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Ulta Beauty

$238.97

2.31 (0.98%)

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Ulta Beauty raises FY16 EPS growth view to mid-20% range

As a result of the better than expected performance in the third quarter to date, the Company is also raising its previously announced fiscal 2016 guidance. For the full year, the Company plans to achieve comparable sales growth of approximately 12% to 14%, including the impact of the e-commerce business, compared to previous guidance of 11% to 13%. The Company expects to deliver earnings per share growth in the mid-twenties percentage range, compared to previous guidance of low to mid-twenties percentage range, including the impact of the new Dallas distribution center, the rollout of prestige brand boutiques, the accelerated share repurchase program, and continued open market share repurchases. FY16 EPS consensus is $6.23. The Company is also confirming its outlook for the business to deliver earnings per share growth in the low twenties percentage range for fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019, despite growing from a much larger base compared to initial expectations when the strategic plan was communicated in 2014. The Company is raising its view of long term comparable sales growth and now expects to drive strong 7% to 9% comparable sales growth for this period from 2017 to 2019, compared to previous guidance of 5% to 7% long term comparable growth. The Company reaffirms its expectation to deliver approximately 200 basis points of operating margin expansion from 2016 levels, to reach its mid-teens operating margin target by the end of fiscal 2019.

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ULTA Ulta Beauty
$238.97

2.31 (0.98%)

08/24/16
BARD
08/24/16
NO CHANGE
Target $300
BARD
Outperform
Ulta Beauty price target raised to $300 from $280 at Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager raised his price target on Ulta Beauty to $300 from $280 in anticipation of solid Q2 trends, including comps and earnings that he expects to be at least in line with consensus expectations. The analyst believes the Ulta growth story remains underappreciated by the market and that its strong management justifies its premium valuation. Altschwager reiterated his Outperform rating on Ulta Beauty shares.
08/26/16
DBAB
08/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $280
DBAB
Hold
Ulta Beauty price target increased to $280 from $225 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker said Ulta Beauty reported a "terrific" quarter by "almost any measure," but noted that expectations for the retailer have become so high that in-line to slightly better result likely aren't a major positive catalyst for the stock at current levels. Baker raised his price target on Ulta shares to $280 from $225 but keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
08/26/16
COWN
08/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $286
COWN
Outperform
Ulta Beauty weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen said the Street's high expectations for Ulta Beauty were likely already priced into the shares, so he recommends buying the shares on the post-earnings weakness. The analyst was most encouraged by the high same-store sales and gross margins improvement. Chen reiterates his Outperform rating and raised his price target to $286 from $265 on Ulta Beauty shares.
10/11/16
BARD
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $305
BARD
Outperform
Ulta Beauty risk/reward attractive ahead of investor day, says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager previewed Ulta Beauty's investor day and said the recent pullback in the shares has lead to an attractive risk/reward for investors. The analyst expects management's tone to be upbeat, for them to update progress on long term goals, and for them to clarify revenue/unit potential, margin drivers, and supply chain initiatives. Altschwager reiterated his Outperform rating and $305 price target on Ulta Beauty shares.

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