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PetSmart (PETM) Surges After Jana Partners Reveals Major Stake

By  +Follow July 3, 2014 10:15AM
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PetSmart stock, PETM, Jana Partners, PetSmart sale

Shares of PetSmart, Inc. (PETM) surged 12.48% to $67.27 on July 3 after the activist hedge fund Jana Partners disclosed a 9.90% stake in the retailer. Due to the move, Jana Partners will become the company’s largest shareholder.

More than 16.17 million shares were traded on the day, comparing with the average volume of 2.34 million. PetSmart currently has a market cap of $6.67 billion.

The company’s stock has been up and down in the past six months. In late May, the stock’s price shed 10.59% from $64.58 to $57.98 per share. The stock has a 52-week high of $77.32, and a 52-week low of $55.00 per share.

Jana Partners Reveals Major Stake

Jana Partners revealed plans to hold discussions with PetSmart’s management and board about ways to increase the value of its stock. According to the filing, Jana Partner would like PetSmart take a series of actions, including exploring various options to improve operating performance, the company’s capital structure, and management and board composition.

Jana Partners also revealed that it intended to ask PetSmart to explore a sale of the company, the fact that most likely sparked much of the day’s gains.

PetSmart, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based company, is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. The company also offers pet food and pet products through an e-commerce site, PetSmart.com.

One Retail Stock with Reason for Optimism

PetSmart’s stock has several strengths, which has greater impacts than its weaknesses. The strengths include revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, and solid financial position. The company has a quarter-revenue growth rate of 1.10%, though is slightly lower than the industry average of 1.50%, which still appears to have trickled down to the company’s bottom line, and to improve the earnings per share as well.

The current debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48 is much lower than the industry average of 36.80, implying that PetSmart has successfully managed its debt levels. But its weak quick ratio of 0.70 demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

Q1 2014 Saw Improving Income

PetSmart released its financial results for Q1 of fiscal 2014 on May 21. According to the report, the company’s net income has increased 1.30% to $104 million, from $102 million in Q1 of fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales, or sales in stores open at least one year, including online sales, fell 0.60%, with comparable transactions decreasing 2.20%. Services sales grew 4.50% to $200 million.

“We are pleased with the company’s ability to achieve earrings per share growth of 6.10% while continuing to drive earnings before tax margin expansion during the first quarter,” said CEO David Lenhardt. “However, we did not achieve our sales goals, which were impacted by a challenging and volatile consumer environment and a competitive market.”

Fierce Competition Could Eat Into Profits

Indeed, challenges from rivals and the market itself should be noted by investors. Despite the large market of pets’ products and services in the U.S., competitors surround PetSmart. Large supermarkets like Walmart (WMT) also offers pet supplies, and small grocery stores sell limited but much cheaper products. In addition, e-commerce’s expansion has blocked the development of physical stores. Amazon (AMZN) offers free delivery on thousands of pet supplies, offering more convenience at a competitive price.

In order to win over consumers, PetSmart has taken several actions, including building its own online shopping system and improving user experience. The company began to offer daily free shipping on orders over $49. It has also refined its online pet pharmacy services via well-designed selection items.




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John Ablemann
29 Aug 14 15:00:36
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29 Aug 14 07:30:47
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29 Aug 14 07:30:46
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John Ablemann
28 Aug 14 13:01:04
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28 Aug 14 09:12:02
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28 Aug 14 08:40:07
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28 Aug 14 04:52:02
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28 Aug 14 04:47:52
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27 Aug 14 12:40:04
$PETM: PetSmart Inc Earnings Call scheduled for 10:00 am ET today http://t.co/4WiSAJlbLQ http://t.co/axvw5yhGWa
27 Aug 14 11:52:28
$PETM strong watching
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27 Aug 14 10:48:08
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27 Aug 14 10:15:25
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27 Aug 14 08:40:02
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27 Aug 14 08:27:52
RT @Couzin_Vinny: $PETM - daughter watching this flag with me - 15 min - she’s getting excited
27 Aug 14 08:20:20
$PETM - daughter watching this flag with me - 15 min - she’s getting excited
27 Aug 14 07:36:32
Media Sentiment
27 Aug 14 07:24:54
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Market Int Center
27 Aug 14 07:19:58
PetSmart $PETM Showing Bullish Technicals With Resistance At $71.93 ( http://t.co/g4NvzKRGek )
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27 Aug 14 06:59:33
$PETM commentary last night http://t.co/t0ERI7YljL this kind of push is what we were looking 4 yday. http://t.co/cxN5s7Vomd
27 Aug 14 06:56:25
RT @1Bavarian: @Couzin_Vinny FYI—sold my last $PETM today, nice setup—will watch for re-entry—thanks again! <—nice surging to hod now
27 Aug 14 06:45:23
@Couzin_Vinny FYI—sold my last $PETM today, nice setup—will watch for re-entry—thanks again!
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26 Aug 14 23:54:28
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26 Aug 14 23:32:48
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26 Aug 14 23:32:22
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26 Aug 14 23:31:56
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26 Aug 14 16:40:00
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26 Aug 14 15:01:03
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Gerardo Benitez
26 Aug 14 14:05:25
@BrattleStCap but I agree, seems $MIK is caught in $PETM multiple compression
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26 Aug 14 14:04:39
@BrattleStCap unlike $PETM avg ticket is about $19 and most of their products need to be bought in person. Huge following by loyals
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26 Aug 14 13:57:27
@gerardobenitez on surface looks like short due to AMZN/WMT - appears they have in store expertise etc - reminds me of poor mans $PETM
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26 Aug 14 12:40:23
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26 Aug 14 12:33:33
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26 Aug 14 09:50:18
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Blue Horseshoe
26 Aug 14 08:42:08
@DoubleDown1929 @StaceyRetail ...19.1% $WMT, 21.1% $SPLS and 20.1% $PETM. How sustainable is sub 20%?
26 Aug 14 08:27:04
$PETM :)
26 Aug 14 08:08:55
RT @1Bavarian: @Couzin_Vinny Took your $PETM idea this morning @ 69.51, looking good (so far), thanks! <-watch the prev fail FYI - should go
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