Dollar Tree welcomes Stephanie Stahl as a new independent director of its board

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2018-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, announced today that Stephanie Stahl has been appointed as a new independent director to the Company’s board.

Ms. Stahl, age 51, is a seasoned executive leader with significant experience in global marketing, brand building and strategic development. In 2015, Ms. Stahl founded Studio Pegasus, LLC, an investment and advisory company focused on consumer sector digital start-ups. Her prior leadership positions include serving as Executive Vice President, Global Marketing & Strategy of Coach, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer of Tracy Anderson Mind & Body, LLC; Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of Revlon, Inc.; and Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Ms. Stahlcurrently serves on the Boards of Directors of Knoll, Inc. and Chopt Creative Salad Company.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephanie to Dollar Tree’s board of directors,” stated Bob Sasser, Executive Chairman. “Our business is built around an intense focus on our customers and delivering value and convenience to meet their everyday needs. Stephanie’s extensive background and demonstrated success in brand building, marketing and strategic development will be valuable assets to our board as we continue to grow our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar businesses.”

Ms. Stahl commented, “I am pleased to have the opportunity to join the Dollar Tree board. Dollar Tree is clearly a leader in value retail with many years of growth ahead. The combination of its differentiated fixed price-point concept at Dollar Tree along with the performance improvement opportunity at Family Dollar contributes to its unique retail growth and improvement story. I look forward to contributing to the board as we develop and grow the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,700 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com
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Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser assumes the role of Executive Chairman of the Board

  • Bob Sasser Elevated to the Role of Executive Chairman 
  • Gary Philbin Promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer and Appointed to Board
  • Macon Brock to Remain on Board of Directors; Named Chairman Emeritus

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores today (September 18, 2017) announced that, as part of its planned leadership succession, Bob Sasser, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since 2004, will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the Board effective September 18, 2017.

Mr. Sasser, age 65, joined Dollar Tree in 1999 as Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2001, and to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004.

During Bob Sasser’s tenure, Dollar Tree has grown from a company with 18,000 employees; fewer than 1,200 stores in 33 states; four distribution centers; and less than $1 billion in annual sales to a Fortune 150 company with nearly 180,000 employees; more than 14,500 retail stores; and an international supply chain with 24 distribution centers across North America. For 2017, revenues are projected to exceed$22 billion. The Company completed six acquisitions during Sasser’s tenure, including the $9.1 billion acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. in 2015. Dollar Tree’s market capitalization has grown from approximately $2.3 billion to $19.8 billion during this time.

“I am extremely proud of our Company and especially the 180,000 associates that work hard, delivering value and convenience to millions of customers every day. Our people make Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores among the best retailers in North America,” stated Mr. Sasser. “We have built a solid and scalable infrastructure. We have room to grow and tremendous opportunities to serve more customers in more ways, while increasing returns for our long-term shareholders. Our Company’s future has never been brighter!”

Effective September 18, 2017, Gary Philbin, Enterprise President, was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, Inc. and appointed to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Philbin, age 60, joined Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007, and to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2013. In July 2015, Mr. Philbin assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar upon its acquisition by Dollar Tree. In January 2017, Mr. Philbin was promoted to Enterprise President with responsibilities for both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar banners.

Mr. Sasser stated, “Gary has been a tremendous business partner to me for the past fifteen years. We share the same values, have a common vision for Dollar Tree’s future, and are aligned on strategic initiatives and priorities to achieve the Company’s business goals. Succession planning has been an important part of Dollar Tree’s organizational efforts and culture for many years. Working with our Board of Directors, I have been planning leadership succession for some time and we are confident this will be a seamless transition, both inside and outside of the Company. Our Board of Directors and leadership team have complete confidence in Gary’s ability to lead Dollar Tree through its next phases of growth.”

“Bob has led Dollar Tree to industry-leading returns for shareholders and success for all of our stakeholders,” stated Mr. Philbin. “Bob’s vision has transformed Dollar Tree from a small, regional retailer to a world class, Fortune 150 Company across the United States and Canada. Our retail business model can operate successfully in tough times and good times, as we have demonstrated under Bob’s leadership as CEO.”

Mr. Philbin continued, “I am honored to lead 180,000 dedicated associates that have made the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands the trusted solution for so many of our customers’ needs. They live our vision to serve and delight our customers every day. We have a strong, dedicated and capable leadership team in place to grow and improve both banners for many years. We look forward to driving our performance, delivering value to long-term shareholders and providing opportunity for our many associates across the U.S. and Canadian markets.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 150 Company, now operates more than 14,500 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. 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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Contact:
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Vice President, Investor Relations
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Dollar Tree supports communities and associates affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana with $500,000 donation

  • Donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross 
  • Committing $250,000 to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Employee Assistance Funds 

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today announced that, as part of its efforts to support communities and associates affected by the recent storms in Texas and Louisiana, the Company is donating $500,000 of financial support.

“We are committed to supporting disaster relief efforts for those affected by the recent storms,” said Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s Chief Executive Officer. “We operate Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores across Texas and Louisiana, with thousands of loyal associates serving the needs of millions of customers. We are proud to join many other corporations in demonstrating support to the storm victims and volunteers in their time of need.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,500 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

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Dollar Tree Q2 2017 results: Consolidated Sales Increased 5.7% to $5.28 Billion

  • Enterprise Operating Margin Improved 80 Basis Points to 7.9% 
  • Diluted Earnings per Share Increased 36.1% to $0.98 vs. $0.72 
  • Enterprise Same-Store Sales Increased 2.4% 
  • Same-Store Sales by Segment: Dollar Tree +3.9%, Family Dollar +1.0%

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (August 24, 2017) reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 29, 2017.

“I am extremely pleased with the quarter,” stated Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. “Both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar produced positive same-store sales, our enterprise operating margin improved 80 basis points and earnings per share exceeded the high end of our guidance range. Consumers continue to view Dollar Tree and Family Dollar as stores that provide great value and convenience.”

Second Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales increased 5.7% to $5.28 billion from $5.00 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. Enterprise same-store sales increased 2.4%. The same-store sales growth was driven by increases in comparable transaction count and average ticket. Same-store sales for the Dollar Tree banner increased 3.9%. Same-store sales for the Family Dollar banner increased 1.0%.

Gross profit increased 7.6% to $1.63 billion compared to $1.51 billion in the prior year’s second quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased to 30.8% compared to 30.3% in the prior year. The 50 basis point improvement was driven primarily by lower merchandise and freight costs and lower markdowns in the current quarter, partially offset by higher distribution and occupancy costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.9% of sales compared to 23.1% of sales in the prior year’s second quarter. The 20 basis point improvement, as a percent of sales, was driven primarily by lower depreciation costs, lower payroll costs and workers’ compensation expenses and lower utility costs as a percent of sales, partially offset by higher operating and corporate expenses resulting from increased advertising costs and legal fees.

During the quarter, the Company recorded $2.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, of impairment charges related to its receivable from Dollar Express, which acquired the stores that the FTC required the Company to divest. The impairment charges, from the first and second quarters of 2017, totaling $53.5 million, are recorded as “Receivable impairment” in the accompanying condensed consolidated income statements.

Operating income increased 17.4% to $419.5 million compared with $357.2 million in the same period last year and operating income margin increased to 7.9% of sales in the current quarter from 7.1% in last year’s quarter.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 32.0% compared to 36.9% in the prior year period. The lower tax rate included a tax benefit of $9.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, related to a state reduction in corporate tax rate.

Net income compared to the prior year’s second quarter increased $63.6 million to $233.8 million and diluted earnings per share increased 36.1% to $0.98 compared to $0.72 in the prior year’s quarter.

During the quarter, the Company opened 133 stores, expanded or relocated 31 stores, and closed 34 stores. Retail selling square footage at quarter-end was approximately 114.5 million square feet.

First Six Months Results

Consolidated net sales increased 4.8% to $10.57 billion from $10.08 billion in the same period last year. Enterprise same-store sales increased 1.2%. The same-store sales growth was driven by increases in comparable transaction count and average ticket. Same-store sales for the Dollar Tree banner increased 2.9%. Same-store sales for the Family Dollar banner decreased 0.2%.

