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Dollar Tree, Inc. Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016

~ 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.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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 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 Tree stores. 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.

 
DOLLAR TREE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(In millions, except per share data)
         
 
13 Weeks Ended Year Ended
January 28,

2017

January 30,

2016

January 28,

2017

January 30,

2016 (1)

(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  
 
Net sales $ 5,635.3 $ 5,365.3 $ 20,719.2 $ 15,498.4
 
Cost of sales 3,828.3 3,712.7 14,324.5 10,841.7
 
Gross profit 1,807.0 1,652.6 6,394.7 4,656.7
32.1 % 30.8 % 30.8 % 30.1 %
 
Selling, general & administrative expenses 1,220.5 1,182.9 4,689.9 3,607.0
21.7 % 22.0 % 22.6 % 23.3 %
 
Operating income 586.5 469.7 1,704.8 1,049.7
10.4 % 8.8 % 8.2 % 6.8 %
 
Interest expense, net 88.8 114.8 375.5 599.4
Other (income) expense, net - 2.4 (0.1 ) 2.1
 
Income before income taxes 497.7 352.5 1,329.4 448.2
8.8 % 6.6 % 6.4 % 2.9 %
 
Income tax expense 175.9 123.5 433.2 165.8
Income tax rate 35.3 % 35.0 % 32.6 % 37.0 %
 
Net income $ 321.8 $ 229.0 $ 896.2 $ 282.4
5.7 % 4.3 % 4.3 % 1.8 %
 
Net earnings per share:
Basic $ 1.36 $ 0.97 $ 3.80 $ 1.27
Weighted average number of shares 236.1 234.9 235.7 222.5
 
Diluted $ 1.36 $ 0.97 $ 3.78 $ 1.26
Weighted average number of shares 237.1 236.0 236.8 223.5
 
(1) For the year ended January 30, 2016, Selling, general & administrative expenses includes merger expenses of $38.7 million related to the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. on July 6, 2015, and Interest expense, net for the year ended January 30, 2016 includes incremental costs incurred to the July 6, 2015 acquisition date in connection with the repayment of pre-existing debt of $343.2 million. Excluding these acquisition-related expenses, Net income and Diluted earnings per share for the year ended January 30, 2016 were $518.2 million and $2.32, respectively. The January 30, 2016 information was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date.
 
DOLLAR TREE, INC.
Segment Information
(In millions, except store count)
                   
                                           
13 Weeks Ended Year Ended
January 28, 2017 January 30, 2016 January 28, 2017 January 30, 2016 (a)
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 
Net sales:
Dollar Tree $ 2,899.9 $ 2,688.4 $ 10,138.7 $ 9,336.4
Family Dollar   2,735.4     2,676.9     10,580.5     6,162.0  
Total net sales $ 5,635.3   $ 5,365.3   $ 20,719.2   $ 15,498.4  
 
Gross profit:
Dollar Tree $ 1,088.5 37.5 % $ 978.9 36.4 % $ 3,584.7 35.4 % $ 3,249.3 34.8 %
Family Dollar   718.5   26.3 %   673.7   25.2 %   2,810.0   26.6 %   1,407.4   22.8 %
Total gross profit $ 1,807.0   32.1 % $ 1,652.6   30.8 % $ 6,394.7   30.8 % $ 4,656.7   30.1 %
 
Operating income (loss):
Dollar Tree (b) $ 476.1 16.4 % $ 404.4 15.0 % $ 1,305.3 12.9 % $ 1,080.5 11.6 %
Family Dollar   110.4   4.0 %   65.3   2.4 %   399.5   3.8 %   (30.8 ) -0.5 %
Total operating income $ 586.5   10.4 % $ 469.7   8.8 % $ 1,704.8   8.2 % $ 1,049.7   6.8 %
                                           
                                           
13 Weeks Ended Year Ended
January 28, January 30, January 28, January 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Dollar Tree Family

