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May 9, 2014
12:59 EDTRL, COH, 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.
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July 18, 2014
11:45 EDTCOH, KORSJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
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07:32 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $80 from $95 at Jefferies
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July 17, 2014
13:14 EDTCOH, KORSMichael Kors rises after analyst sees less discounting than peers
Shares of accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) are slightly higher in a down market after Credit Suisse said that the company's brands are less likely to be on sale than those of its competitors. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss wrote that Michael Kors' products are "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments." At mid-tier department stores, 25% of Michael Kors' products are on sale with an average markdown of 27%, Buss reported. On average, 35% of the products of the company's peers are on sale, at an average discount of 27%, the analyst stated. Additionally, Michael Kors' channel strategy provides it with multiple advantages, including brand integrity and limits on markdowns, Buss believes. Buss wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent drop in the stock, and reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Michael Kors today was research firm Canaccord. Markdowns of the company's products are not any larger than last year, and concerns about large discounts on its products have created a buying opportunity, the firm contended. Canaccord continues to believe that the accessories maker has strong long-term growth opportunities, and it kept a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors gained 2% to $83. Two of the company's competitors, Coach (COH) and Kate Spade (KATE), rose fractionally.
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07:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors promo concerns creates buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said promotional activity concerns at Michael Kors have created a buying opportunity. The firm said markdowns were no bigger than last year, suggesting a standard seasonal markdown in anticipation of fall deliveries. Canaccord believes long term growth opportunities remain robust at Kors and keeps a Buy rating and $123 price target on the shares.
07:45 EDTKORSMichael Kors discounting well below industry averages, says Credit Suisse
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July 16, 2014
10:44 EDTKORSOptions with increasing implied volatility: KORS TWX RVBD
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:51 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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July 15, 2014
12:31 EDTCOH, KORSMichael Kors sinks after analysts issue bearish notes
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11:34 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Hold, price target cut to $85 at Maxim
As previously reported, Maxim downgraded Michael Kors to Hold from Buy and lowered its price target on the shares to $85 from $109 after the firm's checks showed domestic sales have weakened more than expected, which in turn led to increased markdowns.
11:21 EDTKORSMichael Kors August volatility increases as shares trend lower into Q1
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11:17 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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07:03 EDTKORSMichael Kors reiterated as an Underweight at Barclays
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06:44 EDTKORSMichael Kors sentiment 'increasingly more bearish,' says Piper Jaffray
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06:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $98 from $107 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Michael Kors (KORS) to $98 after its national handbag survey indicated a "lack of newness" and that the company failed to meet plan in 17% of responses versus 1% previously. Citi says Kors continues to be number one in handbags and it keeps a Neutral rating on the stock. Its survey indicated results at Coach (COH) are fairly consistent overall, with an improvement in stores exceeding plan. Citi has a Neutral rating on Coach.
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