Chico's FAS, Inc.NYSE
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  • Fri, Nov. 25, 11:57 AM
    • KeyBanc calls Amazon (AMZN -0.1%) and Wal-Mart (WMT +0.7%) early winners of the Black Friday shopping period based on channel checks.
    • The investment firm confirms other reports that mall traffic is light. Within the mall sector, Lululemon (LULU +0.2%), Victoria's Secret (NYSE:LB) and Gaps (GPS -1.4%) are called outperformers - while concerns are raised over Buckle (BKE +0.6%) and Vera Bradley (VRA +0.8%).
    • Cowen also sees Wal-Mart as a winner. Pink (LB) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO +0.2%) are also doing wel, according to analyst Olivia Chen.
    • MKM Partners has an eye on margins. The combination of "virtually all" retailers offering broad discounts on store assortment and a low level of inventory heading into the shopping period is striking.
    • FBR Capital reiterates the broad theme that online sales are diluting Black Friday store traffic. Despite the overhang - Carter's (CRI +0.2%), Hanesbrands (HBI -0.3%), Chico's (CHS +0.7%) and Children's Place (PLCE +1.3%) are called out by FBR as standouts.
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    | Fri, Nov. 25, 11:57 AM | 11 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 10:01 AM
    • Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) is up 11% after delivering a solid quarter that included an increase in Family Dollar acquisition benefits.
    • Burlingon Stores (NYSE:BURL) races 15% higher after its Q3 results topped expectations.
    • DSW (DSW +7.5%) and Chico's (CHS +7.3%) also turned in solid reports to round out the good cheer in the sector.
    • Other retailers on the move include Dollar General (DG +3.1%), Big Lots (BIG +3.8%), Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings (OLLI +1.9%), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO +3.5%), Five Below (FIVE +2.8%), and Fred's (FRED +1.8%).
    • Even the bigger chains are bringing in buyers, with Target (TGT +1.3%), Wal-Mart (WMT +1.5%), Staples (SPLS +1.8%) and Office Depot (ODP +3.2%) all ahead of broad market averages.
    • The general theme in the retail sector today is margin improvement as some merchandise and operational costs were shown to have been reeled in to improve profitability.
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 10:01 AM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 7:40 AM
    • Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS) declares $0.08/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 2.29%
    • Payable Dec. 19; for shareholders of record Dec. 5; ex-div Dec. 1.
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 7:40 AM
  • Tue, Nov. 22, 7:33 AM
    • Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS): Q3 EPS of $0.20 beats by $0.07.
    • Revenue of $596.91M (-6.9% Y/Y) misses by $13.92M.
    • Press Release
    | Tue, Nov. 22, 7:33 AM
  • Mon, Nov. 21, 5:30 PM
  • Mon, Nov. 14, 9:50 AM
    • Citi upgrades Chico's FAS (CHS +7.2%) to Buy from Neutral.
    • The investment firm pushes out the simplest thesis that Chico's will benefit from a post-election bump in consumer spending in the near term and potentially from GOP tax reform in the long term.
    • Shares of Chico's carved out a new 52-week high of $14.67.
    | Mon, Nov. 14, 9:50 AM
  • Fri, Oct. 7, 11:18 AM
    • Chico's FAS (CHS +2.6%) appoints Diane Ellis to president of the Chico's brand, effective November 1.
    • The company says Ellis will oversee all business activities for Chico's and will report directly to CEO Shelley Broader.
    • The exec has more than 35 years of retail experience and joins Chico's from The Limited, where she served as chief executive officer.
    • Source: Press Release
    | Fri, Oct. 7, 11:18 AM
  • Wed, Oct. 5, 11:11 AM
    • A number of chain store stocks are tracking higher after a number of positive economic reads came in this week. The rally is somewhat limited to apparel store names and specialty retailers.
    • Traders may be looking at data from ISM that indicated a solid jump in services sector activity.
    • Also yesterday, Redbook reported the first +1% increase in chain store sales since May and the National Retail Federation forecast a solid 3.6% gain in holiday sales.
