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Big Lots Analyst Still Bearish After New CFO Appointment

Jayson Derrick

Bank of America maintained a bearish stance on discount retailer Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) after appointing a new CFO and reaffirming its guidance.

The Analyst

Bank of America's Jason Haas maintains an Underperform rating on Big Lots with a $23 price target.

The Thesis

Jonathan Ramsden will replace Timothy Johnson. Ramsden's background includes CFO of clothing apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) from 2008 to 2014, COO from 2014 to 2016 and was CFO of global marketing services group TBWA Worldwide.

The company maintained its second-quarter EPS at 35 cents to 45 cents on a low-single-digit comp. The fact that management reiterated its guidance is a "positive" but second-quarter results could prove to be "low quality." Specifically, Big Lots ended the first quarter with a 10% increase in inventory and promotional activity so far in the second quarter look to be elevated.

Haas said the appointment of a new CFO has little impact on Big Lots' outlook as management's emphasis on home furnishing within store remodels won't be enough to make up for losses in other categories. In fact, a change of management at this time could "add execution risk" to the outlook.

Price Action

Shares of Big Lots were trading higher by 3% at $28.61 Wednesday afternoon.

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Latest Ratings for BIG

Date Firm Action From To
Jun 2019 Maintains Overweight
Jun 2019 Downgrades Buy Underperform
May 2019 Downgrades Overweight Neutral

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