Under Armour’s (UA) earnings beats are just about as reliable as a three-point shot from Stephen Curry’s, whose sneakers helped boost the apparel company’s first-quarter sales. Citigroup’s Kate McShane and Corinna Van der Ghinst have the details:
Under Armourreported Q116 EPS of $0.04, beating our $0.03 estimate and split-adjusted consensus of $0.02, driven by better than expected top-line growth, gross margins & other income. Revenues increased 30.2% y/y to $1.048B, on 20% apparel (in-line with Q1 growth LY), 64% footwear, & 26% accessories growth, as well as a stronger contribution from the newer Connected Fitness segment. Mgmt highlighted strength in Curry basketball, a new smart running shoe, Jordan Spieth golf, and improved service across channels. By geography, N.America grew 26% y/y (or 27% ex-f/x) while intl grew 56% y/y (up 65% ex-f/x). Gross margins contracted 100bps to 45.9%, better than guidance, as higher liquidations and f/x were partly offset by lower product costs. SG&A grew 27% y/y on investments in DTC and talent, but leveraged 100bps y/y. As a result, op.margins only contracted 10bps y/y to 3.3%, better than our 2.9% estimate and the streets 2.4%.Under Armour ended Q1 wit h $157M in cash and inventories up 44% y/y on mgmts ongoing efforts to improve fill rates (down slightly from 46% growth at the end of Q4).
Top 5 Gas Utility Companies To Buy For 2017: Harte-Hanks, Inc.(HHS)
Harte Hanks, Inc. (Harte Hanks), incorporated on October 1, 1970, is a multi-channel marketing company. The Company operates through two segments, which include Customer Interaction and Trillium Software. The Company’s Customer Interaction segment provides a range of integrated, multi-channel, data-driven solutions for a range of brands around the globe. The Trillium Software segment is engaged in providing enterprise data quality solutions.
The Company’s Customer Interaction segment offers a range of marketing services, in media from direct mail to e-mail, including agency and digital services; database marketing solutions and business-to-business lead generation; direct mail, and contact centers. Its agency services are customer engagement agencies specializing in direct and digital communications for both consumer and business-to-business markets. The Company’s digital solutions integrate online services within the marketin g mix and include search engine management, display, digital analytics, Website development and design, digital strategy, social media, e-mail, e-commerce and interactive relationship management and a range of other services that support its core businesses.
The Company delivers a range of marketing database solutions across various industries. Its solutions are built around centralized marketing databases with the core offerings, including insight and analytics; customer data integration, and marketing communications tools. The Company is a direct marketing provider and also a mailing partner of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Its services include digital printing, print on demand, mail optimization, logistics and transportation optimization, tracking (including its prEtrak solution), commingling, shrink wrapping and specialized mailings. It also maintains fulfillment centers where it provides custom kitting services, print on demand, product recalls, and freight optimization allowing its customers to distribut! e literature and other marketing materials. It operates teleservice workstations around the globe providing contact center solutions, such as speech, voice and video chat, integrated voice response, analytics, social cloud monitoring and Web self-service. It provides both inbound and outbound contact center services and supports various languages with its global locations for both consumer and business-to-business markets.
The Company offers business solutions to solve data problems experienced by financial services, banking, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and risk professionals. The Company’s range of technologies and services include global data profiling, data cleansing, enrichment and data linking for e-business, Big Data customer relationship management, data governance, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, data warehouse and other enterprise applications.
The Company competes with IBM, Oracle and SAP.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of Harte Hanks Inc (NYSE: HHS) were down 19 percent to $2.95. Harte Hanks entered into a new $110 million credit facility over 5 years.
TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA) was down, falling around 18 percent to $7.75. TravelCenters of America reported a Q4 loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.35 billion.
Top 5 Gas Utility Companies To Buy For 2017: Terra Nitrogen Company L.P.(TNH)
Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. engages in the production and sale of nitrogen fertilizer products for agricultural and industrial applications. The company primarily offers anhydrous ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate solutions. Its customers for fertilizer products include dealers, national farm retail chains, and distributors. Terra Nitrogen GP Inc. serves as the general partner of the company. Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. was founded in 1991 and is based in Deerfield, Illinois. Terra Nitrogen Company, LP. operates as a subsidiary of Terra Industries Inc.
- [By Robert Rapier] While the MLP space is dominated by the oil and gas sector, in last week’s article we began to explore some of the more exotic master limited partnership offerings. This week we continue our exploration of nontraditional MLPs by looking at the partnerships supplying fertilizer.
Rentech (Nasdaq: RTK) has been around for more than a decade, and it has shifted strategies several times. Full disclosure: Rentech’s Chief Technology Officer Harold Wright is a former manager of mine when we were both at ConocoPhillips, and I have visited Rentech’s facility in Commerce City, Colorado.
For most of Rentech’s existence, the company has sought to commercialize alternative fuels. At one time it had ambitions to build a large coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant, but federal legislation ultimately nudged it instead into the biomass-to-liquids (BTL) space. The company did build a BTL demonstration plant, but ultimately shut it down and has now refocused its effor ts on becoming “one of the largest wood processing companies in the world.”
During its interesting journey as a company, Rentech acquired two ammonia nitrogen fertilizer facilities, which turned out to be a profit center that funded the alternative energy research. In November 2011, Rentech spun off this fertilizer business into an MLP called Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE: RNF).
