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September 8, 2014

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BULLISH TRENDS

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BEARISH TRENDS

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CHART OF THE DAY: Hey, Consensus Macro, This Time Isn't Different

 

CHART OF THE DAY: Hey, Consensus Macro, This Time Isn't Different - Chart of the Day


The Velveteen Bear

“You become. It takes a long time.”

-Margery Williams

 

That’s a quote from one of the best children’s books I have ever read to my kids, The Velveteen Rabbit. It was also cited in Brene Brown’s recent #behavioral book, Daring Greatly (pages 110).

 

“Real isn’t how you are made… it’s a thing that happens to you.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up – or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,”  said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time.”

 

While that resonates with me as a husband, Dad, hockey coach, etc., it really hits the nail on the head in becoming a Velveteen Bear on the US stock market. I haven’t been this bearish since the fall of 2007. Getting really bearish is a process. It takes time.

The Velveteen Bear - v7

 

Back to the Global Macro Grind

 

After Europe moved back into crisis mode (easing, printing, praying) and we received the worst US jobs report in 7 months, you just have to buy the all-time-bubble high in SPY on that, right? Right. Maybe with other people’s money.

 

After almost (I reiterate, almost!) having its first-four-down-days in a row of 2014 on Friday, the SP500 rallied from down to up on the day, to close up a whopping +0.2% on the week. That’s 5 consecutive “up” weeks. #hooray

 

In other news, the Russell 2000 (which derives 80% of its revenues from the US) flashed yet another bearish divergence, closing down -0.4% on the week to pretty much flat for 2014 YTD.

 

To give US equity bulls credit, this is what I liked about last week:

 

  1. After the ECB torched the Euro, the US Dollar (vs. the Euro) was up another +1.4% on the week
  2. The US 10yr Treasury Yield rose +12 basis points on the week to 2.46%
  3. The Yield Spread (10yr minus 2yr) widened +10bps on the week to +195bps

 

Not only was that something to like last week, it was something I loved all of last year. Dollar Up, Rates Up – that’s what should drive a US growth bear insane.

 

Other than the Russell 2000, what I don’t like in 2014 is that a key component of the Dollar Up, Rates Up storyline is missing - rates are down, hard, in 2014:

 

  1. Inclusive of last week’s bounce to lower-highs, the 10yr yield is -19% (or -57bps) YTD
  2. For 2014 YTD the Yield Spread (10yr minus 2yr) is still crashing (-26%) or down -70bps

 

In conjunction with these classic early cycle slow-down macro signals (which most European growth bulls said weren’t growth slowing signals until the ECB reminded them how fast things were slowing), you’ve seen:

 

  1. Early Cycle Stocks (Housing, Consumer Cyclicals, Regional Banks, the Russell, etc.) underperform
  2. Slow-growth #YieldChasing Stocks (Utilities, REITS, Big Cap Dividend Stocks, etc.) outperform

 

In case you aren’t long something like Argentina (stock market up another +6.1% last week to +93.2% YTD) whose economy still sucks, and you’ve stayed with the long #YieldChasing thing:

 

  1. Utilities (XLU) were up another +0.8% last week to +14.9% YTD
  2. REITS (MSCI index) were up another +1.0% last week to +19.6% YTD

 

Seriously. Who needs to be long the spoos when you can be long the good stuff!

 

While Ocham’s Razor (boil it down, simplify) is a really sexy concept, you can’t over-simplify. While a stronger Dollar (burning Euro) has toned down some of the commodity #InflationAccelerating that we saw in the first half of 2014, at some point you have to ask yourself if it’s going to be incremental enough to stop an early cycle US slowdown that’s already in motion?

 

To contextualize that key risk management question, don’t forget that the US is 63 months into this economic expansion. And the jobs market (both ADP slowing for 2 consecutive months and last week’s jobs report), which is a classic late-cycle indicator that strengthened, well, at the end of the cycle… is starting to hint that the bond market has #Q3Slowing nailed.

 

If US jobs and housing data slows, at the same time, what do you think Janet is going to do next? That’s right. She’ll do A) what Draghi just did and B) the Japanese are going to keep trying – moarrr incremental easing… That’s bullish for bonds and anything stocks that looks like a bond. And that’s all your cuddly Velveteen US Growth Bear has to say about that.

