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|Bid||19.96 x 4000|
|Ask||20.75 x 1100|
|Day's Range||20.23 - 20.65|
|52 Week Range||17.00 - 29.88|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.83|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||13.83|
|Earnings Date||May 29, 2019 - Jun 3, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.55 (2.65%)|
|1y Target Est||24.86|
An American Eagle sneaker pop-up shop in NYC has an array of sneakers including a style worn by Kylie Jenner, and the original Nike Air Mags featured in Back to the Future Part 2. Yahoo Finance's Reggie Wade went to the pop-up and joins us with the details.
Iconic denim brand Levi Strauss & Co. (NYSE:LEVI) has returned to the New York Stock Exchange and demand for Levi's initial public offering (IPO) is off the charts. After all, it's not often you get to buy into a 166-year-old company. Started by Levi Strauss and his customer Jacob Davis in 1873, the denim maker is taking a second crack at being a public company. The first time was in 1971. It lasted 14 years before descendants of the founder took the company private for $1.6 billion in 1985, at the time, the largest buyout of a publicly held U.S. firm. Flash forward to 2019, and it's ready for a second kick at the cat. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI hadn't thought about writing about Levi's IPO, but then I got an email from Motif Investing offering IPO shares, and I just had to take a look at its prospectus. While I have total respect for the job CEO Chip Bergh has done turning the denim brand around, I've got my doubts about buying LEVI stock, which is bound to be popular. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course Here's why: 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: It's Too PriceyAfter looking at Levi's prospectus, I concluded that its IPO is pricey from a valuation perspective. However, when I saw a MarketWatch article suggesting its stock is undervalued, I just had to understand the authors' rationale.Fundamentally, the authors believe that Levi's enterprise value as a multiple of invested capital at 2.7 times is low given its return on that invested capital over the past five years has never dropped below 14%.Furthermore, the authors conclude that Levi's fair value based on its discounted future cash flow is worth $19 a share or a market cap of $7.3 billion [based on 385.5 million shares outstanding after the IPO].I don't see things nearly as rosy. While you might think it makes sense to compare Levi's to other jean manufacturers and retailers, I'm going to compare it to Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), a brand that's still very much in growth mode, and an alternative you ought to consider before pulling the trigger on LEVI stock. In fiscal 2018, Levi's had adjusted EBITDA of $706.6 million. At the midpoint of its $14-$16 price range, Levi's is valued at 8.2 times its adjusted EBITDA [$5.78B divided by $706.6M]. In fiscal 2018, Lululemon's EBITDA was $564.2 million, which means its market cap of $19.3 billion is 34 times EBITDA. On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer in Levi's favor. However, you have to remember that LULU has grown revenues by 66% over the past four years compared to 17% for Levi's. Also, LULU's operating margin is 17%, 740 basis points higher than Levi's. As long as Lululemon continues to grow its men's, Asian and online businesses, it will continue to outperform Levi's.Do yourself a favor and compare Levi's to companies like VF (NYSE:VFC) and American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) and you'll see that a valuation of $5.78 billion or more is quite high on a comparative basis. 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: Dual-Class Share StructureIf you want to own shares of Levi's be prepared for the Haas family to run the show because they control Levi's through the Class B shares. I'm of two minds when it comes to dual-class share structures. On the one hand, having a majority of the votes in the hands of long-term investors is a good thing. However, on the downside, is the fact that many of the large institutions that will be buying Levi's shares will have almost zero say in how the company is run. Oh, sure, in good times, who cares about corporate governance, but when Levi's falters, and it will because all companies go through difficult times, CEO Charles Bergh will have to convince not only the board but the entire Haas family of his plan to right the ship. * 7 Beaten-Up Stocks to Buy as They Reverse Course That's never an easy task. 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: Nothing But JeansWell, that's not entirely true. In recent years, Levi's has done an excellent job reducing its dependence on bottoms. In 2018, 74% of its revenue (both men and women) were from bottoms, 20% from tops, and 6% from footwear and accessories. Three years earlier, bottoms were 83% of its business, tops accounted for 11% of revenue and footwear and accessories the remaining 6%. However, its Levi's brand continues to be the dominant player, accounting for 86% of its overall figure, a number that's barely budged over the past four years. What's confusing about the prospectus is its interchangeable use of the words bottoms and pants. If I'm reading it correctly, pants, which accounted for 68% of overall revenue in 2018, are jeans and khakis, while the figure for bottoms includes pants as wells as skirts and shorts, which accounted for 6% of its overall revenue, flat to 2016.Also, its Dockers brand has slipped in importance, accounting for 7% of overall revenue in 2018, down from 10% in 2015. As denim goes, so goes Levi's. It wasn't too long ago that experts were calling for the demise of the blue jean. While I doubt that's ever going to come to pass, you never know if a new trend will arrive to supplant both denim and athleisure wear in the future. 