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March 13, 2014
11:22 EDTWSM, KIRK, PIR, BBBY, RHWilliams-Sonoma soars to 52-week high after results top estimates
Shares of home goods retailer Williams-Sonoma (WSM) hit a new 52-week high after the company's fourth quarter results topped expectations. In addition to its flagship brand, the company also operates the West Elm and Pottery Barn collection of chains. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Williams-Sonoma reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.38 and revenue of $1.47B, beating expectations of $1.36 and $1.43B, respectively. Q4 comparable brand revenue increased 10.4%. The company forecast Q1 EPS of 41c-44c and revenue of $920M-$940M, compared to consensus of 46c and $943.61M, respectively. Q1 comparable brand revenue is expected to increase 4%-6%. For FY14, Williams-Sonoma expects EPS and revenue of $3.05-$3.15 and $4.63B-$4.71B, versus consensus of $3.20 and $4.64B, respectively. FY14 comparable brand revenue is expected to increase 5%-10%. The company also raised its quarterly dividend to 33c from 31c per share. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Citigroup removed Williams-Sonoma from its U.S. Focus list following the company's Q4 results, citing the stock's strong performance over the past year. However, the firm reiterated a Buy rating on shares with a $67 price target. Another firm, RW Baird, raised their price target on the shares to $70 from $64. The firm cited robust top-line trends, leverage to housing and e-commerce, and emerging international growth. RW Baird has an Outperform rating on Williams-Sonoma. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Williams-Sonoma rose $5.95, or about 10%, to $64.92 on three times its average daily trading volume. The stock continues to make new 52-week highs as the session unfolds. Including today's advance, the stock has gained about 43% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retailers specializing in home goods include Pier 1 Imports (PIR), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), and Restoration Hardware (RH). Another company in the space, Kirklands (KIRK), also reported results this morning and its shares were up about 6% in late morning trading.
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August 21, 2014
11:28 EDTKIRKKirkland's expects to generate positive cash flow in FY14
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11:13 EDTKIRKKirkland's sees Q3 revenue $113M-$115M, consensus $116.10M
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09:07 EDTKIRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:48 EDTKIRKKirkland's sees YoY improvement in merchandise and gross profit margins
Expects a lower markdown rate, lower inbound freight costs, and sales leverage. Operating expenses are expected to increase on a dollar basis due to the increase in stores and incremental investments in corporate headcount to support our growth initiatives. The company is also anticipating approximately 4c per diluted share in additional costs associated with its second half lease expiration and transition to replacement corporate headquarters space.
06:48 EDTKIRKKirkland's sees FY14 EPS 87c-97c, consensus 99c
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06:47 EDTKIRKKirkland's: Early sales and margin trends in August are encouaging
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06:46 EDTKIRKKirkland's reports Q2 SSS up 3.6%
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06:46 EDTKIRKKirkland's reports Q2 EPS (6c), consensus (3c)
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06:42 EDTKIRKKirkland's promotes W. Michael Madden President and COO effective immediately
Madden was serving as the company's Senior VP and CFO. The company expects Madden to assume the role of CEO after a period of orderly transition. Madden will remain the company’s principal financial officer pursuant to S.E.C requirements.
August 12, 2014
08:03 EDTWSMGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
August 11, 2014
07:05 EDTPIR, BBBYDeutsche Bank discusses LBO chatter in Retail space
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