He exercised and option. It was granted at around $20 and he simultaneously bought the stock and sold. Unless he was going to put up about $1 million to buy the shares and hold them. he already owns about 195,000 shares. Although not starving he isn't making the same kind of bucks as Wiseman and Salzburger. It is also not a capital gain so he makes the difference between $66 and $20 and then pays a ton of taxes all at the highest rates as regular income.
"Insider Transaction: $VFC Sale at $66.13 per share of 53800 shares by Officer Rendle Steven E on 2016-03-02"
this isn't your usual options selling...this is the 2nd in command taking money off the table.
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"Thermoball is a great example of this and a franchise that continued its strong growth. Thermoball is the best-selling outerwear franchise in the US market across all brands". Thermoball gets quoted in every analyst call, but was market launched years ago under former product leadership if I can believe the internet. It seems indeed the only thing that holds up the outerwear numbers. That's a problem, not a bragging point? What else has come from all the quoted innovation over- investment? Fuseform? Seems to be a dud so far. "Beyond outerwear, we saw a great performance in our running and training apparel driven by Mountain Athletics growing more than 40%". Sure - but 40% on little is still a little. TNF stands for fleece and outerwear. If that ain't growing then I don't know what'll make that up?
"And while we are off our long-term growth target this year (read that again), our fourth-quarter performance does give me confidence (what? say again?) that this brand is built to perform in many environments, is strong and opportunistically has many competitive advantages in play." This is a Q3/Q4 brand with very little business in Q1/Q2...If the core quarters are so way off and the brand is not 4-season balanced, then what to expect? What is your competitive advantage really, when COLM has been taking share?
"Given the current environment as we look at 2016, we see the year ahead as an opportunity to evolve and amplify The North Face brand both on a strategic and tactical level." Read that again. If that has yet to happen, and knowing product to market timelines are 12-18 months, then we're not going to see any improvement for a long time to come.
I love VFC, but there's trouble, and this isn't a good pick now. I will wait until it see the low 40's/high 30's in this soft apparel environment. NIKE's upcoming numbers will be a great bell weather. Remember VFC was off the numbers last quarter as well, and so was NIKE. And VFC is no NIKE.
Funny - those analyst opinions and then the VFC stock movement.
But if you listened to the call or read the transcript, you realize a couple things:
"So what's in store for 2016? We expect the retail and currency environments to remain challenging mostly in the first half as last year's overhang works through the system before conditions normalize in our most meaningful quarters of the year" - Read that for what it spells, please: trouble
"we are making outsized investments in product innovation to drive newness and excitement into the marketplace" : We've heard that for years now and what has come out of that? Not much of anything.
"I can tell you that in 2016 we are taking an especially focused and proactive look toward the composition of our portfolio to ensure that we are optimally positioned to maximize growth and returns to our shareholders.": Read: there is no real growth ahead...so we'll give you the share buy-back and dividend wrap. Never seen that grow a share price sustainably.
"Outdoor & Action Sports currency neutral revenue was up 1% in the fourth quarter with a mid single-digit increase in D2C offset by a decline in wholesale.": mid single digits in D2C is really substandard in the industry and a decline in wholesale is the result of years of servicing that with rear-view mirror, account appeasing product through independent agency structures where they should have brought sales in-house eons ago.
"Clearly contributing to these results was the warmest fourth quarter on record yet I'm proud to say we came through relatively strong given the challenges.".. Warm weather has been here 3 out of the last 4 years...it is the new normal...and what have you done to compensate for it?
to be continued
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