- Sales increased to $3.01 billion and Same-Store Sales increased 2.7%
- Reaffirms estimate of $300 million in run-rate synergies by end of third year
- Company is progressing on Family Dollar integration plan
CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 1, 2015.
Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, stated, “I am extremely proud of Dollar Tree’s accomplishments in the second quarter. We delivered our 30th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales, broke ground on our southeast distribution center in South Carolina, successfully completed our acquisition of Family Dollar, and quickly initiated our integration plan.”
On July 6, 2015, Dollar Tree completed its acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Since that date, the Company has been executing its integration plan.
Sasser added, “We are very pleased to have successfully completed the acquisition. We are now an organization with annual sales exceeding $19 billion, more than 13,800 stores across North America and a network of more than 145,000 associates. We remain confident in our ability to deliver $300 million in annual run-rate synergies by the end of the third year post-acquisition. This combination provides us with the unique opportunity to leverage our multiple banners to better serve a broader range of customers, while enhancing our ability to deliver long-term profitable growth for our shareholders.”
Second Quarter Results
Net sales increased 48.3% to $3.01 billion from $2.03 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. The increase was the result of $811.6 million in sales from the Family Dollar segment since closing on the acquisition, and a same-store sales increase of 2.7% on a constant currency basis for the Dollar Tree segment. Same-store sales increased 4.5% in the prior-year period for the Dollar Tree segment. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.4%. The positive same-store sales were driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.
Gross profit increased by $161.1 million, or 23.2%, to $855.2 million in the second quarter compared to $694.1 million in the prior year’s second quarter. The dollar increase was primarily driven by $105.9 million of gross profit for Family Dollar as well as higher sales at Dollar Tree. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased to 28.4% compared to 34.2% in the prior year. The primary contributors to the decrease were $60 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $11.1 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis and the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were 24.3% of sales compared to 24.1% of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. Acquisition-related costs were $17.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 and $7.5 million in the second quarter of 2014. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were flat at 23.7% of sales for both years.
Net income, including acquisition-related costs, decreased $219.5 million compared to the prior year’s second quarter, resulting in a net loss of $0.46 per diluted share. Excluding acquisition-related adjustments, net income decreased $72.6 million to $53.5 million and diluted earnings per share decreased 59% to $0.25.
The Dollar Tree segment, excluding all acquisition-related costs and share changes, produced adjusted net income of $138.9 million, or $0.67 per adjusted diluted share, as detailed in the attached Reconciliation of Consolidated Pre-Tax Loss to Dollar Tree Segment Adjusted Earnings Per Share Excluding Acquisition Related Costs table. This adjusted net income per adjusted diluted share is relevant and useful because it shows what the Dollar Tree segment would have earned excluding all acquisition-related costs and share changes. This compares to adjusted earnings per diluted share for the Dollar Tree segment of $0.61 in the prior year’s second quarter.
During the quarter, the Company acquired 8,284 Family Dollar stores, opened 141 stores, expanded or relocated 40 stores, and closed 1 store. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company closed 18 Family Dollar stores, of which four have re-opened as Dollar Tree stores and the other 14 re-opened as Dollar Tree stores following quarter-end. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 108.2 million square feet.
First Six Months Results
Consolidated net sales increased 28.7% to $5.19 billion from $4.03 billion in the first six months of 2014. Family Dollar sales represented $811.6 million of the increase. Same-store sales, for the Dollar Tree segment, increased 3.0% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 3.2% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.8%.
Gross profit increased $213.4 million, or 15.3%, to $1.60 billion from $1.39 billion in the first six months of 2014. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 360 basis points to 30.9%. The primary contributors to the decrease were $60 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $11.1 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis and the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were 24.1% of sales compared to 23.7% of sales in the first six months of 2014. Acquisition-related costs were $28.1 million in the first six months of 2015 and $7.5 million in the first six months of 2014. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.5% of sales, flat compared to the first six months of the prior year.
Net income, including acquisition-related costs, decreased $288.2 million compared to the prior year’s first six months, resulting in a net loss of $0.14 per diluted share. Excluding acquisition-related adjustments, net income decreased $63.5 million to $200.8 million and diluted earnings per share decreased 25.8% to $0.95.
The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the third quarter of 2015 to range from $4.78 billion to $4.87 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales. For the full year, the Company estimates consolidated net sales to range from $15.30 billion to $15.52 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales.
As a result of the recently-completed acquisition, the significant integration initiatives and the divestiture process, the Company is not providing earnings per share guidance for the third quarter or full year at this time.
Conference Call Information
On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The telephone number for the call is 888-737-3713. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Monday, September 7, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112.The access code is 9293899. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Monday, September 7.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 13,864 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of August 1, 2015. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.
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Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations