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November 9, 2012
06:46 EDTBBY, UPS, HBC, MRGE, TNTEYOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: UPS (UPS) is said to be working on possible remedies to address competition concerns over its EUR5.2B takeover of TNT Express (TNTEY), though it will argue it doesn't need to make concessions, reports the Wall Street Journal...FINANCIAL TIMES: HSBC (HBC) is probing claims by a whistleblower, which are being examined by HM Revenue & Customs, that some of its offshore accounts were being used by serious criminals, the Financial Times reports. REUTERS: A consortium led by former Best Buy (BBY) CEO Richard Schulze will bid below $8B for the company, and the bid won't be submitted until December at the earliest, according to Reuters...Merge Healthcare (MRGE), which announced in September that it was exploring strategic alternatives, is said be attracting interest from at least five private equity firms, according to a Reuters report that cites people familiar with the matter.
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March 3, 2015
08:34 EDTBBYBest Buy sees 1H16 comparable sales to be flat to negative low single digits
The comparable sales outlook is driven by a materials decline in tablet category and 2014 holiday momentum not continuing in the new year. Sees non-GAAP operating income down 30 to 50 basis points in 1H16. Reflects economic and growth pressures, 2016 investments into the growth initiatives, and anticipated SG&A inflation. Sees Q1 online growth in mid single digit range. Expects financial impact of economic pressures to begin in Q1 and continue throughout the year. It is optmistic of new product launches, but limited visibility keeps BestBuy "cautious" for the overall industry. Sees 1H16 income tax rate of 39%-40%.
08:21 EDTBBYBest Buy sees FY16 CapEx $650M-$700M in 'year of investment'
The company expects to accelerate the expansion of growing categories like large appliances and mobile phones. It expects to transform traditional offerings for customer needs and integrate Geek Squad into BestBuy.com. It expects to improve delivery and the installation experience with $100M-$120M incremental investments in 2016. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
07:48 EDTBBYBest Buy up 4.5% after Q4 earnings beat, dividend hike
07:44 EDTBBYBest Buy targeting $400M in annualized savings from phase 2 of 'Renew Blue'
Since the 3Q15 earnings release, Renew Blue annualized cost reductions have increased an additional $55M, bringing the total Renew Blue annualized cost reductions to $1.02B, Best Buy stated. In FY16, the company is launching Phase Two of its Renew Blue cost reduction and gross profit optimization program with a target of approximately $400Min annualized operating income improvement over three years, including the remaining benefit of approximately $250M from the company’s previously discussed returns, replacements and damages opportunity. These savings will be structural in nature and will be driven by streamlined processes and operational efficiencies that will be primarily enabled through investments in systems.
07:11 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says FY16 to be year of investment
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07:10 EDTBBYBest Buy says Q4 strength in phones, large tvs offset tablet weakness
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07:08 EDTBBYBest Buy completes sale of its Five Star business in China
As previously announced on December 4, 2014, the company entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Five Star business in China. As a result of this agreement, Five Star was classified as held for sale at the end of FY15 and its results are included in discontinued operations for the current and prior-year periods. On February 13, Best Buy completed the sale of Five Star. The company has recast certain financial information for FY14 and FY15 to reflect the results from the Five Star business in China as discontinued operations.
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy raises dividend 21%, declares special dividend, to resume share buyback
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy intends to buyback $1B in shares over three years
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy announces special dividend of 51c, raises regular dividend 21% to 23c
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07:02 EDTBBYBest Buy reports Q4 EPS $1.48, consensus $1.35
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March 2, 2015
15:23 EDTBBYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:32 EDTBBYBest Buy March weekly 38.5 straddle priced for 7% movement into Q4
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14:28 EDTBBYBest Buy technical comments before results
The stock has had a strong advance over the prior year, but that has stalled somewhat heading into earnings in the last few months. The shares have been in a trading range largely bound by $35 at the low, and $40 at the high. Those two levels can help up project where price may go following results. A breakout above the $40 area, at the 52-week high, would be bullish. Based on the size of the trading range, we could expect a move to the $45 area would then be in the cards, or possibly better depending on the degree of positive surprise. If the news is bearish and price breaks down below $35, the following support levels could become downside objectives: $33.17, $31.30.
07:59 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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March 1, 2015
17:44 EDTBBYSprint, Best Buy announce 'Best Buy One Plan'
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February 27, 2015
09:46 EDTBBYBest Buy management to meet with JPMorgan
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February 26, 2015
12:04 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Best Buy March weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, March is at 42, April is at 35, June is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release Q4 results on March 3.
11:11 EDTMRGEMerge Healthcare falls after revenue misses, acquisition made
Shares of Merge Healthcare (MRGE) are falling this morning after the company reported its fourth quarter results last night and also disclosed its deal to acquire a privately-held medical imaging information systems company. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Merge reported Q4 pro forma revenue of $53.7M, which was below the $56.4M consensus expectation, and adjusted earnings per share of 5c, which was a penny above the 4c consensus forecast. The company also announced the recent acquisition of DR Systems for $70M. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Merge's non-GAAP adjusted EPS in 2015 and future years, the company said. ANALYST OPINION: IN a note to investors after the quarterly report, William Blair said it was disappointed that Merge did not provide 2015 guidance or end-of-year backlog results. The firm believes the larger footprint from the DR Systems deal will benefit the company’s cloud strategy and that DR's highly-ranked products should increase mindshare, but noted that it awaits commentary on the company’s organic growth outlook to fully evaluate the deal. The firm has a Market Perform rating on Merge Healthcare shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of Merge Healthcare are down 65c, or 14.4%, to $3.85.
February 25, 2015
18:11 EDTMRGEMerge Healthcare acquires DR Systems
Merge Healthcare acquired DR Systems, a privately held San Diego-based medical imaging information systems company. DR Systems founder, chairman, and CEO Murray Reicher, M.D., will assume the role of Chief Medical Officer of Merge Healthcare. Dr. Following the acquisition, support for DR Systems' core platform will remain in place. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Merge's adjusted EPS in 2015 and future years. Merge Healthcare financed the acquisition through a combination of approximately $20M of cash on hand and $50M of cash raised from the sale of shares of newly issued convertible preferred stock, at a $4.14 per share common equivalent calculated based on Merge's 30-day volume weighted average common stock price, to a group of investors arranged by Guggenheim Corporate Funding, the agent under Merge's existing credit facility.
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