    • Leading sector gainers include Ascena Retail Group (ASNA +7.1%), Chico's FAS (CHS +3.4%), Gap (GPS +3.4%), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF +2.2%), Stage Stores (SSI +3.6%), Boot Barn (BOOT +0.8%), Express (EXPR +2.1%), and Francesca's (FRAN +2%), Pier 1 Imports (PIR +6%), The Container Store (TCS +4.9%), Restoration Hardware (RH +2.1%), and Signet Jewelers (SIG +3.6%).
    | Wed, Oct. 5, 11:11 AM | 3 Comments
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  • Thu, Sep. 22, 8:31 AM
    • Aeropostale will keep 75 more stores after securing a reduction in rents from more landlords. The mall chain will now have 475 stores still operating in the U.S. at last count. a much higher than originally anticipated.
    • The unusual buyout of Aeropostale by Simon Properties, General Growth Properties, and Authentic Brands Group could be of interest to investors of other mall chains such as bebe stores (NASDAQ:BEBE), Destination XL Group (NASDAQ:DXLG), Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS), and Stage Stores (NYSEMKT:SSY).
    • Previously: Aeropostale to live on at malls (Sept. 16)
    | Thu, Sep. 22, 8:31 AM
  • Tue, Sep. 20, 11:35 AM
    • Apparel store stocks are trading soft after a brutal cut in guidance from Ascena Retail Group (ASNA -26%) cast a shadow over the group.
    • During Ascena's earnings call, CEO David Jaffe said a "highly competitive selling environment" and "significant store traffic headwinds" were tough to overcome.
    • Former bulls FBR, Oppenheimer, and RBC Capital Market all abandoned their positive ratings on Ascena. While no Wall Street firms were out with a Sell rating on Ascena this summer in front of the earnings dud, SA contributor Terrier Investing issued a warning in June.
    • Decliners today include Tilly's (TLYS -8%), Bebe Stores (BEBE -3.5%), Stage Stores (SSI -2%), Express (EXPR -2.1%), Chico's FAS (CHS -1.5%), and Destination XL Group (DXLG -1.7%).
    | Tue, Sep. 20, 11:35 AM
  • Fri, Sep. 9, 9:27 AM
    • A survey from William Blair indicates that teenagers and young adults have increased their visits to malls this year to reverse a multi-year trend.
    • In what may come as a surprise, teens ranked malls above movie theaters, restaurants, and sports clubs/extracurriculars as their most popular place to meet.
    • Despite the depressed levels of overall sales this year for mall retailers, the read on teens could be a possible indicator that the mall model will evolve and survive, instead of disappear.
    • "While overall mall traffic remains challenging, our survey this year noted a material increase in the number of respondents who indicated they are visiting malls more often than last year, perhaps suggesting that malls’ efforts to increase relevancy (through more experiential brands and the addition of attractive entertainment and dining options) are beginning to bear fruit," says Bernstein analyst Sharon Zackfia.
    | Fri, Sep. 9, 9:27 AM | 10 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 1, 5:25 AM
    • While Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS) appears to be the winner of the 'missy' space, sales results remain choppy. That doesn't seem to be changing.
    • CHS has taken steps to improve operational efficiency, which is effecting EPS positively. But actions seem defensive rather than offensive.
    • CHS's growth vehicle - Soma - will take 6-7 years to reach maturity, and comps are only slightly positive.
    • Closing underperforming Chico's and WH|BM stores does not appear to have had a positive effect on their comps - seemingly reflecting deeper structural issues.
    • Still, Citi bumps PT to $13 from $11; shares changed hands at $12.68 yesterday. Firm has CHS at Neutral.
    | Thu, Sep. 1, 5:25 AM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, Aug. 31, 12:45 PM
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  • Wed, Aug. 31, 9:54 AM
    • Shares of Chico's FAS (NYSE:CHS) are up 12.30% after the company topped estimates on both lines of its Q2 report.
    • Comparable sales were down 3.1% during the quarter, while gross margin as a percentage of sales fell 70 bps to 37.9%. Chico's ended the quarter with inventory of $235.64M.
    • Looking ahead, Chico's says an organizational redesign is expected to generate approximately $25M in annualized savings and help make the company more nimble.
    | Wed, Aug. 31, 9:54 AM
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