Ross Stores http://so-l.ru/tags/show/ross_stores Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:50:27 +0300 <![CDATA[These 3 Discount Retailers Fight All Odds, Outmatch Industry]]> Brushing off market gyrations, market pundits are of the opinion that the economy is not in a bad shape after all. The Fed’s optimistic view also highlights the same. The Fed Chairperson envisions economic growth of 2.7% in 2018, up from the previous forecast of 2.5%. Jerome Powell expects a drop in unemployment rate from the current level of 4.1% to 3.8% in 2018 and further to 3.6% in 2019. All these paint a bright picture for retailers.

Industry experts believe that the strengthening labor market may lead to gradual wage acceleration and in turn boost consumer confidence. We expect this positive sentiment to translate into higher consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. Moreover, individual tax cuts have paved the way for higher disposable income, which is likely to drive demand for discretionary items.

This brings the focus back to the Retail-Wholesale sector. We are cautiously optimistic about the sector’s overall performance. Heightened online competition, lower footfall and changing consumer spending patterns have compelled retailers to re-examine their strategies. They are now focusing more on enhancing omni-channel capabilities, optimizing store fleet and restructuring activities.

Out of the numerous industries in the sector, we are focusing on the retail-discount industry. We note that the industry, which occupies the top 46% (119 out of the 256) position, has rallied approximately 14.3% in the past six months compared with the S&P 500’s 6%.

Here we have picked three discount retailers that are trading higher than the industry.

Burlington Stores BURL has made multiple changes to its business model to adapt to the ongoing transformation in the sector. Notably, it has increased vendor counts, made technological advancements and initiated a better marketing approach. These along with effective inventory management and cost containment efforts have helped boost the gross margin. Shares of this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company have surged 39% in the past six months. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Dollar General’s DG commitment toward better price management, cost containment, private label offering, effective inventory management, merchandise and operational initiatives should drive sales and margins. In addition, the company is expanding its cooler facilities to enhance the sale of perishable items and is also rolling out a DG digital coupon program. Dollar General’s impressive comparable-store sales also support its growth story. This Zacks Rank #2 stock has rallied 15.8% in six months’ time.

Ross StoresROST commitment toward better price management, merchandise, cost containment and store expansion plan have been aiding its quarterly performance. The company’s proven off-price business model along with competitive bargains continues to make its stores an attractive destination for customers. Additionally, the company has been committed toward improving merchandise assortments in the ladies’ apparel business in order to boost the top line. These factors collectively underscore the company’s solid potential. This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has gained 19.3% in the said period.

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<![CDATA[TJX Companies' Efforts Drive Comps, Wage Costs a Concern]]> While many retailers have been ailing under soft traffic stemming from intense competition and rising consumer preference for online shopping, The TJX Companies, Inc. TJX has been defying such industry trends and witnessing growth in its store traffic. Well, the company’s impressive merchandising policies and other sales-driving efforts have been benefiting its comparable store sales (comps), thereby driving the top-line performance.

However, the company has been incurring high wage costs for quite some time now and also expects the same to hurt its bottom-line growth in fiscal 2019. It looks like these factors have kept investors somewhat cautious about the stock. Evidently, shares of this leading off-price retailer have gained only 4.1% in the past year, as against the industry’s growth of 16.5%.  

So, let’s analyze both sides of the story and see if this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company’s endeavors can counter its ongoing hurdles. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here

Effective Merchandising and Marketing Efforts Boost Traffic

TJX Companies’ comps have been gaining from consumers’ favorable response to the company’s brands and impressive merchandise assortments at reasonable prices. Moreover, strong merchandise margins reflect the company’s disciplined inventory management and strength of its off-price business model. In fact, other off-price retailers, such as Ross Stores ROST and Big Lots BIG, have also been deriving much strength from efficient merchandising policies.

TJX Companies’ aggressive marketing and advertising campaigns have also been driving traffic at its stores. Its gift-giving initiatives, unique among off-price retailers and loyalty card program also help improve customer engagement.

Driven by such efforts, TJX Companies witnessed growth of 4% in comps, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared with the 3% rise in the year-ago quarter. These factors, combined with favorable currency translations, helped net sales to advance nearly 15.8% year over year during the fiscal fourth quarter.

Further, management stated that it remains optimistic about comps growth in fiscal 2019 and will continue to focus on implementing sales-driving efforts to attract traffic. Management hopes that stores will benefit from solid merchandise assortment and brands. Accordingly, comps are expected to grow 1-2% in fiscal 2019, while an improvement of 1-2% is expected in the first quarter.

Store & E-commerce Expansion

In an effort to sustain the sturdy comps performance, TJX Companies also resorts to frequent store openings, and has been expanding at a rapid pace across the United States, Europe and Canada. It opened around 258 stores during fiscal 2018. Now, with almost 4070 stores across nine countries, TJX Companies intends to continue expanding its store base, with plans to open approximately 600 stores over the long term. The company is aimed at opening approximately 400 Homesense stores in the United States in the forthcoming period. In respect of TJX Canada, the company foresees opportunities to expand into rural areas. Management is impressed with the steady progress of its business across Europe, enabling it to continue as one of the major off-price retailers in the region. Like TJX Companies, Burlington Stores BURL, a major discount-retailer, has also been undertaking store-expansion initiatives to bolster sales.

