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May 20, 2014
12:20 EDTSPLS, ODP, USTRStaples sinks after Q1 profit, guidance trail expectations
Shares of office products company Staples (SPLS) are sinking after the company's first quarter profit and second quarter outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Staples reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 18c and revenue of $5.65B, compared to expectations of 21c and $5.62B, respectively. Q1 North American same store sales decreased 4%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast Q2 adjusted EPS of 9c-14c, short of the consensus of 15c. Q2 revenue was seen decreasing year over year, compared to consensus of $5.19B. The company expects to record pre-tax charges in the range of $105M-$155M associated with restructuring and other related activities during the second quarter. For FY14, the company sees total global restructuring and related charges of $240M-$360M. It expects to generate more than $600M of free cash flow in FY14. The company's free cash flow guidance reflects an expected use of cash in the range of $60M-$100M associated with its 2014 global restructuring and other related activities. It expects to close approximately 40 stores in 2014. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Staples fell $1.73, or almost 13%, to $11.66 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down more than 20% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the office products space include Office Depot (ODP) and United Stationers (USTR), both of which are lower on the session.
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August 21, 2014
07:23 EDTSPLSStaples reiterated as an Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reiterated its Underperform rating on Staples following soft Q2 results and guidance. The firm lowered estimates and does not see an inflection point in sight. Price target is $9.
August 20, 2014
09:07 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PetSmart (PETM), up 2,1%... Staples (SPLS), up 2%... E-House (EJ), up 2.5%. HIGHER: Fairchild (FCS), up 4% after Bloomberg says Infineon (IFNNY) is near a deal to buy a U.S. semiconductor company for $2B... Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), up 18.4% after reporting positive Phase 3 data from the Fabry study. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Lowe's (LOW), down 3%... Tarena (TEDU), down 9%... Leju (LEJU), down 4.2%... JA Solar (JASO), down 5%. LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 12.7% after downgraded at JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank following the company's decision to withdraw its FY14 guidance... NovaBay (NBY), down 35.2% after primary, secondary endpoints were not met in its NVC-422 study... RGS Energy (RGSE), down 14.9% after downgraded at Roth Capital following Q2 earnings results.
06:06 EDTSPLSStaples expects to record pre-tax restructuring charges of $40M-$75M in Q3
For the full year, the company expects total pre-tax restructuring and other related charges in the range of $230M-$310M. For the full year, the company expects to generate more than $600Mof free cash flow. The company’s free cash flow guidance reflects an expected use of cash in the range of $60M-$100M associated with its 2014 restructuring plan, as well an expected use of cash in the range of $50M-$100M related to its 2012 and 2013 restructuring plans.
06:05 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q3 non-GAAP EPS 34c-39c, consensus 37c
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06:04 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 North American Commercial sales up 2.6% to $2.0B
Reports Q2 International Operations sales $941M.
06:04 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 SSS excluding Staples.com down 5%
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06:03 EDTSPLSStaples secured $150M of annualized cost savings in year-to-date
The savings is part of a two year plan to eliminate at least $500M of annualized costs. The company closed 80 stores in North America during Q2 and expects to close approximately 140 store sin North America during 2014.
06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 12c, consensus 11c
Reports Q2 revenue $5.22B, consensus $5.16B
August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTSPLSStaples technical comments before earnings
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15:01 EDTSPLSStaples September volatility flat into Q2 and guidance
Staples September call option implied volatility is at 32, December is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 20.
August 18, 2014
09:28 EDTSPLSCleveland Research remains concerned on Staples
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August 12, 2014
11:10 EDTODPHigh option volume stocks
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