Netflix’s stock now a ‘top pick’ at J.P. Morgan – MarketWatch

Netflix Inc.’s stock is providing investors with a good opportunity to buy, given that it has lagged behind its peer group and the broader market despite strong earnings results and optimism over the growing slate of original content, according to analyst Doug Anmuth at J.P. Morgan.

Anmuth reiterated the overweight rating he’s had on the video-streaming giant for at least the past three years. He kept his price target at $435, which is 19% above current levels.

The stock NFLX, +0.21% which was little changed in afternoon trade Tuesday, has gained 3.9% since it reported after the Jan. 17 close fourth-quarter earnings that beat earnings and subscriber expectations, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.00%  has climbed 8.7%. Meanwhile, stocks within Anmuth’s internet coverage have advanced more than 8% on average over the same period.

Anmuth said he believes the stock’s relative weakness is related to concerns over how the latest subscription price hike would hurt results, and the increased competition from Walt Disney Co. DIS, -0.49% and Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.45%

He believes those concerns have been overblown, especially given that Netflix’s original programs appear to have performed “very well” in the first quarter, and with coming originals expected to be the “strongest ever.”

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“We believe the underlying secular shift toward on-demand entertainment remains strong, as does [Netflix’s] original content slate, and the price increase and competitive launches could have less impact than expected,” Anmuth wrote in a recent note to clients. “Importantly, we believe [Netflix] is on track to over 200 million-plus subs in 2021, U.S. revenue growth should accelerate from 1Q levels through 2019 and overall operating margins should move sequentially higher through 2019 as the price increase settles in.”

As result, he believes the stock’s current valuation represents “a good buying opportunity” for investors, enough to make it one of only four of the 28 companies he covers that he labeled a top pick. The other three are Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.01% Facebook Inc. FB, +3.26%  and Twitter Inc. TWTR, +0.93%

He said an analysis of Google Trends, Instagram followers before and after an original program is released and IMDb rankings, among other factors showed that six originals stood out as having high global search interest: “The Umbrella Academy,” “Sex Education,” “Triple Frontier,” “Marvel’s The Punisher S2,” “Fyre” and “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”

The pipeline remains strong for the rest of the year, headlined by “Stranger Things Season 3,” “The Irishman,” “The Crown Season 3” and “Six Underground,” Anmuth said.

That roster should help to mitigate subscriber losses stemming from the latest price increase.

“Importantly, we believe Netflix is building in negative impact to subscribers in 1Q, but very limited positive [average-selling-price] impact as the price increase will continue to be phased in and completed during 2Q,” Anmuth wrote.

The company is scheduled to report second-quarter results after the April 16 close. Since the end of January, the FactSet consensus for earnings per share have declined to 57 cents from 58 cents and for revenue has slipped to $4.503 billion from $4.511 billion.

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AMZN – Amazon Air launches daily service to Omaha, Nebraska

The relentless beat of expansion for the Amazon Air express network continued Thursday with the launch of daily service to Omaha, Nebraska.Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) said an inaugural flight operated by partner Silver Airways using an ATR72-500 turboprop arrived at Eppley Airfield from its regional air hub in Fort Worth, Texas. Package handling at the airport is being provided by GAT Airline Ground Support.The daily service will support faster deliveries for Prime members in Nebraska and western Iowa, areas that are seeing increased demand for online orders. Amazon opened its first fulfillment center in Nebraska, in Papillion, last year.Amazon Air last month began flying to Wichita, Kansas. It has added about a dozen destinations to its network in the past year.Silver Airways, a privately held regional airline based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that operates passenger service in the Southeast, Bahamas and the Caribbean with small propeller aircraft and seaplanes, is Amazon’s latest outsourced transportation partner. It began flying under contract with Amazon in November, serving Des Moines, Iowa, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Alliance Fort Worth Airport.Click here for more FreightWaves/American Shipper stories by Eric Kulisch.RELATED NEWS:Amazon Air begins daily express delivery to Wichita, Kansas

KSS – Kohl's Responds to Director Nominations from Macellum Advisors; Company Reaffirms Commitment to Maximize Value for All Shareholders

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) (“Kohl’s” or the “Company”) today issued the following statement regarding Macellum Advisors GP, LLC’s (“Macellum”) announcement of its nomination of directors for election to the Kohl’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) at the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “2022 Annual Meeting”):

Kohl’s believes Macellum’s effort to take control of the Board is unjustified and counterproductive. Kohl’s appointed two of Macellum’s designees, along with an additional mutually agreed upon designee, to its Board pursuant to the 2021 settlement agreement with Macellum and certain other shareholders. All members of the Kohl’s Board, other than its CEO, are independent.

Macellum’s claim that Kohl’s Board is not equipped to evaluate sale opportunities is groundless. The Board designated its Finance Committee, which is comprised entirely of independent directors, was formed pursuant to the settlement with Macellum and includes one of Macellum’s 2021 designees, to lead the review of any expressions of interest. Additionally, the Company and the Board have engaged financial advisors, including Goldman Sachs and PJT Partners, and have asked Goldman Sachs to engage with interested parties.

Furthermore, Macellum’s claim to be “disappointed and shocked” by Kohl’s rejection of the previously disclosed expressions of interest is disingenuous. Macellum has on multiple occasions stated publicly that Kohl’s is worth “at least $100 per share.”

Finally, Macellum’s comments on the Board’s adoption of a limited-duration shareholder rights plan are misleading. The Board adopted the rights plan to protect shareholder value by ensuring that the Board can conduct an orderly review of any expressions of interest and by preventing any person or group from gaining control of Kohl’s through open market accumulation.

