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ODP

Office Depot

$6.11

-0.06 (-0.97%)

, AMZN

Amazon.com

$989.84

-2.43 (-0.24%)

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Office Depot plunges with Amazon acknowledged as factor in downbeat results

Shares of Office Depot (ODP) are slipping after the company reported worse than expected quarterly results and said its Business Solutions unit remains under pressure as Amazon (AMZN) takes market share. RESULTS: This morning, Office Depot reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of 6c and revenue of $2.4B, both slightly below consensus of 8c and $2.44B, respectively. The company also said it continues to expect total company sales in 2017 to be lower than 2016, primarily due to the impact of planned store closures, prior year contract customer losses, continued challenging market conditions and returning to a 52-week fiscal year. However, Office Depot expects the rate of sales decline to improve in the second half of 2017 based on improvements in customer retention, implementation of new customer wins and growth from strategic business initiatives. AMAZON BUSINESS COMPETITION: During Office Depot's earnings call, CEO Gerry Smith acknowledged that "lots of companies are seeing specific competition from online retailers." "I think we are taking a different approach than other competitors, and we really think our integrated omnichannel approach will allow us to compete longer term," he added. Meanwhile, the company's EVP and CFO Stephen Hare added that "Amazon Business is pulling away some business from our core customer base [...] That's a phenomenon that we are dealing with and that's also part of the sales change overall. But overtime our pace of wins should drive that number in a positive direction." STAYING ON THE SIDELINES: In a post-earnings research note, Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba reiterated a Hold rating on Office Depot and told investors that he sees no reason to become more constructive given current trends and management openly admitting Amazon Business is beginning to steal market share. The analyst noted that he thinks the upside potential and downside risk are "fairly well" balanced at current levels. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Office Depot have dropped over 25% to $4.57.

ODP

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$6.11

-0.06 (-0.97%)

AMZN

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-2.43 (-0.24%)

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ODP Office Depot
$6.11

-0.06 (-0.97%)

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LOOP
07/31/17
NO CHANGE
LOOP
Hold
Loop struggles to see long-term rationale for Office Depot buying Staples stores
After the New York Post said Staples (SPLS) has held talks to sell its 1,500 North American retail stores to Office Depot (ODP), Anthony Chukumba said he believes buying the stores would result in significant synergies for Office Depot and could make near-term sense, but he has a hard time understanding the long-term strategic rationale to "double down" on the secularly declining retail business. Any short-term benefits would be more than offset by the negative long-term implications, believes Chukumba, who keeps a Hold rating on Office Depot shares.
07/12/17
LOOP
07/12/17
NO CHANGE
LOOP
Hold
Office Depot LBO potential doesn't offer significant upside, says Loop Capital
After the recent agreement struck by Staples (SPLS) to go private, Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba examined the leveraged buyout potential of peer Office Depot (ODP). He estimates that a takeover by a private equity sponsor at $7 per share would generate "acceptable, but not awesome" returns, which he concludes provides some level of downside protection but not a significant amount of upside potential for Office Depot shares. Chukumba keeps a Hold rating on Office Depot.
04/04/17
KEYB
04/04/17
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Staples would be of interest to PE buyers, says KeyBanc
Following The Wall Street Journal report that Staples (SPLS) is exploring a sale and holding talks with possible private equity bidders, KeyBanc analyst Bradley Thomas said he believes the company would be of interest given its strong free cash flow generation and recent actions taken to make its operations more streamlined. Additionally, the rise of Amazon's (AMZN) delivery segment could provide the "silver lining" of making another attempt at a combination of Staples and Office Depot (ODP) possible, Thomas tells investors.
01/30/17
LOOP
01/30/17
NO CHANGE
LOOP
Hold
Loop says Office Depot CEO pick positive, but doesn't change fundamentals
Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba said he views Office Depot's appointment of Gerry Smith as CEO as a positive given his strong technology background and the fact that the hiring reduces senior management uncertainty. However, this one appointment does not eliminate management uncertainty completely and does not change the company's fundamental outlook, said Chukumba, who keeps a Hold rating on the shares.
AMZN Amazon.com
$989.84

-2.43 (-0.24%)

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INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Amazon.com (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), and Facebook (FB) were reinstated with a Buy at Mizuho, while eBay (EBAY) and Twitter (TWTR) were reinstated with an Underperform. 2. Broadridge (BR) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson. 3. Brighthouse Financial (BHF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays. 4. Akcea Therapeutics (AKCA) WAS initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital and Cowen, an Outperform at Wells Fargo, as well as a Buy at Stifel. 5. Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Raytheon (RTN) were initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley, while Northrop Grumman (NOC) was initiated with an Equal Weight, and General Dynamics (GD) was initiated with an Underweight at the firm. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
08/08/17
08/08/17
INITIATION
Target $1250

Buy
Amazon.com reinstated with a Buy at Mizuho
As previously reported, Mizuho analyst James Lee reinstated Amazon with a Buy rating, stating that he sees the next pillar of growth likely coming from advertising through voice search to allow brands to sell directly to consumers. The analyst, who sees Amazon having many levers to harness its monetization potential, set a $1,250 price target on the stock.
08/08/17
MKMP
08/08/17
NO CHANGE
Target $1275
MKMP
Buy
Amazon price target raised to $1,275 from $1,095 at MKM Partners
MKM Partners analyst Rob Sanderson raised his revenue outlook for Amazon.com, noting that units fulfilled are growing much faster than commerce revenue and subscription revenue growth, a proxy for Prime adoption, grew by over 50% again in Q2. While he does not expect Amazon will generate meaningful profits anytime soon, he also believes investors have become "very comfortable" with the company's continued investments. Until investors can see a limit on growth opportunities, revenue growth and share gain will matter more than profitability, said Sanderson, who raised his price target on Amazon shares to $1,275 from $1,095.
08/08/17
WELS
08/08/17
NO CHANGE
WELS
Food distributors outlook positive into June quarter results, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that sentiment on the food distributors has deteriorated due to worries about inflation and Amazon's (AMZN)possible entry into the space. However, the firm thinks that inflation is "a net positive" for the sector, while the three largest companies in the sector look set to benefit from share gains and M&A accretion. Wells is most upbeat on US Foods (USFD)and Sysco (SYY), citing reductions in their valuation and their efforts to increase volume and margins. Wells thinks the stocks have reached attractive entry points as it believes that investors are exaggerating the Amazon threat. It keeps Outperform ratings on US Foods and Sysco.

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