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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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February 27, 2015
10:52 EDTODPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 24, 2015
06:55 EDTODPOffice Depot sees $400M of cash merger integration expenses from 2014-2016
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06:54 EDTODPOffice Depot expects to achieve synergy benefits of more than $750M by 2016-end
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06:53 EDTODPOffice Depot sees FY15 sales to be lower than FY14, consensus $15.5B
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06:52 EDTSPLS, ODPOffice Depot says acquisition by Staples to close by end of 2015
06:52 EDTODPOffice Depot reports Q4 N. American retail division sales $1.54B
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06:51 EDTODPOffice Depot says 2015 operating priorities focus on synergies, efficiencies
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06:51 EDTODPOffice Depot reports Q4 adjusted EPS 7c, consensus 4c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.83B, consensus $3.91B
February 20, 2015
07:20 EDTSPLSWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link

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