EPS up 15% vs. $3.08 in 2014
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07:07 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q2 EPS 40c, consensus 36c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.46B.
July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTVFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
10:00 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded VF Corp. to Buy and increased its price target to $86 from $70. The firm has increased confidence the company can outperform driven by a strong brand portfolio, pricing power, and best-in-class growth.
July 22, 2015
08:01 EDTADDYYSL Green signs Adidas to retail lease at 115 Spring Street
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July 21, 2015
07:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. among best potential 2H earnings revision stories, says UBS
UBS said VF Corp. should be able to raise its 2015 guidance as the firm's channel checks show accelerating tailwinds and positive industry trends. The firm feels the company has one of the highest potential positive second half earnings revision stories in the group. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $83 price target on VF Corp. shares.

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