CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (August 25, 2016) reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 30, 2016.
Second Quarter Results
Second quarter fiscal 2016 results include nine additional weeks of operations for the Family Dollar segment when compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015, which included four weeks of operations following the acquisition on July 6, 2015.
Net sales increased 65.9% to $5.00 billion from $3.01 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. The $1.99 billion increase was the result of an incremental $1.80 billion in net sales from Family Dollar stores, sales from new Dollar Tree stores, and a 1.2% same-store sales increase, on a constant currency basis. Same-store sales increased 2.7%, on a constant currency basis, in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.1%. The positive same-store sales growth was driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.
Gross profit increased by $657.2 million, or 76.8%, to $1.51 billion in the second quarter compared to $855.2 million in the prior year’s second quarter. The increase included an incremental $588.4 million of gross profit for Family Dollar and a 9.2% increase in Dollar Tree’s gross profit for the quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased to 30.3% compared to 28.4% in the prior year. The prior year’s second quarter included $60.0 million of markdown expense related to product assortment rationalization and planned liquidations at Family Dollar.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.1% of sales compared to 24.3% of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. Excluding $17.7 million of acquisition-related costs from the prior year’s period, selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percent of sales, improved to 23.1% from 23.7%. This 60 basis point improvement was the result of lower payroll and operating and corporate expenses, as a percent of sales, partially offset by higher store repairs and maintenance expenses and depreciation expense.
Operating income increased 189.5% to $357.2 million compared with $123.4 million in the same period last year. Operating income margin increased to 7.1% in the current quarter from 4.1% in last year’s quarter. This increase in operating income is the result of an incremental $189.7 million of operating income in the Family Dollar segment, and a $44.1 million increase in operating income in the Dollar Treesegment.
The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 36.9% compared to a benefit of 31.1% in the prior year period. The increase is primarily attributable to a pre-tax loss in the second quarter of 2015.
Net income compared to the prior year’s second quarter increased $268.2 million to $170.2 million, and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.72.
Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am very pleased with the Company’s overall performance in our second quarter. Through what continues to be a challenging retail sales environment, we delivered gross margin improvement and managed expenses effectively to deliver earnings at the top end of our guidance range. In our Dollar Tree segment, we improved our operating margin and delivered our 34th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales.”
Sasser added, “Just over a year ago, we completed our acquisition of Family Dollar and our integration continues to progress as planned. The stores are cleaner, the values are greater and our merchandise assortments are improving. Additionally, we are taking the necessary steps to develop our shared services support model, and are continuing our focus on cost-related synergy capture. As a combined organization, we are well-positioned to better serve more customers, generate significant cash flows and deliver long-term value to our shareholders.”
During the quarter, the Company opened 156 stores, expanded or relocated 52 stores, and closed 17 stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company opened 47 former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Tree stores. The Company also converted the remaining 32 Deals stores to Dollar Tree stores. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 110.8 million square feet.
First Six Months Results
Consolidated net sales increased 94.3% to $10.08 billion from $5.19 billion in the first six months of 2015. The $4.89 billion increase was the result of $4.50 billion in incremental net sales from Family Dollar stores, sales from new Dollar Tree stores, and a 1.7% same-store sales increase, on a constant currency basis. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.6%.
Gross profit increased $1.46 billion, or 91.2%, to $3.07 billion from $1.60 billion in the first six months of 2015. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 50 basis points to 30.4% compared to the prior year period.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.7% of sales compared to 24.1% of sales in the first six months of 2015. Excluding $28.1 million of acquisition-related costs from the first six months of 2015, selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percent of sales, improved to 22.7% from 23.5%.
Net income increased $431.3 million compared to the prior year’s first six months, resulting in net income of $1.70 per diluted share.
The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the third quarter of 2016 to range from $5.02 billion to $5.10 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.76 to $0.82.
Consolidated net sales for full-year 2016 are now expected to range between $20.69 billion and $20.87 billion compared to the Company’s previously expected range of $20.79 billion to $21.08 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 4.0% square footage growth. The Company now anticipates net income per diluted share for full-year 2016 will range between $3.67and $3.82. This compares to its previous EPS guidance range of $3.58 to $3.80.
Conference Call Information
On Thursday, August 25, 2016, 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 888-427-9376. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Thursday, September 1, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 1772942. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,129 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of July 30, 2016. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.
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