The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Aug. 3 (Q2), Dollar General met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Gross margins shrank, operating margins were steady, net margins grew.
Dollar General notched revenue of $3.95 billion. The 20 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $3.96 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.58 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.69. The 25 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.64 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.64 for Q2 were 52% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.42 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 32.0%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.8%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.4%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.96 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.59.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $16.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.82.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 207 members out of 236 rating the stock outperform, and 29 members rating it underperform. Among 45 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give Dollar General a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Dollar General is outperform, with an average price target of $58.33.
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