The Economic Data calendar for the week of the 20th of April through the 24th of April is full of critical releases and events. Here is a snapshot of some of the headline numbers that we will be focused on.
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Hedgeye Director Of Research Daryl Jones shares the top three things in CEO Keith McCullough's macro notebook this morning.
Takeaway: We think that this summer’s preannouncement calendar is setting up to be particularly robust. Update on math for NKE NBA deal - UA impact.
Preannouncement Season -- Three Months Away
Conclusion: Yesterday we updated and emailed our SIGMA deck for about 100 companies, (Ping us if you would like a copy). The number of companies screening short is nearly 3x what we usually see. We think that it’s game-time for picking stocks in this group. Earnings matter more than ever. We need to manage risk ahead of what will likely be a busy preannouncement season this summer. We’ll be back with changes to our Idea List and Bench after vetting the tickers below appropriately.
As background, in this analysis we triangulate the P&L and balance sheet to hone in on which companies are likely to beat on the Gross Margin line, and of course…which companies are going to miss. Over time, the relationship between this analysis and stock moves is just over 90%.
In running this analysis for the group, we typically find that roughly 10% of the stocks fall onto our Long screen, with another 10% Short. This quarter, however, we’re looking at about 20% screening Long, and just over 30% Short. Tickers are as follows… (particularly notable callouts are bold and underlined)
Positive: AMZN, ADIDAS, BEBE, BGFV, CAB, CACH, CHS, COH, CRI, DG, GMAN, HD, INDITEX, KORS, LOW, MW, OXM, RH, SPLS, SSI, TFM, TPX, UA, URBN, WMT, ZQK
Negative: AMER Sports, APP, BBW, BBBY, BKS, COST, DDS, ETH, FIVE, FINL, FL, FOSL, GIL, GPS, HBI, H&M, JCP, JWN, KSS, NILE, NKE, PIR, RL, ROST, SHOO, SKX, SUMR, WSM, ULTA, TUMI, TIF, Fast Retailing
Industry Trend: The retail group in aggregate ended the fourth quarter in the sweet spot – sales growing faster than inventories, and margins up y/y. We know, that’s old news. When earnings season kicks off in earnest next week, we’ll see this position hold – which absolutely needs to happen with the group at 22x earnings and 9.5x EBITDA (peak, by a long shot). It is very rare that we see the group hold the upper right quadrant for more than two quarters – meaning that there’s likely risk to either a) guidance with the upcoming round of earnings reports, b) earnings misses when 2Q earnings hit in July, or c) multiple compression in anticipation of slowing earnings growth. We think that this summer’s preannouncement calendar will be particularly robust.
NKE, UA, AdiBok - Nike near deal for NBA uniform rights
Takeaway: There is not a chance that Nike let's this NBA deal slip through its fingers. Nike couldn't care less about Adidas or Reebok as a threat to its basketball franchise. But the thought of UnderArmour securing the NBA deal likely has Nike quaking in its boots. That's why there's almost no chance Nike loses it. Consider the math. The deal is now for about $36mm/yr. Let's say the new deal comes in at $45mm per year, that's just 4.5% of NKE's existing endorsement budget, for UA it's 50%. That's actually not too far above what Kevin Plank had Board approval to pay for Kevin Durant before Nike outbid them (near $30mm). But make no mistake, if Nike had to pay $100mm for this deal, we think it would. If UA was smart, it would push the bidding as high as possible to potentially dislocate marketing dollars that Nike would otherwise spend elsewhere.
Carlyle Group eyes retail and CPG world with Walmart exec on team
Sneaker Makers Train Their Eyes on Fashion
TJX - TJ Maxx Now Sells Plus-Size Clothing On Its Website
TGT - Lilly Pulitzer for Target Pop-Up Opens in Bryant Park
JWN - Nordstrom Partners With Italian Trade Commission
Macerich Shareholders Threaten Lawsuit
SRSC - Sears Canada CEO says more store closures possible
Do It Best relaunches ecommerce site
DSW - U.S. shoe giant DSW sticks to big-box format as it plans to double presence in Canada
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China has been very topical this week, Chinese equities had another strong day today up 2.2%. We continue to believe that cyclical headwinds will weigh on Chinese growth. Chase the A-shares at your own risk.
There will be no debt deal for Greece by April 24th when the Eurogroup meets. Banks abroad have been told to exit their Greek debt holdings and neighboring banks have reduced exposure to Greek banks...clearly a lot of preparation for some sort of Greek default.
OPEC reported that its March production jumped 810,000 bpd to 30.79 million bpd. The International Energy Agency also reported a surge in OPEC production to 31 million bpd, which it said could delay a tightening in the global market. CLICK HERE to watch Director of Research Daryl Jones discusses the three biggest bearish data points on oil for both intermediate and long-term durations.
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Manitowoc (MTW) is splitting the business into two companies. While the crane business receives the most attention in part due to its cyclicality and because they are well, more noticeable, Manitowoc’s other business, Foodservice equipment, is the larger of the two in terms of operating income (60% vs. 40% for Cranes). Several indicators are pointing towards upward momentum for MTW’s Foodservice business. Restaurant same store sales have benefitted since the drop in oil prices. Furthermore, an indicator by the National Restaurant Association, RPI Capital Expenditures Index, has surged recently in part due to lower fuel prices driving restaurant traffic and restaurant owners’ outlook.
iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB) is a great way to play our long housing call. The housing data was again strong in the latest week with Pending Home Sales, HPI and Purchase Demand all accelerating to close out March. Pending Home Sales rose +3.1% sequentially in February with signed contract activity up a remarkable +12% YoY, taking the index to a new 19-month high. Mortgage Purchase Applications – the most real-time, high frequency housing demand indicator - rose +5.7% WoW on the back of last week’s +4.9% advance and accelerated to +7.6% on a year-over-year basis. HPI: The Case-Shiller 20-city series showed home prices grew +4.6% year-over-year in January. A stabilization/inflection in home price growth is important as housing related equity performance tracks the slope of home price growth strongly.
It was another week of declining long-term yields getting you paid on the long-side of Low-volatility Long Bonds (TLT). To reiterate our view over the longer-term, we pin a good chance the U.S. Dollar will reach new highs ($120 anyone?) with the probably of long-term Treasury yields reaching all-time lows very much in play.
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Norman Vincent Peale
Based on a study conducted by YouGov in August 2013, 6% of Americans don’t know how to ride a bike.
Takeaway: We’re hosting a flash call today at 11am EST to run through the activist playbook on PNRA.
We believe changes Panera’s business model will significantly enhance the margins, returns, and overall earnings power of the company. We put the baseline earnings power of the company between $8-10 per share and the implied stock price between $240-300.
Wednesday night, Panera announced in a press release that its Board of Directors approved an increase to the company’s share repurchase program to $750 million. The company expects to repurchase $500 million over the next twelve months. The release also highlighted the progress that Panera is making in its previously announced refranchising initiative. The company has entered letters of intent to sell 73 cafes and is expected to reach its refranchising goal by year end (50-150 cafes). This initiative, which is expected to be accretive to earnings, was reflected in management’s 2015 EPS guidance.
On March 3, 2015 we penned an open letter to CEO Ron Shaich detailing our activist playbook on the company:
In this letter, we recommended five steps he should consider taking in order to unlock significant shareholder value:
We look forward to further articulating these recommendations on the call today.
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