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May 20, 2014
12:20 EDTODP, SPLS, 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.
News For SPLS;ODP;USTR From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
13:09 EDTSPLS, ODPSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTODP, SPLSStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTODP, SPLSStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTODP, SPLSActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTSPLS, ODPStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
10:30 EDTSPLSStaples announces board changes, CEO turns down raise to base salary
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