Additionally, with increasing number of consumers resorting to online shopping, TJX Companies has undertaken several initiatives to strengthen its e-commerce business. The company’s strategic prices, combined with effective offers and in-store return policies, have aided boosting its online business considerably.



Can Efforts Offset Wage Woes?

TJX Companies has been bearing the brunt of rising wage costs for a while. During the fiscal fourth quarter, wage rise dented TJX Companies’ earnings by approximately 1%. In fact, the company expects pre-tax margins to remain under pressure for the next few quarters due to an increase in employee payroll.

Though rising wage costs remain a concern, TJX Companies has nevertheless many reasons to cheer and remains positive on its journey ahead, courtesy of its effective strategies to drive store traffic and sales. Encouragingly, the company’s strong fundamentals have also led management to provide a positive outlook for fiscal 2019. That said, we expect the company’s strategic initiatives to continue aiding growth and also enhance investor sentiments, in the forthcoming periods.  

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<![CDATA[The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, Occidental Petroleum, Ross Stores and Wynn Resorts]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 12, 2018 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Coca-Cola KO, Eli Lilly LLY, Occidental Petroleum OXY, Ross Stores ROST and Wynn Resorts WYNN.

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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly and Occidental

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly and Occidental Petroleum. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

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Coca-Cola’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Soft Drinks Beverages industry in the last one year, (+5.1% vs. +6.6%). Coca-Cola reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter 2017 results, ending the year on an impressive note.

Despite reporting flat soda volumes, the cola giant gained from its growing beverage portfolio and re-structuring efforts. Organic revenues grew 6% with growth across the board, driven by price/mix growth of 4% and concentrate sales growth of 1%. Again, lower SG&A expenses (down 21%), higher gross margin (up 480 basis points or bps) and higher operating margin (up 540 bps) helped it come up with better numbers.

However, total sales decreased 20%, marking the 11th consecutive quarterly decline in revenues. Although top line needs to show sustained improvement, the Zacks analyst is encouraged by the company’s strategic efforts in making its portfolio much like that of a total beverage company with improved marketing and innovation, focus on driving revenues by improved price/mix, digital focus, and productivity initiatives toward driving margins.

(You can read the full research report on Coca-Cola here >>>)

Eli Lilly’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Large-Cap Pharmaceuticals industry in the last one year (down -6.5% vs. +8.9%). Lilly’s new products like Trulicity, Taltz, Basaglar, Cyramza, Jardiance and Lartruvo have been driving revenues and the trend is expected to continue in 2018.

Lilly expects to launch 20 new products between 2014 and 2023, including at least two new indications/line extensions on an average every year. The decision to sell or spin-off the Animal Health segment, which has underperformed in 2017, is a prudent decision, according to the Zacks analyst. Also, competitive pressure on Lilly’s drugs is expected to rise this year.

Meanwhile, challenges remain for the company in the form of loss of patent exclusivity for products like Cialis and the impact of generic competition for Strattera, Effient and Axiron. U.S. pricing access pressure will also remain a headwind in 2018.

(You can read the full research report on Eli Lily here >>>).

Strong Buy-rankedOccidental Petroleum’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Domestic Integrated Oil industry over the last six months, gaining +4.2% vs. +11.5%. However, Occidental Petroleum’s fourth-quarter earnings per share and total revenues both came in above expectations.

As oil prices continue to improve, Occidental Petroleum gains from more oil production in the Permian Resources and concentrating on high-margin production region. The ongoing capital investment fundamental strength of the company will help it overcome the adverse impact from natural disasters.

The company generates stable cash flow and its Chemical plant will further improve its cash flow. Occidental Petroleum, like other oil and natural gas companies, faces the risks of cost overruns and development interruptions due to delays in drilling and other approvals, property or border disputes and equipment failures.

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<![CDATA[Top Stock Reports for Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly & Occidental Petroleum]]> Friday, March 9, 2018

 

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today's Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Coca-Cola (KO), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY). These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

 

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

 

Coca-Cola’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Soft Drinks Beverages industry in the last one year, (+5.1% vs. +6.6%). Coca-Cola reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter 2017 results, ending the year on an impressive note.

 

Despite reporting flat soda volumes, the cola giant gained from its growing beverage portfolio and re-structuring efforts. Organic revenues grew 6% with growth across the board, driven by price/mix growth of 4% and concentrate sales growth of 1%. Again, lower SG&A expenses (down 21%), higher gross margin (up 480 basis points or bps) and higher operating margin (up 540 bps) helped it come up with better numbers.

 

However, total sales decreased 20%, marking the 11th consecutive quarterly decline in revenues. Although top line needs to show sustained improvement, the Zacks analyst is encouraged by the company’s strategic efforts in making its portfolio much like that of a total beverage company with improved marketing and innovation, focus on driving revenues by improved price/mix, digital focus, and productivity initiatives toward driving margins.

 

(You can read the full research report on Coca-Cola here >>>).

 

Eli Lilly’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Large-Cap Pharmaceuticals industry in the last one year (down -6.5% vs. +8.9%). Lilly’s new products like Trulicity, Taltz, Basaglar, Cyramza, Jardiance and Lartruvo have been driving revenues and the trend is expected to continue in 2018.