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: Debt on Top of DebtAssuming Levi's goes out at a valuation of $5.78 billion, the company's long-term debt of $1.1 billion will be 19% of its market cap. That's not a massive amount by any means considering it's got more than $700 million on its balance sheet, but I can't help wonder why it hasn't paid down its debt over the past four years.Since fiscal 2014, Levi's paid off just $158 million of its long-term debt, which consists of $486 million in 5% senior notes due in May 2025 and $535 million of 3.375% senior notes due in March 2027. In addition, Levi's has paid out $300 million in dividends to shareholders (primarily the Haas family) over the past five years, not including the $110 million it will pay out in fiscal 2019The company expects to generate as much as $184 million in net proceeds from the sale of Class A shares other than those of the selling shareholders. None of which is earmarked for debt repayment. * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees That seems odd considering the high level of debt and cash. 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: Finding the Right BalanceIn the InvestorPlace stock-picking contest for 2019, I picked Canada Goose (NYSE:GOOS) because I believe it's developing a trifecta of growth -- wholesale, direct-to-consumer and online -- that will allow it to grow the top line by double-digits for the next few years without spending too much money on expensive store openings. By limiting the number of retail locations to 20-30 in some of the world's best cities, it provides the brand with a good advertising vehicle, while keeping the costs down. Levi's opened 74 stores in fiscal 2018 alone, including a 17,000 square-foot location in New York City's Times Square. That brings the company's retail footprint to 831 stores with another 500 shop-in-shops. When you consider that those retail stores along with its e-commerce sites accounted for just 35% its overall revenue in fiscal 2018 -- with an embarrassingly low 4% from e-commerce -- I have to wonder if it will ever find the right balance between the three revenue streams. In the last three years, Levi's capital expenditures have increased by 55% from $103 million in 2016 to $159 million in 2018. If it keeps opening 17,000 square-foot flagships, it's going to need a lot more than $159 million to get the job done. I'd watch spending if you do buy shares in the company. 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: Bergh's CompensationThere's no question that CEO Charles Bergh has done a good job turning around the brand. Last July, the Harvard Business Review published a good article about Bergh's transformation. If you're planning to invest, I recommend you read it. Of the four part's of Bergh's strategy, all of them are very much a work in progress. The one needing the most work is its goal to become a leading omnichannel retailer. In my books, you're not a successful omnichannel retailer unless you're generating at least 20% of your revenue online. In 2018 and 2017, Levi's e-commerce revenue accounted for just 4% of its overall revenue, well short of what's required for omnichannel excellence. For all Bergh's accomplished, he's still got a lot to prove in my opinion. Ultimately, has he done enough to justify three-year total compensation of $34.3 million, which doesn't include the $138 million worth of stock he'll own or have the right to acquire after Levi's IPO? * 5 of the Best Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for Solid Dividends If you buy Levi's shares, I guess you're going to find out. 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO: Weak Asian BusinessOf all the negatives I've found about Levi's, the lack of success in Asia is the biggest surprise.In fiscal 2018, its Asian business contributed just 16% of Levi's overall revenue compared to 29% for Europe and 55% for the Americas. On a constant currency basis, its Asian business grew revenues by 8.2% in 2018, 180 basis points less than its growth in the Americas and less than half that of Europe. To catch up to Europe's overall revenue of $1.6 billion, Asia's got to double its sales to do so. True, you can look at it from the perspective that the best is yet to come, but given how competitive the Asian market is, I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon.Worse still, Asia's operating margin in 2018 was 9.8%, 830 and 800 basis points less than Europe and the Americas, respectively. Asia's got to hustle if Levi's hopes to get to $10 billion in sales by 2023. At the time of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post 7 Reasons to Steer Clear of the Levi IPO appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Shares in Levi Strauss & Co surged 31 percent in their debut on Thursday, giving the jeans maker a market value of $8.7 billion and suggesting strong investor appetite before much-awaited listings from Lyft and Uber. The self-proclaimed inventor of the blue jeans, which has grown to become one of the world's most recognized denim brands, Levi Strauss hopes to use a part of the proceeds from the IPO to expand in emerging markets such as Brazil, China and India. Levi accounted for 5 percent of the global jeans market in 2018, according to market research firm Euromonitor.