Gross profit increased 6.1% to $3.25 billion from $3.07 billion in the first six months of 2016. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased 40 basis points to 30.8% from 30.4% in the prior year period.

As a percent of sales, selling, general and administrative expenses increased to 23.2% from 22.7% in the same period last year. The increase is the result of the $53.5 million receivable impairment. Excluding the receivable impairment, selling, general and administrative expenses improved to 22.6% of sales.

Net income increased 7.8% to $434.3 million from $402.8 million in the first six months of 2016, and diluted earnings per share increased 7.6% to $1.83, compared to $1.70 in the prior year’s period. Excluding the $53.5 million receivable impairment, adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 15.9% to $1.97.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the third quarter of 2017 to range from $5.20 billion to $5.29 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales for the combined enterprise. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.83 to $0.90.

Consolidated net sales for full-year fiscal 2017 are now expected to range from $22.07 billion to $22.28 billion compared to the Company’s previously expected range of $21.95 billion to $22.25 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales and 3.9% square footage growth. The Company now anticipates net income per diluted share for full-year fiscal 2017 will range between $4.44 and $4.60, compared to its previous guidance of $4.17 to $4.43. This estimate includes $53.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, of receivable impairment charges incurred in the first half of 2017. Fiscal 2017 includes a 53rd week. The extra week, in the fourth quarter, is expected to add $400 million to $430 million to sales and $0.19 to $0.22 to diluted earnings per share, both of which are included in the guidance.

Sasser added, “I am incredibly proud of our people. Our merchants, store operators, supply chain and support teams have truly embraced this opportunity to improve and grow our combined business. As always, our focus is on the customer and how we can best meet their evolving needs. We have a proven business model, an experienced leadership team, momentum in our business and a transformational opportunity. We are confident that we are well-positioned for the back half of 2017 and look to deliver value to our long-term shareholders in the years ahead.”

Conference Call Information

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, 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 877-604-9665. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 2174184. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website and will remain online through Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,581 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of July 29, 2017. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding third quarter 2017 and full-year 2017 net sales and same-store sales, third quarter 2017 and full-year 2017 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger with Family Dollar, including integration plans and synergies, the collection of the receivable from Dollar Express and the related litigation, and future financial and operating results and shareholder value, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial and otherwise) and intentions. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including that we may be unable to successfully recover any amount from Dollar Express or others. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2017 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, Inc.’s 2016 Fiscal Results Delivers Positive Growth

  • Sales Increased 5.0% to $5.64 Billion 
  • Enterprise Same-Store Sales Increased 1.2% 
  • Same-Store Sales by Segment: Dollar Tree +2.3%, Family Dollar +0.2% 
  • Diluted Earnings per Share Increased 40.2% to $1.36 vs. $0.97 
  • Earnings Include Expenses of $0.03 per Share for Debt Prepayment 

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (March 1, 2017 ) reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 28, 2017.

“We are pleased with our overall performance for fiscal 2016,” stated Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. “For the fourth quarter, both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar banners delivered positive growth in same-store sales. Gross margin and operating margin rates improved and EPS grew 40.2% from the prior year’s quarter, exceeding the upper end of our guidance range. For the year, we opened 584 new stores, exceeded $20 billion in sales, delivered record earnings, and continued to make significant progress on our integration of Family Dollar.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales increased 5.0% to $5.64 billion from $5.37 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Enterprise same-store sales increased 1.2% on a constant currency basis. Adjusted to include the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.3%. The same-store sales growth was driven by increases in comparable customer count and average ticket. Same-store sales for the Dollar Tree banner increased 2.3% on a constant currency basis (or 2.4% when adjusted to include the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations). Same-store sales for the Family Dollar banner increased 0.2%.

Gross profit increased 9.3% to $1.81 billion in the quarter compared to $1.65 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased to 32.1% compared to 30.8% in the prior year. The improvement was driven primarily by lower merchandise and freight costs. The prior year’s fourth quarter included $15.9 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped-up inventory basis and $11.5 million for Dollar Tree of planned markdowns associated with re-bannering Deals stores.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.7% of sales compared to 22.0% of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The improvement, as a percent of sales, was driven primarily by lower payroll costs, legal fees and depreciation expense, partially offset by higher store hourly payroll, advertising, and repairs and maintenance expense.

Operating income increased 24.9% to $586.5 million compared with $469.7 million in the same period last year. Operating income margin increased to 10.4% in the current quarter from 8.8% in last year’s quarter. This increase in operating income is the result of a $71.7 million increase in operating income in the Dollar Tree segment and a $45.1 million increase in operating income in the Family Dollar segment.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 35.3% compared to 35.0% in the prior year period.

Net income compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter increased $92.8 million, or 40.5%, to $321.8 million, and diluted earnings per share increased to $1.36.

During the quarter, the Company opened 104 stores, expanded or relocated 27 stores, and closed 55 stores. Additionally, the Company opened eight former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Treestores. Retail selling square footage at fiscal year-end was approximately 112.4 million square feet.

Full Year Results

Consolidated net sales increased 33.7% to $20.72 billion from $15.50 billion in the prior year. The $5.22 billion increase was the result of $4.42 billion in incremental net sales from the acquired Family Dollar stores, sales from new Dollar Tree stores, and a 1.8% same-store sales increase.

Gross profit increased $1.74 billion, or 37.3%, to $6.39 billion from $4.66 billion in the prior year. Gross margin increased by 70 basis points to 30.8% compared to the prior year period.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.6% of sales compared to 23.3% of sales in the prior year.

Net income increased $613.8 million compared to the prior year, to $896.2 million, resulting in net income of $3.78 per diluted share.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2017 to range from $5.26 billion to $5.35 billion, based on a flat to low single-digit increase in same-store sales for the combined enterprise. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.91 to $0.98. This compares to a reported $0.98 per diluted share from the prior year’s first quarter, or $0.89 per diluted share when adjusted for the one-time tax rate benefit of $0.09 per share related to state tax planning.

For fiscal 2017, the Company estimates consolidated net sales will range from $21.94 billion to $22.33 billion. This estimate is based on a flat to low single-digit increase in same-store sales and 3.9% square footage growth. Fiscal 2017 diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $4.20 to $4.56. Fiscal 2017 will include a 53rd week. The extra week, in the fourth quarter, is expected to add $400 million to $430 million to sales and $0.19 to $0.22 to earnings per diluted share, both of which are included in the guidance.

Sasser added, “We believe we are extremely well positioned in the most attractive sector of retail to deliver increased value for our long-term shareholders. Our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar banners are each focused on offering great value and convenience to our shoppers. With two great banners, we can effectively grow our store base and serve more customers across a broad geography and a diverse demographic population with the products they need and want. We have a resilient business model, a focused and energized leadership team, a lengthy runway for store growth, and tremendous opportunities to continue improving our businesses.”

Conference Call Information

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 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 800-406-5345. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 2781470. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online through Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,334 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of January 28, 2017. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding first quarter 2017 and full-year 2017 net sales and same-store sales, first quarter 2017 and full-year 2017 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger with Family Dollar, including integration plans and synergies, and future financial and operating results and shareholder value, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial and otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed December 6, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Gary Philbin appointed Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc. and Duncan Mac Naughton as President of the Family Dollar Banner

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2017-Jan-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (January 05, 2017) announced management changes, including the promotion of Gary Philbin and the addition of Duncan Mac Naughton.

Gary Philbin, age 60, has been promoted to Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc. In his new role, Mr. Philbin’s responsibilities will include store operations, merchandising, marketing and real estate across all banners including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada. He will continue to report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer.

With more than 15 years at Dollar Tree, Mr. Philbin has served in numerous leadership capacities within the Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada and Family Dollar banners. He most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar, where he oversaw the development of strategic initiatives and the successful achievement of budgetary, synergy, and transition goals following Dollar Tree’s acquisition of Family Dollar in July 2015. From 2007 to 2015, prior to the acquisition of Family Dollar, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer for the Dollar Tree banner. He began his career with Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores.

