Dollar General Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Dollar General is a discount retailer in the United States and operates convenient-sized stores that deliver everyday low prices on products that families use every day.

Dollar General Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 81 cents per share, a rise of 26.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.32 per share, a rise of 25.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported profit of 50 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 48 cents, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 4 cents with profit of 52 cents versus a mean estimate of net income of 48 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $4.11 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 17.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $14.73 billion for the year, a rise of 13% from last year’s revenue of $13.04 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 33.6% to $171.2 million (50 cents a share) from $128.1 million (37 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.5% to $3.6 billion from $3.22 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 3.4% in the second quarter and 15.4% in the first quarter.

For four quarters in a row, revenue has increased. Revenue rose 11.2% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 10.9% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 9.4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 19, 2011 and March 16, 2012, the stock price rose $4.22 (10.4%), from $40.47 to $44.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 16, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 9.4% (+$3.27) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 5, 2012 and January 12, 2012 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 2.4% (-99 cents) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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