Guess Inc. says denim, an area where it was once a dominant force, will be a focus going forward. "Today, our denim penetration is much lower than our historic levels and I believe we can grow it back with a great product assortment, strong store presentation, and effective marketing," said Carlos Alberini, chief executive of the fashion brand, according to a FactSet transcript. Guess shares have plummeted 14% in Thursday trading after the company reported a fourth-quarter earnings miss. The denim category is filled with tough competition, including American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. , which went public on Thursday. Guess shares have tumbled nearly 9% in 2019 while the S&P 500 index has rallied 13.4% for the period.
The exchange suspended its no-jeans rule in honor of denim icon Levi’s returning to the stock market.
Levi Strauss & Co fetched a higher price than expected in its initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday, selling $623.3 million in shares as the U.S. jeans maker looks to return to the stock market after 34 years as a family-owned company. The success of the IPO underscores the diverging fortunes of retail companies over the last few years. With the stock market hovering near all-time highs, Levi said it priced its IPO at $17 share, just above its target range of $14 to $16, valuing the company at about $6.6 billion.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc NYSE:AEOView full report here! Summary * ETFs holding this stock are seeing positive inflows * Bearish sentiment is moderate and increasing Bearish sentimentShort interest | NeutralShort interest is moderate for AEO with between 5 and 10% of shares outstanding currently on loan. This represents an increase in short interest as investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices added to their short positions on March 15. Money flowETF/Index ownership | PositiveETF activity is positive. Over the last month, growth of ETFs holding AEO is favorable, with net inflows of $7.50 billion. This is among the highest net inflows seen over the last one-year and the rate of additional inflows appears to be increasing. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NeutralAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Consumer Services sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to email@example.com.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
Shares of Express (NYSE:EXPR) dropped on Wednesday, March13, after the mall apparel retailer reported fourth quarter numbers which largely missed estimates, while delivering a first quarter guide which widely missed estimates. Broadly speaking, there wasn't much good in the fourth quarter earnings report. Investors immediately recognized that. Express stock dropped more than 15% in early Wednesday morning trade.Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrBut, Express stock has since rebounded. As of this writing, EXPR is down just 6% in Wednesday afternoon trade, and has rallied 10% since the open.The ostensible implication is that the post-earnings sell-off in Express was overdone. The stock got way too cheap for its own good, and quickly rebounded. But, will this rebound continue?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI'm not convinced. I love to buy the dips in fundamentally undervalued and technically oversold stocks. But, there is a significant and increasing lack of clarity when it comes to the long term Express growth narrative, and that lack of clarity is coupling with continued weak numbers to erode the long term bull thesis on Express stock.As such, it's tough to say with any certainty that Express stock is fundamentally undervalued here. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade So long as that remains true, Express stock will have a tough time rebounding. That's not to say it won't rebound. It might. All you need is one good quarter to light a fire under this stock. But, waiting for that one good quarter is a big risk, and as a risk-adverse investor, I'm more comfortable sitting on the sidelines with this name. The Numbers Aren't GoodBroadly speaking, the numbers at Express just aren't good.Comparable sales growth is negative. Comps came in at down 6% in the quarter, versus the consensus estimate for a 3.3% drop. Worse yet, it's not like this negative comp is the result of a bad retail environment.Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) reported a 3% comp in the overlapping period. American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) recorded a 6% comp. Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) had a 3% comp quarter, while Tilly's (NYSE:TLYS) said holiday comps rose nearly 6%.In other words, negative comps at Express is an Express-specific problem. That's not good. It gives credence to the theory that, as the traditional retail world is shrinking and giving way to the ecommerce world, consumers are increasingly passing up on shopping at Express. Long term, if this continues, that creates a pathway for Express to the retail graveyard.In other bad news, ecommerce sales growth slowed sharply to 5% in the fourth quarter, down from what was a streak for 20%-plus and 30%-plus digital sales growth quarters. Merchandise margins fell back 150 basis points due to promotional activity. The SG&A rate keeps going up against falling sales.Occupancy costs are rising, too. Cash on the balance