 

Our immediate-term Global Macro Risk Ranges are now:

 

UST 10yr yield 2.32-2.46%

SPX 1

RUT 1151-1181

VIX 11.34-12.92

EUR/USD 1.29-1.32

Gold 1

 

Best of luck out there this week,

KM

 

Keith R. McCullough
Chief Executive Officer

 

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THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK

TODAY’S S&P 500 SET-UP – September 8, 2014


As we look at today's setup for the S&P 500, the range is 15 points or 0.68% downside to 1994 and 0.06% upside to 2009.                                                               

                                                                

SECTOR PERFORMANCE

 

THE HEDGEYE DAILY OUTLOOK - 1

 

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EQUITY SENTIMENT:

 

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CREDIT/ECONOMIC MARKET LOOK:

  • YIELD CURVE: 1.94 from 1.95
  • VIX closed at 12.09 1 day percent change of -4.35%

 

MACRO DATA POINTS (Bloomberg Estimates):

  • 11am: U.S. to announce plans for auction of 4W bills
  • 11:30am: U.S. to sell $26b 3M bills, $23b 6M bills
  • 3pm: Consumer Credit, July, est. $17.0b (prior $17.255b)

 

GOVERNMENT:

    • Senate, House return from summer recess
    • 8:45am Treasury Sec. Lew speaks on tax reform
    • 9:30am: HHS SEC. Burwell speaks to students, staff and faculty
    • U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Roberts Shakes Up Campaign; Polls
    • Obama’s immigration delay forced by Republican amnesty attacks

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

  • Electrolux to acquire GE’s appliances unit for $3.3b
  • FMC buys Cheminova for $1.8b as CEO tweaks break-up plan
  • Facebook’s WhatsApp takeover faces fast EU review, Almunia says
  • EU seeks to extract Google concessions to rescue antitrust pact
  • CenturyLink said seeking to acquire Rackspace for cloud services
  • Brent crude declines below $100 for first time since 2013
  • Alibaba M&A spree to be questioned at Waldorf as IPO starts
  • U.K. races to extend powers to Scots to blunt independence drive
  • Scotland independence seen risking $23b of power projects
  • Disney’s ‘Guardians’ leads slowest box office weekend since 2001
  • EU Banks sidestepping bonus cap face crackdown from regulators
  • German trade surplus at record as exports rise to all-time high
  • GM to introduce hands-free driving in Cadillac model in 2016
  • Schumer draft proposal on inversions could reach back 20 yrs
  • Ryanair said poised for $11b purchase of Boeing Max Jets
  • Rakuten in talks to buy U.S. online shopping operator Ebates
  • U.S. expands air offensive to protect Iraqi dam from militants
  • Ukrainian deaths test cease-fire as both sides report casualties
  • U.S. gasoline falls to $3.4631 a gallon in Lundberg Survey

 

EARNINGS:

    • Campbell Soup (CPB) 7am, $0.49
    • Casey’s General Stores (CASY) 4pm, $1.25
    • FuelCell Energy (FCEL) 4:10pm, ($0.03)
    • Korn/Ferry Intl (KFY) 4:05pm, $0.40
    • NCI Bldg Systems (NCS) 4:05pm, $0.09
    • Triangle Petroleum (TPLM) 5:58pm, $0.15

               

COMMODITY/GROWTH EXPECTATION (HEADLINES FROM BLOOMBERG)