 

Lilly expects to launch 20 new products between 2014 and 2023, including at least two new indications/line extensions on an average every year. The decision to sell or spin-off the Animal Health segment, which has underperformed in 2017, is a prudent decision, according to the Zacks analyst. Also, competitive pressure on Lilly’s drugs is expected to rise this year.

 

Meanwhile, challenges remain for the company in the form of loss of patent exclusivity for products like Cialis and the impact of generic competition for Strattera, Effient and Axiron. U.S. pricing access pressure will also remain a headwind in 2018.

(You can read the full research report on Eli Lily here >>>).

Strong Buy-ranked Occidental Petroleum’s shares have underperformed the Zacks Domestic Integrated Oil industry over the last six months, gaining +4.2% vs. +11.5%. However, Occidental Petroleum’s fourth-quarter earnings per share and total revenues both came in above expectations.

 

As oil prices continue to improve, Occidental Petroleum gains from more oil production in the Permian Resources and concentrating on high-margin production region. The ongoing capital investment fundamental strength of the company will help it overcome the adverse impact from natural disasters.

 

The company generates stable cash flow and its Chemical plant will further improve its cash flow. Occidental Petroleum, like other oil and natural gas companies, faces the risks of cost overruns and development interruptions due to delays in drilling and other approvals, property or border disputes and equipment failures.

 

(You can read the full research report on Occidental Petroleum here >>>).

 

Other noteworthy reports we are featuring today include Williams (WMB), Ross Stores (ROST) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).

 

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<![CDATA[The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Ulta, Ross, Anthem, General Dynamics and Nasdaq]]> For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 9, 2018 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Ulta Beauty Inc. ULTA, Ross Stores Inc. ROST, Anthem Inc. ANTM, General Dynamics Corporation GD and Nasdaq Inc. NDAQ.

Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:

Women-Led Firms Outperform 9-Year Bull Run: 5 Top Picks

With global awareness on gender diversity, the number of female corporate leaders has gone up in recent years. After dropping to 21 in 2016, the number of women CEOs on Fortune 500 increased more than 50% to a record 32 at the start of 2017. However, the number declined to 27 as of January 2018 and will drop further down to 24 by April. Despite this, women hold 21% of board seats at S&P 500 companies per Catalyst, a group researching women and work.

Several researches show that the companies led by women have outperformed the market. According to analysis by the bank Nordea, companies with a woman in the chief executive or chairperson role have performed far better than a major global index over the past eight years. Annualized returns for female-led firms, based on an equal weighting, was 25% since 2009, compared with just 11% for the broader market — the MSCI World Index.

The U.S. stock market is turning nine on Mar 9, representing the second-longest bull run in history after the 1990s rally that ended when the tech bubble burst in 2000. With regard to this, it is worth shedding light on the women leadership over this nine-year period and the outperformance of companies having female employees in top brass.

The list of women CEO in the S&P 500 is still small at nearly 5% of the total. This does not, however, stop us from highlighting five stocks that are headed by women and have easily crushed the nine-year bull market. All these stocks have a solid Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), suggesting their continued outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Ulta Beauty Inc.

Based in Bolingbrook, IL, Ulta Beauty is a beauty retailer primarily in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. The company saw an exceptional surge in its revenue and net income growth to $5.5 billion and $487 million (as of Oct 2017), respectively, from $1.1 billion and $25 million at the start of 2009. As such, the stock skyrocketed 4470% over the trailing nine-year period.

Ulta Beauty has a solid Growth Score of B with projected earnings per share growth of 26.64% for the current fiscal year (ending January 2019). This is much higher than the industry average of 18.16%. Additionally, the stock belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 18%).

Ross Stores Inc.

Based in Dublin, CA, Ross Stores operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. It primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions. The company’s revenues more than doubled to $14.1 billion in the nine-year bull market while net income jumped to $1.36 billion from $305 million at the start of 2009. The stock gained 927.7% in the same time frame.

Ross Stores also has a solid Growth Score of B with projected earnings per share growth of 12.28% for the current fiscal year (ending January 2019) and delivered average earnings surprise of 6.13% in the past four quarters. It currently falls under a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 43%).

Anthem Inc.

Based in Indianapolis, IN, Anthem operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small group, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets. The company’s revenues climbed 47% to $90.0 billion while net income soared about 54% to $3.84 billion over the past nine years.

The stock returned 638.2% and has a Value Score of B with a P/E ratio of 15.42 versus the industry average of 17.36. It falls under a top-ranked Zacks Industry (top 20%).

General Dynamics Corporation

Based in Falls Church, VA, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; information technology (IT) services and C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair. The company’s revenues jumped from $29.3 billion at the end of 2008 to $30.97 billion at the end of 2017 while net income rose to $2.91 billion from $2.46 billion. The stock is up nearly 520% in the nine-year bull market.

GD has a solid Growth Score of B with projected earnings per share growth of 11.66% for this year and delivered an average earnings surprise of 4.03% in the past four quarters. It belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 12%).

Nasdaq Inc.

