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Dollar General (DG) Fiscal 1Q18 Results: Misses on EPS and Comps, Reaffirms FY18 Guidance

Executive Summary

  • Dollar General reported 1Q18 EPS of $1.36, up from $1.02 in the year-ago period, but below the $1.40 consensus estimate. Revenues were $6.11 billion, up 9.0% year over year and below the $6.18 billion consensus estimate.
  • Comps were up 2.1%, below the consensus estimate of 3.2%. The comp growth was due to an increase in average transaction value, which was partially offset by a decline in customer traffic.
  • Dollar General reaffirmed its FY18 guidance of sales growth of 9%, implying revenues of $25.58 billion, ahead of the $25.47 billion consensus estimate. The company expects full-year comps of around 2.5%, slightly below the consensus estimate of 2.6%, and EPS of $5.95–$6.15, in line with the $6.08 consensus estimate.

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