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Takeaway: We're launching our first 'Idea Vetting Book' next week, which will thoroughly vet the bull/bear case (and ultimate EPS power) for KORS.

NEW HEDGEYERETAIL PRODUCT

On Thursday, May 7th at 1:00pm ET we will be releasing a new product for HedgeyeRetail subscribers aimed at Idea generation around battleground stocks in Retail, or those that simply pass through our initial Idea screening process and make it to our Idea Bench. These “Idea Vetting Books” are distinctly different from the Black Books you’ve come to expect from us (and should still expect from us in the same quantity). 

While Black Books are focused around our top ideas, the Vetting Books will go through all financial and operational puts and takes across TRADE, TREND, and TAIL durations sourced from a group of roughly 125 stocks. We don’t know where we’ll come out on a given name until the very end of our process – and in some cases, the answer might be that ‘the call’ is to do nothing with the stock. But we’ll explain in detail precisely why that is the case. This is and has been a core part of our internal investment process in sourcing what we consider to be Big Ideas, and with this product, we’re opening it up to our customers.

VETTING BOOK #1: MICHAEL KORS (KORS)

Next Thursday’s Vetting Book will be focused around Michael Kors (KORS). The name recently found its way onto our Long bench, after losing $8bn, or 40% of its market value over the past 12-months. How we see it, this name is likely a binary outcome. At $63 it appears to be trading at 14x earnings, but it’s probably not. The ‘e’ part of the equation is wrong. Either the company hits/beats earnings and the stock goes up meaningfully, or numbers come down materially, and the stock looks expensive at a much lower stock price. We’ll focus on vetting the near-term earnings drivers, long-term opportunity for growth as well as the cost of that growth, and ultimately, what the right size and margin structure is for KORS.

We’ll be hosting a conference call at 1:00 pm ET on Thursday, May 7th.

CALL INFO WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THE WEEK OF MAY 4th.