Based in New York, NY, Nasdaq provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information, and public company services worldwide. Its revenues grew to $3.96 billion in 2017 from $3.65 billion in 2008 while net income jumped to $734 million from $314 million in the same time period. Shares of NDAQ are up more than 335%.

Nasdaq has a Momentum Score of A with projected earnings per share growth of 18.72% for this year. It has delivered average earnings surprise of 4.72% in the past four quarters but belongs to a bottom-ranked Zacks industry (bottom 44%).

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<![CDATA[Company News For Mar 8, 2018]]>
  • Shares of H&R Block, Inc. HRB surged 11.5% after reporting fiscal third quarter loss per share of $1.16, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of loss of $1.33
  • Urban Outfitters, Inc.’s URBN shares gained 0.2% after posting fiscal fourth quarter 2018 earnings per share of $0.69, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.63
  • Shares of Ross Stores, Inc. ROST plunged 6.4% after the company forecasted its same-store sales growth for 2018 to  be in the range of 1%-2%, lower than the initially forecasted 3.5% growth rate
  • Autodesk, Inc.’s ADSK shares increased 15% after reporting fiscal fourth quarter loss per share of $0.09, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of loss of $0.12

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    <![CDATA[Women-Led Firms Outperform in 9-Year Bull Run: 5 Top Picks]]> With global awareness on gender diversity, the number of female corporate leaders has gone up in recent years. After dropping to 21 in 2016, the number of women CEOs on Fortune 500 increased more than 50% to a record 32 at the start of 2017. However, the number declined to 27 as of January 2018 and will drop further down to 24 by April. Despite this, women hold 21% of board seats at S&P 500 companies per Catalyst, a group researching women and work.

    Several researches show that the companies led by women have outperformed the market. According to analysis by the bank Nordea, companies with a woman in the chief executive or chairperson role have performed far better than a major global index over the past eight years. Annualized returns for female-led firms, based on an equal weighting, was 25% since 2009, compared with just 11% for the broader market — the MSCI World Index.

    The U.S. stock market is turning nine on Mar 9, representing the second-longest bull run in history after the 1990s rally that ended when the tech bubble burst in 2000. With regard to this, it is worth shedding light on the women leadership over this nine-year period and the outperformance of companies having female employees in top brass.

    The list of women CEO in the S&P 500 is still small at nearly 5% of the total. This does not, however, stop us from highlighting five stocks that are headed by women and have easily crushed the nine-year bull market. All these stocks have a solid Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), suggesting their continued outperformance. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

    Ulta Beauty Inc. ULTA

    Based in Bolingbrook, IL, Ulta Beauty is a beauty retailer primarily in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. The company saw an exceptional surge in its revenue and net income growth to $5.5 billion and $487 million (as of Oct 2017), respectively, from $1.1 billion and $25 million at the start of 2009. As such, the stock skyrocketed 4470% over the trailing nine-year period.

    Ulta Beauty has a solid Growth Score of B with projected earnings per share growth of 26.64% for the current fiscal year (ending January 2019). This is much higher than the industry average of 18.16%. Additionally, the stock belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 18%).



    Ross Stores Inc. ROST

    Based in Dublin, CA, Ross Stores operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. It primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions. The company’s revenues more than doubled to $14.1 billion in the nine-year bull market while net income jumped to $1.36 billion from $305 million at the start of 2009. The stock gained 927.7% in the same time frame.

    Ross Stores also has a solid Growth Score of B with projected earnings per share growth of 12.28% for the current fiscal year (ending January 2019) and delivered average earnings surprise of 6.13% in the past four quarters. It currently falls under a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 43%).



    Anthem Inc. ANTM

    Based in Indianapolis, IN, Anthem operates as a health benefits company in the United States. It offers a spectrum of network-based managed care health benefit plans to large and small group, individual, Medicaid, and Medicare markets. The company’s revenues climbed 47% to $90.0 billion while net income soared about 54% to $3.84 billion over the past nine years.

    The stock returned 638.2% and has a Value Score of B with a P/E ratio of 15.42 versus the industry average of 17.36. It falls under a top-ranked Zacks Industry (top 20%).



    General Dynamics Corporation GD

    Based in Falls Church, VA, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; information technology (IT) services and C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair. The company’s revenues jumped from $29.3 billion at the end of 2008 to $30.97 billion at the end of 2017 while net income rose to $2.91 billion from $2.46 billion. The stock is up nearly 520% in the nine-year bull market.

    GD has a solid Growth Score of B with projected earnings per share growth of 11.66% for this year and delivered an average earnings surprise of 4.03% in the past four quarters. It belongs to a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 12%).



    Nasdaq Inc. NDAQ

    Based in New York, NY, Nasdaq provides trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information, and public company services worldwide. Its revenues grew to $3.96 billion in 2017 from $3.65 billion in 2008 while net income jumped to $734 million from $314 million in the same time period. Shares of NDAQ are up more than 335%.

    Nasdaq has a Momentum Score of A with projected earnings per share growth of 18.72% for this year. It has delivered average earnings surprise of 4.72% in the past four quarters but belongs to a bottom-ranked Zacks industry (bottom 44%).