“I am extremely pleased to have Gary assume this important role for our organization,” said Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. “Since joining Dollar Tree in 2001 as Senior Vice President of Stores and later as President and Chief Operating Officer, Gary has played an integral role in our growth, success and sector-leading profitability. With his experience at Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada and most recently his outstanding leadership as President of Family Dollar, Gary is uniquely positioned to contribute to our continued success in his new role as Enterprise President.”

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada teams in this new role as Enterprise President,” said Philbin. “Additionally, I would like to welcome Duncan Mac Naughton to the Family Dollar team. Duncan is an accomplished retail leader and will be instrumental in continuing to develop and improve the Family Dollar banner through an intense focus on the customer. I also want to thank the thousands of Family Dollar team members across the country for their dedication and efforts through the past eighteen months of integration.”

Duncan Mac Naughton, age 54, has joined the Company as President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar. He will report to Gary Philbin, Enterprise President of Dollar Tree, Inc.

Mr. Mac Naughton has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the food, grocery, mass merchant and specialty retail industries. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Mills Fleet Farm. He has held numerous leadership roles at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., including Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer of Wal-Mart U.S. from 2011 to 2014, Executive Vice President of Consumables Healthand Wellness and Walmart.com from 2010 to 2011, and Chief Merchandising Officer of Wal-Mart Canada from 2009 to 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing for Supervalu, Inc., including serving as the Head of the Health and Wellness Division.

“I look forward to working with Duncan as we continue to develop the Family Dollar banner to its highest level of productivity,” Sasser continued. “Just as we have done at Dollar Tree, our goal is to serve the Family Dollar customer with terrific merchandise values in stores that offer a bright, fun and friendly shopping environment. Duncan brings a tremendous amount of experience, retail acumen and energy to our Family Dollar brand and to the entire Dollar Tree organization. With his extensive leadership experience in the discount retail industry, Duncan can immediately make important contributions to our organization. There are exciting opportunities ahead for the Family Dollar banner under Duncan’s leadership.”

“I am honored to lead the Family Dollar team, a well-recognized brand with a legacy of delivering value and convenience for more than five decades,” said Mac Naughton. “In partnership with Bob, Gary and the entire management team, I relish the opportunity to grow and improve the Family Dollar business. Our focus will continue to be on meeting the everyday needs of our customers – through providing terrific values, affordable prices, and the right assortment in clean, convenient and shopper friendly stores.”

Shared Services, including Strategic Planning, Finance, Supply Chain, Corporate Administration, Audit and Legal, will continue to report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, as will Gary Philbin in his new role of Enterprise President.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,284 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of October 29, 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.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding our infrastructure, growth prospects and future financial and operating results. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, Inc. announces financial results for 3Q FY2016

  • Sales Increased 1.1% to $5.00 Billion and Same-Store Sales Increased 1.7% ~
  • Diluted Earnings per Share Increased 105.7% to $0.72 ~
  • Earnings Include Expenses of $0.09 per Share for Debt Refinancing

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (November 22, 2016) reported results for its third fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2016. For the quarter, the Company earned $171.6 million, or $0.72 per diluted share.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am proud of our team’s achievements in our third quarter. Our results demonstrated a solid performance in our Dollar Tree segment, continued meaningful progress in our integration of Family Dollar, and our ability to refinance and pre-pay a portion of our outstanding debt in order to reduce future interest costs. After adding back $0.09 per share of expenses related to our debt refinancing, our operating performance of $0.81 per diluted share was near the top end of our third quarter EPS guidance range of $0.76 to $0.82.”

Third Quarter Results

Net sales increased 1.1% to $5.00 billion from $4.95 billion in the prior year’s third quarter. The prior year’s quarter included sales from 325 Family Dollar stores that were divested following the third quarter of 2015. Same-store sales increased 1.7%, on a constant currency basis, compared to a 2.1% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.8%. The same-store sales growth, representing the Company’s 35th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales, was driven by increases in comparable customer count and average ticket.

Gross profit increased 8.6% to $1.52 billion in the quarter compared to $1.40 billion in the prior year’s third quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased to 30.4% compared to 28.3% in the prior year. The improvement was driven primarily by lower merchandise and freight costs. The prior year’s third quarter included $13.0 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to product assortment rationalization and planned liquidations, and $38.4 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped-up inventory basis.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.6% of sales compared to 23.8% of sales in the prior year’s third quarter. Excluding $11.8 million of acquisition-related costs from the prior year’s period, selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percent of sales, remained consistent at 23.6%. Increases in store hourly payroll, as a percent of sales, were offset by lower professional fees and lower depreciation expense, as a percent of sales.

Operating income increased 53.1% to $342.4 million compared with $223.7 million in the same period last year. Operating income margin increased to 6.8% in the current quarter from 4.5% in last year’s quarter. This increase in operating income is the result of a $61.2 million increase of operating income in the Dollar Tree segment, and a $57.5 million increase in operating income in the Family Dollar segment.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 25.5% compared to 34.3% in the prior year period. The lower tax rate included an expected one-time tax benefit of $21.4 million, or $0.09 per share, related to a state reduction in corporate tax rate.

Net income compared to the prior year’s third quarter increased $89.7 million, or 109.5%, to $171.6 million, and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.72.

During the quarter, the Company opened 153 stores, expanded or relocated 39 stores, and closed 10 stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company opened 42 former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Tree stores. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 112.0 million square feet.

First Nine Months Results

Consolidated net sales increased 48.9% to $15.08 billion from $10.13 billion in the first nine months of 2015. The $4.95 billion increase was the result of $4.36 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 $1.58 billion, or 52.7%, to $4.59 billion from $3.00 billion in the first nine months of 2015. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased by 80 basis points to 30.4% compared to the prior year period.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.0% of sales compared to 23.9% of sales in the first nine months of 2015.

Net income increased $521.0 million, to $574.4 million, compared to the prior year’s first nine months, resulting in net income of $2.43 per diluted share.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2016 to range from $5.59 billion to $5.69 billion, based on low single-digit increases in same-store sales for the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar segments. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $1.24 to $1.33, an increase from the prior implied guidance of $1.21 to $1.30.

Consolidated net sales for full-year 2016 are now expected to range between $20.67 billion and $20.77 billion compared to the Company’s previously expected range of $20.69 billion to $20.87 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 3.9% square footage growth. The Company now anticipates net income per diluted share for full-year 2016 will range between $3.67 and $3.76. This compares to its previous EPS guidance range of $3.67 to $3.82, which did not include the $0.09 per diluted share of expenses related to our debt refinancing incurred in the third quarter of 2016.

Sasser added, “I am encouraged by our continued progress in building the foundation for a larger, stronger and more profitable Family Dollar business. The stores are cleaner, the values are greater and our customer feedback scores regarding merchandise assortments and in-stocks have improved. As a combined organization, we are uniquely positioned to efficiently grow our businesses to better serve more customers in more markets. We are well-positioned and prepared for the upcoming fourth quarter and holiday selling season.”

Conference Call Information

On Tuesday, November 22, 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 888-215-7015. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Monday, November 28, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 8794832. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online through Monday, November 28, 2016.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, operated 14,284 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of October 29, 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.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding fourth quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 net sales and same-store sales, fourth quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger with Family Dollar, including integration plans and synergies, and future financial and operating results and shareholder value. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, Inc. to participate in the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference on September 8, 2016

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (September 1, 2016 ) announced its participation in the Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference on September 8, 2016. Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Wampler, Chief Financial Officer, and Randy Guiler, Vice President – Investor Relations, will attend this conference.

The Company’s presentation will begin at 9:35 a.m. ET on September 8, 2016. A webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website at http://www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events/, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for fourteen days.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,000 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President
Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

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Dollar Tree, Inc. Q1-2016: Consolidated net sales increased 133.6% to $5.09 billion from $2.18 billion in the prior year’s first quarter

  • Sales Increased 134% to $5.09 Billion and Same-Store Sales Increased 2.3% 
  • Diluted Earnings per Share Increased 188% to $0.98 
  • Excluding One-Time Tax Benefit, Diluted EPS Increased to $0.89 

CHESAPEAKE, Va, 2016-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2016.

First Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales increased 133.6% to $5.09 billion from $2.18 billion in the prior year’s first quarter. The $2.91 billion increase included $2.70 billion in sales from Family Dollar stores, sales from newDollar Tree stores, and a 2.3% same-store sales increase, on a constant currency basis. Same-store sales, on a constant currency basis, increased 3.4% in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.2%. The positive same-store sales were driven by increases in both customer transactions and average ticket.

Gross profit increased 107.6%, to $1.55 billion in the first quarter compared to $748.9 million in the prior year’s first quarter. The $805.7 million increase included $733.8 million of gross profit for Family Dollar, and a 9.6% increase in Dollar Tree’s gross profit for the quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased to 30.6% compared to 34.4% in the prior year. The primary contributors to the decrease were the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business and $6.3 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis. Gross margin for theDollar Tree segment was flat at 34.4% when compared to the prior year’s quarter.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.3% of sales compared to 23.7% of sales in the prior year’s first quarter. Excluding $10.4 million in acquisition costs from the prior year’s period, selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percent of sales, decreased to 22.3% from 23.2%. This 90 basis point improvement resulted from lower payroll, operating and corporate expenses, as a percent of sales, partially offset by higher store repair and maintenance expenses and depreciation.

Operating income increased 79.9% to $418.7 million compared with $232.8 million in the same period last year. This increase is the result of $138.0 million of operating income in the Family Dollar segment and a $47.9 million increase in operating income in the Dollar Tree segment.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 29.8% compared to 38.6% in the prior year period. The lower effective tax rate was primarily attributable to a one-time benefit related to state tax planning, which contributed $0.09 to earnings per share.

Net income compared to the prior year’s first quarter increased $163.2 million to $232.7 million, and diluted earnings per share increased by 188.2% to $0.98. Excluding the one-time tax benefit, diluted earnings per share for the quarter increased to $0.89. Excluding the current quarter one-time tax benefit and acquisition-related costs from the prior year quarter, diluted earnings per share increased 25.4%, to$0.89 from $0.71.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am very pleased with the Company’s performance in the first quarter. Through what continues to be a challenging economic environment, we delivered sales of$5.09 billion, which was the mid-point of our guidance range, and earnings that exceeded the high end of our guidance range. Additionally, while not included in our comp calculation, our Family Dollar segment delivered its third consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales.”

Sasser added, “We have gotten off to a successful start to 2016. We continue to serve a loyal customer base by providing terrific values every day; we remain on schedule with our integration of Family Dollar; we are on track to achieve our stated synergy targets; and we are part of what I consider, in this economic environment, the most attractive sector in retail. Looking ahead, we are committed to growing and improving our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar businesses to better serve more customers, while delivering long-term value to our shareholders.”

During the quarter, the Company opened 171 stores, expanded or relocated 66 stores, and closed 19 stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company opened three former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Tree stores. The Company also converted 126 Deals stores to Dollar Tree stores and converted nine Deals stores to Family Dollar stores. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 109.6 million square feet.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2016 to range from $5.03 billion to $5.12 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales and year-over-year selling square footage growth of 2.4%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $0.66 to $0.72.

Consolidated net sales for full-year 2016 are now expected to range between $20.79 billion and $21.08 billion compared to the Company’s previously expected range of $20.76 billion to $21.11 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 $3.58and $3.80. This compares to its previous EPS guidance range of $3.35 to $3.65.

Conference Call Information

On Thursday, May 26, 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 888-820-9418. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The passcode is 4775937. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 13,997 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of April 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.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding second quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 net sales and same-store sales, second quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger including synergies, future financial and operating results and shareholder value, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 28, 2016 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com
DLTR-E

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Dollar Tree, Inc. releases results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 30, 2016

Fourth Quarter Sales increased to $5.37 billion and Same-Store Sales increased 1.7%

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2016-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 30, 2016.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, stated, “I am proud of the Company’s performance in the fourth quarter and full year 2015. Through a challenging economic environment, we delivered sales of $5.37 billion, which was the mid-point of our fourth quarter guidance range, and our 32nd consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales. This was against a strong 5.6% comp from the prior year’s fourth quarter. Additionally, while not included in our comp calculation, for the second consecutive quarter, our Family Dollar banner delivered positive same-store sales increases each month during the quarter.”

Sasser added, “2015 was a very successful year for Dollar Tree. I would like to thank all of our associates for their commitment and hard work throughout the year. We continued to serve our loyal customer base by providing terrific values every day; we successfully completed the acquisition of Family Dollar; we initiated, and remain on schedule with, the integration of our companies; and we are on track to achieve our stated synergy targets. Looking ahead, we are committed to growing and improving our Dollar Tree and Family Dollar businesses to better serve more customers, while delivering long-term value to our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales increased 116.7% to $5.37 billion from $2.48 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The increase was the result of $2.68 billion in sales from the Family Dollar segment and a same-store sales increase of 1.7% on a constant currency basis for the Dollar Tree segment. In comparison, same-store sales, on a constant currency basis, increased 5.6% in the prior-year period for the Dollar Tree segment. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.3%. The positive same-store sales were driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.

Gross profit increased by $734.5 million, or 80.0%, to $1.65 billion in the fourth quarter compared to $918.1 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The dollar increase was primarily driven by $673.7 million of gross profit for Family Dollar as well as higher sales at Dollar Tree. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased to 30.8% compared to 37.1% in the prior year. The primary contributors to the decrease were the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business, $15.9 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis, and $11.5 million of planned markdowns associated with rebannering Deals stores.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 22.0% of sales compared to 21.6% of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Excluding $8.9 million of severance costs, as well as purchase accounting-related costs of $19.3 million for favorable lease rights amortization and $16.0 million in depreciation for useful life and fixed asset revaluation, selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015. Excluding acquisition-related costs of $6.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.3% of sales.

Net income compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter increased $22.4 million to $229.0 million, and diluted earnings per share decreased by 2.9% to $0.97. Adjusted net income increased from $239.0 million to $239.4 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased from $1.16 to $1.01. A reconciliation of reported net income before income taxes to adjusted earnings per share is contained in the attached tables. Management believes this non-GAAP measure is relevant and useful in understanding the performance of the core business.

During the quarter, the Company opened 128 stores, expanded or relocated 53 stores, closed 28 stores and divested of 325 Family Dollar stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company opened 58 former Family Dollar store locations as new Dollar Tree stores during the quarter. The Company also converted 52 Deals stores to Dollar Tree stores in January. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 108.4 million square feet.

Full Year Results

Consolidated net sales increased $6.90 billion, or 80.2%, to $15.50 billion from $8.60 billion in the prior year. Family Dollar sales represented $6.16 billion of the increase. Same-store sales, for the Dollar Tree segment, increased 2.5% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 4.4% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.1%.

Gross profit increased $1.62 billion, or 53.5%, to $4.66 billion from $3.03 billion in the prior year. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 520 basis points to 30.1%. The primary contributors to the decrease were $73.0 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $70.3 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 23.3% of sales compared to 23.2% of sales in the prior year. Purchase accounting-related costs of $87.1 million in the year included $45.1 million for favorable lease rights amortization and $42.0 million in depreciation for useful life and fixed asset revaluation. In addition, we incurred $39.2 million in acquisition-related costs and $13.4 million of severance costs. Acquisition-related costs for 2014 were $28.5 million. Excluding all of these costs, selling, general and administrative expenses improved 40 basis points to 22.4% of sales.

Net income decreased $316.8 million compared to the prior year, resulting in net income of $1.26 per diluted share. Adjusted net income decreased from $645.6 million to $518.2 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased from $3.12 to $2.32.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2016 to range from $5.05 billion to $5.12 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales and year-over-year selling square footage growth of 132%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $0.75 to $0.83.

For fiscal 2016, the Company estimates consolidated net sales to range from $20.76 billion to $21.11 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 4.0% square footage growth. Fiscal year 2016 diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $3.35 to $3.65.

