Family Dollar Stores Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Family Dollar Stores (NYSE:FDO) will report earnings before markets open on Wednesday, July 10th. Family Dollar Stores, Inc. is a national discount store chain. The Company operates stores located throughout the United States that offer merchandise that includes consumables, home products, apparel and accessories, seasonal and electronics.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Family Dollar Stores Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.03 per share on revenues of $2.57 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.35.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.88 to a profit $0.85. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.77, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Family Dollar Stores has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 6,984 7,401 7,867 8,548 9,331
Diluted EPS ($) 1.66 2.07 2.62 3.12 3.58

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter May. 31, 2012 Aug. 31, 2012 Nov. 30, 2012 Feb. 28, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 2,359.96 2,364.13 2,421.69 2,894.00
Diluted EPS ($) 1.06 0.69 0.69 0.00

Past Performance:
Family Dollar Stores has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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