Dollar

Total Dollar Tree Family

Dollar

Total Dollar Tree Family

Dollar

Total Dollar Tree Family

Dollar

Total
Store Count:
Beginning 6,320 7,964 14,284 5,841 8,197 14,038 5,954 7,897 13,851 5,367 8,284 13,651
New 47 57 104 63 65 128 359 225 584 400 166 566
Rebanner (c) 8 (7 ) 1 58 (20 ) 38 91 (91 ) - 205 (205 ) -
Closings (15 ) (40 ) (55 ) (8 ) (20 ) (28 ) (44 ) (57 ) (101 ) (18 ) (23 ) (41 )
Divestitures -     -   -   -     (325 ) (325 ) -     -   -   -     (325 ) (325 )
Ending 6,360     7,974   14,334   5,954     7,897   13,851   6,360     7,974   14,334   5,954     7,897   13,851  
Selling Square Footage (in millions) 54.7     57.7   112.4   51.3     57.1   108.4   54.7     57.7   112.4   51.3     57.1   108.4  
Growth Rate (Square Footage) 6.6 %   1.1 % 3.7 % 10.3 %   100.0 % 133.1 % 6.6 %   1.1 % 3.7 % 10.3 %   100.0 % 133.1 %
 
(a) The results of Family Dollar's operations are included from the July 6, 2015 acquisition date. The January 30, 2016 information was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date.
(b) For the year ended January 30, 2016, Selling, general & administrative expenses includes merger expenses of $38.7 million for the Dollar Tree segment related to the acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. on July 6, 2015. Excluding these acquisition-related expenses, Operating income for the year ended January 30, 2016 was $1,119.2 million for the Dollar Tree segment.
(c) Stores are included as rebanners when they close or open, respectively.
 
DOLLAR TREE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions)
   
January 28, January 30,
2017   2016
(Unaudited)
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 866.4 $ 736.1
Short-term investments 4.0 4.0
Merchandise inventories, net 2,865.8 2,885.5
Other current assets   201.8   310.3
Total current assets 3,938.0 3,935.9
 
Property and equipment, net 3,115.8 3,125.5
Assets available for sale 9.0 12.1
Goodwill 5,023.5 5,021.7
Favorable lease rights, net 468.6 569.4
Tradename intangible asset 3,100.0 3,100.0
Other intangible assets, net 5.1 5.8
Other assets   41.6   130.8
 
Total assets $ 15,701.6 $ 15,901.2
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt $ 152.1 $ 108.0
Accounts payable 1,119.6 1,251.9
Other current liabilities 744.2 722.6
Income taxes payable   90.0   12.9
Total current liabilities 2,105.9 2,095.4
 
Long-term debt, net, excluding current portion 6,169.7 7,238.4
Unfavorable lease rights, net 124.0 149.3
Deferred tax liabilities, net 1,458.9 1,586.6
Income taxes payable, long-term 71.2 71.4
Other liabilities   382.4   353.2
 
Total liabilities   10,312.1   11,494.3
 
Shareholders' equity   5,389.5   4,406.9
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 15,701.6 $ 15,901.2
 
 

The January 30, 2016 information was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date.

DOLLAR TREE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In millions)
           
Year Ended
January 28, January 30,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 896.2   $ 282.4  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in)

operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 637.5 487.6
Provision for deferred taxes (124.1 ) 25.6
Other non-cash adjustments to net income 126.2 125.6
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   137.5     (118.7 )
Total adjustments   777.1     520.1  
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,673.3     802.5  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (564.7 ) (480.5 )
Acquisition of Family Dollar, net of common stock issued, equity

compensation and cash acquired

- (6,527.7 )
Purchase of restricted investments (36.1 ) (23.7 )
Proceeds from sale of restricted investments 118.1 53.0
Proceeds from (payments for) fixed asset disposition   (0.9 )   0.5  
Net cash used in investing activities   (483.6 )   (6,978.4 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Principal payments for long-term debt (4,036.2 ) (5,926.7 )
Proceeds from long-term debt, net of discount 2,962.5 12,130.2
Debt-issuance costs (6.1 ) (159.8 )
Repayments of revolving credit facility (140.0 ) -
Proceeds from revolving credit facility 140.0 -
Proceeds from stock issued pursuant to stock-based compensation plans 41.5 13.9
Cash paid for taxes on exercises/vesting of stock-based compensation (22.2 ) (21.6 )
Tax benefit of exercises/vesting of stock-based compensation   -     12.8  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (1,060.5 )   6,048.8  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   1.1     (0.9 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 130.3 (128.0 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   736.1     864.1  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 866.4   $ 736.1  
 

The January 30, 2016 information was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date.

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