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    <![CDATA[Ross Stores (ROST) Stock Slips After Q4 Earnings Beat (revised)]]> Ross Stores, Inc. ROST released its fourth-quarter and full year 2017 financial results, posting adjusted earnings of $0.98 per share and revenues of $4.07 billion. Currently, Ross Stores is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and is down nearly 3% to $78 per share in after-hours trading shortly after its earnings report was released.

    ROST:

    Beat earnings estimates. The company posted adjusted earnings of $0.98 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.93 per share. Unadjusted earnings were $1.19 per share, which includes a $0.10 per share benefit from the 53rd week and another $0.21 from the new Republican tax law.

    Beat revenue estimates. The company saw revenue figures of $4.07 billion, topping our consensus estimate of $3.95 billion.

    Ross Stores revenues jumped from $3.51 billion in the year-ago period. Ross’ board also approved both an increase in the stock repurchase authorization for 2018 to $1.08 billion and a higher quarterly cash dividend of $0.225 per share.

    Looking ahead, the company now expects to post fiscal 2018 same-store sales growth between 1% and 2%. Ross also expects to report full-year 2018 earnings per share between $3.86 and $4.03.

    “Fourth quarter operating margin grew 95 basis points to 14.6%, up from 13.6% in the prior year,” CEO Barbara Rentler said in a statement. “This improvement was driven by a combination of strong merchandise margin, expense leverage from solid gains in same store sales, and the impact of the 53rd week.”

    Here’s a graph that looks at ROST’s Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise history:

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Ross Stores, Inc. Quote

    Ross Stores, Inc. is a company headquartered in Dublin, California, operates Ross Dress for Less (Ross), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day.

    Check back later for our full analysis on ROST’s earnings report!

    (NOTE: We are re-issuing this article to correct a mistake. The original version, posted yesterday, March 6, 2018, should no longer be relied upon.)

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    <![CDATA[Dollar Tree (DLTR) Falls on Q4 Earnings Miss, Guides for '18]]> Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR posted fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 results, wherein both earnings and sales missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, results improved year over year. Also, management issued guidance for first-quarter and fiscal 2018.

    Following the quarterly results, shares of the company declined 13.4% in pre-market trading. However, the stock has gained 26% in the past six months compared with the industry’s growth of 23.2%.



     

    Quarter in Detail

    Dollar Tree’s quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.89 per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. However, the metric rose substantially by $1.39 in the prior-year quarter. Additionally, it came at the higher end of the company’s guided range. The year-over-year improvement can be attributed to higher sales, rise in comparable store sales (comps) and higher margins.
     
    On a GAAP basis, earnings per share came in at $4.37 compared with $1.36 in the year-ago quarter.

    Consolidated net sales were up 12.9% to $6,360.6 million in the quarter, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6,401 million.

    Comps in the quarter increased 2.4% in constant currency, driven by improved customer count and average ticket. Including the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the metric improved 2.5%. While Dollar Tree banner posted comps growth of 3.8% (in constant-currency), comps at the Family Dollar banner rose 1%.

    The company’s quarterly gross profit advanced 16.3% year over year to $2,101 million, with the gross margin expanding 90 basis points (bps) to 33%. The margin expansion was backed by reduced merchandise costs, lower markdowns and occupancy expenses, as a percentage of sales. The increase was somewhat compensated with higher freight charges.

    Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses dropped 40 bps to 21.3% of sales, thanks to reduced depreciation, lower repair and maintenance costs, as a percentage of sales. This was somewhat offset by increased hourly payroll and incentive compensation expenses as well as higher advertising expenses.

    Further, operating income rose 30.5% to $765.6 million in the reported quarter. Adjusted operating margin came in at 11.7%.

    Balance Sheet

    Dollar Tree ended the fiscal year with cash and cash equivalents of $1,097.8 million, net merchandise inventories of $3,169.3 million, net long-term debt excluding current maturities of $4,762.1 million and shareholders’ equity of $7,182.3 million. Further, it redeemed the entire $750 million of its outstanding 2020 Notes on Mar 1.

    Store Update

    Dollar Tree, which carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) opened 137 outlets, expanded or relocated eight outlets and shuttered 46 outlets in  the reported quarter.

    Guidance

    Management issued guidance for first-quarter and fiscal 2018. It forecasts consolidated net sales for the first quarter in the band of $5.53-$5.63 billion, with low single-digits comps growth. Earnings are envisioned in the range of $1.18-$1.25 per share.

    For fiscal 2018, it projects consolidated net sales in the range of $22.70-$23.12 billion, with low single-digit comps increase and a 3.7% rise in square footage. Additionally, earnings per share for the same time period are envisioned in the $5.25-$5.60 range.

    The Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter and fiscal 2018 earnings is pegged at $1.32 and $5.85, respectively.

    Want More of Retail? Here Are Three Picks You Can’t Miss

    Big Lots, Inc. BIG with a long-term earnings growth rate of 13.5% has delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 11.1% in the trailing four quarters. It carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

    Burlington Stores, Inc. BURL, also a Zacks Rank #2 stock, has a long-term earnings growth rate of 18.6%.

    Ross Stores, Inc. ROST has a long-term earnings growth rate of 10% and a Zacks Rank #2.

