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August 8, 2014
10:32 EDTLULUlululemon advances after founder sells shares to PE investor
Shares of yoga apparel maker lululemon (LULU) are climbing after the company's founder agreed to sell half of his stake. However, research firm Jefferies wrote that the company's inappropriate strategy is likely to keep its margins under pressure. WHAT'S NEW: lululemon founder Chip Wilson agreed to sell about half of his stake in the company, representing nearly 14% of its total shares, to private equity firm Advent International, the company reported last night. Wilson will receive about $845M for the shares, and Advent will obtain two seats on luluemon's board. BACKGROUND: Wilson had said before lululemon's annual meeting in June that he would vote against re-electing the company's board because he thought it was too focused on short-term issues. The founder then hired Goldman Sachs as a financial adviser. Last year, after lululemon had to recall some of its pants because they were too shear, Wilson blamed the problem on the shape of some women's bodies. He resigned his position as Chairman of lululemon's board after the statement caused controversy. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Jefferies analyst Christian Buss wrote that the sale of Wilson's shares is positive for lululemon, as it will enable the company's board to cease being distracted by bickering and focus on developing and carrying out a strategic plan. However, Buss still believes that the company is incorrectly looking to expand its products to new markets, categories and demographic groups. Such a strategy is inappropriate, given the significant challenges the company has faced with its core products and customers, the analyst contended. Although lululemon's brand is still strong, its margins are likely to remain under pressure as long as it continues its current strategy and its earnings growth is likely to be limited as a result, Buss forecast. He kept a $38 price target and Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, lululemon climbed 84c, or 2.2%, to $39.87.
News For LULU From The Last 14 Days
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May 21, 2015
10:43 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: FTR LL XLNX LULU
May 15, 2015
12:47 EDTLULUAppeals court dismisses lululemon yoga pants lawsuit, Reuters reports
A lawsuit accusing lululemon of defrauding shareholders by failing to reveal the sheerness of its black Luon yoga pants has been properly dismissed by a U.S. appeals court, Reuters reports. The court ruled that "Insofar as the defendants are alleged to have omitted information from Lululemon's corporate website, filings with the SEC, press releases, or investor calls, the has failed adequately to plead with particularity that these omissions rendered the defendants' statements inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading or that the defendants were otherwise under a duty to disclose such information." Reference Link
May 14, 2015
11:06 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility
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May 13, 2015
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09:49 EDTLULUlululemon April channel checks appear strong, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTLULUlululemon announces resignation of EVP, Global Retail Delaney Schweitzer
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May 12, 2015
10:28 EDTLULUOptions with increasing implied volatility: YELP HUM LULU CTRX
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May 11, 2015
15:33 EDTLULULululemon Athletica calls active on renewed takeover speculation
Lululemon Athletica May 67.5 and 68 calls are active on total call volume of 3,100 contracts (500 puts) on May call option implied volatility is at 31, June is at 37, September is at 36; compared to its 90-day average of 36. Active volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
15:14 EDTLULURumor: lululemon strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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13:07 EDTLULULululemon Athletica volatility flat on tight price movement
Lululemon Athletica June call option implied volatility is at 37, September is at 36; compared to its 90-day average of 36, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q1 in June.

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