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June 19, 2014
12:20 EDTCVS, RAD, WAG, MCKRite Aid slides after posting a steeper decline in profit vs. last year
Shares of retail drugstore chain Rite Aid (RAD) are falling after the company reported that its first quarter profit was down significantly from the year-ago period. WHAT'S NEW: Rite Aid reported Q1 earnings per share of 4c, matching analyst's expectations, but below the 9c it reported last year. Revenue for the quarter was $6.47B, slightly higher than expectations of $6.43B ad $6.3B in the prior year quarter. Rite Aid's Q1 same-store sales were up 3.1% over the prior year period. The retailer reported net income of $41.4M, well below the company's net income at this time last year of $89.7M. A decrease in adjusted EBITDA and higher income tax expense contributed to this result and these factors were partially offset by lower interest expense and a lower LIFO charge. Rite Aid confirmed that it sees fiscal year 2015 EPS in the range of 30c-40c, while analysts estimate that EPS will be 35c. The company still sees FY15 revenue to be between $26B-$26.5B, which is in line with analyst's consensus of $26.19B. The retailer confirmed that it sees FY15 SSS of up to 2.5%-4.5% vs. fiscal year 2014. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's Q1 earnings conference call, Rite Aid said that as it more aggressively pursues opportunities for growth, it is prepared to increase allocation for prescription file buys if additional opportunities arise throughout the fiscal year. The retailer expects the current competitive environment to remain promotional and is also considering plan wages and benefit increases. Rite Aid said that it increased its expected working capital benefit to $250M from $150M as a result of the McKesson (MCK) agreement and says the working capital benefit will not be fully realized until the fourth quarter. As the company mentioned on its FY14 earnings call in April, it expected the second half of FY15 to be stronger than the first two quarters due in part to the strength of FY14's first half as well as the introduction of new generics in 2H15. Rite Aid anticipates closing a total of 40 stores of which the guidance includes a store lease closing provision for FY15 to balance closing upon lease expiration. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Scott Arwin said that generic drug MAC-ing by pharmacy benefit managers was a component in Rite Aid's Q1 earnings falling below predictions. He said that the retailer's management suggested that historically, they would usually have some ability to go back to generic manufacturers to offset some of the MAC reimbursement cuts. In this situation, however, Arwin said the company is currently hindered temporarily on their ability to do this during the transition of its generic procurement over to McKesson. Ride Aid suggested that this will also impact second quarter results as well, Arwin said. UBS maintains its Neutral rating on the drugstore franchise and raised its price target to $7.50 from $7.00. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, Rite Aid was down 24c or 3.23%, to $7.20. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rite Aid peer Walgreen Company (WAG) was down around 0.8% to $75.45, while CVS Caremark (CVS) was up moderately to $77.46.
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10:01 EDTCVSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTCVSCVS Health initiated with an Overweight at Stephens
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06:05 EDTCVSCVS Health upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded CVS to Buy based on strong leverage to Rx growth and Specialty, procurement savings upside, and capital deployment optionality. Price target raised to $113 from $95.
January 16, 2015
05:53 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; FXE RAD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Euro Currency Trust (FXE) 14, Rite Aid (RAD) 47 according to iVolatility.
January 14, 2015
14:27 EDTRADRite Aid says still has 'very solid' script volume trends
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14:18 EDTRADRite Aid sees FY15 net income $342.5M, consensus 34c
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