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IFF: Analyzing Institutional Investors before Its Q3 Earnings
The 13F filings on June 30 indicated that institutional investors own 85.9% of International Flavors and Fragrances’ (IFF) outstanding shares.
Asia-Pacific Still Zimmer Biomet’s Strongest Geography
Zimmer Biomet Holdings witnessed a strong performance in its Asia-Pacific region. It contributed 16% to the company’s total sales.
Which Way Are Zimmer Biomet’s Analysts Leaning after 2Q17?
Of the 29 brokerage firms tracking Zimmer Biomet, 18 (62%) analysts gave ZBH stock a “buy” rating, while nine (~31%) provided a “hold” rating.
Can Southwest Airlines’ Unit Revenue Turn Positive in 2Q17?
For the second quarter of 2017, analysts are estimating Southwest Airlines’ revenue to rise 6.2% YoY (year-over-year) to $5.7 billion.
Could Southwest Airlines Increase Dividend Payouts in 2Q17?
Southwest Airlines (LUV) has been consistently paying dividends since 1980. Most of its peers don’t pay dividends at all.
Zimmer Biomet’s Capital Allocation Strategy to Create Value
In February 2016, Zimmer Biomet authorized up to $1.0 billion of the company’s common stock for share repurchases, all of which remains authorized to date.
Medicare Business Expected to Drive WellCare Health Plans’ Margin Growth
In 1Q17, WellCare Health Plans’ (WCG) Medicare Health Plans business reported revenues close to $1.1 billion, which represents year-over-year growth of ~12.4%.
Why Zoetis Expects to See Robust Revenue Growth in 2017
Zoetis (ZTS) has adopted a targeted R&D strategy that has resulted in multiple new product launches.
Weatherford International: The Impact of International Rig Counts
Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the United States fell in 3Q16 over 2Q16.
Does the Rig Count Impact NOV’s International Revenues?
By October 31, the international rig count fell 17% compared to the previous year. It was lower compared to the US rig count, which fell 26%.
Does Rig Count affect WFT’s International Revenues?
In the past year, Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the US rose 4.5%.
Will Rig Counts Affect WFT’s 3Q16 International Revenues?
In the past year, Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the United States rose.
Will Rig Count Affect FTI’s International Revenues in 3Q16?
FMC Technologies (FTI), which generates the majority of its revenues from international operations, could see lower revenues if the international rig count falls.
Darden’s Dividend Policy: What’s Expected in Fiscal 1Q17?
Analysts expect Darden to pay dividends of $0.55 in fiscal 1Q17 at a payout ratio of 67.1%. For fiscal 2017, Darden is expected to pay dividends of $2.2.
What Do Analysts Expect of Darden’s Earnings in Fiscal 1Q17?
Darden has beaten analysts’ earnings per share estimates in the last four quarters. Usually, when earnings beat analysts’ estimates, a share’s price rises.
How Chipotle’s Valuation Multiples Compare to Its Peers
For the next four quarters, analysts expect Chipotle to post EPS of $7.9—YoY growth of 11.9%. The current share price might have factored in the EPS growth.
Is Southwest Airlines On Track to Achieve Its Utilization Goals?
In 2015, Southwest Airlines’ prudent approach to capacity growth resulted in the better utilization of its capacity.
Online Retailers Pressure Department Stores’ Financials
Department stores have been enhancing their online channels to mitigate the impact of intense competition from Amazon (AMZN).
How Much Rig Counts Affect FTI’s International Revenues
In 2015, FMC Technologies’s (FTI) revenue share generated outside the US gained 1%.
Varian Medical Systems Attempts to Improve Its Performance Growth
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) raised its guidance for fiscal 2016 in the view of higher-than-expected 3Q16 results reported on July 27.
Does Rig Count Affect National Oilwell Varco’s International Revenues?
In 2015, National Oilwell Varco’s (NOV) revenue share generated outside the US gained 3%.
Does the Rig Count Affect WFT’s International Revenue?
In the past year, Weatherford International’s (WFT) revenue share generated outside the United States has risen by 5.6%.
Insight into Nordstrom’s Sales-Driving Strategies
Nordstrom (JWN) has been aggressively investing in its growth initiatives, including expansion into Canada and the strengthening of its online business.
Zimmer Biomet’s Realized Synergies, Market Position after Integration
Zimmer Holdings acquired Biomet in June 2015 and formed Zimmer Biomet Holdings (ZBH). The acquisition established the combined company as the second-largest player in the orthopedics medical device market segment.
Albemarle’s Valuations Ahead of 2Q16 Earnings Release
In the past two years, Albemarle (ALB) has been trading at a one-year forward PE of 10.3x–21.60x. On July 26, 2016, it was trading at 21.5x.
What Could Help Mead Johnson’s Earnings in 2Q16?