  • Nickel Climbs to 9-Week High on Philippine Ore Supply Concerns
  • Brent Crude Declines Below $100 for First Time in 14 Months
  • Raw Sugar Rebounds From 7-Month Low While New York Cocoa Drops
  • Gold Bulls Retreat as $1.6 Billion Erased From ETPs: Commodities
  • Palm Oil Rises to Two-Week High as Exports May Expand on Waiver
  • Gold Trades Little Changed Near 12-Week Low on U.S. to Ukraine
  • Corn Declines as Traders Weigh Record U.S. Production Outlook
  • Philippine House Body Approves Bill Banning Mineral Ore Exports
  • Drillers Piling Up More Debt Than Oil Hunting Fortunes in Shale
  • BNP Paribas Said to Curb Commodity-Trade Finance to Trafigura
  • China Aluminum Exports Rise With Steel as Demand at Home Wanes
  • Hedge Funds Reduce Bullish Gas Bets as Volatility Slides: Energy
  • Clearinghouses Get CFTC Scrutiny So Solution Isn’t Problem
  • China’s Import Drop Caused by Falling Commodity Prices, CBA Says
  • Credit Suisse Sees Aluminum Rally Overdone Amid Plentiful Supply

 

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CURRENCIES


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GLOBAL PERFORMANCE

 

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EUROPEAN MARKETS

 

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ASIAN MARKETS

 

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MIDDLE EAST

 

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RH – Key Thoughts Ahead of The Print

Takeaway: RH remains our highest-conviction long term idea, and the model checks out into this qtr. In this note we flush out where we could be wrong.

Conclusion: We think that people are missing the magnitude of earnings growth at RH, the sustainability of that trajectory over a long period of time, and ultimately the degree to which that will accrue to equity holders. The question is not whether the stock will go to $90 vs $100 (where we see most price targets), but whether it will get to $200 vs $300. Even the best stories, however, are not linear. There will be bumps along the road. But this print should not be one of them.  We’re well above the Street in Sales, Margins and EPS, and we flush out in this note where we could be wrong.

 

DETAILS

We still think that RH is the best idea in Retail today. We think that most parts of the thesis are at least acknowledged by the market (category growth, real estate expansion), but people are absolutely missing how all the pieces are coming together to drive such outsized earnings growth over an extremely long duration. The consensus is looking for long-term earnings growth of 28% -- we’re at 45%.  That equates to $11 in earnings power by 2018. At a 45% earnings CAGR, what kind of multiple does this kind of earnings growth deserve? 25x? 30x? 40x? UnderArmour has a 30% CAGR and it trades at 65x earnings. Our point here is that if the consensus is as wrong as we think it is on the earnings trajectory, then it will be equally wrong on the multiple. 25x = $275. 30x = $330. 40x (which seems like a stretch) = $440. Yes, that’s 4.5 yrs out, but even discounted [30x $11 = $330) back by 15% over 4-years and you get about $190 today.  You want to use an earnings number closer in? We’re at $6.25 in 2016. The Street is at $3.76. Let’s keep the current 30x multiple, though we’d argue that we’ll see multiple expansion if numbers are going up that high. That suggests a $188 price in about a year and a half.  This stock is headed a lot higher.

 

All of that said, we fully acknowledge that the slope of a multi-year earnings growth story is not linear – especially for an early-cycle transformational story like this.  There will definitely be some bumps in the road along the way, but we simply don’t think that the quarter to be reported after the close on September 10 will be one of those bumps. The way we see it, RH is in an enviable position in that it could print a number as high as $0.77 if it so chooses (compared to the Street at $0.64) without borrowing from investment dollars that should otherwise be spent to fuel the long-term plan. 

 

Here’s a look at some key line items – and a little stress-test on where we could be wrong.

 

Revenue: We are at $468 for the quarter, ~3.5% above the top end of guidance and consensus. There’s a few important factors to consider here.

1) First off, remember that two points of growth were pulled forward into 1Q. That’s in our estimates.

2) This is the first full quarter where the Flatiron store in NYC will be pulled out of the comp base. That’s meaningless as it relates to Sales contribution. In fact, the store is a positive for the top line because the newly renovated store can begin to boost revenue. But it is the most productive store in the whole fleet (we think it accounts for 5-7% of sales) and it will no longer be part of the reported ‘comp’.  We think we have this accounted for properly, but if our 21% comp proves wrong, we think this is the most likely factor.

3) The late source book launch this year, shallow inventory buy to support the product refresh, and extended fulfillment windows could push revenue for orders booked in 2Q into 3Q. Similar to last year where the 2Q brand comp of 29% was bookended by a 40% brand comp in 1Q and 38% brand comp in 3Q. We think we have this factored into our model appropriately, but it is a part of the model where we could revenue shift between 2Q and 3Q.