Conference Call Information

On Tuesday, March 1, 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 800-768-6563. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Tuesday, March 8, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 3402665. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 13,851 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of January 30, 2016. 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.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding first quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 net sales and same-store sales, first quarter 2016 and full-year 2016 diluted earnings per share, square footage growth, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger including synergies, future financial and operating results and shareholder value, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed November 24, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com
DLTR-E

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Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser on Q3 FY15 results: 31st consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales

Sales increased to $4.95 billion and Same-Store Sales increased 2.1% ~

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today reported results for its third fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2015.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer of Dollar Tree, stated, “I am pleased with our Company’s third quarter performance. Dollar Tree delivered same-store sales of 2.1%, which represented our 31st consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales. This was against a 5.9% comp from the prior year, our strongest quarter of 2014. While not included in our comp calculation, Family Dollar delivered positive same-store sales of low to mid-single-digits, as a percent, each month during the quarter.”

Sasser added, “Our integration project is on schedule and we are on track to achieve our stated synergy goals. Today, I am even more enthusiastic about the long-term opportunity this merger provides for our customers, our suppliers, our associates, and our shareholders. As we entered the fourth quarter, both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores were well-stocked and prepared for the upcoming holiday season.”

Third Quarter Results

Consolidated net sales increased 136.0% to $4.95 billion from $2.10 billion in the prior year’s third quarter. The increase was the result of $2.67 billion in sales from the Family Dollar segment, and a same-store sales increase of 2.1% on a constant currency basis for the Dollar Tree segment. Same-store sales increased 5.9% in the prior-year period for the Dollar Tree segment. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 1.7%. The positive same-store sales were driven by increases in customer count and average ticket.

Gross profit increased by $674.7 million, or 93.0%, to $1.40 billion in the third quarter compared to $725.3 million in the prior year’s third quarter. The dollar increase was primarily driven by $627.8 million of gross profit for Family Dollar as well as higher sales at Dollar Tree. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased to 28.3% compared to 34.6% in the prior year. The primary contributors to the decrease were the impact of the overall lower-margin product mix for the Family Dollar business, an additional $13 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, and $38.4 million for Family Dollar related to the amortization of the stepped up inventory basis.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.8% of sales compared to 24.1% of sales in the prior year’s third quarter. Acquisition-related costs were $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 and $14.3 million in the third quarter of 2014. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative expenses increased 10 basis points from the prior year’s quarter to 23.5% of sales due in large part to integration costs. Integration costs are not included in acquisition-related costs.

Net income compared to the prior year’s third quarter, including acquisition-related costs, decreased $51.1 million to $81.9 million, and diluted earnings per share decreased by 45.3% to $0.35. The Company’s EBITDA increased from $269.5 million to $391.8 million, adjusted EBITDA increased from $283.8 million to $442.0 million, adjusted cash earnings increased from $210.0 million to $313.8 million, and adjusted cash EPS increased from $1.02 to $1.33. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted cash earnings, and adjusted cash EPS is contained in the attached tables. Management believes these non-GAAP measures are relevant and useful in understanding the performance of the core business, excluding acquisition-related costs.

During the quarter, the Company opened 204 stores, expanded or relocated 63 stores and closed six stores. Additionally, as part of its re-banner initiative, the Company closed 167 Family Dollar stores and opened 143 Dollar Tree stores during the quarter. Retail selling square footage at the end of the quarter was approximately 109.6 million square feet.

First Nine Months Results

Consolidated net sales increased $4.01 billion, or 65.4%, to $10.13 billion from $6.13 billion in the first nine months of 2014. Family Dollar sales represented $3.49 billion of the increase. Same-store sales, for the Dollar Tree segment, increased 2.8% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 3.9% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 2.5%.

Gross profit increased $888.2 million, or 42.0%, to $3.00 billion from $2.12 billion in the first nine months of 2014. As a percent of sales, gross margin decreased by 490 basis points to 29.6%. The primary contributors to the decrease were $73 million of markdown expense for Family Dollar related to SKU rationalization and planned liquidations, $49.5 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 23.9% of sales compared to 23.8% of sales in the first nine months of 2014. Acquisition-related costs were $38.7 million in the first nine months of 2015 and $21.8 million in the first nine months of 2014. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative expenses were 23.5% of sales, flat compared to the first nine months of the prior year.

Net income, including acquisition-related costs, decreased $339.3 million compared to the prior year’s first nine months, resulting in net income of $0.24 per diluted share. The Company’s EBITDA increased from $807.0 million to $893.1 million, and adjusted EBITDA increased from $828.8 million to $981.3 million. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA is contained in the attached tables.

Company Outlook

The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 to range from $5.32 billion to $5.42 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 $15.45 billion to $15.55 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales. Net income and adjusted cash EPS per diluted share for the fourth quarter are estimated to be in the ranges of $213.2 million to $242.2 million and $2.32 to $2.51, respectively. A reconciliation of projected fourth quarter net income to adjusted cash EPS is contained in the attached tables.

Conference Call Information

On Tuesday, November 24, 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 888-211-7450. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Monday, November 30, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 7654253. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, and will remain online until Monday, November 30.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 14,038 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of October 31, 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.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding fourth quarter 2015 net income, EBITDA (and components thereof), adjusted EBITDA (and components thereof), cash EPS (and components thereof) and adjusted cash EPS; fourth quarter 2015 and full year 2015 net sales and same-store sales, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger, future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed September 1, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com
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Dollar Tree CEO Sasser, CFO Wampler and VP investors Guiler to present at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-9-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today announced its participation in the Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 9, 2015. Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Wampler, Chief Financial Officer, and Randy Guiler, Vice President – Investor Relations, will attend this conference.

The Company’s presentation will begin at 11:20 a.m. ET on September 9, 2015. A webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website at http://www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events/, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for seven days.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, now operates more than 13,800 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. 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.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Dollar Tree Q2 fiscal 2015: 30th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales

  • 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.”

Merger Integration
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.

Company Outlook
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.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding third quarter 2015 and full year 2015 net sales and same-store sales, acquisition-related synergies and expenses, the benefits, results, and effects of the merger, future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed May 21, 2015 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward- looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

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Dollar Tree, Inc. announces the appointment of Michael Witynski as Chief Operating Officer

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, announced today that Michael Witynski has been named Chief Operating Officer.

As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Witynski, age 52, will be responsible for Store Operations of Dollar Tree bannered stores in the United States, Real Estate for Dollar Tree bannered stores in the U.S. and all Retail Operations and Real Estate in Canada. Mr. Witynski has served as Senior Vice President of Stores since joining Dollar Tree in 2010. Prior to joining the Company, he held executive positions at Shaw’s Supermarkets and Supervalu, Inc. during his 29-year career in the grocery industry. Mr. Witynski will report to Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Sasser stated, “We are pleased to announce Mike’s recent promotion to Chief Operating Officer. Mike is an accomplished retailer. He has been a key leader in Dollar Tree’s continued growth and operating performance since joining the Company in 2010. In addition to leading store operations at Dollar Tree stores, Mike will be assuming the responsibilities of real estate for the Dollar Tree banner in the U.S. and all retail operations in Canada. This leadership appointment is a component of our ongoing integration following our Family Dollar acquisition.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, now operates more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, Deals and Family Dollar. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Dollar Tree, Inc. announces that it has completed the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

  • Creates combined organization with sales exceeding $19 billion annually with more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces
  • Gary Philbin named President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar Stores

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-7-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise.

“We are pleased to announce we have completed our acquisition of Family Dollar and we formally welcome the Family Dollar team to the Dollar Tree organization,” stated Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer. “This is a transformational opportunity for our business to offer broader, more compelling merchandise assortments, with greater values, to a wider array of customers. This acquisition will extend our reach to low-income customers, while strengthening and diversifying our footprint. We plan to leverage best practices across both organizations to deliver significant cost synergies. Combined, our growth potential is enhanced with improved opportunities to increase store productivity and to open more stores across multiple banners.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement first announced and unanimously approved by each company’s Board of Directors in July 2014, Family Dollar shareholders are entitled to receive $59.60 in cash and 0.2484 of a share of Dollar Tree common stock for each share of Family Dollar common stock.

