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Kohl's Corp. (NYSE:KSS) is scheduled to report its Q2 2012 results on Thursday, August 9, 2012, before the market opens. The Street expects EPS and revenue of $0.96 and $4.23B, respectively.

In this article, I will recap the historical results of the company, its latest EPS estimates vs. surprises, the latest news from Kohl's, and the news from its closest competitors.

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Recent EPS Actuals vs. Estimates

Kohl's has met or beaten analysts' estimates in the last four quarters. In the last quarter, it reported $0.63 EPS, beating analysts' estimates of $0.61.

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The consensus EPS estimate is $0.96 based on 20 analysts' estimates, down from $1.08 a year ago. Revenue estimates are $4.23B, just below $4.25B from a year ago. Analysts' median target price for the stock is $56.00.

Average recommendation: Overweight

Source: Marketwatch

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

  • On April 10, 2012, UBS initiated a Neutral rating for the company.

Latest News

  • On May 31, 2012, Kohl's Corporation announced that it now expects second quarter 2012 comparable store sales to be modestly negative.
  • On May 10, 2012, Kohl's Corporation announced that for the second quarter of 2012, it expects earnings of $0.96 to $1.02 per diluted share. The guidance is based on total sales growth of 2% to 3% and comparable store sales growth of flat to 1%, and includes expected second quarter share repurchases of $250 million.
  • On March 8, 2012, Kohl's Corporation announced that it has opened eight new stores, creating approximately 1,000 new jobs nationwide. In total, the company operates 1,134 stores in 49 states.
  • On February 23, 2012, Kohl's Corporation issued its initial guidance for fiscal 2012. Based on assumptions of a total sales increase of 4.5% and a comparable store sales increase of 2%, the company expected earnings per diluted share (NYSEARCA:EPS) of $4.75. For the first fiscal quarter, the company expected earnings per diluted share of $0.60 based on assumptions of a total sales increase of 3% and a comparable store sales increase of 1%. According to I/B/E/S estimates, analysts were expecting the company to report EPS of $4.95 for fiscal 2012; EPS of $0.77 for the first quarter of 2012.

Competitors

J. C. Penney (NYSE:JCP), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), Macy's (NYSE:M), Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD), and The TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) are peers for comparison for Kohl's, and the table below provides the key metrics for these companies and the industry:

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The chart below compares the stock price changes as a percentage for the selected companies for the last one year period:

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Competitors' Latest Developments

  • On August 2, 2012, Nordstrom, Inc. announced that for the second quarter of 2012, it expects same-store sales to increase in the low-single-digit range.
  • On July 23, 2012, Reuters reported that J.C. Penney Company Inc raised $248 million by selling part of its stake in a Simon Property Group Inc unit.
  • On July 10, 2012, Reuters reported that J. C. Penney Company Inc. announced another 350 job cuts at its Plano, Texas headquarters, completing a reorganization of its home office designed to help it bring costs in line with those of rivals.
  • On July 5, 2012, Macy's Inc. reaffirmed fiscal 2012 guidance and expects same store sales to rise by approximately 3.7%, with earnings per diluted share in the range of $3.25 to $3.30. According to I/B/E/S Estimates, analysts were expecting the company to report EPS of $3.37 for fiscal 2012.
  • On July 5, 2012, TJX Companies Inc. raised second quarter of 2013 and fiscal 2013 guidance. The company expects second quarter 2013 earnings per share in the range of $0.52-$0.53 and EPS of $2.31-$2.39 for fiscal 2013.
  • On June 6, 2012, Nordstrom, Inc. announced that for fiscal 2012, it expects a 50% to 60% increase in sales. The company reported revenue of $9.31 billion for fiscal 2011.
  • On May 31, 2012, TJX Companies Inc. announced that with above-plan sales in May, it now expect second quarter 2013 earnings per share to be at the high end of previously estimated range of $0.47-$0.50.
  • On May 18, 2012, Macy's Inc. announced that it declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share on Macy's common stock, payable July 2, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2012.
  • On May 17, 2012, Sears Holdings Corp. announced that its Board of Directors has approved plans to pursue a partial spin-off of interest in Sears Canada Inc. Holdings, which currently owns approximately 95% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sears Canada, expects to distribute common shares of Sears Canada held by Holdings on a pro rata basis to holders of Holdings' common stock such that following the spin-off, Holdings will retain approximately 51% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sears Canada.
  • On May 15, 2012, J. C. Penney Company Inc. reaffirmed fiscal 2012 earnings guidance and expects earnings per share of $2.16 per share, which excludes non-cash qualified pension expenses, restructuring charges and markdown reserves as the company transitions its merchandise assortment.
  • On May 15, 2012, TJX Companies Inc. announced that for the second quarter of 2013, it expects diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.47 to $0.50. For fiscal 2013, it is raising its guidance for diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $2.27 to $2.37. According to I/B/E/S Estimates, analysts are expecting the company to report EPS of $0.51 for the second quarter of 2013.
  • On May 10, 2012, Nordstrom, Inc. announced that for fiscal 2012, it expects earnings per diluted share in the range of $3.30 to $3.45 and same-store sales to increase 4% to 6%.
  • On May 9, 2012, Macy's Inc. announced that it continues to expect same-store sales to grow by approximately 3.5% for the remainder of fiscal 2012. When added to the first quarter's reported results, same-store sales growth for fiscal 2012 as a whole now is expected to be approximately 3.7% -- slightly higher than previous guidance for a same-stores sales increase of approximately 3.5% in fiscal 2012.

Technical Overview


Kohl's has a market capitalization of $12.47B, and is currently trading at $52.02 with a 52 week range of $42.14 - $56.66. The stock's year-to-date performance has been 6.88%. It is currently trading above 20, 50 and 200 SMA.

Sources: Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, Marketwatch, Finviz, Reuters.

Source: Earnings Preview: Kohl's