- Sales increased 9.5% to $2.03 billion
- Comparable store sales increased 4.5%
- Diluted EPS, including acquisition-related costs, increased 5.4% to $0.59
- Excluding acquisition-related costs, diluted EPS increased 8.9% to $0.61
CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2014-8-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, reported its results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 2, 2014.
Second Quarter Results
Consolidated net sales increased 9.5% to $2.03 billion from $1.85 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 4.5% on a constant currency basis. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the comparable store sales increase was 4.4%.
Gross profit increased 7.0% to $694.1 million from $648.7 million in the prior year’s second quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by approximately 80 basis points to 34.2%. The primary contributors to the decrease were increased freight costs and investments in higher-value products.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were 24.1% of sales compared to 24.1% of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. The quarter included approximately $7.5 million in acquisition-related costs related to the proposed merger with Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative costs were 23.7% of sales, a 40 basis point improvement compared to the prior year’s second quarter.
Net income, compared to the prior year’s second quarter, including acquisition-related costs, decreased approximately $3.2 million to $121.5 million, and diluted earnings per share increased by 5.4% to $0.59. Excluding acquisition-related costs, net income increased approximately $1.4 million to $126.1 million and diluted earnings per share increased 8.9% to $0.61.
“I am very pleased with our second quarter results,” said Chief Executive Officer Bob Sasser. “Expanded assortments of high-value product contributed to our strongest quarterly comparable store sales performance in two years. Pet supplies, hardware, household products, food, electronics and party goods all performed well in the quarter. Our 4.5% comp sales resulted from increases in both customer traffic and average ticket. I am particularly proud of our store associates. Our store teams continue to execute at a high level as the Company delivered its 26th consecutive quarter of positive comparable store sales growth. In challenging macro environments, consumers are increasingly relying on Dollar Tree to be part of the solution in managing their family’s budget. Our stores are well-stocked with incredible values and we are prepared for the fall selling season.”
The Company opened 90 stores, expanded or relocated 20 stores, and closed 4 stores during the quarter. Retail selling square footage increased to 44.8 million square feet, a 6.8% increase compared to the prior year.
First Six Months Results
Consolidated net sales increased 8.4% to $4.03 billion from $3.72 billion in the first six months of 2013. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 3.2% on a constant currency basis. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the comparable-store sales increase was 3.1%.
Gross profit increased 6.6% to $1.39 billion, or 34.5% of sales, compared to $1.30 billion, or 35.1% of sales, in the first six months of 2013.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 7.5% to $953.8 million, improving as a percent of sales to 23.7% compared to 23.8% for the first six months of 2013. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative costs were 23.5% of sales, a 30 basis point improvement compared to the prior year’s first half.
Net income, compared to the prior year’s first six months, including acquisition-related costs, increased $1.5 million to $259.7 million, and diluted earnings per share increased by 8.7% to $1.25. Excluding acquisition-related costs, net income increased $6.1 million to $264.3 million and diluted earnings per share increased 11.3% to $1.28.
The Company’s full-year guidance has been adjusted for actual first half performance, and its outlook for the back half is unchanged from the original guidance provided on February 26, 2014.
The Company estimates sales for the third quarter of 2014 to range from $2.02 billion to $2.07 billion, based on low- to mid-single digit positive comparable store sales. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to range from $0.61 to $0.66, excluding acquisition-related costs.
Full-year 2014 sales are now estimated to range from $8.44 billion to $8.55 billion. This estimate is based on a range of low- to low-mid-single digit positive comparable store sales. Diluted earnings per share, which includes $0.02 per share of second quarter acquisition-related costs, are expected to range from $2.94 to $3.06, excluding third and fourth quarter acquisition-related costs.
Conference Call Information
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The telephone number for the call is 888-802-2239. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Thursday, August 28, and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112, and the access code is 6083217. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/eventsand will remain online until midnight Thursday, August 28.
About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,166 stores in 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces as of August 2, 2014, with total retail selling square footage of 44.8 million. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.
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