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May 20, 2014
12:20 EDTSPLS, USTR, ODPStaples 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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March 31, 2015
10:19 EDTSPLSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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March 24, 2015
07:28 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with UBS
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March 23, 2015
10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:37 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Staples (SPLS) to Buy based on favorable risk/reward and potential synergies and earnings growth from the Office Depot (ODP) acquisition. Price target raised to $20 from $18.
March 19, 2015
09:06 EDTODPCiti Retail Services extends long term consumer relationship with Office Depot
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