Telsey Downgraded Kate Spade & Company to ‘Market Perform’

On January 25, 2017, Telsey downgraded Kate Spade’s rating to “market perform” from “outperform.” It reported fiscal 3Q16 net sales of $316.5 million.

Gabriel Kane - Author

Jan. 26 2017, Published 1:18 p.m. ET

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Price movement

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) has a market cap of $2.4 billion. It rose 0.11% and closed at $18.63 per share on January 25, 2017. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and YTD (year-to-date) price movements were 1.9%, 32.9%, and -0.21%, respectively, on the same day. Kate Spade is trading 5.1% above its 20-day moving average, 12.5% above its 50-day moving average, and 3.3% below its 200-day moving average.

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Related ETF and peers

The Vanguard Small-Cap ETF (VB) invests 0.09% of its holdings in Kate Spade. VB’s YTD price movement was 2.9% on January 25.

The market caps of Kate Spade’s competitors are as follows:

  • Coach (COH) – $10.1 billion
  • Gap (GPS) – $9.6 billion
  • Fossil Group (FOSL) – $1.3 billion

Kate Spade’s rating

On January 25, 2017, Telsey downgraded Kate Spade & Company’s rating to “market perform” from “outperform.”

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Performance in fiscal 3Q16

Kate Spade reported fiscal 3Q16 net sales of $316.5 million—a rise of 14.1% compared to net sales of $277.3 million in fiscal 3Q15. The company’s gross margin fell by 180 basis points, while its operating margin rose by 730 basis points in fiscal 3Q16—compared to fiscal 3Q15.

Its net income and EPS (earnings per share) rose to $29.6 million and $0.23, respectively, in fiscal 3Q16—compared to $2.3 million and $0.02, respectively, in fiscal 3Q15.

Kate Spade’s cash and cash equivalents and inventories rose 40.2% and 5.7%, respectively, in fiscal 3Q16—compared to fiscal 3Q15. Its current ratio rose to 2.8x and its debt-to-equity ratio fell to 2.0x in fiscal 3Q16—compared to 2.0x and 4.3x, respectively, in fiscal 3Q15.


Kate Spade made the following projections for fiscal 2016:

  • net sales of $1.37 billion–$1.40 billion
  • adjusted EBITDA[1. earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization] of $242 million–$260 million
  • EPS of $0.63–$0.70 with the use of a normalized tax rate of 40%
  • capital expenditures of $65 million–$70 million

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