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May 22, 2014
06:04 EDTSHLDSears reports Q1 EPS ($3.79), consensus ($1.87)
Reports Q1 revenue $7.88B, consensus $7.71B. Sears Domestic experienced comparable store sales growth of 0.2% as compared to a 2.4% decline last year, despite the continuing impact of consumer electronics industry trends. Excluding the impact of consumer electronics, comparable store sales growth would have been 0.8%. Kmart comparable stores sales were down 2.2% as compared to a 4.6% decline last year, also despite the continuing impact of consumer electronics industry trends, as well as the impact of our grocery & household goods business. Excluding the impact of both, comparable store sales would have declined 0.4%. Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' chairman and CEO, stated, "Sears is undergoing a significant transformation, and we fundamentally are changing the way we do business," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our performance in Q1 highlights the challenges we are facing as well as the progress we are making in this transformation. We are moving away from a company that was heavily based on selling products solely through a store-based network to a member-centric business model focused on providing benefits to our members anytime and anyplace. We are seeing progress in our transformation to a member-centric, integrated retailer, as we continue to invest heavily in driving our Shop Your Way program. Member sales for Q1 represented their highest level ever, representing 74% of eligible sales. Points redemptions also increased substantially, demonstrating that our members are becoming more engaged with the program and taking advantage of the points that they are earning. While this progress continued, the biggest negative contributor to sales has been from our consumer electronics business at both Sears and Kmart. Without the poor performance of the consumer electronics business, our Sears Domestic comparable store sales would have been positive 0.8%, as compared to positive 0.2%. Finally, as we invest in our new program and platforms, we are continuing to bear the costs of two promotional models, which adversely impacts our margins."
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October 23, 2014
12:23 EDTSHLDSears says store closures story 'not accurate,' USA Today reports
Sears called the Seeking Alpha story regarding its plans to close over 100 Sears and Kmart stores and lay off more than 5,400 employees "not accurate," USA Today reports, citing an email from the company. Reference Link
09:37 EDTSHLDSears to cloes stores, lay off about 5,500 employees, Seeking Alpha reports
Sears plans to lay of 5,457 workers and close over 100 Kmart, Sears and Sears Auto Center locatoins, reports Seeking Alpha. nquiries with stores, mall managers and reporters across the country reveal that at least 46 Kmart stores, 30 Sears department stores and 31 Sears Auto Centers are scheduled to close before the end of January. Stores in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana will be hardest hit. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
16:20 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTSHLDOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:07 EDTSHLDSears Holdings November volatility elevated on sharp rally
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10:11 EDTSHLDSears comments on rights offering, Primark deal in blog entry
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07:24 EDTSHLDSears board approves rights offering
Sears announced that the company’s board of directors has approved a rights offering allowing its stockholders to purchase up to $625M in aggregate principal amount of 8% senior unsecured notes due 2019 and warrants to purchase shares of its common stock. This rights offering will generate up to an additional $625M in proceeds, if it is fully subscribed and closes as planned, with the proceeds to be used for general corporate purposes. The subscription rights will be distributed to all stockholders of record of the company, and every stockholder will have the right to participate on the same terms in accordance with its pro rata ownership of the company’s common stock, except that holders of the company’s restricted stock that is unvested as of the record date are expected to receive cash awards in lieu of subscription rights. In the rights offering, the company anticipates that holders of its common stock, other than holders of restricted stock that is unvested, will receive subscription rights on a pro rata basis based on shares of common stock held at the close of business on October 30, the record date for the rights offering. Each subscription right will entitle the holder thereof to purchase, at a subscription price equal to the principal amount of each note, one unit, consisting of an 8% senior unsecured note due 2019 in a principal to be determined and a number of warrants equal to that principal amount divided by the strike price for the warrants, with each warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one share of the company’s common stock at a strike price of $28.41, the closing market price on October 17. The warrants will be exercisable for a period of five years following the offering. Upon the closing of the rights offering, the components of the units will immediately separate from one another such that the senior unsecured notes and warrants will constitute separate securities and will be transferable separately. The subscription rights will be transferable and are expected to be listed and traded on the NASDAQ. The senior unsecured notes will be transferable but will not be listed for trading on any exchange. The warrants will be transferable, and the company intends to apply to list the warrants for trading on the NASDAQ. Holders of subscription rights who fully exercise all of their subscription rights may also make a request to purchase additional units through the exercise of an over-subscription privilege, although we cannot assure investors that any over-subscriptions will be filled.
06:15 EDTSHLDSears files automatic mixed securities shelf
06:07 EDTSHLDSears enters into lease agreement with Primark for seven standalone stores
Sears Holdings announced that it has entered into lease agreements with Primark for seven standalone stores. Sears will continue to have a significant presence in six of these locations with a streamlined store format of up to 100,000 selling square feet at each store. Pursuant to the terms of such agreements and subject to customary conditions, Primark will lease from Sears Holdings a total of approximately 520,000 gross square feet of retail space in mall-based stores located in the Northeastern United States. The space is expected to be delivered to Primark over the next 12 to 18 months.
October 17, 2014
17:31 EDTSHLDESL Partners, affiliates acquire 17.74M common shares of Sears Canada
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October 15, 2014
07:32 EDTSHLDSears announces EVP Ronald Boire appointed CEO of Sears Canada
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06:33 EDTSHLDSears apologizes for swastika ring listing on online marketplace
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October 13, 2014
12:33 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:06 EDTSHLDJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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October 10, 2014
17:41 EDTSHLDKmart reports payment data systems breach
On Thursday, Oct. 9, Kmart's Information Technology team detected Kmart's payment data systems had been breached and immediately launched a full investigation working with a leading IT security firm. The company's investigation to date indicates the breach started in early September. According to the security experts the company has been working with, the Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. The company was able to quickly remove the malware. However, the company believes certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised. Based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that kmart.com customers were impacted. Kmart is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation.
12:11 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:49 EDTSHLDWhirlpool risks from Sears exposure overstated, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill said Whirlpool (WHR) concerns from Sears (SHLD) exposure are overdone and notes total revenues from Sears are approximately 9% of North American revenues. Shares are Buy rated.

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