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January 15, 2014
06:07 EDTTGT, V, MA, BAC, KKRTarget's payment partners could face fines over data breach, Reuters reports
The companies that help Target Corp. process payments may face millions in fines and costs as a result of the major data breach that struck the retailer over the holiday shopping season, reports Reuters. A review of past data breaches has led some to believe that Target's partners could face consumer lawsuits and fines that payment networks such as Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) often levy after cyber security incidents.Reference Link
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August 20, 2014
12:37 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:44 EDTKKRMylan completes second bidding round for GSK prescription portfolio, WSJ says
Mylan (MYL), TPG Capital, Advent International, KKR (KKR), Warburg Pincus and a few Indian prescription manufacturers have completed the second round of bidding for GlaxoSmith Kline's (GSK) portfolio of mature medications, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the sales process. GSK noted that it aims to sell a portfolio of drug brands in the U.S. and EU with yearly sales of approximately $1.66B. Reference Link
11:11 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 EBITDA to benefit from expense optimization, Q3 SSS flat to up 1%
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08:38 EDTBACRevolution Lighting enters loan, security agreement with BofA
Revolution Lighting (RVLT) announced that it has entered into a three year loan and security agreement with Bank of America (BAC). The agreement allows Revolution Lighting to borrow up to $25M on a revolving basis. Borrowings under the agreement are determined on specified percentages of eligible receivables and inventory, and bear interest either on the base rate plus specified margins or at LIBOR plus specified margins, at the election of Revolution Lighting. The loan provides Revolution Lighting with favorable interest rates with an initial interest rate of 3%. The agreement contains customary covenants and restrictions typical of these agreements.
08:04 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 U.S. segment SSS flat
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didn’t meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,” said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. “In the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.”
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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August 19, 2014
15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results aren’t yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
10:39 EDTKKRKKR hires Rothschild for sale of Northgate's public sector unit, Reuters says
KKR has engaged Rothschild to arrange for the sale of the public sector division of its software firm Northgate Information Solutions which may fetch around $600M, says Reuters. Reference Link
07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:20 EDTBACBofA COO transfers, senior manager assumes role, Bloomberg says
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August 18, 2014
11:05 EDTTGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:21 EDTTGTTarget extends stores hours in effort to up later business, WSJ says
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06:47 EDTBACU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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06:06 EDTKKRKKR, Abacus to acquire 70% of World Trade Center, Melbourne
Abacus Property Group and KKR have entered into definitive transaction documents to acquire a 70% interest in Towers 2, 3 and 4 of the World Trade Center, Melbourne. The vendor, Asset 1 WTC, will retain a 30% co-ownership interest. The total consideration for the acquisition of the 70% interest is $120.4M, excluding transaction costs, and represents an initial yield of 9.3% per annum. The property is a part of the Northbank precinct adjacent to the central business district. Under the terms of the venture, KKR will fund 75% of the equity and Abacus will fund the remaining 25%. Abacus will provide local property, asset and development management services to WTC. The transaction is subject to FIRB approval and finalisation of the senior bank facility, which is well advanced. Settlement is anticipated to occur in October this year. Reference Link
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