The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended May 3 (Q1), Dollar General met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased. GAAP earnings per share increased.
Margins shrank across the board.
Dollar General notched revenue of $4.23 billion. The 23 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $4.24 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 8.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.90 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 $0.71. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.71 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.71 for Q1 were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.63 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.67 for Q1 were 6.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.63 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 30.6%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.3%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.2%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.35 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $17.69 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.20.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 207 members out of 234 rating the stock outperform, and 27 members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 33 give Dollar General a green thumbs-up, and seven 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 $56.63.
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