Family Dollar Stores Earnings Are on Deck

Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO  ) is expected to report Q2 earnings around April 10. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Family Dollar Stores's revenues will increase 17.4% and EPS will grow 6.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.89 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.22.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Family Dollar Stores booked revenue of $2.42 billion. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.15 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.69. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q1 were 1.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.68 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 34.1%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.2%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $10.54 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.99.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 572 members out of 624 rating the stock outperform, and 52 members rating it underperform. Among 194 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 182 give Family Dollar Stores a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Family Dollar Stores is hold, with an average price target of $72.39.

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