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March 27, 2014
11:19 EDTTIF, ZLC, NILE, SIGSignet Jewelers hits 52-week high after quarterly results top estimates
Shares of specialty jeweler Signet Jewelers (SIG) are advancing after the company's fourth quarter results topped expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Signet Jewelers reported fourth quarter earnings per share of $2.18 and revenue of $1.56B, compared to expectations of $2.15 and $1.55B, respectively. The company reported Q4 same store sales rose 4.3%, with Kay brand SSS up 4.9%, Jared SSS up 4.1% and Regional brands SSS down 3.1%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On February 19, Signet agreed to acquire Zale Corporation (ZLC) for $21.00 per share in cash. Signet Jewelers forecast Q1 EPS ex-acquisition costs of $1.24-$1.28, compared to consensus $1.28. The company sees acquisition costs impacting Q1 EPS by 10c-8c, resulting in total first quarter EPS in the range of $1.14-$1.20. The recently announced acquisition of Zale will result in the realization of incremental expenses prior to the close of the transaction, as the final close date is dependent upon Zale stockholder and regulatory approval and the satisfaction of closing conditions. Signet anticipates Q1 SSS to rise 3%-4%. The company also raised its quarterly dividend to 18c from 15c per share. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Signet Jewelers rose $6.56, or 6.6%, to $104.87 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $107.38. The stock is up over 65% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the jewelry space include Tiffany & Co. (TIF) and Blue Nile (NILE).
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June 25, 2015
06:57 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers weakness a buying opportunity, says Nomura
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05:44 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers pullback a buying opportunity, says Nomura
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June 24, 2015
08:54 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers repeats Q2 adjusted EPS view $1.11-$1.16, consensus $1.15
Sees Q2 SSS up 2%-3%. Sees FY16 CapEx $275M-$325M, effective tax rate 28%-29%, net selling square footage growth 2%-3%. Says company's biggest opportunities for market share remain in the U.s. Sees $150M-$175M in cumulative 3-year operating profit synergies by end of January 2018. Says majority of synergies will be achieved by Zale division. By end of FY18, says Zale division expected to be at 9% operating margin. Says synergies alone will help achieve medium-term operating margin milestone. Comments from slides that will be presented at the company's Institutional Investor Conference.
June 23, 2015
10:37 EDTTIFTiffany sees 'minimal growth' in FY EPS, consensus $4.23
Says plans to increase global square footage 4%-5% annually for the foreseeable future. Sees ability to generate "healthy" free cash flow. Sees demand for products "consistent" with past trends. Says branded jewelry continues to be attractive globally. Says tourism purchases in the U.S. are "definitely down," but seeing pickups in other markets around the world. Comments made by CFO Ralph Nicoletti at the Jefferies 2015 Global Consumer Conference. Tiffany & Co is up 0.9% to $94.06 in morning trading.

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