sheet in falling. Meanwhile, the first quarter guide calls for a 10% drop in comparable sales and for profits to swing from a narrow gain in the year ago quarter, to a wide loss this quarter.Overall, there wasn't much, if any, good in the Q4 earnings report. That's not to say that a turnaround isn't in the cards. But, it is to say that a turnaround looks increasingly unlikely, especially considering most other mall retailers are bouncing back, and Express is not. Long Term Value Is ElusiveBecause the numbers have been bad for so long and continue to be bad in an environment that is largely favorable for retailers (healthy economy, healthy consumer confidence, low unemployment, big wage gains, so on and so forth), the long term value behind EXPR stock is elusive.On one hand, this is a company which could miraculously leverage celebrity endorsements, real estate optimization, and reinvigorated ecommerce growth to drive a big turnaround in sales and margins. In that scenario, Express could realistically net $0.50 in EPS within the next several years, making today's $5 price tag seem rather anemic, especially considering about half the current market cap is covered by cash on the balance sheet.On the other hand, sales may not turnaround anytime soon. Margins may keep falling, and expense rates may keep rising. If so, EPS will likely be stuck in the $0.25 range for the foreseeable future, making today's $5 price tag actually seem steep, especially considering that the big cash balance is only going down (cash and equivalents have been chopped in half over the past several years).At this point in time, it's unclear which one of those scenarios will come true. If anything, the bear thesis has more merit than the bull thesis given the Q4 numbers. As such, Express stock isn't worth the risk here. Bottom Line on Express StockWith really beaten up retail stocks like Express, all you need is one good quarter to light a fire under the stock and spark a huge rally. But, investors have been waiting for that quarter from Express for a long time. Most signs indicate this wait won't be over anytime soon. That's why I'm more comfortable on the sidelines when it comes to EXPR.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long URBN and TLYS. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post Express Stock Could Have a Lot Further to Fall, so Don't Buy the Dip appeared first on InvestorPlace.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. has launched a pop-up shop in New York City's Soho neighborhood in partnership with sneaker reseller Urban Necessities. The pop-up has special-edition sneakers, high-end merchandise and hard-to-find styles from brands like Supreme, Anti Social Social Club, and Nike Inc.'s Jordan brand priced from $150 to $50,000. Urban Necessities, which has a store on the Las Vegas Strip, specializes in styles for the enthusiast, or "sneakerheads." Some enthusiasts and others have taken to Twitter to scoff at the idea of American Eagle, known for jeans and other gear aimed at teens, getting into the sneaker game. MarketWatch reached out to American Eagle for further comment about the pop-up, and will update with any response. American Eagle shares have gained 7.2% in 2019 while the S&P 500 index is up 13% for the period.
The most recent earnings update American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.'s (NYSE:AEO) released in February 2019 revealed that the business benefited from a strong tailwind, eventuating to a double-digit earnings growth ofRead More...
American Eagle Outfitters is a retailer of apparel and accessories that also offers personal care products. The dividend yield of American Eagle Outfitters Inc stocks is 2.65%. American Eagle Outfitters Inc had annual average EBITDA growth of 0.20% over the past ten years.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1375 per share, marking the company’s 59th consecutive quarterly dividend. The $0.1375 dividend was declared on March 13, 2019 and is payable on April 26, 2019 to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 12, 2019.
Levi Strauss’ IPO is likely to come in the next few weeks. The 166-year-old jeans maker could be valued as high as $6.2 billion.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell Thursday for a fourth straight session even after the European Central Bank said it would keep interest rates at near-record lows until at least the end of the year, effectively insuring the Federal Reserve won't tighten anytime soon. posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings Thursday and 2019 guidance disappointed investors, sending shares sharply lower. posted fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of $2.83 a share, beating Wall Street forecasts of $2.77, but same-store sales came in below estimates.
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday: Resideo Technologies Inc., down $5.79 to $18.96 The smart-home device maker beat Wall Street's fourth-quarter sales forecast, but its profit ...
American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO ) reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings, but the stock fell after fourth-quarter revenue and first-quarter profit guidance missing consensus expectations. ...
American Eagle (AEO) posts mixed results in fourth-quarter fiscal 2018. Further, the company remains confident to deliver growth backed by its initiatives and brand strength.