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March 27, 2013
11:16 EDTMFRM, SCSS, TPXMattress makers climb after retailer reports Q4 results
Shares of mattress makers Tempur-Pedic (TPX) and Select Comfort (SCSS) are advancing after mattress retailer Mattress Firm (MFRM) reported weaker than expected Q4 results but provided higher than expected revenue guidance for fiscal 2013. WHAT'S NEW: Retailer Mattress Firm said that it expected its fiscal 2013 revenue to be $1.237B-$1.25B, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.21B. The company reported that its revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter jumped 37% year-over-year to $258.2M, but that was below analysts' consensus estimate of $251.54M. Mattress Firm's revenue was boosted by sales at newly acquired stores, as its sales at comparable stores dropped 1.6%. "Looking to 2013...we expect to drive sales and operating margin expansion from the ongoing sales growth of acquired stores, which will be enhanced as we pass the anniversary dates of our 2012 acquisitions," said Mattress Firm CEO Steve Stagner. Mattress Firm's fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding acquisition charges and other one-time expenses, came in below analysts' consensus estimates, as did its fiscal 2013 earnings per share guidance. ANALYST REACTION: Several analysts reacted positively to Mattress Firm's guidance in notes to clients earlier today. Research firm Raymond James upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform, while Citigroup wrote that the company's sales growth should accelerate as mattress prices are continuing to increase. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Tempur-Pedic climbed 6.3% to $49.80, Select Comfort advanced 2.7% to $19.50, and Mattress Firm jumped 8.9% to $33.75.
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February 8, 2016
09:07 EDTMFRM40 North sends letter to board of Mattress Firm, urges board changes
40 North Management, which holds a 8.5% stake in Mattress Firm, disclosed a letter it sent to the board of directors of the company, in which the investor stated in part: "[We] are compelled to write now given our recent dialogue with the Board and the Board's decision to amend the terms of the Sleepy's acquisition on February 3rd and issue over half a million shares of Company common stock to Company insiders including J.W. Childs affiliates at a near two-year low, a transaction which can only be described as an egregious insider deal. We recognize the current volatility in the credit markets, which pushed the Board to consider various financing alternatives including further equitizing the Company. But rather than provide all shareholders the opportunity to participate in the contemplated dilutive share offering, the Board deplorably issued equity solely to its insiders when the Company's stock was trading at what a J.W. Childs representative described as a significantly undervalued price...40 North would gladly have participated in the February 3rd share issuance had it been offered the opportunity to do so, and we believe the Company would have been far better served by issuing the stock to its truly long-term shareholders rather than J.W. Childs who has been a consistent seller of the stock for years. In recent conversations with members of the Board affiliated with J.W. Childs, we discussed changes to the makeup of the current Board to address our governance concerns, including a proposal made by members of the Board to add two 40 North representatives to the Board. While we are clearly willing to serve on the Board, we ultimately concluded that the appointment of 40 North representatives alone was inadequate and a broader transformation to the composition of the Board was required to ameliorate the Company's significant corporate governance issues and shareholder misalignment. In particular, J.W. Childs must commit to taking a minority position, commensurate with its economic ownership, and to the appointment of new unaffiliated independent directors to serve as the majority."
February 5, 2016
16:08 EDTMFRMMattress Firm sees annual synergies of $40M by FY18 from Sleepy's acquisition
Mattress Firm announced the completion of its acquisition of all of the outstanding equity interests in HMK Mattress Holdings, the holding company of Sleepy's and related entities, for an aggregate purchase price of $780M, subject to working capital and other customary adjustments. The Company expects to generate annual synergies of approximately $40M by Fiscal 2018. In addition, the Company expects to receive future cash income tax benefits totaling over $11M annually for more than 10 years from the deductible tax basis goodwill generated from the transaction and from the carryover tax basis of other assets, both subject to the Company's ability to generate future taxable income. Mattress Firm expects mid-single digit EPS dilution in FY16, becoming EPS accretive in FY17 and growing to high-single digit EPS accretion by FY18, excluding one-time costs. The combined company anticipates it can generate significant free cash flow, which can be used primarily to pay down debt and/or undertake future organic growth or potential acquisitions.
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February 4, 2016
11:33 EDTTPXTempur Sealy selloff a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Keith says he's surprised by the selloff today in shares of Tempur Sealy. He expected the stock to be down "somewhat" given the 3% sales miss on Q4, but calls the 10% pullback overdone. Keith views Tempur's outlook and conference call as positives and recommends buying the stock on today's weakness. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the name with an $85 price target.
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07:04 EDTTPXTempur Sealy sees FY16 adjusted EBITDA $500M-$550M
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07:04 EDTTPXTempur Sealy reports Q4 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus 99c
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February 3, 2016
14:00 EDTMFRMMattress Firm agrees to issue 1.76M shares of common stock
On February 3, 2016, the company agreed to issue an aggregate of 1,762,236 shares of common stock. The Company expects to complete the issuance of the shares of common stock, which issuance will be equivalent to approximately 4.9% of the currently issued and outstanding shares of common stock, on February 5. The Company will receive cash in exchange for 699,300 shares and the remaining 1,062,936 shares will be issued as partial purchase price consideration in exchange for equity interests in Sleepy's. The Board of Directors of the Company approved the issuance after the close of trading on February 2 at a price per share of $35.75.
13:53 EDTMFRMMattress Firm sees Sleepy transaction mid-single digit dilutive in FY16
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09:03 EDTTPXTempur Sealy should be bought on any weakness, says KeyBanc
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February 2, 2016
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07:07 EDTTPXTempur Sealy reports proposed changes in Board of Directors
empur Sealy International provided an update on proposed changes in its Board of Directors as part of its ongoing efforts to refresh and transition its Board. n connection with a review over the last several months by the Board's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board's size, composition and tenure, including discussions with Board members about their individual plans, Francis A. Doyle, Peter K. Hoffman, Sir Paul Judge, Nancy F. Koehn and Lawrence J. Rogers informed the NCG Committee that they did not wish to stand for re-election, and would retire as directors effective upon completion of the Company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders scheduled for May 5. The Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the NCG Committee after this review, approved going forward with a smaller Board and nominated seven directors for re-election at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTSCSSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
07:17 EDTSCSSSelect Comfort upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Seth Basham upgraded Select Comfort to Outperform after his firm's store survey pointed to a positive inflection in sales trends. The analyst sees a more favorable risk/reward at current share levels and keeps a $23 price target for the name.

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