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    <![CDATA[Ross Stores (ROST) Stock Slips After Q4 Earnings Beat (revised)]]> Ross Stores, Inc. ROST released its fourth-quarter and full year 2017 financial results, posting adjusted earnings of $0.98 per share and revenues of $4.07 billion. Currently, Ross Stores is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and is down nearly 3% to $78 per share in after-hours trading shortly after its earnings report was released.

    ROST:

    Beat earnings estimates. The company posted adjusted earnings of $0.98 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.93 per share. Unadjusted earnings were $1.19 per share, which includes a $0.10 per share benefit from the 53rd week and another $0.21 from the new Republican tax law.

    Beat revenue estimates. The company saw revenue figures of $4.07 billion, topping our consensus estimate of $3.95 billion.

    Ross Stores revenues jumped from $3.51 billion in the year-ago period. Ross’ board also approved both an increase in the stock repurchase authorization for 2018 to $1.08 billion and a higher quarterly cash dividend of $0.225 per share.

    Looking ahead, the company now expects to post fiscal 2018 same-store sales growth between 1% and 2%. Ross also expects to report full-year 2018 earnings per share between $3.86 and $4.03.

    “Fourth quarter operating margin grew 95 basis points to 14.6%, up from 13.6% in the prior year,” CEO Barbara Rentler said in a statement. “This improvement was driven by a combination of strong merchandise margin, expense leverage from solid gains in same store sales, and the impact of the 53rd week.”

    Here’s a graph that looks at ROST’s Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise history:

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Ross Stores, Inc. Quote

    Ross Stores, Inc. is a company headquartered in Dublin, California, operates Ross Dress for Less (Ross), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day.

    Check back later for our full analysis on ROST’s earnings report!

    (NOTE: We are re-issuing this article to correct a mistake. The original version, posted yesterday, March 6, 2018, should no longer be relied upon.)

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    http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_zacks_investment_research_ross_stores_ro Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:14:00 +0300
    <![CDATA[Ross Stores price target raised to $85 from $78 at Cowen]]> ]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_ross_stores_price_target_raised_to_85_f Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:57:24 +0300 <![CDATA[Off-price retailer Ross Stores down 4.6% in premarket trading after late-Tuesday earnings report]]> ]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_off_price_retailer_ross_stores_down_4_6 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:08:18 +0300 <![CDATA[Ross Stores (ROST) Tops Q4 Earnings, Falls on Cautious View]]> Ross Stores, Inc. ROST reported solid fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 results, wherein both the top and bottom lines beat estimates and improved year over year. However, the company retained a cautious approach in forecasting views for fiscal 2018 as it continues to anticipate challenges from strong multi-year comparisons and a competitive retail landscape.

    On that note, shares of Ross Stores declined 6.1% in the after-hours session yesterday. However, the stock has gained 33.3% in the last six months, outperforming the industry’s 23.1% upside.



    Ross Store posted adjusted earnings of 98 cents a share that surpassed its guidance of 88-92 cents and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 93 cents. Earnings also improved 27.3% from 77 cents reported in the prior-year period.

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Ross Stores, Inc. Quote

    Total sales for the quarter rose 16% to $4,067.8 million and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,953.4 million, driven by a 5% increase in comparable-store sales (comps). Notably, sales and comps growth were also ahead of the company’s expected rise of 11-14% and 2-3%, respectively. Top-line growth was also driven by broad-based strength across major merchandise categories with children’s on the top. Further, sales were the strongest in Florida. Comps growth can primarily be attributed to the rise in traffic and increased average basket size.

    Cost of sales increased 15.1% to $2,922.6 million and 50 basis points (bps) as a percentage of sales. The increase was driven by a 40-bp rise in merchandise margin as well as a 45-bp decline in occupancy costs. However, these were partly offset by higher freight expenses and volume costs. Additionally, selling, general and administrative expenses contracted 45 bps due to the leverage on comps gain and impact of the 53rd week.

    Operating margin expanded 95 bps to 14.6%, which was better than the company’s expectation of 14% and 14.2%. This outperformance stemmed from improved merchandise margins, lower expenses on better-than-expected comps growth and gains from the 53rd week.

    Store Update

    As of Feb 3, 2018, Ross Stores operated 1,627 outlets, including 1,409 Ross Dress for Less stores and 213 dd's DISCOUNTS stores.

    In first-quarter fiscal 2018, Ross Stores plans to open 29 new stores, including 23 Ross and 6 dd’s DISCOUNT outlets. For fiscal 2018, total store openings are estimated to be 100, with 75 Ross and 25 dd's DISCOUNTS locations. This guidance does not include the company’s plans to close or relocate nearly 10 older stores.

    Financials

    Ross Stores ended fiscal 2017 with cash and cash equivalents of $1,290.3 million, long-term debt of $312 million and total shareholders’ equity of $3,049.3 million.

    During the reported quarter, the company bought back 3 million shares for $226 million. In fiscal 2017, the company completed its share repurchase target by buying back a total of 13.5 million shares for $875 million.

    Moreover, the company increased its share repurchase authorization for 2018 to $1.075 billion, from $875 million targeted earlier. Additionally, the company also approved a 41% increase in quarterly cash dividend to 22.5 cents per share. The increased dividend is payable Mar 30, to shareholders with record as of Mar 19.

