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March 6, 2014
11:26 EDTODP, SPLSStaples plunges to 52 week low on weak results, store closure plan
Shares of office products retailer Staples (SPLS) are sinking after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance trailed expectations. The company also announced it will no longer provide annual sales or EPS guidance. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Staples reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 33c and revenue of $5.87B, compared to expectations of 39c and $5.97B, respectively. The company forecast Q1 EPS of 17c-22c, significantly trailing expectations of 27c. Staples also said it Q1 sales are expected to decrease compared to the prior year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Staples initiated a multi-year cost savings plan which is expected to generate annualized pre-tax cost savings of approximately $500M by the end of 2015. The savings are expected to come from supply chain, retail store closures and labor optimization, non-product related costs, IT hardware and services, marketing, sales force, and customer service. The company said it expects to close up to 225 stores in North America by the end of 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Following the quarterly report, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Staples to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Staples fell $2.06, or about 15.4%, to $11.33 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $11.16. Including today's slide, the stock has lost about 8% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Staples main competitor, Office Depot (ODP), was down about 4% on the session.
News For SPLS;ODP From The Last 14 Days
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May 20, 2015
15:51 EDTSPLSStaples shares mentioned positively at BofA/Merrill
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06:04 EDTSPLSStaples expects to generate more than $600M of free cash flow for FY15
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06:04 EDTSPLS, ODPStaples sees Q2 non-GAAP EPS 11c-13c, consensus 11c
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06:03 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q1 North American Commercial sales growth of 3%
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06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q1 non-GAAP EPS 17c, consensus 17c
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May 19, 2015
15:00 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:18 EDTSPLSStaples May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 15, 2015
08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 13, 2015
05:25 EDTSPLSStaples announces partnerships with Bidvest Waltons, Dacris
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