Dollar General First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, June 4, 2012. Dollar General is a discount retailer in the United States and operates convenient-sized stores that deliver everyday low prices on products that families use every day.

Dollar General Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 59 cents per share, a rise of 22.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 61 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 59 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 17% versus last year to $2.75.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked profit of 85 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 82 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 10.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $3.82 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are optimistic about this stock, with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 31.4% to $292.5 million (85 cents a share) from $222.5 million (64 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 20.1% to $4.19 billion from $3.49 billion.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 13.4% over the last four quarters.

After experiencing income increases the last three quarters, the company is hoping to keep the good news coming with this earnings announcement. Net income rose 3.4% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 33.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 2, 2012 and May 29, 2012, the stock price rose $5.29 (12.4%), from $42.77 to $48.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 16, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 9.4% (+$3.27) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 5, 2012 and January 12, 2012 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 2.4% (-99 cents) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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