    Guidance

    Though Ross Stores remains encouraged by strong earnings and sales in the recent quarter, it believes challenging multi-year comparisons and the competitive retail landscape are concerns. Thus, the company retains a cautious approach in forecasting views for fiscal 2018. Notably, the company’s guidance for fiscal 2018 includes impacts from plans related to competitive wage and benefit-related investments, which will increase its minimum wage to $11.00 per hour.

    The company projects earnings per share for fiscal 2018 in the range of $3.86-$4.03 compared with $3.55 per share reported for fiscal 2017. For the 52 weeks ending Feb 2, 2019, the company anticipates comps to increase 1-2% compared with a 4% growth registered in each of last three years.

    In addition, the company expects sales growth of 3-4% in fiscal 2018, which will be impacted by benefits from the additional 53rd week in fiscal 2017. Operating margin for the quarter is projected between 13.3% and 13.5% compared with 14.5% recorded in fiscal 2017. The decline is likely to stem from flat merchandise margin and the impact from the aforementioned wage and benefit-related investments.

    Net interest expenses are estimated at $600,000. Further, the tax rate is projected at 24-25% due to the tax reform legislation. The company estimates capital expenditure of nearly $475 million in fiscal 2018.

    For first-quarter fiscal 2018, the company expects comps to increase 1-2%. Further, the company projects earnings per share in the range of $1.03-$1.07, versus 82 cents reported in the prior-year quarter.

    Other assumptions include sales growth of 6-7% in the fiscal first quarter. Operating margin is projected in the range of 14.6-14.8% compared with 15.2% in the year-ago quarter. Net interest expenses are estimated at about $600,000, while the tax rate is expected to decline to nearly 23-24%.

    Notably, the company’s earnings guidance for both first-quarter and fiscal 2018 includes a benefit of about 16 cents and 69 cents, respectively, from the recent tax legislation.

    Zacks Rank and Key Picks

    Ross Stores currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Hold). Other favorably-ranked stocks in the same space include Big Lots Inc. BIG, Dollar General Corp. DG and Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR. All three stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

    Big Lots has a long-term growth rate of 13.5% and posted positive earnings surprise of nearly 11.1% in the trailing four quarters.

    Dollar General delivered a positive earnings surprise of 3.7% in the trailing four quarters and has a long-term growth rate of 11.6%.

    Dollar Tree delivered a positive earnings surprise of nearly 7.4% in the trailing four quarters and has a long-term growth rate of 13.9%.

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    <![CDATA[Квартальные продажи Ross Stores увеличились на 16% г/г]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_finam_ru_novosti_razvi_kvartalnie_pro Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:49:00 +0300 <![CDATA[Квартальные продажи Ross Stores увеличились на 16% г/г]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_kvartalnie_prodazhi_ross_stores_uvelichil Wed, 07 Mar 2018 11:37:45 +0300 <![CDATA[Ross Stores (ROST) Stock Slips After Q4 Earnings Miss]]> Ross Stores, Inc. ROST just released its fourth-quarter and full year 2017 financial results, posting adjusted earnings of $0.88 per share and revenues of $4.07 billion. Currently, Ross Stores is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and is down nearly 3% to $78 per share in after-hours trading shortly after its earnings report was released.

    ROST:

    Missed earnings estimates. The company posted adjusted earnings of $0.88 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.93 per share. Unadjusted earnings were $1.19 per share, which includes a $0.10 per share benefit from the 53rd week and another $0.21 from the new Republican tax law.

    Beat revenue estimates. The company saw revenue figures of $4.07 billion, topping our consensus estimate of $3.95 billion.

    Ross Stores revenues jumped from $3.51 billion in the year-ago period. Ross’ board also approved both an increase in the stock repurchase authorization for 2018 to $1.08 billion and a higher quarterly cash dividend of $0.225 per share.

    Looking ahead, the company now expects to post fiscal 2018 same-store sales growth between 1% and 2%. Ross also expects to report full year 2018 earnings per share between $3.86 and $4.03.

    “Fourth quarter operating margin grew 95 basis points to 14.6%, up from 13.6% in the prior year,” CEO Barbara Rentler said in a statement. “This improvement was driven by a combination of strong merchandise margin, expense leverage from solid gains in same store sales, and the impact of the 53rd week.”

    Here’s a graph that looks at ROST’s Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise history:

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

    Ross Stores, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Ross Stores, Inc. Quote

    Ross Stores, Inc. is a company headquartered in Dublin, California, operates Ross Dress for Less (Ross), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day.

    Check back later for our full analysis on ROST’s earnings report!

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    http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_ross_stores_rost_stock_slips_after_q4 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 01:37:00 +0300
    <![CDATA[Ross Stores bags strong earnings but gives cautious guidance]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_ross_stores_bags_strong_earnings_but_giv Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:41:57 +0300 <![CDATA[Ross Stores beats by $0.05, beats on revenue]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2018_03_07_ross_stores_beats_by_0_05_beats_on_rev Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:04:15 +0300 <![CDATA[Will Soft Holiday Sales Weigh Upon Signet (SIG) Q4 Earnings?]]> Signet Jewelers Limited SIG is slated to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 results on Mar 14. Last quarter, the company’s earnings came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, the bottom line has missed the consensus mark in the trailing four quarters, with an average of 4.1%.

