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May 9, 2014
12:59 EDTRL, KORS, COHRalph 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.
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April 16, 2015
10:15 EDTCOHCoach May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, May is at 33, August is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
10:06 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:55 EDTKORSMichael Kors view changed to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global (pre-open)
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05:55 EDTCOH, KORSCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
April 14, 2015
17:02 EDTCOHCrocs appoints Coach International Group president Ian Bickley to board
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April 10, 2015
05:24 EDTCOHCoach, InterparfumsSA sign global license agreement for Coach fragrance
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTCOHBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:05 EDTCOHCoach, Inter Parfums sign global license agreement for Coach fragrance
Inter Parfums (IPAR) announced that its majority owned Paris-based subsidiary, Interparfums SA, and Coach, Inc. (COH) have entered into an 11-year exclusive worldwide fragrance license agreement. Under the agreement, Interparfums will create, produce and distribute new perfumes and fragrance-related products, including new menís and womenís scents. Interparfums will distribute these fragrances globally to department and specialty stores and duty free shops, as well as in Coach retail stores beginning fall 2016.
April 7, 2015
10:05 EDTRLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
08:22 EDTRLRalph Lauren upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
As previously reported, CLSA upgraded Ralph Lauren to Buy from Outperform. The firm upgraded shares citing brand strength, global brand realignment, new operating systems, accelerating store conversions and select new openings, and redcu3ed operating costs. Price target raised to $170 from $159.
07:29 EDTRL, RLRalph Lauren upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:11 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory
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