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Regis Corporation Stock Climbs 200%: Analyzing the Catalyst

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Key Points

  • Regis Corporation (NYSE: RGS) has surged 200% today after announcing a new credit facility with TCW Asset Management.
  • The agreement reduced the company's debt by over $80 million and saved Regis $7 million annually.
  • Regis has a volatile history, dropping nearly 99% since its 2019 highs. Its significantly small float and average trading volume further add to the volatility. 
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Regis Corporation NYSE: RGS experienced a remarkable surge yesterday, with the stock skyrocketing by 200% at the time of writing. This impressive rise, accompanied by an abnormal increase in trading volume, prompts a closer examination of the catalyst behind this movement and the company's fundamentals. 

The surge in the stock came just one day after another small-cap stock, MicroAlgo NASDAQ: MLGO, climbed triple digits. For now, small-cap stocks certainly capture traders' attention and imagination.

Catalyst for Regis Corporation's Stock Surge

Regis Today

Regis Co. stock logo
RGSRGS 90-day performance
+5.61 (+24.67%)
(As of 07/19/2024 ET)
52-Week Range

The primary driver of yesterday's surge is Regis Corporation's announcement that it has entered into a new senior secured credit facility with TCW Asset Management to refinance its existing debt. This new financial arrangement includes a $105 million term loan that will replace the company's existing debt, significantly reducing outstanding indebtedness by over $80 million and saving approximately $7 million in cash interest annually.

Additionally, Regis will have access to a $25 million revolving credit facility, with both the term loan and the credit facility maturing on June 24, 2029. This refinancing marks a significant step in strengthening Regis Corporation's financial position, providing greater flexibility and reducing its debt burden.

Hair Care Services and Products: Inside Regis Corporation's Business

Regis Corporation, a consumer cyclical company, operates and franchises hair care salons across North America, functioning through two main segments: Franchise Salons and Company-Owned Salons. Its salons offer various services, including haircuts, styling (such as shampooing and conditioning), and hair coloring, while selling multiple hair care and beauty products. In addition to its salon operations, Regis runs accredited cosmetology schools, further cementing its presence in the beauty and hair care industry.

The company's revenue has steadily declined over recent years, falling from $99.1 million in Q2 2021 to $49.1 million in Q1 2024. The company previously reported its quarterly earnings on May 1. RGS reported ($1.03) earnings per share for the quarter, which topped estimates by $0.25, and reported revenue of $49.1 million.

Regis Stock Surge: Turning a 50% YTD Loss into a 50% Gain

Despite yesterday's exceptional performance, Regis Corporation has historically faced significant challenges. Since the end of 2019, the stock has been in a steep downtrend, plummeting nearly 99% from its 2019 high of $465 to a low of around $3 this year. 

Before yesterday's news, the stock was down nearly 50% year-to-date, but the recent surge has now pushed the stock to a positive 50% gain for the year. The stock's wild swings can be attributed to its small float and historically low trading volume. With an average volume of just 15,000 shares, the stock had traded over 30 million shares at the time of writing, indicating an incredible surge in volume, causing significant volatility and price swings. The float of just under two million shares creates substantial supply and demand imbalances on high-volume trading days, adding to the stock's volatility.

Regis Co. (RGS) Price Chart for Saturday, July, 20, 2024

Investment Decisions: Weighing Regis Corporation's Historical Trends

Regis Corporation's impressive surge is driven by a significant financial restructuring, which promises to reduce debt and save on interest costs. However, investors should remain cautious due to the company's volatile trading history and the potential for continued price swings. As always, conducting thorough research and considering all factors before making investment decisions is crucial, especially considering the stock's historical price trends and volatility.

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Companies Mentioned in This Article

CompanyMarketRank™Current PricePrice ChangeDividend YieldP/E RatioConsensus RatingConsensus Price Target
Regis (RGS)
0.0433 of 5 stars
0.04 / 5 stars
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0.00 / 5 stars
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