After seeing its stock drop despite a plethora of positive news last quarter, Dick's Sporting Goods
For the second quarter ended July 31, Dick's reported net income of $17.9 million, or $0.34 per share. This equates to a 16% increase from the $15.5 million, or $0.31 per share, generated last year. Adjusting for the 2004 pre-tax store relocation expense and the 2003 pre-tax gain on sale of investment, the year-over-year improvement climbs to 25.7%.
Based on its strong performance, Dick's raised its full-year 2004 earnings forecast to a range of $1.35 to $1.37 per share. This represents at least a 3.8% increase from its June 21 range of $1.28 to $1.30 per share. The company also raised its fiscal 2005 earnings projections to between $1.77 and $1.82 per share.
Let's not forget the company's newly acquired Galyan's Trading Co. Dick's expects its Galyan's operations to generate approximately $3.5 million in income this year. Though the price may have been high, Dick's should see significant benefit from its new stores.
Well, it appears Dick's plan worked. Investors were thrilled by the good news and pushed the company's stock higher by 13.6% yesterday. Although that leaves Dick's with a hefty forward P/E of approximately 23.5, the company's growth prospects and earnings potentially justify it.
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