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Cabela's Closes Secured Notes Sale

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In a move to supplement its Financial Services Segment, Cabela’s Inc.  recently announced that its Credit Card Master Note Trust has concluded the sale of Asset-Backed Notes worth $500 million.

The company distributed the issuance into three parts: $300 million of Class A-1 Notes carrying a fixed rate of 1.45% per annum, $125 million of Class A-2 Notes with a floating rate interest equal to one-month LIBOR along with 0.48% per annum, and the company sold three subordinated classes of notes totaling $75 million. World's Foremost Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, procured each of the subordinated classes of notes.

Corporate issuances are in high demand, which in turn, led the company to increase the transaction by $200 million. U.S. treasuries are yielding low rates, driving investors toward the notes issued by sound companies. 

The issued notes have a maturity period of roughly five years, with legal maturity of eight years. The move will boost its financial services segment and will escalate the growth of the credit card portfolio of the World’s Foremost Bank.

The company’s Financial Services Business segment plays an integral part in supporting the merchandising business by encouraging customer loyalty rewards program that will result in increase in revenue, profitability and customer retention at its Retail and Direct businesses, leading to overall growth in sales and earnings.

Boasting a solid balance sheet, feasible strategy, operating efficiencies and healthy product demand, Cabela’s offers its investors one of the strongest growth profiles. Moreover, the company remains confident about achieving its targeted long-term return on invested capital of 12% to 14%.

Further, Cabela's CLUB Visa program continues to register solid growth, reflecting increase in average active accounts with enhancements in delinquencies and net charge-offs along with lower funding cost.

However, the outdoor recreation and casual apparel and footwear markets are highly fragmented and competitive. Cabela’s faces stiff competition from discount stores such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT - Free Report) and Target Corporation (TGT - Free Report) .

Currently, we maintain a long-term Outperform rating on Cabela's. However, the company holds a Zacks #2 Rank, which translates into a short-term Buy recommendation.

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