The Company also announced that Gary Philbin, age 58, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Family Dollar, effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Philbin will continue to report to Bob Sasser. Mr. Philbin joined Dollar Tree as Senior Vice President of Stores in December 2001, and was later promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2007 and to President in June 2013. Prior to joining Dollar Tree, Mr. Philbin held senior-level positions in both merchandising and operations during his thirty years in the retail grocery industry.

“I am very proud to announce that Gary will be taking on his new leadership role of Family Dollar Stores,” Sasser said. “Gary has played an integral role in the success of Dollar Tree over the past fourteen years. Notably, Gary was instrumental in improving the Dollar Tree customer shopping experience and the related customer satisfaction, as well as leading the integration following our Canadian acquisition in 2010.”

Philbin stated, “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead the Family Dollar team. Throughout the due diligence and integration planning processes, I have been impressed with the experience, talent and dedication of the Family Dollar team members. Our focus as an organization will be on the customer – by consistently providing great values, affordable prices, and relevant items in a store environment that is convenient, clean, reliable and efficient. We are well-prepared for the integration process, which is now under way.”

Additionally, the Company announced that Howard R. Levine, Chief Executive Officer of Family Dollar, has been appointed to Dollar Tree’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Sasser concluded, “We appreciate the efforts, dedication and teamwork displayed by both Dollar Tree and Family Dollar associates throughout our integration planning processes. We are well-prepared to integrate our two companies.”

Strategic Rationale

  • Creates a leading discount retailer in North America. The combined organization will operate more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces, with sales exceeding $19 billion annually and over 145,000 associates.
  • Complementary business model across fixed- and multi-price point. Dollar Tree is the nation’s leading operator of fixed-price point stores, selling everything for $1 or less, and Family Dollar is a leading national operator of multi-price point stores providing value-conscious consumers with a selection of competitively priced merchandise in convenient neighborhood stores. The Company intends to retain and to grow both banners going forward and will optimize the combined real estate portfolio.
  • Targets broader range of customers and geographies. Dollar Tree targets customers within a broad range of Middle America with stores located primarily in suburban areas and Family Dollar targets low- and lower-middle income households through its urban and rural locations. The transaction enables Dollar Tree to serve a broader range of customers and deliver even greater value to them.
  • Leverages complementary merchandise expertise. Dollar Tree’s merchandise mix consists of a balance between consumable merchandise and variety/seasonal merchandise. Family Dollar’s assortment consists primarily of consumable merchandise and home products. The complementary offerings enable the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar brands to expand categories and to deliver a broader, more compelling assortment to all customers.
  • Generates significant synergy opportunities. Dollar Tree expects to generate significant efficiencies through sourcing and procurement, format optimization, SG&A leverage, and its distribution network. The Company anticipates that the transaction will result in an estimated $300 million of annual run-rate synergies to be fully realized by the end of the third year post-closing.
  • Enhanced financial performance and improved growth prospects. Dollar Tree will be better positioned to invest in existing and new markets and channels and to grow its store base across multiple brands. The combined company expects to generate significant free cash flow, enabling it to pay down debt rapidly.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the board of directors of Dollar Tree, and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. committed to provide bridge financing for the transaction. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Williams Mullen acted as legal counsel to Dollar Tree in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the board of directors of Family Dollar in connection with the transaction. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acted as legal counsel to Family Dollar in connection with the transaction.

About Dollar Tree, Inc.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, now operates more than 13,600 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, Deals and Family Dollar. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Forward Looking Statements

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding the merger with Family Dollar, including the benefits, results and effects of the merger, future financial and operating results, including estimated synergies, expectations concerning the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions. Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, among others, difficulties related to integration of the proposed merger and our ability to obtain cost savings and synergies contemplated by the merger, unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed merger, and the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 13, 2015. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations www.DollarTree.com

Dollar Tree, Inc. to divest 330 Family Dollar stores to Sycamore Partners

CHESAPEAKE, VA and NEW YORK, NY, 2015-6-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), the nation’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, and Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm specializing in consumer and retail investments, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Dollar Tree will sell Sycamore Partners a divestiture package of 330 Family Dollar stores contingent on completion of Dollar Tree’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (“Family Dollar”). As previously disclosed, the 330 stores represent approximately $45.5 million of operating income for Family Dollar. Sycamore Partners intends to operate the 330 stores under the Dollar Express banner.

“The divestiture presents Sycamore Partners with a unique opportunity to continue their track record of meaningful growth and successful retail investments,” stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We look forward to drawing on our extensive experience with similar corporate carve-outs in acquiring and operating this attractive portfolio of 330 stores, which have an annual run-rate of approximately $500 million in sales,” said Peter Morrow, a Managing Director at Sycamore Partners. “We have a proven track record of retail success and an experienced leadership team. We are eager to better serve the needs of customers in these markets by providing an improved shopping experience.”

The divestiture announced today enables Dollar Tree to address Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) concerns. Both the divestiture and the pending acquisition of Family Dollar remain subject to review by the FTC and satisfaction of other customary conditions. Dollar Tree continues to make progress with the FTC and intends to close the merger with Family Dollar in early July 2015 after securing FTC clearance.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Williams Mullen are acting as legal counsel to Dollar Tree in connection with the transaction. The Law Offices of Gary M. Holihan, P.C., Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP are acting as legal advisors to Sycamore Partners.

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,454 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces as of May 2, 2015, with total retail selling square footage of 47.2 million. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

About Sycamore Partners
Sycamore Partners is a private equity firm based in New York specializing in consumer and retail investments. The firm has more than $3.5 billion in capital under management. The firm’s strategy is to partner with management teams to improve the operating profitability and strategic value of their businesses. The firm’s investment portfolio currently includes Aeropostale, Coldwater Creek, Hot Topic, the Kasper Group, Kurt Geiger, MGF Sourcing, Nine West Holdings, Pathlight Capital, Talbots, and Torrid.

Investors/Media Contacts:

Dollar Tree:
Randy Guiler
Dollar Tree, Inc.
(757) 321-5284

Sycamore Partners:
Michael Freitag, Sharon Stern or Leigh Parrish
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
(212) 355-4449

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements and information about Dollar Tree’s current and future prospects and its operations and financial results are based on currently available information. Various risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual future results and financial performance to vary significantly from those anticipated in such statements. The forward looking statements contained herein include certain plans, activities or events which Dollar Tree expects will or may occur in the future and relate to, among other things, the business combination transaction involving Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, the consummation of the pending divestiture, the benefits, results, effects, timing and certainty of the pending transaction between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, future financial and operating results of the divested stores, and expectations concerning the antitrust review process for the pending transactions.

Risks and uncertainties related to the pending acquisition of Family Dollar, the financing thereof and the pending divestiture include, among others: the risk that regulatory approvals required for the pending acquisition of Family Dollar and pending divestiture are not obtained or are not obtained on the proposed terms and schedule anticipated; the risk that the divestiture agreement with Sycamore Partners, which is subject to various conditions, does not close; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the pending acquisition of Family Dollar are not satisfied or that the acquisition does not close; the risk that the financing required to fund the pending transactions is not obtained, or is obtained on terms other than those previously disclosed; costs and difficulties related to the integration of Family Dollar’s business and operations with Dollar Tree’s business and operations and the divestiture; the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, the cost savings and synergies contemplated by the pending acquisition of Family Dollar; and the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made by Dollar Tree, in this and in other documents or statements are qualified by factors, risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those set forth under the headings titled “A Warning About Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Dollar Tree’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015 and Dollar Tree’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 2, 2015, and other reports filed by Dollar Tree with the SEC, which are available at the SEC’s website http://www.sec.gov.

