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January 28, 2014
11:42 EDTCONN, AAN, RCIIRent-A-Center plunges after 'most challenging December in years' dings profit
Rent-to-own operator Rent-A-Center (RCII) is one of today's losers after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2014 profit guidance fell significantly below expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Rent-A-Center reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 25c and revenue of $769.6M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 75c and $787.95M, respectively. Same-store sales declined 1.1% for the company in the quarter. The company forecast FY14 EPS of $2.30-$2.50, compared to consensus of $3.20, and revenue growth of 4.5%-7.5%. The company expects same-store sales to be up 3%-5.5% this fiscal year. The company said the large profit miss was mainly attributable to a reduction in gross profit in the Core U.S. segment and an overall increase in operating expenses. “We continue to face meaningful headwinds in our domestic U.S. rent-to-own business, including a customer under severe economic pressure and an intensified promotional environment. These conditions significantly impacted our Core U.S. segment customer agreement growth in December, which was the most challenging in years," said Rent-A-Center CEO Mark Speese. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors this morning, research firm Canaccord Genuity maintained a Hold rating on the shares with a $31 price target. The firm said they would remain on the sidelines as the company's core rent-to-own business was struggling and there was no clear catalyst in place to revive it. Canaccord added that the company's 2014 guidance suggests its collections costs are "sky-rocketing." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rent-A-Center shares tumbled over 19% to $25.12 on nearly seven times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $24.75. Over the past twelve months, the stock has lost approximately 28%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rent-A-Center's competitors include Aaron's (AAN) and CONN's (CONN). Shares of Aaron's were up 1% in morning trading, while CONN's slipped 0.5%.
News For RCII;AAN;CONN From The Last 14 Days
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February 9, 2016
17:19 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center to replace F.N.B. in S&P 600 as of 2/12 close
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17:19 EDTRCIIF.N.B. to replace Rent-A-Center in S&P 400 as of 2/12 close
F.N.B. (FNB) is acquiring Metro Bancorp (METR) in a deal expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals
06:09 EDTCONNConn's reports January SSS up 0.5% including all product categories
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06:08 EDTCONNConn's reports Q4 revenue $376.5M, consensus $455.88M
Conn's reported $101.0M in total retail net sales for the month ended January 31 a 7.9% increase compared to the same prior year period. For the three months ended January 31 total retail net sales were $376.5M, a 7.4% increase compared to the same prior year period. Company said, "Greater than 60-day delinquency was 9.9% as of January 31 compared to 9.7% as of January 31, 2015. The delinquency rate was flat as of January 31 compared to December 31, 2015, consistent with the trend in the same period a year ago."
February 2, 2016
06:24 EDTRCIIOptions expected to be active
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February 1, 2016
19:09 EDTRCIIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), up 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively... Mattel (MAT), up 5.6%... Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up 4%... AFLAC (AFL), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 8.1% after giving guidance for fiscal 2015 and entering a license agreement with G-III Apparel (GIII) for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear collections. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 15.8%... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 9.6%. ALSO LOWER: Pixelworks (PXLW), down 5.7% after giving fourth quarter guidance and announcing the resignation of its CEO... PDL BioPharma (PDLI), down 14.3% after cutting its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 15c per share.
16:54 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center sees FY16 core U.S. SSS down 1%-3%
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16:52 EDTRCIIRent-A-Center reports Q4 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 52c
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14:32 EDTRCIINotable companies reporting after market close
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January 29, 2016
10:03 EDTRCIIHigh option volume stocks: GIMO CSOD NAVI ALGN IMPV LC INO FMC VMW RCII
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