Wed, May 27, 10:58 AM
- Investment firms have issued positive comments on the decision by Nordstrom (JWN -1.2%) to sell its credit card portfolio to TD Bank.
- Cowen thinks the funds will go toward buybacks, dividends, and debt repayments in what should be shareholder-friendly moves.
- Morningstar calls the strategy by Nordstrom astute, but warns the impact from the sale may already be factored into the department store operator's share price.
- Previously: TD Bank and Nordstrom form strategic relationship (May. 26 2015)
Tue, May 26, 9:44 AM
- First off, TD Bank (TD -1.1%) is buying Nordstrom's (NYSE:JWN) existing U.S. Visa and private-label consumer credit card portfolio, currently totaling $2.2B in receivables. In addition, a separate long-term agreement will have TD become the exclusive U.S. issuer of Nordstrom-branded Visa and private-label consumer credit cards.
- The first deal is expected to close in H2. Nordstrom is in the process of figuring out what to do with the proceeds, but a share repurchase or dividend seems like a possibility.
- Source: Press Release
Thu, May 14, 4:37 PM
- Comparable store sales rose 4.4% for Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) in Q1, a mark that topped the level of several of its peers.
- Online sales were up 20% for the company during the quarter.
- Gross profit rate +7 bps to 35.9%.
- SG&A expense rate +141 bps to 31.2%.
- 2015 guidance: Revenue growth of 7% to 9% expected. EPS of $3.65-$3.80 vs. $3.79 consensus.
- JWN +0.2% after hours
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Wed, May 13, 9:02 AM
- Department store stocks are on watch after a disappointing Q1 report from Macy's and a weak read on the sector from the Department of Commerce with its April Retail Sales report.
- Department store sales fell 2.2% M/M and 5.1% Y/Y in April.
- Previously: Macy's -2.6% as sales come in light (May 13)
- Previously: Retail sales continue to slow (May 13)
- Related stocks: DDS, M, SSI, BONT, SHLD, JCP, KSS, JWN.
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- Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) faces accusations in a new lawsuit that millions of dollars have been diverted to the Nordstrom family through the use of jets and other perks.
- The legal action has been filed on behalf of the company and its shareholders against the Nordstrom clan which holds roughly 25% of the stock in the department store chain.
Sun, Apr. 12, 3:31 PM
- The elitist part of the fashion world needs a wake-up call over the exclusion of plus-sizes for many lines, according to a biting op-ed piece in The Business of Fashion penned by Nicolette Mason.
- "The largest problem is the fashion industry’s attachment to the idea that fashion should be protected for a hyper-privileged slice of the population," writes Mason.
- Many retail analysts think the industry is missing out on maximizing revenue due to its reluctance to pull away from the older ideas on what sells.
- Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:AF), Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL), and Prada (OTCPK:PRDSF, OTCPK:PRDSY) have been singled out in the past for missing the category.
- Some retail brands a step ahead in promoting plus-sized apparel include Target (NYSE:TGT), Lane Bryant (NASDAQ:ASNA), Old Navy (NYSE:GPS), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN), Torrid, Avenue Stores, and Cato (NYSE:CATO).
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Tue, Mar. 10, 9:34 AM
- Privately-owned Neiman Marcus reported revenue of $1.52B (+6%) in FQ2 and net earnings of $27.8M (-67%).
- Comparable-store sales rose 5.6% Y/Y during the period.
- The comp mark topped rivals Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) which came in at 4.7% and Macy's (NYSE:M) at 2.5%, although the quarters didn't line up precisely.
- Neiman Marcus FQ2 results (.pdf)
Fri, Mar. 6, 9:41 AM
- Nordstrom (JWN +0.3%) announces that its new store in Ontario is now open and sets a timetable for other stores in Canada.
- One more store will be opened this year, followed by two in 2016 and one for 2017.
- A successful launch could see the department store operator add to the expansion pace.
- Side effects: The entry of Nordstrom in Canada could raise the profile of Kate Spade (NYSE:KATE) in the nation due to the brand's prominent positioning in Nordstrom stores.
- Previously: Nordstrom knows how to do Canada: slow (Mar. 05 2015)
Thu, Mar. 5, 9:49 AM
- Nordstrom (JWN +1%) opens its second store in Canada tomorrow as the department chain takes a highly cautious approach to growth in the region.
- The company is losing money on the Canadian venture due to the tiny scale, but is gaining valuable insight into what works and what doesn't.
- The strategy is different than the roll-out blitz of Target and Sears which led to painful exits.
- The Nordstrom store in Calgary has generated more sales per square foot than the company average in the U.S.
- A launch of the Rack chain is expected in 2017.
Tue, Feb. 24, 11:23 AM
- Data from NPD Group confirms that athleisure and casualwear are providing the strongest growth in the fashion industry.
- Apparel sales growth was flat Y/Y in 2014 at $208.3B.
- Footwear sales +2% to $62B.
- Accessories +2% to $52.7B.
- Categories with strong demand included sports bras, polo/golf/rugby tops, children's footwear, sports jerseys, handbags, leggings, and jewelry accessories.
- NPD says an "underlying sense of rebellion" driven by millennials is a major factor in the sector.
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Nordstrom Inc operates as a fashion specialty retailer, with 290 U.S. stores located in 38 states as well as a robust e-commerce business through Nordstrom.com and HauteLook. It has two reportable segments: Retail and Credit.
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