In the months leading to the spin-off, RTK’s market capitalization was about $200 million. Rentech maintained 60 percent ownership of RNF, and three months after the spin-off RTK’s market cap had risen to $400 million, while investors had bid RNF up to $1 billion. Interestingly, RTK’s share of RNF was worth more than RTK’s entire market cap, a situation that persists. The market currently values Rentech at $482 million, while the valuation of Rentech Nitrogen Partners makes RTK’s 60 percent stake in RNF worth slightly more than $600 million — another illu
Hot Defense Companies For 2017: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.(MDRX)
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. provides information technology and services to healthcare organizations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers electronic health records, connectivity, hosting, outsourcing, analytics, patient engagement, clinical decision support, and population health management solutions. The companys Clinical and Financial Solutions segment provides integrated clinical software applications and financial and information solutions, which primarily include EHR-related, and financial and practice management software solutions, as well as related installation, support and maintenance, outsourcing, hosting, revenue cycle management, training, and electronic claims administration services. Its Population Health segment offers health management and coordinated care solutions that enable hospitals, health systems, accountable care organizations, and other care facilities to connect, tr ansition, analyze, and coordinate care across the entire care community. The company serves physicians, hospitals, governments, health systems, health plans, life-sciences companies, retail clinics, retail pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, insurance companies, and employer wellness clinics, as well as post-acute organizations, such as home health and hospice agencies. It has a strategic partnership with Nant Health, LLC. Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) Fri 7/1 62.0 Puts (Wkly) Sweep: 1426 @ ASK $1.24: 1426 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/27 $61.86 Ref Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDRX) Jul16 13.0 Puts Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.45: 500 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 8/2 $13.07 Ref Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) Jul16 30.0 Puts: 7500 @ ASK $0.26: 7658 traded vs 47k OI: Earnings 7/20 $32.07 Ref Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) Dec16 16.0 Puts Sweep: 963 @ ASK $2.75: 974 traded vs 18 OI: Earnings 8/2 $14.45 Ref LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) Aug16 115 Puts: 600 @ ASK $4.05: 615 traded vs 386 OI: $132.12 Ref
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Top 5 Gas Utility Companies To Buy For 2017: Syngenta AG(SYT)
Syngenta AG, an agribusiness company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed to enhance crop yields and food quality worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Business Development. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, soybean, and rice; fungicides for corn, cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, soybean, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; seed care for corn, soybean, cereals, and cotton; and professional products, such as products for public health, and turf and ornamentals. This segment markets its products through independent distributors and dealers, agricultural consultants, and growers. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets seeds and plants based on advanced genetics and related technologies. This segment provides approximately 200 product lines and approximately 6,800 varieties of proprietary genetics, incl uding vegetables, flowers, corn, soybean, sugar beet, and sunflower primarily under the NK, Golden Harvest, Garst, HILLESHG, S&G, Rogers, Zeraim Gedera, and Fischer brand names. The Business Development segment engages in the development of enzymes and traits to enhance agronomic, nutritional, and biofuel properties of plants. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.
- [By Vanina Egea]
The battle on the field continues. Monsanto (MON) and Syngenta (SYT) are expected to enter the seed business with a strong bid. Both companies stand at the top of the agricultural inputs industry, and continue to look for ways to improve performance. Let us see what some gurus think about their future prospects, and if they see them fit for a long term investment.
Top 5 Gas Utility Companies To Buy For 2017: Amira Nature Foods Ltd(ANFI)
Amira Nature Foods Ltd. engages in processing, distributing, and marketing packaged Indian specialty rice, primarily basmati rice; and other food products. The company provides various types of basmati rice, specialty rice and value add meals, ready-to-eat snacks, ready to heat meals, edible oils, and organic products for retailers under the Amira brand; and non-basmati rice. It also sells bulk commodities, including wheat, barley, legume, maize, sugar, soybean meal, onion, potato, and millets to trading firms. Amira Nature Foods Ltd. sells its products to buyers in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North Africa, and North America; and distributors and retail chains in India. The company was founded in 1915 and is based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
- [By Roberto Pedone]
Another earnings short-squeeze prospect is packaged specialty rice and other food products distributor Amira Nature Foods (ANFI), which is set to release numbers on next Monday after the market close. Wall Street analysts, on average, expect Amira Nature Foods to report revenue of $132.37 million on earnings of 32 cents per share.
The current short interest as a percentage of the float for Amira Nature Foods is extremely high at 26.6%. That means that out of 17.70 million shares in the tradable float, 4.72 million shares are sold short by the bears. The bears have also been increasing their bets from the last reporting period by 8.2%, or by 356,000 shares. If the bears get caught pressing their bets into a bullish quarter, then shares of ANFI could easily rip sharply higher post-earnings as the shorts move fast to cover some of their trades.
From a technical perspective, ANFI is currently trending above its 200-day moving average and just below its 50-day moving average, which is neutral trendwise. This stock just recently bounced higher off some near-term support at $15.25 a share. That bounce is starting to push shares of ANFI within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade post-earnings.
If you’re bullish on ANFI, then I would wait until after its report and look for long-biased trades if this stock manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $17 to $17.98 a share and then above more resistance at $18.52 a share with high volume. Look for volume on that move that registers near or above its three-month average action of 174,102 shares. If that breakout develops post-earnings, then ANFI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $19.86 to $20.29 a share, or even its 52-week high at $25 a share.
I would simply avoid ANFI or look for short-biased trades if after earnings it fails to trigger that breakout and then drops back below some key near-term supp