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March 26, 2014
12:29 EDTLULUEarnings Preview: lululemon reporting Q4 results after cutting outlook
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, March 27, 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 72c on revenue of $515.11M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 70c-73c on revenue of $508.1M-$521.44M. LAST QUARTER: Lululemon reported third quarter EPS of 45c against estimates for 41c on revenue of $379.9M against estimates for $376.2M; same-store sales increased 5% and direct-to-consumer revenue increased 37% to $62M. NEWS: In January, lululemon cut its Q4 outlook due to decelerating traffic, and said it had seen traffic and sales trends decelerate "meaningfully" in January. The company's updated Q4 guidance is EPS of 71c-78c on revenue of $513M-$518M vs. prior guidance of 78c-80c and $535M-$540M, respectively. The company forecast Q4 comparable sales in the negative low to mid single digits, below its previous guidance of flat comparable store sales on a constant basis. Lululemon commented that "At the end 2013, lululemon is starting to see the results of the significant investments it made throughout this past year to strengthen and enhance its back-of-house product operations structure. The company said it is confident that its new leadership will help build on this 'stronger foundation to execute our long-term growth strategies.'" At the ICR Xchange Conference in January, the company said it is taking next year "seriously" and plans to do everything it can to make conversation "more positive." Lone Pine Capital liquidated its stake in the company. STREET RESEARCH: According to TheStreet.com's Stephanie Link, lululemon has the potential to be a Wall Street "darling" once again as the many problems the company had last year are likely to be fixed with new management. Stifel expects lululemon's FY14 guidance to miss analysts' consensus estimates, but expects the company to return to positive comps by the second half of fiscal year 2014. The company said in a court filing related to a shareholder lawsuit that the company promptly addressed quality control problems with its luon pants as they became apparent and updated investors in real time. During the quarter, the stock's price target was lowered at Deustsche Bank, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan. Shares were upgraded at Oppenheimer and RBC Capital, and downgraded at Janney Capital and ISI Group. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, lululemon shares are down almost 18%. Year-to-date, shares are down about 17%. Ahead of tomorrow's earnings, shares are up over 2% in mid-day trading.
News For LULU From The Last 14 Days
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December 11, 2014
10:21 EDTLULUHigh option volume stocks
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09:37 EDTLULUlululemon sees Q4 gross margin 51%-52%
Sees Q4 tax rate 30.2%. Sees FY14 gross margin approx. 51%, down vs. last year. Expects to open 48 corporate owned stores in FY14. Sees FY14 operating margin delevering from FY13. Sees FY CapEx $115M-$120M. Says store traffic was stronger in Q3 vs. Q2. Says late store openings in U.K. due to construction delays, will open in late January. Lululemon shares are up 9.01% to $50.91.
09:16 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTLULUlululemon says Black Friday sales 'very strong'
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05:39 EDTLULUlululemon sees FY14 normalized EPS $1.74-$1.78, consensus $1.77
Sees FY14 revenue $1.77B-$1.78B, consensus $1.79B. Sees FY14 SSS up in the low single digits on a constant dollar basis. Sees FY14 EPS $1.53-$1.57.
05:36 EDTLULUlululemon sees Q4 EPS 65c-69c, consensus 72c
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05:34 EDTLULUlululemon reports Q3 EPS 42c, consensus 38c
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December 10, 2014
15:25 EDTLULUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lululemon (LULU), consensus 38c; RadioShack (RSH), consensus ($1.04); Ciena (CIEN), consensus 13c; Methode Electronics (MEI), consensus 55c.
14:12 EDTLULULululemon December weekly 48 straddle priced for 10% move into Q3
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14:06 EDTLULUEarnings Preview: Lululemon Q3 could be positive turning point, analyst says
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, December 11, 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 38c on revenue of $424.68, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 37c-41c on revenue of $420M-$430.54M. LAST QUARTER: Lululemon reported second quarter EPS of 33c on revenue of $390.7M, beating estimates for 29c and $367.8M, respectively. Total same-store sales were flat in Q2 on a constant dollar basis; Comparable store sales for Q2 decreased by 5% on a constant dollar basis and direct to consumer revenue increased 30% on a constant dollar basis. Looking ahead, the company raised its fiscal year 2014 normalized EPS view to $1.72-$1.77 from $1.71-$1.76 and narrowed its revenue view to $1.78B-$1.8B from $1.77B-$1.8B against estimates at that time for $1.74 and $1.78B, respectively. Third quarter EPS was forecast at 36c-38c on revenue of $420M-$425M. Q3 guidance was based on a total combined comparable sales increase in the low single digits on a constant dollar basis. The retailer forecast Q3 and FY14 gross margin of approximately 51%. NEWS: During its Q2 earnings conference call, lululemon said it was "happy" to have Advent back as a shareholder and is "looking forward" to having Advent's guidance going forward. STREET RESEARCH: Yesterday, Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Lululemon should benefit from the strength of the athletic apparel category, as well as the annual growth of over 10% in the total square footage of its stores, Wells Fargo believes. Meanwhile, the firm said its merchandise margins should increase in 2015, as it is offering smaller discounts than in the past. Barclays, which has an Overweight rating and $55 target, also wrote yesterday that the company's Q3 results could be a positive turning point for shares. Although Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock expects the company to report Q3 earnings per share of 38c, in-line with the consensus estimate, he believes that the company's comparative sales rose 1.8% last quarter, versus the same period a year earlier. If lululemon reports a 1.8% comp increase, it would mark the first time since the second quarter of 2013 that its comparative sales growth accelerated compared with the previous quarter, the analyst noted. In November, Sterne Agee downgraded lululemon to Neutral from Buy, as it believes that the company's brand has been damaged, causing many customers to leave, while its competition has become stronger. At the time of its downgrade on November 14, Sterne Agee had a price target of $39 on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, lululemon shares are up almost 25%. Year-to-date, shares are down nearly 20%. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are down 1.25% to $47.13.
December 9, 2014
11:43 EDTLULUlululemon advances after Wells upgrade, upbeat Barclays note
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10:28 EDTLULUlululemon trades up in down tape, levels to watch
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10:23 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... LHC Group (LHCG) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lincoln Electric (LECO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northeast Utilities (NU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded at Needham... Wells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon (LULU), upgrades shares... Xcel Energy (XEL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:44 EDTLULULululemon Athletica volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:30 EDTLULUWells Fargo sees fewer distractions for lululemon, upgrades shares
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07:09 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 results could mark an inflection point, says Barclays
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05:41 EDTLULUlululemon upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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December 8, 2014
06:12 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LULU ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 53, Achillion (ACHN) 216 according to iVolatility.
December 4, 2014
14:21 EDTLULULululemon Athletica volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:40 EDTLULUlululemon coverage assume with an Outperform at Wedbush
Wedbush assumed coverage on lululemon with an Outperform rating from a Neutral rating and $57 price target. The firm sees shares moving higher from catalysts that include improving top line trends and comps, margin uside form seasonal products and supply chain efficiencies, international growth, and M&A speculation.
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