Please read Dollar Tree’s “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements contained in its filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Dollar Tree undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized, except as may be required by law. As a result of these risks and others, actual results could vary significantly from those anticipated herein, and Dollar Tree’s financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

Dollar Tree, Inc. publishes results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015

Fourth Quarter Highlights

 

  • Sales increased 10.8% to $2.48 billion and Same-Store Sales improved 5.6%
  • Diluted EPS, including acquisition-related costs, decreased 2.0% to $1.00
  • Excluding acquisition-related costs, diluted EPS increased 13.7% to $1.16

 

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2015-2-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter Results
Consolidated net sales increased 10.8% to $2.48 billion from $2.23 billion in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Consolidated same-store sales increased 5.6% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 1.2% increase in the prior-year period. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 5.5%.

Gross profit increased 11.3% to $918.1 million from $825.2 in the prior year’s fourth quarter. As a percent of sales, gross margin increased by 20 basis points to 37.1%. The primary contributors to the increase were higher initial mark-ups and leverage on occupancy and distribution costs, which were offset partially by higher freight costs and continued investments in merchandise value.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 21.6% of sales compared to 21.3% of sales in the prior year’s fourth quarter. The quarter included $6.7 million in acquisition-related costs associated with the pending merger with Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative costs were 21.3% of sales, flat compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter. Increased payroll costs related to store bonuses and incentive compensation were offset by leverage on other costs as a result of strong same-store sales.

Net income, compared to the prior year’s fourth quarter, including acquisition-related costs, was $206.6 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.00. Excluding acquisition-related costs, net income increased approximately $26.0 million to $239.0 million and diluted earnings per share increased 13.7% to $1.16.

Bob Sasser, Chief Executive Officer stated, “I am extremely proud of our Company’s performance in the fourth quarter and throughout 2014. Our quarterly comp sales increase of 5.6% was largely driven by a 5.0% increase in transaction count. Top performing categories included party supplies, household products and food. Our results continue to validate that Dollar Tree is part of the solution for millions of customers seeking great value as they strive to balance their household budget. We exceeded 1 billion transactions in a year for the first time in Company history. Our business model is strong, our inventories are fresh, our shelves are full of incredible values, and our store teams are ready for the Spring selling season.”

The Company opened 90 stores, expanded or relocated six stores, and closed five stores during the quarter. Retail selling square footage increased to 46.5 million square feet, a 7.4% increase compared to the prior year.

Full Year Results
For fiscal year 2014, the Company’s consolidated net sales increased 9.7% to $8.60 billion from $7.84 billion in the prior year. Consolidated same-store sales increased 4.4% on a constant currency basis, compared to a 2.4% increase for fiscal year 2013. Adjusted for the impact of Canadian currency fluctuations, the same-store sales increase was 4.3%.

Gross profit increased 8.8% to $3.03 billion, or 35.3% of sales, compared to $2.79 billion, or 35.6% of sales, in the prior year. The 30 basis point decrease, as a percent to sales, was primarily driven by higher freight costs related to domestic trucking rates.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 9.6% to $1.99 billion, or 23.2% of sales. This included approximately $28.5 million in acquisition-related costs associated with the merger with Family Dollar Stores, Inc. Excluding acquisition-related costs, selling, general and administrative costs were 22.8% of sales, a 40 basis point improvement compared to the prior year.

Net income, compared to the prior year including acquisition-related costs, increased $2.5 million to $599.2 million, and diluted earnings per share increased by 6.6% to $2.90. Excluding acquisition-related costs, net income increased $48.9 million to $645.6 million and diluted earnings per share increased 14.7% to $3.12.

Company Outlook
The Company estimates consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2015 to range from $2.15 billion to $2.20 billion, based on a low to mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 6.9% square footage growth. Diluted earnings per share, excluding acquisition-related costs, are expected to range from $0.69 to $0.74. This range includes a $0.01 per diluted share non-recurring, non-cash charge related to a change in inventory accounting for our Canadian operations.

Consolidated net sales for the full year are estimated to range from $9.21 billion to $9.45 billion. This estimate is based on a low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 7.2% square footage growth. Fiscal year 2015 diluted earnings per share, excluding acquisition-related costs, are expected to range from $3.30 to $3.50.

FTC Update
The Company continues to make progress in its effort to obtain clearance from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to complete the Company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar. The Company remains confident in its belief that the FTC will require the divestiture of no more than roughly 300 stores. Given the number of stores that the FTC continues to analyze, the Company now hopes to reach agreement with the FTC on the stores to be divested in early March and will work to close the acquisition by April 27, 2015. The final number and location of the divested stores and the closing date are subject to uncertainties such as the timing of final approval by the FTC Commissioners of the divested stores and the divestiture buyer or buyers.

Conference Call Information
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. EST. The telephone number for the call is 800-289-0463. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112. The access code is 9760132. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree’s website, www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/eventsand will remain online until Wednesday, March 4.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,367 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of January 31, 2015. Our stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

A WARNING ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Our press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events, developments or results and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, or estimate. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding the merger with Family Dollar, including acquisition related expenses and financing costs, the benefits, results, effects, timing and certainty of the merger, future financial and operating results, expectations concerning the antitrust review process for the proposed transaction and the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions, first quarter 2015 and full-year 2015 sales, first quarter 2015 and full-year 2015 diluted earnings per share. Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, among others, the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained on the anticipated terms including approval of the final number and location of divested stores and approval of a divestiture buyer or buyers and schedule or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated, the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied, the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained, or is obtained on terms other than those previously disclosed, the ability to close the proposed merger on the proposed terms and schedule, or at all, difficulties related to integration of the proposed merger and our ability to obtain cost savings and synergies contemplated by the merger, unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed merger, and the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations. For a discussion of the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our future events, developments or results, you should carefully review the “Risk Factors,” “Business,” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed March 14, 2014, the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed November 20, 2014 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are not obligated to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this report and you should not expect us to do so.

Dollar Tree Condensed Consolidated Income Statement

Dollar Tree Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

Dollar Tree Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

CONTACT:
Dollar Tree, Inc.
Randy Guiler, 757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Family Dollar shareholders approved Dollar Tree Merger

 

  • Family Dollar Shareholders Vote to Approve Dollar Tree Merger
  • Transaction Creates Leading Discount Retailer with More Than 13,000 Stores and Annual Sales Exceeding $18 Billion
  • Completion of Transaction Expected as Early as March 2015

 

CHESAPEAKE, VA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), the nation’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, today commented on the outcome of the shareholder vote of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO) to approve the pending merger with Dollar Tree.

“Today’s vote of approval by Family Dollar shareholders represents a crucial step toward combining Dollar Tree, North America’s leading fixed-price point discount retailer, with Family Dollar, a leading multi-price point retailer with a 50+ year history of serving low and middle income customers”, stated Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s Chief Executive Officer. “By adding Family Dollar to our portfolio of brands, Dollar Tree will soon operate more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces with annual sales exceeding $18 billion. This merger enhances our geographic footprint and diversifies our business model. We intend to operate and grow both banners. At Dollar Tree stores, everything is $1 while Family Dollar stores will continue to serve low to middle income customers with name brand consumables, home basics, variety and seasonal products at discount store prices. By utilizing the $1 fixed-price point in Dollar Tree and multi-price points at Family Dollar, we will deliver even greater value and choice to a broader range of consumers.”

Sasser added, “We are eager to welcome Family Dollar associates to the Dollar Tree team. We appreciate the dedication and hard work of Family Dollar’s associates throughout the integration planning process and we look forward to working together to further grow and improve the Family Dollar brand.”

Several steps need to take place to facilitate the successful completion of the acquisition. By the end of January, Dollar Tree expects to reach a preliminary agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) staff on the list of substantially all of the stores to be divested. Dollar Tree then plans to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected buyer(s), to address any concerns of the investigating state attorneys general, and to execute a consent order with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. To facilitate the FTC’s continued review, and in light of the practicalities associated with the transaction, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed to provide the FTC with four weeks’ notice prior to closing. Dollar Tree expects to initiate this 4-week notice period (which may be terminated early by the FTC) after Dollar Tree executes a consent decree with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, which should enable the closing of the merger as soon as March 2015.

Sasser concluded, “I am extremely proud of the entire Dollar Tree team. In addition to completing the due diligence and integration planning work relating to our acquisition, our team worked together to deliver two outstanding quarters during the acquisition process by continuing to provide great values to our consumers.”