4) We think that the on-line business looks solid. Based on the strength we’ve seen in our e-commerce index over the past few months, it is clear that RH is drawing a lot of incremental interest to its web site. This synchs with the timing of its sourcebook, so it is to be expected from where we sit. But the company is clearly executing well in driving its online strategy in conjunction with selling product in physical stores.

RH – Key Thoughts Ahead of The Print - RH chart1 MUV

RH – Key Thoughts Ahead of The Print - RH chart2 QUV

 

Gross Margin: This is the area where we’re probably the most aggressive in our model, with a 200bp improvement vs last year. A couple points…

1) Last year margins were down 250bp due to significant pricing actions, and we don’t think RH is anywhere near as aggressive this year.

2) A quick point on Order Fulfilment:  RH does not get paid by customers until the product is delivered. As such, Fulfillment is the key to revenue recognition. We think the company is in a much better position this year to fulfill orders than LY for two reasons. a) Inventories are in a much better position to meet demand headed in to 2Q. The sales to inventory spread (sales growth – inventory growth) was -11% in 1Q14 compared to +3% in 1Q13. b) The company has added over 1.2mm sq. ft. in DC square footage, an increase of over 30% since 2Q13. That should help alleviate some of the shipping bottlenecks attributed to the once per year product refresh.

3) Dead Rent will start to be an issue. It should not start to deleverage occupancy until 3Q, but these deals are definitely in constant flux. We wouldn’t be shocked in the least to see it opportunistically take control of certain properties earlier than expected to give it room with construction. This shows up entirely in COGS. But to illustrate, a property line Denver/Cherry Creek will be about $2mm in rent per year. An extra quarter is $500k, or about a penny a share.

 

SG&A: Not a ton of moving parts here. We have SG&A growing at 20% this quarter, a rate that we have accelerating throughout the year as the real estate plan plays out and the company laps its change in Source Book strategy. Our math suggests that RH will spend an extra $52mm this year on its 3,200 page Source Book, but that will be amortized over a 12-month time period. Most of the year-over-year increase will be recognized in the back half of the year. One thing that’s worth noting is that we’re only modeling 54bps of SG&A leverage. That’s the smallest SG&A leverage rate RH will have achieved since 3Q11. In other words, we think our estimate is on the conservative side.

 

Sentiment Considerations

We think that sentiment factors are checking out for RH. Consider that the stock popped on the last earnings print but has actually traded down 12.2% since the June 30 peak, compared to a 2.4% gain for the S&P. In fact, our Sentiment Monitor looks abysmal for RH. This combines both sell side ratings and short interest, and the simple fact is that Sentiment for RH has never been worse. It is almost entirely driven by elevated short interest, which stands at 7.4mm shares – an all-time high. It’s up modestly since RH priced its convert, which makes sense as people buy the convertible and simultaneously short the equity. But the fact remains that 20.7% of the float is currently short. We’ll take the other side of that. In addition…

  • When Williams-Sonoma guided down for 2H, it definitely sucked some of the air out of the momentum sail for RH. RH lost 6.8% since the WSM miss – even though most of the factors were WSM-specific.
  • Though not a traditional peer, RH traded down when Kate Spade put up an otherwise spectacular quarter, but the stock was crushed due to a poorly communicated message regarding long-term outlook. Our sense is that from a PM’s perspective, these names are pretty much in the same bucket. Consumer discretionary, momentum, significant operational leverage, high multiple. We had several calls that week from people afraid that RH was going to be the next KATE.

 

RH – Key Thoughts Ahead of The Print - RH chart3 sentiment

 

RH – Key Thoughts Ahead of The Print - RH chart4 financials 


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Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough talks to Seeking Alpha Contributor and Spruce Point Capital's Ben Axler about Axler's high conviction short idea, iRobot. It's the first video of a partnership between Hedgeye and Seeking Alpha.

(This is the opinion of Ben Axler of Spruce Point Capital and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Hedgeye Risk Management).

 

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CARTOON

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The Best of This Week From Hedgeye - EuroBurn 9.4.14

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