The Economic Data calendar for the week of the 20th of February through the 24th is full of critical releases and events. Attached below is a snapshot of some (though far from all) of the headline numbers that we will be focused on.
In my earlier note on the hype around Nike's major media event next week, I noted that 'Melo plays for the NJ Nets.
Well guess what...he''s a Knick.
The sad thing is that a) I lived in NY for 19 years, b) NJ for 10 years, and c) worked at Nike.
So there's my gift for you heading into the long weekend. Poke all the fun you want. I deserve 110% of it.
If you change the team name, however, the note's conclusion is the same. In fact, given his recent injury, there's even a greater chance that he shows up.
Maybe that's what happens being in an office filled with hockey guys.
If you’ve heard that Nike is hosting an Analyst Meeting next week, that’s not entirely correct. The company is hosting a 2-day all-out media event in New York. If you have not been following Nike for a while, you should know that when Nike does a ‘media event’ it rivals the red carpet on Oscar night. No joke. The company invited the sell side to ‘participate’ (ie observe) Nike in its native habitat.
Make no mistake – people will be star-struck. This event is just days before the NBA all star game, and will likely feature athletes – and their respective products -- that will get people jacked up, to say the least.
While I can’t promise anything, in looking through NBA schedules, the Knicks will be local on the 21stad 22nd. LinSanity, anyone? Don’t forget Stoudamire either. The Nets will also be at Home, which gives us Carmello Anthony. The Heat has a bye on the 22nd, and why not have LeBron, Wade, and Bosch make a detour in NYC after they play Sacramento on the 21st? If you don't think that Nike had these schedules in mind when planning the event, then think again!
This won’t be all about basketball. Translation: I wouldn’t be surprised for people to be Tebow’d.
No, I don’t have any inside scoop as to who will be there. But this IS how the company thinks and operates. A product blitz with all the media and celebrity hype to support it. First class all the way. The average analyst out there (who will also have breakfast with CFO Don Blair) will be impressed.
NKE is still one of our top three long ideas.
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In January, Y/Y CPI growth for Food at Home decreased by 70 basis points to 5.3% from 6.0% in December. CPI for Food Away from Home gained 20 basis points to 3.1% from 2.9% in December.
This is a trend that we are continuing to monitor closely. 2011 was a year where restaurant margins were impacted by inflation but, due to strong top line trends, rising food costs did not have as severe an impact on earnings as some were anticipating. Management teams in the grocery space took significant levels of pricing during 2011 and we believe that this was a factor in helping restaurants attract customers. Food Away from Home CPI was far more benign as restaurant companies prioritized traffic over margin. Our view in 2012 is that, if the spread between these two CPI data points continues to narrow, the competitive benefit that the restaurant companies enjoyed in 2011 will shrink and any exposure to inflation will be felt more acutely on the bottom line.
As JACK CFO Jerry Rebel said on a recent earnings call, management teams pay close attention to this data when thinking about pricing so we will continue to monitor these trends closely.
Big beat probably in the stock
Galaxy should again exceed Street numbers for Q4. However, given the big run in the stock recently, it probably won’t be much of a surprise. Our Q4 estimate of HK$14.2BN in revenue and $2.2BN of Adjusted EBITDA is 4% and 21% higher than consensus, respectively.
Galaxy is up 36% YTD so expectations have risen. That combined with worries about slowing growth in Macau, share losses in February, and the opening of Sands Cotai Central, we wouldn’t necessarily be running out to buy the stock at current levels.
Like last quarter, Galaxy’s casino operations should benefit from high hold. Using theoretical hold of 2.85%, we estimate that luck benefited gross revenue by HK$1.3BN and EBITDA by HK$392MM.
We are estimating Q4 revenue of HK$7.6BN and Adjusted EBITDA of HK$1,330MM. Our revenue and EBITDA estimate are 30% and 39% ahead of consensus, respectively.
We estimate that Starworld will report revenue of HK$6,050MM and Adjusted EBITDA of HK$796MM, 4% and 15% ahead of the Street, respectively.
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Two of the Top 3 Most Read (Bloomberg consensus) still staring at the tree (Greece) – meanwhile the rest of the world doesn’t cease to exist:
Covered SPY short at 1341, and re-shorted it into yesterday’s close. I think we keep making lower long-term highs vs 1363.
GMCR: Green Mountain Coffee was raised to “Buy” at Dougherty & Co. The twelve month price target is $80 per share.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCE ON ACCELERATING VOLUME:
COSI: Cosi declined 2.9% on accelerating volume yesterday.
PFCB: P.F. Chang’s was upgraded to Outperform by RBC. The price target was raised from $37 to $45.
KONA/PFCB: Kona COO Larry Ryback has resigned from the company and will leave by March 2012 to take up the post of COO of P.F. Chang’s Bistro division.
BJRI: BJ’s restaurants reported EPS of $0.34 versus consensus $0.32. Comparable sales for 4Q11 increased 5.1%.
DRI: Darden was reiterated “Buy” at UBS.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCE ON ACCELERATING VOLUME:
TXRH, PFCB, DRI, EAT, CBRL, & DIN: All gained on accelerating volume yesterday. PFCB traded at 4.5x average volume following earnings. We are bullish on the stock.
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