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May 9, 2014
12:59 EDTCOH, RL, KORSRalph Lauren falls after same-store sales drop, guidance disappoints
Shares of luxury product and apparel maker Ralph Lauren (RL) are falling after the company reported that its fourth quarter comparable store sales fell 2%. The luxury goods maker also issued fiscal year 2015 earnings per share guidance that was below the consensus view at the midpoint. WHAT'S NEW: Ralph Lauren reported fourth quarter earnings per share of $1.68, which exceeded analysts expectation of $1.63. The luxury company reported fourth quarter revenues of $1.87B which also surpassed analysts expectations. Ralph Lauren experienced a decline of 2% in its consolidated comparable store sales and noted that it's reported basis comparable store sales were down 1% in constant currency during the quarter. The company attributed the decline to the cold weather and late start to spring in North America and the shift in the timing of Easter versus the prior year. In terms of guidance, Ralph Lauren said that it sees FY14 net revenue to be up 6%-8%. In the first quarter of fiscal FY15, the company said that it expects consolidated net revenues to increase by 3%-5%, led by retail segment growth. Executive vice chairman, Roger Farah, announced his retirement from Ralph Lauren at the end of May but noted that he will remain on the board of directors until the expiration of his term on the date of the company's annual stockholders meeting in August. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, management said that opportunities for growth are "tremendous" and its strategies are "clear." The company noted that it has planned an increase in advertising and marketing and announced its intention to begin a three-year project to upgrade its global e-commerce operating platform. The company said that investing in new capabilities will support accelerated revenue growth through upped productivity and improved conversion rates. ANALYST REACTION: Wells Fargo analysts Evren Kopelman and Connie Wang said that Ralph Lauren's FY15 guidance was "disappointing," but said that the firm's expectations for sales quickening over the next few years thanks to the Polo strategy is unchanged. The analysts added that if management could give clearer margin progression projections, the multiple on the shares could expand. The firm lowered its FY15 and FY16 estimates for Ralph Lauren, but still said that they foresee "significant" upside potential to the shares and feel that the current P/E multiple is very attractive for the growth that they anticipate. Wells Fargo is maintaining its Outperform rating on the stock. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Ralph Lauren include Coach (COH) and Michael Kors (KORS). PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Ralph Lauren fell $4.18 or 2.75%, to $147.81.
News For RL;COH;KORS From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
16:23 EDTCOHCoach initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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16:21 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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December 16, 2014
12:51 EDTCOHCoach initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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10:26 EDTKORSMichael Kors management to meet with Jefferies
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10:11 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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09:59 EDTRLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
December 15, 2014
16:18 EDTRLRalph Lauren initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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11:12 EDTKORSMichael Kors management to meet with Jefferies
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December 12, 2014
14:25 EDTCOHCoach moves higher, levels to watch
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05:54 EDTCOHStocks with implied volatility movement; COH CX
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December 11, 2014
14:27 EDTCOHLVMH not likely interested in Coach, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI said LVMH (LVMUY) is not likely interested in acquiring Coach (COH). The firm said LVMH has put a lot of marketing and investment behind the Marc Jacobs label and is unlikely to acquire another aspirational brand at this point.
10:33 EDTCOHCoach calls active after website says LVMH showing interest
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10:13 EDTCOHCoach spikes after website says LVMH showing interest
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09:53 EDTCOHLVMH has shown interest in Coach, Prime Retailer reports
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09:49 EDTCOHLVMH has shown interest in Coach, PrimeRetailer says
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTCOH, KORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:05 EDTCOHCoach initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens
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06:53 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with an Overweight at Stephens
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