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,282 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces as of November 1, 2014, with total retail selling square footage of 45.8 million. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Dollar Tree Canada, and Deals. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Forward- Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements and information about our current and future prospects and our operations and financial results are based on currently available information. Various risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual future results and financial performance to vary significantly from those anticipated in such statements. The forward looking statements contained herein include assumptions about our operations, such as cost controls and market conditions, and certain plans, activities or events which we expect will or may occur in the future and relate to, among other things, the business combination transaction involving Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, the financing of the proposed transaction, the benefits, results, effects, timing and certainty of the proposed transaction, future financial and operating results, expectations concerning the antitrust review process for the proposed transaction and the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions.

Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, among others: the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained on the proposed terms and schedule or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist stockholders to the merger; costs and difficulties related to the integration of Family Dollar’s business and operations with Dollar Tree’s business and operations; the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, the cost savings and synergies contemplated by the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the calculations of, and factors that may impact the calculations of, the acquisition price in connection with the proposed transaction and the allocation of such acquisition price to the net assets acquired in accordance with applicable accounting rules and methodologies; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; and any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made by Dollar Tree, in this and in other documents or statements are qualified by factors, risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those set forth under the headings titled “A Warning About Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Dollar Tree’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014, Dollar Tree’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended May 3, 2014, August 2, 2014 and November 1, 2014, and other reports filed by Dollar Tree with the SEC, which are available at the SEC’s website http://www.sec.gov.

Please read our “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements contained in these filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Dollar Tree undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized, except as may be required by law. As a result of these risks and others, actual results could vary significantly from those anticipated herein, and our financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.

Investors/Media Contacts:

Investors:

Randy Guiler
Dollar Tree, Inc.
rguiler@dollartree.com
(757) 321-5284

Media:

Debbie Miller / Nathaniel Garnick
Sard Verbinnen & Co
(212) 687-8080

Dollar Tree, Inc. agrees to divest stores in order to obtain antitrust clearance for the merger with Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

CHESAPEAKE, VA and MATTHEWS, NC, 2014-9-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), the nation’s leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, and Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO), a leading national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise, today announced that the two companies have amended their merger agreement to include a commitment by Dollar Tree to divest as many stores as necessary or advisable to obtain antitrust clearance for the previously announced cash and stock transaction. All other terms and conditions of the merger agreement remain the same as announced on July 28, 2014.

The two companies also announced today that their expectations for a closing date for the transaction have accelerated to as early as the end of November 2014.

Lastly, the two companies disclosed that they expect the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to issue a “second request” for additional information on September 8, 2014. The “second request” was expected and the companies are confident that regulatory approval will be obtained.

Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Dollar Tree is committed to working hard to complete our acquisition of Family Dollar as quickly as possible. Our amended agreement is clearly superior to Dollar General’s revised proposal based on antitrust risk, deal certainty and time value of money. Unlike Dollar General, we expect to be required to divest few, if any, stores because our business model is significantly different from Family Dollar’s model. Our product assortment and pricing is not driven by local competition, and we have very limited store overlap. As evidence of our confidence in and commitment to closing this transaction without delay, we are amending our merger agreement to provide for a commitment to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance.”

“Dollar Tree and Family Dollar continue to have productive discussions with the FTC,” continued Mr. Sasser, “and despite the anticipated second request from the FTC, we remain confident in our ability to complete our transaction with Family Dollar by as early as the end of November 2014 and deliver expeditiously the closing certainty and substantial value that this transaction provides to both companies’ shareholders, customers and employees. We will continue to work hard to complete our acquisition of Family Dollar as quickly as possible.”

Under the terms of the agreement announced on July 28, 2014, Family Dollar shareholders will receive $59.60 in cash and $14.90 equivalent in Dollar Tree shares for each common share of Family Dollar owned, subject to a collar. At closing, Family Dollar shareholders would own no less than 12.7% and no more than 15.1% of the outstanding common stock of Dollar Tree.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to the board of directors of Dollar Tree, and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Bank of America, N.A., Royal Bank of Canada and U.S. Bank, National Association, and certain of their affiliates have committed to provide financing for the transaction. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Williams Mullen are acting as legal counsel to Dollar Tree in connection with the transaction. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to the board of directors of Family Dollar in connection with the transaction. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is serving as legal counsel to Family Dollar.

About Dollar Tree, Inc.
Dollar Tree, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, operated 5,166 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces as of August 2, 2014, with total retail selling square footage of 44.8 million. To learn more about the Company, visi twww.DollarTree.com.

About Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, offers a mix of name brands and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. For more information, please visit www.FamilyDollar.com.

Investors/Media Contacts:
Dollar Tree Contacts:
Investors:
Randy Guiler
Dollar Tree, Inc.
rguiler@dollartree.com
(757) 321-5284

Media:
Debbie Miller / Nathaniel Garnick
Sard Verbinnen & Co
(212) 687-8080

Family Dollar Contacts:
Investors:
Kiley F. Rawlins, CFA
Family Dollar Stores, Inc.
krawlins@familydollar.com
(704) 708-2858

Media:
Matthew Sherman / Jamie Moser / Averell Withers
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
(212) 355-4449

Important Information for Investors and Stockholders
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In connection with the proposed merger between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, on August 11, 2014, Dollar Tree filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a registration statement on Form S-4 that included a preliminary proxy statement of Family Dollar that also constitutes a prospectus of Dollar Tree. The registration statement has not yet become effective. After the registration statement has been declared effective by the SEC, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be delivered to stockholders of Family Dollar. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF FAMILY DOLLAR ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS (INCLUDING ALL AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE MERGER THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Dollar Tree and Family Dollar through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Dollar Tree will be available free of charge on Dollar Tree’s internet website at www.DollarTree.com under the heading “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “Download Library” or by contacting Dollar Tree’s Investor Relations Department at 757-321-5284. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Family Dollar will be available free of charge on Family Dollar’s internet website at www.FamilyDollar.com under the heading “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “SEC Filings” or by contacting Family Dollar’s Investor Relations Department at 704-708-2858.

Participants in the Solicitation
Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Family Dollar common stock in respect of the proposed merger between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the proposed merger are set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC. You can also find information about Dollar Tree’s and Family Dollar’s directors and executive officers in their respective definitive proxy statements filed with the SEC on May 12, 2014 and December 6, 2013, respectively. You can obtain free copies of these documents from Dollar Tree or Family Dollar using the contact information above.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements and information about our current and future prospects and our operations and financial results are based on currently available information. Various risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual future results and financial performance to vary significantly from those anticipated in such statements. The forward looking statements contained herein include assumptions about our operations, such as cost controls and market conditions, and certain plans, activities or events which we expect will or may occur in the future and relate to, among other things, the business combination transaction involving Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, the financing of the proposed transaction, the benefits, results, effects, timing and certainty of the proposed transaction, future financial and operating results, expectations concerning the antitrust review process for the proposed transaction and the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions.

Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, among others: the risk that Family Dollar’s stockholders do not approve the merger; the risk that the merger agreement is terminated as a result of a competing proposal, the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained on the proposed terms and schedule or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist stockholders to the merger; costs and difficulties related to the integration of Family Dollar’s business and operations with Dollar Tree’s business and operations; the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, the cost savings and synergies contemplated by the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the calculations of, and factors that may impact the calculations of, the acquisition price in connection with the proposed transaction and the allocation of such acquisition price to the net assets acquired in accordance with applicable accounting rules and methodologies; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; and any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made by Dollar Tree or Family Dollar, in this and in other documents or statements are qualified by factors, risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those set forth under the headings titled “A Warning About Forward-Looking Statements,” “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in Dollar Tree’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014, Family Dollar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2013, Dollar Tree’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended May 3, 2014 and August 2, 2014, Family Dollar’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended May 31, 2014, and other reports filed by Dollar Tree and Family Dollar with the SEC, which are available at the SEC’s website http://www.sec.gov.

Please read our “Risk Factors” and other cautionary statements contained in these filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar, undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized, except as may be required by law. As a result of these risks and others, actual results could vary significantly from those anticipated herein, and our financial condition and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.