Analysts are expecting Mead Johnson’s adjusted EPS to be $0.78 compared to $0.76 in 2Q15.
2Q16 Revenue Estimates for Intuitive Surgical
On July 19, 2016, Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) will announce its 2Q16 earnings. Wall Street has estimated the company’s 2Q16 revenues will come in at ~$640 million.
Why Did Darden Restaurants’ Earnings Margin Rise in Fiscal 4Q16?
In fiscal 4Q16, Darden Restaurants (DRI) reported an EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) margin of 10.3% compared with 10.1% in fiscal 4Q15.
What Drove Darden’s Same-Store Sales Growth in Fiscal 4Q16?
On a comparable calendar basis, in fiscal 4Q16, Darden Restaurants (DRI) reported overall same-store sales growth of 2.6% against analysts’ estimate of 2.8%.
What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for Dentsply Sirona?
According to a Bloomberg survey, 43% of the analysts gave Dentsply Sirona a “buy” rating and ~57% gave it a “hold” rating. It didn’t have any “sell” ratings.
What Do Analysts Expect of Darden’s Earnings in Fiscal 4Q16?
Having discussed Darden’s estimated revenue, sources of revenue, and estimated EBIT margins, let’s now discuss analysts’ and management’s guidance.
Analysts Expect No Rise in Darden’s Fiscal 4Q16 Dividends
Darden Restaurants (DRI) paid dividends of $0.55 per share in first two quarters of its fiscal 2016, and in fiscal 3Q16 it paid a dividend of $0.53.
Analyzing the Cogs in Foot Locker’s Supply Chain
Foot Locker’s distribution and supply chain includes five distribution centers around the world. It owns two of them and leases three.
Why Skechers Expects Rising Profitability and Margins in 2016
Skechers has been able to steadily increase its profitability and margins over the past five years. The company’s net income margin rose to 7.4% in 2015.
LULU Is Up by ~28% This Year, but What about Its Earnings Outlook?
Lululemon Athletica’s (LULU) management expects its fiscal 2017 diluted earnings per share to come in at $2.05–$2.15, an implied growth rate of 10.2%–15.6% year-over-year.
A Look at C. R. Bard’s Oncology Business Segment
C. R. Bard’s (BCR) Oncology segment contributes around 27% of the total revenues of the company.
How Does Best Buy Stack Up against Other Specialty Retailers?
As of May 26, Best Buy was trading at a 12-month forward PE (price-to-earnings) ratio of 10.9x.
A Closer Look at Intuitive Surgical’s Business Strategy
Intuitive Surgical aims to include a larger patient population under its MIS treatments and to provide better surgery outcomes and lower recovery times.
Boston Scientific’s Inorganic Growth Strategy
In recent years, Boston Scientific (BSX) has grown significantly through expansion of its product portfolio and geographic reach, as well as the reorganization and cost containment measures.
Why Did Panera Bread’s Revenue Rise in 1Q16?
Panera Bread earns its revenue from three sources: company-operated restaurants, royalty and franchise fees, and fresh dough operations.
How Did Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ Products Perform in 2015?
Xyrem, Jazz’s lead product, fetched $955 million for the company during fiscal 2015.
How St. Jude’s Capital Allocation Strategy Affects Shareholders
St. Jude returned $500 million to shareholders through share repurchases in 2015 compared to $476 million in 2014.
How Could St. Jude Medical Revive Declining CRM Sales?
In 4Q15, St. Jude Medical’s (STJ) CRM (cardiac rhythm management) segment sales declined 10% on a year-over-year basis.
Zimmer Biomet’s Capital Allocation Strategy and Shareholder Value
Zimmer Biomet has spent $125 million in share repurchases so far in 2016. In February, it authorized up to $1 billion of the company’s common stock for share repurchases.
Analysts Are Expecting Darden’s Dividends to Rise in 2017
During the first three quarters of fiscal 2016, Darden Restaurants (DRI) has paid dividends of $1.6 per share with $0.5 in 3Q16.
Goldman Sachs Upgrades Campbell Soup to ‘Neutral’
Campbell Soup (CPB) has a market cap of $19.1 billion. CPB fell by 0.37% to close at $61.75 per share on February 29, 2016.
Millennials Drowning in Debt: What Are the Broader Effects?
If millennials aren’t buying homes or cars and aren’t able to save for retirement, this trend will hurt the economy.
What Will Result from Herbalife’s Discussions with the FTC?
Herbalife reported fiscal 4Q15 net sales of $1,098.4 million, a fall of 3.1% compared to net sales of $1,133.6 million in fiscal 4Q14.
Did Dr Pepper Snapple’s Non-Carbonated Beverages Call the Shots in 4Q15?
Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) saw higher volume growth in non-carbonated beverages in all the quarters of fiscal 2015 compared to CSDs.
