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August 19, 2014
17:55 EDTPETMPetSmart to explore strategic alternatives, including potential sale
PetSmart announced that based on a thorough business review that began last spring, the Board of Directors has determined that it will explore strategic alternatives for the company to maximize value for shareholders, including a possible sale of the company. The Board has been working with JP Morgan Securities and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to assist in the process. Said Gregory P. Josefowicz, Chairman, “PetSmart has delivered superb returns for our investors over a long period of time, with our shares outperforming the S&P 500 in seven of the last 10 fiscal years, and five out of the last six. Indeed, 5-year total shareholder return as of our fiscal year ended February 2, 2014 was 259.3% versus 140.6% for the S&P 500. For the same period, we delivered EPS CAGR of 21%, with 272 basis points of operating income margin expansion, and we returned nearly $2 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. We are extremely proud of what our PetSmart team has accomplished and, despite recent headwinds affecting PetSmart and many retailers, firmly believe the Company is very well positioned for superior future performance.” He continued: “Notwithstanding our confidence in the Company’s future prospects, following a detailed Board review of the Company over the last several months, including many constructive conversations with a wide range of shareholders, we have decided to explore options to maximize shareholder value, including a potential sale of the Company.” “Whatever the outcome of the process, we are as committed as ever to continuing to meet the needs of our customers and their pets, attracting and retaining world class talent, and driving sales and margins,” said Josefowicz. “We are not providing a timetable for our process, nor do we intend to comment further or update the market until it is complete.” David K. Lenhardt, President and CEO, said, “The entire management team is dedicated to continuing to deliver value for our customers and our shareholders. We are focused on pursuing our strategic plans, including this afternoon’s announcement that we have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pet360 which will allow PetSmart to enhance its omni-channel capabilities and provide customers a unique and leading 360-degree shopping experience. This afternoon’s announcement about exploring alternatives will not distract the management team from continuing to pursue a broad range of performance improvement initiatives already underway.”
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November 19, 2014
10:41 EDTPETMPetSmart says working on pricing strategy, rolling out new pricing tool in Q1
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10:12 EDTPETMPetSmart says will not take questions on strategic alternatives exploration
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10:00 EDTPETMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTPETMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTPETMPetSmart upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded PetSmart to Neutral based on cost savings initiatives. Price target raised to $80 from $55.
06:03 EDTPETMSources: KKR, CD&R team up to take PetSmart private, Reuters reports
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November 18, 2014
22:39 EDTPETMPetSmart technical notes ahead of results
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18:23 EDTPETMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: La-Z-Boy (LZB), up 4.7% after reporting second quarter results and dividend increase... Jack in the Box (JACK), up 2.7%... PetSmart (PETM), up 1.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), up 1.6% after Red Mountain Capital Partners reported a 5.1% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), down 4.6%. ALSO LOWER: Cloud Peak (CLD), down 1.7% after filing to sell $100M of mandatory convertible preferred stock.
17:37 EDTPETMPetSmart up 1.5% to $74.69 after reporting Q3 earnings, guidance
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17:23 EDTPETMPetSmart sees FY15 SSS growth in the low-single digits
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17:22 EDTPETMPetSmart sees Q4 EPS $1.34-$1.38, consensus $1.37
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17:21 EDTPETMPetSmart sees FY14 EPS $4.39-$4.43 , consensus $4.33
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17:18 EDTPETMPetSmart reports Q3 EPS $1.02, consensus 94c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.7B, consensus $1.73B.
15:21 EDTPETMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), consensus 7c; M/A-Com Technology (MTSI), consensus 33c; La-Z-Boy (LZB), consensus 34c; PetSmart (PETM), consensus 94c; Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 53c.
13:51 EDTPETMPetSmart technical notes ahead of results
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTPETMPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 7, 2014
10:57 EDTPETMPetSmart advances after report of bid invites, analyst upgrade
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10:00 EDTPETMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded at Evercore ISI... CGG SA (CGG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Cavium (CAVM) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Charter (CHTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Johnson Rice... Container Store (TCS) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Delhaize (DEG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded at Raymond James... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Hospira (HSP) upgraded at Raymond James... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded at RBC Capital... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) upgraded at Raymond James... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PetSmart (PETM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Cleveland Research... Walker & Dunlop (WD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... XO Group (XOXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
06:28 EDTPETMPetSmart upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded PetSmart to Hold citing the recent underperformance of shares and the potential for M&A catalysts. Deutsche continues to see fundamental challenges for PetSmart as it deals with increased online competition. It believes the company could be worth $85 per share in a takeover by Petco, which is owned by private equity firm Leonard Green, and about $70 per share in a non-strategic leverage buyout. It raised its price target for shares to $74 from $60.
06:26 EDTPETMKKR, Apollo asked to submit second-round bids for PetSmart, WSJ reports
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