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Hedgeye Retail: Wary of Skechers' (Mis)Direction | $SKX

Takeaway: Margins collapse and the company must refocus on its core initiatives.

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 Skechers Sponsors California Chrome

  • "Skechers USA Inc...announced today it will sponsor California Chrome’s run at Belmont Stakes in New York on June 7."
     
  • "As part of the sponsorship, Skechers’ logo will appear on California Chrome’s blanket, barn and racing gear, while owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, and trainer Art Sherman will wear team jackets, caps and apparel from the athletic brand."
     
  • “'We just watched Meb Keflezighi win the Boston Marathon wearing Skechers Performance shoes in April,' said Coburn, 'so we know Skechers has a good track record when it comes to picking winners in high-profile races.'”  

TAKEAWAY FROM HEDGEYE’S BRIAN MCGOUGH:

We've never seen a brand go in so many directions at once. Performance, toys, horse racing, and NBA ownership. Whenever this happens, there's tremendous operating leverage until the company realizes it has underinvested. Then margins collapse and the company must refocus on its core initiatives.

 

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Editor's Note: This is a complimentary research excerpt from Hedgeye Retail sector head Brian McGough. Follow Brian on Twitter @HedgeyeRetail

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TIP: Adding iShares TIPS Bond ETF to Investing Ideas

Takeaway: We are adding TIP to Investing Ideas.

Hedgeye's Macro team is adding iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) to Investing Ideas.

 

The iShares TIPS Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of inflation-protected U.S. Treasury bonds. 

 

*We will send out a full report later this week detailing our bullish case.

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Monday Mashup: PLKI, BNNY and More

INVESTMENT IDEAS

 

The table below lists our current Investment Ideas as well as our Watch List – a list of potential ideas that we are in the process of evaluating.  We intend to update this table regularly and will provide detail on any material changes.

 

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Recent Notes

05/27/14  Post-Memorial Day Mashup

05/27/14  BOBE: M&A Activity Heating Up In The Food Business

05/27/14  DRI: Fighting The Good Fight

05/28/14  MCD: All The Hype For This?

05/29/14  PLKI: Delivering The Goods

05/30/14  BNNY: Still A Short, But On A Leash

Events This Week

06/02/14  KKD Earnings Call 4:30pm EST

06/03/14  BJRI Annual General Meeting

06/05/14  PNRA Annual General Meeting 8:30am EST

06/05/14  ZOES Earnings Call 5:00pm EST

Chart of the Day

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI) increased its market share in the domestic chicken-QSR segment to 22.3% from 20.2% a year ago.  We believe an industry wide increase in promotional focus featuring chicken products benefited the chain by bringing attention to its superior product.  PLKI’s success moving forward will depend largely on its ability to continue driving top line sales which we believe they will achieve through a combination of new units, remodels and resonant promotional efforts.  

 

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Recent News Flow

Monday, May 26th

  • PLKI announced the return of its most successful LTO, Chicken Waffle Tenders, which will be served with fries and a biscuit for $4.99.  The offer will be available at participating locations until June 29th.

Tuesday, May 27th

  • NDLS announced an agreement to acquire 16 franchised Noodles & Company restaurants from Sagamore Dining Partners, LLC, for $13.4 million.  The 16 restaurants are located primarily in the Indianapolis region.  Sagamore now plans to develop new restaurants in the greater Louisville, KY area.
  • MCD announced its 3-year total cash return target.  With this, management revealed several new initiatives they will undertake to enhance shareholder value including optimizing the capital structure, optimizing the ownership structure and scrutinizing G&A. The company also expects to return $18 to $20 billion to shareholders between 2014 and 2016 through a combination of dividends and share repurchases.
  • PZZA Papa John’s introduced a Mediterranean-style, New Greek Pizza.
  • CBRL WSJ’s Ahead of the Tape column wrote positively about Cracker Barrel, citing the company’s success in fending off activist Biglari and achievable guidance.

Wednesday, May 28th

  • BAGL announced a new line-up of seasonal menu items for the summer, including “new gourmet Panini sandwiches, better deli favorite sandwiches and refreshingly sweet Strawberry Drinks.”
  • BAGL announced the resignation of COO Emanuel Hilario.  The Board will not fill the vacancy until it has named a new President and CEO.

Thursday, May 29th

  • DIN announced its Board declared a second quarter cash dividend of $0.75 per share, payable on June 27, 2014 to shareholders of record on June 18, 2014.
  • EAT  announced its Board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share, payable on June 26, 2014 to shareholders of record on June 13, 2014.

Friday, May 30th

  • WEN shareholders elected each of the ten nominees at its Annual Meeting on May 28th and rejected a stockholder proposal regarding an independent Board chairman.
  • SBUX senior unsecured debt rating was upgraded by Moody’s to A3 and its short-term commercial paper rating was reaffirmed at P-2.

US Macro Consumption

The XLY (+1.7%) slightly outperformed the SPX (+1.6%) last week, but both casual dining and quick service stocks underperformed the broader XLY index.

 

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The Hedgeye U.S. Consumption Model continues to signal bearish flashing red on 7 out of 12 metrics.

 

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XLY Quantitative Setup

From a quantitative perspective, the XLY is bullish on an intermediate-term TREND duration.

 

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Casual Dining Restaurants

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Quick Service Restaurants

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European Banking Monitor: Swaps Continue Tightening Outside of Greece

Below are key European banking risk monitors, which are included as part of Josh Steiner and the Financial team's "Monday Morning Risk Monitor".  If you'd like to receive the work of the Financials team or request a trial please email .

 

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European Financial CDS - Swaps mostly tightened in Europe last week outside of Greece, where swaps widened notably at two of the three banks we track. Overall, 36 European banks were tighter on the week while just 4 were wider.

 

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Sovereign CDS – Sovereign swaps were tighter across the board last week except for in the US, where they widened by 1 basis point to 17 bps. Portugal and Italy tightened the most, falling by 21 and 11 bps, respectively. 

 

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European Banking Monitor: Swaps Continue Tightening Outside of Greece   - chart 3 sovereign CDS

 

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Euribor-OIS Spread – The Euribor-OIS spread (the difference between the euro interbank lending rate and overnight indexed swaps) measures bank counterparty risk in the Eurozone. The OIS is analogous to the effective Fed Funds rate in the United States.  Banks lending at the OIS do not swap principal, so counterparty risk in the OIS is minimal.  By contrast, the Euribor rate is the rate offered for unsecured interbank lending.  Thus, the spread between the two isolates counterparty risk. The Euribor-OIS spread widened by 1 bps to 20 bps.

 

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