The rights plan does not preclude the Board from considering any offers that recognize the value of the Company. Macellum itself publicly acknowledged on February 4 that the shareholder rights plan Kohl’s adopted is “still a stop, look and listen mechanism.” As demonstrated by Macellum’s latest announcement, the rights plan also does not impact shareholders’ ability to initiate a proxy contest.

The Board reaffirms its commitment to maximizing the long-term value of the Company. It will continue to pursue all reasonable opportunities to drive value, consistent with its fiduciary obligations.

Our strategy is delivering results.

As we previously announced, based on our performance in 2021, we are positioned to exceed our key 2023 financial goals two years ahead of plan. Our work to fundamentally restructure the business allowed us to achieve a nine-year high operating margin in Q3, and record Q3 earnings per share, positioning us to achieve significantly enhanced profitability going forward. These results reflect our strategic focus on transforming the operating model and making Kohl’s the leading omnichannel destination for the active and casual lifestyle.

We are optimistic about significant value creation in both the near and long term as a result of our transformational strategy. As one example, we have rolled out 200 Sephora at Kohl’s shops to date and expect to launch an additional 650 shops in the next two years, including over 400 in 2022. As we noted in our 2021 third quarter earnings, we are seeing an incremental mid-single-digit lift to store sales where we have opened Sephora at Kohl’s shops, and more than 25% of Sephora at Kohl’s shoppers are new to Kohl’s.

Kohl’s looks forward to sharing additional details on the progress against its growth strategy as well as an updated financial framework and capital allocation strategy at the previously announced Investor Day on March 7, 2022.

Shareholders are not required to take any action at this time.

The Board will present its recommendation regarding director nominees in Kohl’s definitive proxy statement and other materials, to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and made available to all shareholders eligible to vote at the 2022 Annual Meeting. The Company will announce details regarding the 2022 Annual Meeting in due course.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements include information concerning the Board’s review of expressions of interest and the Company’s business strategies, plans, and objectives. The Company intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. You should understand that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of strategic action, performance, or results. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks described more fully in Item 1A in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements relate to the date initially made, and Kohl’s undertakes no obligation to update them.

Important Shareholder Information and Where You Can Find It

Kohl’s intends to file a proxy statement and BLUE proxy card with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for Kohl’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Proxy Statement” and such meeting the “2022 Annual Meeting”). Kohl’s, its directors and certain of its executive officers will be participants in the solicitation of proxies from shareholders in respect of the 2022 Annual Meeting. Information regarding the names of Kohl’s directors and executive officers and their respective interests in Kohl’s by security holdings or otherwise is set forth in Kohl’s proxy statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, filed with the SEC on March 19, 2021 (the “2021 Proxy Statement”) and in Kohl’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on April 14, 2021 (together with the 2021 Proxy Statement, the “2021 Filings”). To the extent holdings of such participants in Kohl’s securities have changed since the amounts described in the 2021 Filings or were otherwise not included, such changes or amounts have been reflected on Initial Statements of Beneficial Ownership on Form 3 or Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC or will be filed within the time period specified by Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the regulations thereunder. Additional information is available in Kohl’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the first three quarters of the fiscal year ended January 29, 2022 filed with the SEC on June 3, 2021, September 2, 2021 and December 2, 2021, respectively. Details concerning the nominees of Kohl’s Board of Directors for election at the 2022 Annual Meeting will be included in the Proxy Statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF KOHL’S ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING KOHL’S DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT, ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO AND THE ACCOMPANYING BLUE PROXY CARD BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain a copy of the definitive Proxy Statement and other documents filed by Kohl’s free of charge from the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge on the Kohl’s website at investors.kohls.com.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer. With more than 1,100 stores in 49 states and the online convenience of Kohls.com and the Kohl’s App, Kohl’s offers amazing national and exclusive brands at incredible savings for families nationwide. Kohl’s is uniquely positioned to deliver against its strategy and its vision to be the most trusted retailer of choice for the active and casual lifestyle. Kohl’s is committed to progress in its diversity and inclusion pledges, and the company’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) stewardship. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community or how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com or follow @KohlsNews on Twitter.

PBI – Pitney Bowes Recognized as One of America's Best Large Employers 2022 by Forbes Magazine

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), a global shipping and mailing company that provides technology, logistics, and financial services, has been named one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2022 by Forbes magazine. This is the third year the company has been included in the rankings.

“Our people are the heart of our business. They are the ones that make Pitney Bowes a great place to work,” said Marc B. Lautenbach, President and CEO. “We are extremely honored to be included among the best employers in America. It reinforces Pitney Bowes reputation as a company that provides excellent employment opportunities, and more importantly the reservoir of good will that exists between the company and the people that work here.”

America’s Best Employers 2022 were identified in an independent survey taken by approximately 60,000 American employees working for companies with more than 1,000 workers in the United States. In total, 1,000 employers were recognized across 25 different industry sectors. The list is divided into two rankings: 500 large and 500 midsize employers. The evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from respondents who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employer to friends and family.

Pitney Bowes 2021 engagement survey results showed 84% of Pitney Bowes employees would recommend Pitney Bowes as a good place to work.

Other recognitions by Forbes include World’s Best Employers 2021, America’s Best Employers for Women 2021 and Best Employers for Diversity 2021. Early this year, Pitney Bowes earned a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index for the second consecutive year and was named to Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI) 2022.

To learn more about what makes Pitney Bowes a Best Employer visit https://www.pitneybowes.com/us/newsroom/forbes-americas-best-employers.html.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global shipping and mailing company that provides technology, logistics, and financial services to more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500. Small business, retail, enterprise, and government clients around the world rely on Pitney Bowes to remove the complexity of sending mail and parcels. For the latest news, corporate announcements and financial results visit https://www.pitneybowes.com/us/newsroom.html. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes at www.pitneybowes.com.