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March 19, 2013
14:30 EDTSHOO, GCO, BWS, DSWFootwear retailers fall after DSW says recent sales trends weak
Several footwear retailers are retreating after a company in the sector, DSW (DSW), reported weaker than expected fourth quarter results. DSW added that its comparative sales have fallen 5% during the first six weeks of the current quarter as sales trends have weakened. Others in the sector, including Steve Madden (SHOO), Genesco (GCO) and Brown Shoe Company (BWS), are falling significantly in the wake of DSW's results. However, in a note to investors earlier today, research firm Canccord recommended that investors use Steve Madden's weakness as a buying opportunity. The firm believes that Steven Madden is taking market share and that its business is tracking to plan. In mid-afternoon trading, Steve Madden fell 3.6% to $43, Genesco gave back 2% to $60.10, Brown Shoe Company lost 1.4% to $16.90 and DSW tumbled 6.7% to $62.50.
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April 21, 2014
08:49 EDTGCOGenesco appears set up well on easy comparisons, says RW Baird
Baird Genesco as a well managed company after meeting with management. The firm believes the company may be set up well based on easy comps if sales accelerate. Baird sees multiple expansion even with modest comp acceleration. Shares are Outperform rated with a $90 price target.
April 17, 2014
07:08 EDTDSWDSW appoints Mary Meixelsperger as CFO effective May 1
Meixelsperger replaces Douglas Probst, who is retiring from DSW on the same day. Meixelsperger joins DSW from Shopko Stores, a regional discount store chain, where she held the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Treasurer.
April 15, 2014
06:33 EDTDSWDSW acquires approximately 44% interest in Town of shoes in Canada
DSW Inc. and Town Shoes announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby DSW Inc. will purchase for cash approximately 44% interest in Town Shoes for approximately $62M. The transaction has been approved by each company's board and is expected to close in May. DSW Inc. is purchasing its initial 44% stake from AIMCo and may acquire additional shares from certain other minority shareholders as part of its initial investment. Additionally, DSW Inc. will have the right to purchase the balance of Town Shoes from the remaining shareholders, including Callisto Capital, after four years at a pre-determined EBITDA multiple. Callisto, on behalf of itself and the remaining shareholders, has the right to put the balance of the company to DSW Inc. after three years at a pre-determined EBITDA multiple. DSW Inc.'s initial stake provides 50% voting control and board representation, both of which are equal to that of Callisto. The transaction, which the company anticipates to record under the equity method, is expected to be slightly accretive to earnings in FY14, excluding one-time transaction expenses.
06:30 EDTDSWDSW acquires approximately 44% interest in Town of shoes in Canada
April 10, 2014
10:00 EDTSHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
07:31 EDTBWSBrown Shoe made material progress in it restructuring, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said Brown Shoe made material progress in its restructuring to improve operating performance. The firm cited lower debt, continued store and channel optimization, and significant free cash flow. Shares are Buy rated with a $36 price target.
06:12 EDTSHOOSteven Madden initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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