L Brands (LB) Receives “Hold” Rating from Guggenheim

Guggenheim reiterated their hold rating on shares of L Brands (NYSE:LB) in a report issued on Thursday morning.

“We remain NEUTRAL rated. In March, total company comp sales increased 4%, or +2% excluding a 2% point benefit from an earlier Easter, ~in line with our +LSD expectations. The LB total comp increase of 4% (stores flat) included a 1% increase at Victoria’s Secret (stores -3%) and a 10% increase at Bath & Body Works (stores +9%). The company expects April comp sales results will be negatively impacted by 2-3% points from the Easter timing shift. For the total company, March sales increased 7% to $1.02bn. VS total comps increased 1% in March (stores -3%), decelerating m-o-m (+2% in Feb) despite benefits from an earlier Easter. VS comp growth was attributed to solid trends in Beauty and modest growth in Lingerie, partially offset by a decline in PINK (which was flat in February and grew slightly in 4Q).”,” the firm’s analyst wrote.

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Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Wolfe Research upped their price target on L Brands from $48.00 to $53.00 and gave the company a peer perform rating in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Scotiabank reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $59.00 price target on shares of L Brands in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Cowen reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $49.00 price target on shares of L Brands in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. Robert W. Baird set a $60.00 price target on L Brands and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, December 28th. Finally, MKM Partners set a $56.00 price target on L Brands and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $49.59.

Shares of L Brands stock traded up $0.41 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $36.58. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,763,403 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,806,271. L Brands has a twelve month low of $35.00 and a twelve month high of $63.10. The firm has a market cap of $10,700.67, a PE ratio of 11.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.04 and a beta of 0.78. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 1.62 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -7.60.

L Brands (NYSE:LB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 28th. The specialty retailer reported $2.11 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.05 by $0.06. L Brands had a negative return on equity of 101.69% and a net margin of 7.78%. The business had revenue of $4.82 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.72 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $2.03 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that L Brands will post 3.17 earnings per share for the current year.

L Brands declared that its board has initiated a share repurchase program on Thursday, March 8th that permits the company to buyback $226.90 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the specialty retailer to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

In other L Brands news, CFO Stuart B. Burgdoerfer sold 17,000 shares of L Brands stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $39.56, for a total value of $672,520.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 52,640 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,082,438.40. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Stuart B. Burgdoerfer sold 33,000 shares of L Brands stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.53, for a total value of $1,403,490.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 69,640 shares in the company, valued at $2,961,789.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 16.68% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. American International Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of L Brands by 74.8% in the 4th quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 10,436,938 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $628,512,000 after buying an additional 4,466,237 shares during the period. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of L Brands in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $120,549,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of L Brands by 1,045.9% in the 4th quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,091,745 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $65,745,000 after buying an additional 996,468 shares during the period. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC lifted its holdings in shares of L Brands by 29.0% in the 3rd quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 4,156,510 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $172,952,000 after buying an additional 935,259 shares during the period. Finally, Alps Advisors Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of L Brands in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $50,451,000. Institutional investors own 81.06% of the company’s stock.

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L Brands Company Profile

L Brands, Inc operates as a specialty retailer of women's intimate and other apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories. The company operates in three segments: Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works International. Its products include loungewear, bras, panties, swimwear, athletic attire, fragrances, shower gels and lotions, aromatherapy, soaps and sanitizers, home fragrances, handbags, jewelry, and personal care accessories.

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