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June 25, 2014
13:24 EDTCRI, PLCE, ZUzulily rallies after Goldman ups rating to Buy
Shares of Internet-based retailer zulily (ZU), which focuses on children's apparel, are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: zulily is poised to generate $1B of sales this year, its fifth year in business, making it only the third retailer to reach the sales milestone that quickly, after Gap's (GPS) Old Navy and Amazon.com (AMZN), Goldman Sachs analyst Taposh Bari wrote in a note to investors. zulily is likely to grow faster than the overall industry, as its multiple initiatives should enable it to attract more customers than expected into 2015, the analyst wrote. Additionally, the stock has reached an attractive entry point following its recent pullback, Bari stated. Furthermore, the company will start offering other types of products such as women's apparel and toys, the analyst believes. He upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $50 from $47. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Although zulily has "agile merchandising" and a strong presence on the mobile Internet, the company also has relatively limited products and "lagging" delivery times, Bari reported. As a result, the threat posed by zulily to traditional children's retailers is somewhat limited, according to the analyst. The retailers best suited to fend off the threat posed by zulily are those with valuable brands, a strong online presence, and "appropriate" retail distribution systems, Bari believes. Carter's (CRI) meets all of these criteria and is a "winner," partly because of its national wholesale operation and thriving online business, according to Bari. Conversely, Children's Place (PLCE) is in a more vulnerable position, since it has similar products to those offered by zulily, along with deteriorating profit margin trends and expensive stores in malls, Bari stated. He kept a Buy rating on Carter's and a Sell rating on Children's Place. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, zulily jumped 10% to $40, while Carter's was flat at $69.50 and Children's Place fell 1% to $50.
News For ZU;PLCE;CRI From The Last 14 Days
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May 26, 2015
09:58 EDTPLCEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:32 EDTPLCEChildren's Place downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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May 22, 2015
10:25 EDTPLCEChildren's Place reaches settlement agreement with Macellum and Barington
Children's Place, Macellum and Barington jointly announced today that they have reached an agreement to resolve their proxy contest, under which The Children’s Place will appoint Macellum and Barington nominee Robert Mettler as a new independent member of its board immediately following the company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The board also has committed to appoint an additional, mutually agreeable independent Director to the board. Macellum and Barington have agreed to withdraw both of their nominees from consideration at the Annual Meeting and to vote their proxy cards as solicited other than for the two withdrawn nominees. Under the agreement, the company has agreed to reimburse Macellum and Barington for up to $500,000 of out-of-pocket expenses.
May 20, 2015
16:03 EDTPLCEShareholders for Change at Children's Place respond to Children's Place
Shareholders for Change at The Children's Place, a group led by Macellum Advisors GP, and Barington Capital Group, who collectively beneficially own approximately 2.1% of the outstanding shares of Children's Place, has issued the following statement regarding certain false and misleading statements released by the company: We believe the company and its representatives are once again trying to mislead investors. The recent statement that we rejected a settlement from Children's Place is completely false, demonstrating once again in our opinion that the board is not acting in the best interests of Children's Place shareholders. Last night, representatives of Shareholders for Change at The Children's Place participated in good faith to negotiate a potential settlement with two Board members of the company. The two board members suggested that the company would be willing to add our nominee Robert L. Mettler to the board, as well as to begin a process to identify an additional, mutually agreeable independent director to appoint to the board. The board members then stated, however, that it might take up to a year to find such a mutually agreeable candidate and that they were unwilling to speak with our nominee Seth Johnson to determine whether he would be mutually agreeable. After further discussion, the parties agreed to continue the settlement discussions today. Without any further notice, and to our great surprise, the company issued a press release falsely stating that we had rejected their proposal. We believe this statement is a deliberate attempt to mislead shareholders to sway votes just days before the Annual Meeting. We believe such actions are egregious and are the hallmarks of a poorly governed Board desperately clinging to power. We stand by our commitment to continue our discussion with the company to reach a mutually agreeable settlement, but one that is in the best interests of all shareholders of the company, and which addresses the serious issues that we have raised throughout this contest.
11:15 EDTPLCEChildren's Place issues statement regarding Macellum and Barington
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