KATE: Adding Kate Spade to Investing Ideas

Takeaway: We are adding Kate Spade (KATE) to Investing Ideas.

Please note that we are adding Kate Spade to Investing Ideas today. 

KATE: Adding Kate Spade to Investing Ideas - z ks

According to Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough:


I've been waiting, very patiently, for a risk management signal to line up with Brian McGough's research view on Kate Spade. 


KATE is finally signaling immediate-term TRADE oversold.


Here's Brian's latest research view:


Conclusion. We’re all-in on KATE at current levels. All along, we’ve pointed to a $70-$80 value. The stock is off 26% over the past month, due to sentiment concerns around 'the space' (KORS is off 27%), but our fundamental outlook has not changed one bit. The business remains very strong, we think that comps are accelerating into the double digits in 2Q, and we think that KATE’s margin guidance for this year will prove conservative. Ultimately we think that numbers this year are 15% too low – a delta that widens to 35% next year, and to 50%+ by 2018 when we think KATE has $3.00 in earnings power. Using decelerating multiples as growth accelerates and the P&L matures gets us 55% upside in a year and a 2-3-bagger by 2018. If we see the typical 'peak multiple on peak earnings' that retail knows so well, then a $100+ stock by year 3 is not out of the question.


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McCullough on Industrials: Just Terrible

In this brief excerpt from today’s edition of The Macro Show, Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough explains how slowing global growth has impacted Industrials and Transports stocks (and not in a good way.)


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Beware: Germany Is Not Out Of The Rough Waters Yet

The German DAX is broken from a trend perspective; it would have to get back above 11,741 to reverse this. Currently the DAX has immediate downside risk to 10,770.


Whether or not you believe the Greeks are going to get something done, it's important to remember that the entire free world of market participants are long the concept of the next central plan having upside as oppose to downside – but what happens if they don’t get it done?!


From here the asymmetry is to the downside. You can buy Germany, but you don’t have a lot of upside vs. downside.


Beware: Germany Is Not Out Of The Rough Waters Yet - z dax 06.25.15 chart


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GIS | Continuing to Make the Tough Calls

Takeaway: We don’t believe this should be a sign that times are still bad at GIS.

GIS | Continuing to Make the Tough Calls - Chart 1


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General Mills announced today, the approval of Project Compass, a restructuring plan designed to enable growth in the International segment, which will start in Q1 FY16. Very similar to Project Catalyst, which took place over about six months in FY15 in the U.S. based business in cutting approximately 800 positions. As part of this initiative management expects to cut 675 to 725 positions.


These restructuring actions are expected to be completed by early fiscal 2017, and will generate approximately $45 to $50 million, with approximately $25 to $30 million of cost savings being realized in fiscal 2016.


We don’t believe this should be a sign that times are still bad at GIS. With Project Catalyst recently ending in February, the organization simply needed time to digest learnings and then implement the initiatives across the broader organization. Albeit small in actual dollars, management continues to impress us with their willingness to make the tough calls that are necessary to succeed.


Next steps to a fundamental turnaround are growing the cereal category, continuing to innovate on the brands, and acquire some growth along the way.

Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery?

Conclusion: Household consumption growth is carrying the U.S. economy – for now. We do not think that is sustainable and reiterate our call for the YoY rate of change in domestic economic growth to slow throughout the balance of the year.


With the advent of this morning’s personal income and spending data, the U.S. economy is suddenly looking much better than it had been trending – particularly in YoY rate-of-change terms.


Specifically, real personal consumption expenditures growth accelerated in May on a MoM, YoY and 2Y Average basis as the savings rate ticked down -30bps. These are good numbers and we’d be both remiss and intellectually dishonest to suggest otherwise.


With respect to how our predictive tracking algorithm contextualizes the data, it is now accelerating on a sequential, trending and quarterly average basis:


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - REAL PCE


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - PERSONAL SAVINGS RATE


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - Personal Income   Spending 


The inflection in real PCE, which includes spending on goods and services and accounts for 69% of GDP, confirms the positive inflection in retail sales growth that we saw two weeks ago – specifically sales growth within the omnipotent control group that accounts for 24% of GDP.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - RETAIL SALES


One of the reasons we contextualize data in trending YoY rate-of-change terms is to have a consistent framework for incorporating new data in our Bayesian inference [modeling] process. It’s either accelerating or decelerating on a given duration of relevance – either monthly or quarterly or some meaningful combination of the two (e.g. a three-month moving average). The charts above and table below contextualize the output of this framework in the most succinct manner we can illustrate.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - U.S. Economic Summary Table


What you should glean from this table is the trending divergence between the [accelerating] consumption side of the economy and the [decelerating] investment, manufacturing and export side of the economy with the former essentially playing the role of Atlas – for now.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - DURABLE GOODS


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - CAPITAL GOODS


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - FACTORY ORDERS


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - MANUFACTURING PMI


With base effects steepening sharply in 2H15 and national retail gasoline prices up nearly +40% off their YTD lows, we question the suitability of any consumer-driven recovery in the absence of a material acceleration in wage growth.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - GDP COMPS


But as the following chart shows, you DO NOT want to see a material acceleration in wage growth if you’re in the camp that a recession would be bad for the capital market cycle. Wage growth peaks EXTREMELY late cycle, so the next acceleration (if any) may essentially sound the alarm on the next bear market.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - WAGE GROWTH


Moreover, trends in the services and composite PMI data (also released today) suggest domestic consumption growth took a material turn for the worse here in June – just as the aforementioned steepening of base effects would’ve predicted.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - SERVICES PMI


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - COMPOSITE PMI 


Broadening this discussion back to our process, the primary reason we focus on NSA YoY rate of change rather than the QoQ SAAR rate of change – besides the fact that the latter is extremely volatile and has become increasingly nonsensical – is because the YoY rate of change most closely resembles how most investors analyze companies and helps us translate what we are seeing with respect to top-down trends to what bottom-up analysts are seeing in corporate operating metrics.


Additionally, it affords us true apples-to-apples growth rate comparisons across cycles, whereas the QoQ SAAR figures are subject to ever-changing seasonal adjustment methods that distort the reliability of the data over time.


Narrowing this discussion back to this economic cycle, we expect headline (i.e. QoQ SAAR) growth to accelerate in 2Q15 to ~2.5% before bouncing around ~2% in 2H15. That sounds good when coming off a -0.2% contraction in 1Q15, but that nets out to a full-year growth rate of +2.2% YoY and nominal GDP growth of ~3% - which would be the slowest pace since 2009.


Expecting a Consumer-led Recovery? - UNITED STATES


Would you hike interest rates on that? If so, please email us why.


All told, the level of mischaracterization of domestic economic growth among market participants is fast approaching all-time highs, probably second only to mid-2009 when we were ragingly bullish amid a myriad of consensus "Great Depression" storytelling. But when you apply a repeatable, quantitative analytical framework to the discussion, navigating these macro risks becomes a little bit easier.


It's still not easy though!


Darius Dale


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