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Sears Holdings Corp (SHLD) Forecasts Positive Financial Developments In Second Quarter Earnings Preview

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According to a recent financial outlook for the second quarter fiscal 2015 earnings from Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD), the company is expecting to cope-up its financial position in the upcoming period. However, the investors are not impressed with the announcement with the shares of the retailer dropping 6.32% in the early-morning trading session. The retailer is expecting its second quarter adjusted negative EBITDA to range between $189 million to $249 million, which is better than prior year negative EBITDA of $298 million. Sears is expecting to announce second quarter net income attributable to its shareholders in the range of $155 million to $205 million, which amounts between $1.46 and $1.92 per diluted share. These figures are way below the market’s earnings expectation of $3.21 per share over revenue of $5.91 billion. Sears Holding will announce its second quarter fiscal 2015 financial results on August 20.


Despite these financial restructuring efforts from Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD), what is more worrisome is a drop of 10.6% in its Comparable store sales in this quarter. The sales at Sears Domestic were down 13.9% quarter-to-date, whereas the sales at Kmart have declined 6.9% during the same period. On the positive front, Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) is expecting a cash deposit of $1.8 billion along with $1.2 billion in domestic credit facility at the end of the quarter against previous quarter figures of $600 million and $200 million, respectively. The company was able to extend its domestic credit facility to $3.28 billion out of which, $2.0 billion will mature in 2020 and the remaining $1.3 billion will mature after April 2016 only.

The retailer sold off its real estate assets to Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG), a real estate investment trust spun off from Sears Holdings earlier this year, fetching $2.7 billion from of the sale. Seritage Growth bought 235 Sears and Kmart stores under the transaction along with Sears’ 50% interest in 31 other properties. Out of these stores, Sears Holdings is renting 224 properties, whereas the others are leased out to other companies. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group was among the first investors to disclose  a stake in Seritage Growth Properties, with a reported ownership of 2.39 million Class A shares of the company representing 9.7% of the outstanding stock. Bruce Berkowitz’s Fairholme is another shareholder with a large stake in the REIT, which contains 3.25 million shares.

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