Preliminary Q1 results from Delhaize Group (DEG) send the shares up 9% premarket. The Belgian food retailer says revenues for Q1 rose 2.1% and U.S. comps growth came in at 1.9%. Operating margins and EBITDA rose 0.4% Y/Y and 7.1% Y/Y respectively. The company sees operating profits of $1.01B for the full year.
Shares of Supervalu (SVU -7.7%) trade lower in what could be a reaction to chatter that Wal-Mart (WMT) will unveil more details about a plan to expand its small stores concept at an investor meeting tomorrow. Although Wal-Mart's ambitions for mini-stores in large metropolitan areas appears to be only small in scope at the moment, it could still be of concern to grocery stores in the future. Watching the trend: KR, SWY, WFM, DEG.
It's not a 2-for-1 split, Supervalu (SVU) actually trades 47% lower after bombing with its earnings report. Sell-side analysts are taking a beating in the Twittersphere after the retailer's free cash flow yield and M&A potential stoked positive comments over the last few months, while (as expected) collateral damage in the sector is playing out. SWY -9.0%, KR -3.3%, WFM -1.2%, DEG -2.7%, HTSI -1.6%.
Delhaize (DEG) plans to cut 5K jobs and close more stores in the U.S. and Europe in moves that it says will shave 2.4% off of revenue this year. The grocery store operator expects to take a €120M ($152M) charge in Q4 related to the store closing on the U.S. side of the pond. Shares off 7.4% in Brussels trading, down 8.6% premarket in U.S.
Delhaize (Baa3/BBB-) DEG - will pursue acquisition opportunities and reiterates 2010 forecast. Expect more of this activity going forward.
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Delhaize Group SA is a food retailing company. Its primary store format consists of food supermarkets. Its store network also includes other store formats such as proximity stores, cash and carry and specialty stores.