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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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May 21, 2015
19:15 EDTCVSCVS Health should profit from Omnicare acquisition, Barron's says
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12:28 EDTCVSGabelli says he likes CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Mario Gabelli is speaking on CNBC.
09:28 EDTCVSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
09:03 EDTCVSOptions expected to be active
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08:54 EDTCVSCVS expects Omnicare deal to have significant synergies, operating efficiencies
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07:48 EDTCVSCVS Health to hold a conference call
Conference call to discuss definitive agreement to acquire Omnicare will be held on May 21 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:21 EDTCVSOmnicare elevated into CVS Health acquiring for $98 per share
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07:06 EDTCVSCVS Health agree to acquire Omnicare for $98 per share
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07:04 EDTCVSCVS Health agree to acquire Omnicare for $98 per share
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May 20, 2015
18:19 EDTCVSOmnicare up about 5% from close after talks of being acquired by CVS Health
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18:10 EDTCVSCVS Health in late stage talks to acquire Omnicare, Bloomberg says
CVS Health (CVS) is in advanced talks to buy Omnicare (OCR), Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. A deal could be reached as soon as this week, the sources added. Reference Link
18:00 EDTCVSCVS Health reportedly in advanced talks to acquire Omnicare, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTCVSUBS to hold a conference
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May 19, 2015
07:17 EDTCVSCVS Health has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO Larry Merlo on May 21 at 11 am.
05:50 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD LL
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May 18, 2015
12:13 EDTRADRite Aid management to meet with Guggenheim
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May 15, 2015
12:13 EDTMCKThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:07 EDTMCKThird Point reports new stakes in Yum! Brands, FedEx, McKesson
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