CHESAPEAKE, Va. - May 23, 2013 - Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America's leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less, reported its results for the quarter ended May 4, 2013 ("first quarter"). Consolidated net sales for the first quarter were a record $1.87 billion, an 8.3% increase compared to $1.72 billion reported for the quarter ended April 28, 2012 ("first quarter 2012"). Comparable store sales increased 2.1%, on top of a 5.6% increase for the first quarter 2012.
Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter were $0.59, an 18.0% increase compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.50 reported for the first quarter 2012.
"I am pleased with the Company's first quarter performance," said President and CEO Bob Sasser. "Sales continued to grow, our earnings per share increased by 18% and we achieved the highest first-quarter operating margin in the Company's history. Our stores are executing at a high level and we are well positioned with great assortments and the best values ever for Memorial Day, Graduation and an exciting summer selling season."
Operating margin for the quarter was 11.6%, a 70 basis point improvement from the 10.9% operating margin in the first quarter 2012. Gross margin increased 20 basis points, to 35.2% compared with 35.0% in the first quarter 2012. Selling, general and administrative expenses improved 50 basis points to 23.6% compared with 24.1% in the first quarter last year.
Cash and cash equivalents at quarter-end totaled $383.3 million, compared with $382.3 million at the end of the first quarter 2012. During the first quarter, the Company repurchased 1.5 million shares for $68.4 million, and ended the quarter with $791.3 million remaining on its share repurchase authorization.
The Company continues to expand. During the first quarter, Dollar Tree opened 94 stores, closed 2 stores, and expanded or relocated 16 stores. Retail selling square footage increased 7.0% compared to a year ago, to 41.2 million square feet.
The Company estimates sales for the second quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $1.81 billion to $1.86 billion, based on low-single digit positive comparable store sales. Diluted earnings per share are estimated to be in the range of $0.52 to $0.57.
Full year sales are now estimated to be in the range of $7.81 billion to $7.97 billion. This estimate is based on a range of low-single digit positive comparable store sales. Fiscal year 2013 diluted earnings per share are expected to be $2.61 to $2.77. These estimates assume no impact from potential additional share repurchase activity in 2013.
On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings results at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The telephone number for the call is 877-879-6243. A recorded version of the call will be available until midnight Thursday, May 30, and may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112, and the access code is 9362526. A webcast of the call is accessible through Dollar Tree's website, www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events and will remain online until midnight Thursday, May 30.
Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, operated 4,763 stores in 48 states and 5 Canadian Provinces as of May 4, 2013, with total retail selling square footage of 41.2 million. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.
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Dollar Tree, Inc., Chesapeake
Timothy J. Reid, 757-321-5284