Earnings Preview: Family Dollar Reports Q4 Results Wednesday

Sep.21.11 | About: Family Dollar (FDO)

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE:FDO) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on September 28, 2011.

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FDO trades an average of 1.6 million shares per day.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina.

52-Week High: $56.92
52-Week Low: $41.31
Book Value: $9.82
Float Short: 3.53%

On average, 17 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.28 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.91. A beat of $0.63 per share will top the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.58 and $0.65 per share.

The current trailing-twelve-month (ttm) P/E ratio is 17.8 The forward P/E ratio is 17.4. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has moved higher in price 12.02%, with a one-year change of 23.12%.
Compared to the S&P 500, the year-to-date difference is 12.43%.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $7.87 billion for 2010 vs. $7.40 billion for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $358.14 million for 2010 vs. $291.27 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $575.60 million for 2010 vs. $457.27 million for 2009.

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Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
May-11 $ 2.17 B $ 2.15 B $ -13.14 M -0.61%
Feb-11 $ 2.27 B $ 2.26 B $ -2.76 M -0.12%
Nov-10 $ 1.98 B $ 2.00 B $ 15.27 M 0.77%
Aug-10 $ 1.96 B $ 1.96 B $ -0.67 M -0.03%
May-10 $ 2.00 B $ 2.00 B $ 0.97 M 0.05%
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M = millions; B = billions.
Differences are rounded.
Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

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Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

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