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Nike

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EU opens investigation into Dutch tax treatment of Nike

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether tax rulings granted by the Netherlands to Nike may have given the company an unfair advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU State aid rules. The Commission's formal investigation concerns the tax treatment in the Netherlands of two Nike group companies based in the Netherlands, Nike European Operations Netherlands BV and Converse Netherlands BV. Nike European Operations Netherlands BV and Converse Netherlands BV are only taxed in the Netherlands on a limited operating margin based on sales. At this stage, the Commission is concerned that the royalty payments endorsed by the rulings may not reflect economic reality. They appear to be higher than what independent companies negotiating on market terms would have agreed between themselves in accordance with the arm's length principle. In particular, a preliminary analysis of the companies' activities found that: Nike European Operations Netherlands BV and Converse Netherlands BV have more than 1,000 employees and are involved in the development, management and exploitation of the intellectual property. For example, Nike European Operations Netherlands BV actively advertises and promotes Nike products in the EMEA region, and bears its own costs for the associated marketing and sales activities. In contrast, the recipients of the royalty are Nike group entities that have no employees and do not carry out any economic activity. The Commission investigation will focus on whether the Netherlands' tax rulings endorsing these royalty payments may have unduly reduced the taxable base in the Netherlands of Nike European Operations Netherlands BV and Converse Netherlands BV since 2006. As a result, the Netherlands may have granted a selective advantage to the Nike group by allowing it to pay less tax than other stand-alone or group companies whose transactions are priced in accordance with market terms. If confirmed, this would amount to illegal State aid.

NKE Nike
$76.56

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Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Nike (NKE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC. 2. Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Edward Jones and to Buy from Neutral at UBS. 3. Wendy's (WEN) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer with analyst Brian Bittner saying his work reveals an "intriguing setup" as Street's earnings and free cash flow estimates through 2020 have reset to levels that create an improved scenario for meets or beats, same-store sales appear to have drivers to accelerate into 2019 against conservative sell-side forecasts of sub-2% perpetually, new international strategy could unlock faster-than-expected long-term unit growth, and valuation at about 8% free cash flow yield implies very attractive upside/downside case against a highly stable financial model. 4. Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc with analyst Brandon Nispel saying his data tracker suggests upside to Q4 revenue, decreasing the risk to a Q1 and 2019 guide below expectations. 5. Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird with analyst Jonathan Komp citing its relative valuation and strong backward looking indicators providing reason for optimism. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Nike (NKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird with analyst Jonathan Komp citing its relative valuation and concerns about its high P/E premium. 2. Oracle (ORCL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays with analyst Raimo Lenscho saying the competitive situation in the company's core database market and cloud is "not getting easier." 3. Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush. 4. Booking Holdings (BKNG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley and to Hold from Buy at Jefferies. 5. United Continental (UAL) downgraded to Underperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital while Delta Air Lines (DAL) was downgraded to In-Line from Outperform. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Nike upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
Needham analyst Rick Patel upgraded Nike to Buy with a price target of $85, saying the likelihood of "robust sales growth and margin expansion" from the company's "strategic initiatives" is increasingly clear. The analyst notes that Nike Direct is a particularly strong "sales driver", improving the company's revenue realized per user and also giving Nike the ability to "better engage customers with differentiated marketing." Patel also cites the company's growing focus on international, women's, and the wholesale channel segment opportunities leading to further new customer growth.

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