    Factors at Play

    Signet Jewelers’ dismal holiday sales performance might weigh upon its performance in the fourth quarter. The company’s soft holiday sales results were primarily due to negative effect of the credit outsourcing transition and weakness at the UK Jewelry division. Furthermore, challenging retail landscape, aggressive promotional strategies and waning mall traffic were the other reasons behind lower-than-expected results. As a result, management issued a more conservative outlook for fiscal 2018. Signet Jewelers now expects earnings (excluding the impact of U.S. tax reform) in the range of $6.17-$6.22 compared with $6.10-$6.50 projected earlier. Earnings (including the impact of U.S. tax reform) are estimated to be in range of $6.45-$6.50. Meanwhile, the company continues to expect same store sales to decline by mid-single digits.

    Nevertheless, Signet Jewelers’ focus on effective cost management, digital marketing and higher e-commerce sales bode well. Total e-commerce sales in the holiday season surged 47.7% to $210.5 million from the year-ago period. Sharp increase in e-commerce sales were primarily driven by R2Net buyout. Additionally, in an effort to drive growth in the long run, the company has been implementing certain strategies including expansion in mid-market and the best in bridal segment. The company is also focusing on diversifying store base and opening more stores at off-mall locations.

    However, margins which have been declining since the past few quarters are likely to remain under pressure in the to-be-reported quarter due to rise in investment and promotional expenses.

    Signet Jewelers Limited Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

    Zacks Model Shows Unlikely Earnings Beat

    Our proven model does not show that Signet Jewelers is likely to beat earnings estimates this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both — a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) — for this to happen. You may uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

    Signet Jewelers has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% as both the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are pegged at $4.23. Although, the company’s Zacks Rank #3 increases the predictive power of ESP, we need to have a positive ESP to be confident about an earnings surprise.

    Stocks Poised to Beat Earnings Estimates

    Here are some better-ranked stocks from the same space with the right combination of elements to deliver an earnings beat:

    American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. AEO has an Earnings ESP of +0.53% and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here

    The Kroger Co. KR has an Earnings ESP of +0.40% and a Zacks Rank of 2.

    Ross Stores, Inc. ROST has an Earnings ESP of +1.37% and a Zacks Rank #2.

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    <![CDATA[Higher Revenues Likely to Drive Kroger's (KR) Q4 Earnings]]> The Kroger Co. KR is slated to release fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 results on Mar 8. In the trailing four quarters, it outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of roughly 2.3%. In the preceding quarter, the company delivered positive earnings surprise of 10%. Let’s see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement.

    Investors are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping for a positive earnings surprise from Kroger in the quarter to be reported. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter under review is 63 cents, reflecting a year-over-year increase of roughly 19%. We observe that the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased by a penny in the past seven days. Analysts polled by Zacks expect revenues of $30,830 million, up approximately 12% from the year-ago quarter.

    If Kroger posts better-than-expected results, this will be the company’s sixth straight quarter of revenue beat and second successive quarter of positive earnings surprise. Moreover, going by aforementioned estimates it is quite evident that the rate of growth of top and bottom lines is likely to accelerate from 4.5% and 7.3%, respectively, registered in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

    Which Factors Hold Key to Kroger’s Performance?

    The grocery industry has been undergoing a fundamental change, with technology playing a major role and the focus shifting to online shopping. Kroger has taken the stock of the situation and is in the process of giving itself a complete makeover. The company is expanding store base, introducing new items, digital coupons, and order online, pick up in store initiative. The company’s “Restock Kroger” program is also gaining traction. These endeavors are likely to fuel top-line growth. The company in collaboration with Chase Pay is offering mobile payments in select markets.

    Kroger is looking to expand its “Scan, Bag, Pay & Go and Self-CheckOut” program — piloted at 20 stores — to nearly 400 locations in 2018. Further, Ralphs — a unit of grocery giant — in partnership with Instacart is offering home delivery at select locations. The company also remains optimistic about the acquisitions of Vitacost.com, an online retailer of vitamins and health-oriented products; Harris Teeter, a grocery chain, and the merger of Modern HC Holdings with Axium Pharmacy Holdings Inc., a specialty pharmacy. Kroger also acquired Roundy's, the grocery store operator.

    Kroger’s Customer 1st strategy that enriches the consumers shopping experience and convinces them of returning to the store is also benefiting the company. We believe that the company's operational strategies present enormous opportunities to augment identical supermarket sales, alleviate gross margin pressure, improve operating margin and enhance return on invested capital. The company envisions fourth-quarter identical supermarket sales growth, excluding fuel, to surpass 1.1%.

    Kroger Company (The) Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

     

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    What the Zacks Model Unveils?

    Our proven model does not conclusively shows that Kroger is likely to beat estimates this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both — a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) and a positive Earnings ESP — for this to happen. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

    Kroger has a Zacks Rank #2 but an Earnings ESP of -0.33%. Consequently, making surprise prediction difficult.

    Other Stocks With Favorable Combination

    Here are three companies you may want to consider as our model shows that these too have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat:

    Burlington Stores, Inc. BURL has an Earnings ESP of +4.08% and a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

    Ross Stores ROST has an Earnings ESP of +1.37% and a Zacks Rank #2.

    Urban Outfitters URBN has an Earnings ESP of +0.85% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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