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Investors swing at Dollar Tree on a fruitless Q1

On Thursday, Wall Street saw investors sending Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) stock down 4% after the discount store chain posted Q1 adjusted earnings of $1.14 per share, missing the analysts’ projection by a cent.

The blow came even as the company reported a 4.6% increase in its consolidated net sales for the quarter to $5.81 billion, nudging past the street consensus of $5.80 billion. Enterprise same-store sales increased by 2.2% in Q1, helped by its competitive pricing and strategic store expansion plans.

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The store performance was primarily driven by its Dollar Tree unit, where same-store sales improved 2.5% on a constant currency basis. Meanwhile, it rose just 1.9% in the Family Dollar segment.

On a reported basis, net income grew 67% to $1.12 per share.

Outlook

The Chesapeake, Virginia-based firm estimates consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2019 to range from $5.66 billion to $5.76 billion, based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales for the combined enterprise.

Diluted EPS is estimated to be in the range of $0.64 to $0.73.

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For the full year, Dollar Tree expects net sales of 23.51 billion to $23.83 billion. This estimate is based on a low single-digit increase in same-store sales.

Diluted EPS for this period is projected in the range of $4.77 to $5.07.

DLTR stock has gained 4.5% so far this year.

Peer company Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) also reported quarterly results on Thursday. Dollar General reported an 8% increase in first-quarter sales, supported by strong comparable store sales. Consequently, earnings rose sharply and exceeded estimates, driving the stock higher in premarket trading Thursday. The company also reaffirmed its full-year guidance.

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