Why Dr Pepper Snapple Is Expected to Post 1.4% 4Q15 Sales Growth
In this preview series on Dr Pepper Snapple’s 4Q15 results, we’ll discuss the company’s earnings expectations, margin expansion, stock price movement, and valuation.
How Will the Atmel Acquisition Impact Microchip’s Balance Sheet?
Microchip has been acquiring small companies and integrating them successfully, but now it’s announced a major merger with Atmel, which is ~47% its size.
Macy’s Closes Brooklyn Real Estate Transaction
On January 29, 2016, Macy’s (M) announced the completion of its transaction with Tishman Speyer for the redevelopment of its Brooklyn, New York, store on Fulton Street.
JCPenney’s 4Q15 Sales Should Benefit from Strong Holiday Results
JCPenney (JCP) reported same-store sales growth of 3.9% in November and December—the 2015 holiday season.
Are Strategic Brands Boosting Monster Beverage’s Sales?
According to Nielsen’s data, for the period ending December 26, 2015, the Monster Beverage brand held a 36.6% share of the US energy drink market in terms of unit sales.
Macy’s and JCPenney Have Strong Online Sales During the Holidays
Macy’s online sales saw a 25% increase from the previous year in November and December 2015. JCPenney (JCP) reported that it experienced record online sales for that same period.
Kohl’s Brings Down its Capital Expenditure on New Stores
Kohl’s is directing its investments more toward revamping its existing stores and in IT rather than in new stores.
Monitoring Wyndham Worldwide’s Steady Growth in Total Revenues
Improved operating metrics have resulted in a steady growth in Wyndham Worldwide’s total revenues, with all three segments growing over the past five years.
Does Foxconn’s Divestment in GoPro Concern Investors?
Foxconn is a Taiwanese contract manufacturer. It announced that it sold off 30% of its stake in GoPro. Foxconn lost 73.0% of its share price YoY.
How Best Buy Is Gearing Up for the 2015 Holiday Season
Best Buy (BBY) is taking several initiatives for the crucial holiday season. Best Buy reported same-store sales growth of 0.8% in 3Q16
Universal Health Services Explores Growth Opportunities in 3Q15
In 3Q15, Universal Health Services was actively involved in exploring growth opportunities, both in its acute care as well as behavioral health business.
Coty Inc.’s Heritage and Power Brand Portfolio
Coty’s biggest licensed brand in the global mass skin and beauty care segment, Adidas maintains a significant presence in deodorants. It faces stiff global competition from Unilever’s Axe deodorants.
Why Has JCPenney Been Restoring Its Private Brands?
The year 2014 marked 100 years of JCPenney’s (JCP) first private brand Marathon Hats. One of the major focus points of JCPenney’s turnaround strategy was to bring back its private brands.
Why Is Lululemon Athletica (LULU) Seeing Upside in Asia Stores?
Lululemon Athletica (LULU) opened 34 new stores in 2Q16. It opened 27 stores in the United States, including 13 ivivva stores, its dance apparel brand for young girls.
Will Lululemon’s Cash Registers Keep Ringing in 2Q16?
Lululemon Athletica (LULU), which declares its 2Q16 results on September 10, is expecting sales in the range of $440 million to $445 million in the quarter.
IBM Looks to Enhance Service Offerings
IBM is competing with FireEye to acquire CyberArk (CYBR), a company that has shown strong year-over-year growth in revenues, to expand its position in the privileged access management segment.
Cybersecurity, One of the Fastest Growing Technology Segments
Companies that conduct business digitally are increasing their spending on digital security. The cybersecurity space is thus considered one of the fastest growing segments in the technology space.
GoPro’s Market Shares and Earnings Trend
In the camcorder market, GoPro (GPRO) has the leading market share of 47.50%. It’s followed by ION, Sony (SNE), and Polaroid.
How Did the Market React to GoPro’s Earnings Announcement?
GoPro’s revenue has risen by 72% in 2Q15—compared to the same quarter the previous year. It was mainly driven by strong demand from Europe and Asia.
Analyzing GoPro’s Operational Efficiency
GoPro’s income from operation rose from $49.1 million to $65.8 million in 2Q15 with an overall rise of 34.10% over the previous quarter.
GoPro Increased Its Revenue and Geographical Reach
GoPro has expanded geographically to the EMEA and APAC countries. It has 40,000 retail outlets. GoPro’s revenue rose 126% in 2Q15.
Fortinet Generates 85.51% in Trailing 12-Month Returns
Fortinet is currently trading at a PE ratio of 550.76x. The ratio has increased at a rapid pace, from 25.89x in October 2010 to 550.76x on July 29, 2015.
Ascend Capital’s New Position in Huntsman Corp.
Ascend Capital started a new position in Huntsman Corp. (HUN). According to the latest 13F filings for 4Q14, it accounts for 2.45% of the hedge fund’s total portfolio.