Fri, Apr. 10, 11:55 AM
- Sales per shopper increased 5.8% Y/Y in March at retail chains, according to data from RetailNext.
- Average transaction value was up 3.5%, while the number of conversions improved by 0.9%
- Total sales were off 3.2% on a 8.2% drop in traffic amid a problematic month for weather. The tallies don't include e-commerce.
- Higher-end store chains such as Lululemon (LULU -0.5%), Tiffany (TIF +0.3%), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM +0.5%) can benefit from the trend toward highly-focused shoppers - while traffic-dependent chains such as Family Dollar (FDO +0.1%), Dollar General (DG +0.6%), and Dollar Tree (DLTR +0.4%) rely on the impulse buys churned up by increased traffic.
Wed, Apr. 8, 8:12 AM
- Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) reports comparable-store sales rose 0.5% in FQ2 as a higher number of transactions helped to offset a lower average transaction price.
- Sales of consumables were up 4.6% during the quarter, while sales for discretionary products fell off 1%.
- The company's gross profit rate increased 10 bbps to 33.1%.
- Operating profit rate fell 70 bps to 4.5% (partially due to mix).
- Inventory +3.5% to $1.72B.
- Merger update: A closing date by the end of May is anticipated for the Dollar Tree deal.
- Due to the pending merger with Dollar Tree, the company has pulled financial guidance.
- Previously: Family Dollar Stores beats by $0.01, revenue in-line
- FDO -0.2% premarket.
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Tue, Apr. 7, 5:49 PM
- Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) says that the FTC has "substantially completed" its review of the company's $8.5B acquisition of Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) and has identified about 340 stores to be divested, from a pool of about 500 locations reviewed.
- All or nearly all of the divestments should be Family Dollar stores, which the combined entity would sell to one or more of "multiple" interested buyers who would operate them as dollar stores. It was the low number of divestitures that prompted FDO shareholders to take a lower offer from Dollar Tree vs. the bid from Dollar General (NYSE:DG).
- In its 8-K, Dollar Tree says it hopes to close the merger in May.
- Family Dollar is part of earnings season's kickoff tomorrow, reporting before the bell. Analysts expect EPS of $0.73 on $2.8B in revenues.
- After hours: DLTR -0.7%.
- Previously: Dollar Tree says FTC reviewing more stores (Feb. 03 2015)
- Previously: Deal done: Dollar Tree lands Family Dollar (Jan. 22 2015)
Tue, Apr. 7, 5:30 PM
Wed, Apr. 1, 8:38 AM
- Discounters could face some increased pricing competition from Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) after the retail giant ratcheted up pressure on suppliers to reduce prices.
- The news from Bentonville might also create some headaches for large consumer products sellers such as Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) and Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) which have struggled with pushing back against Wal-Mart's formidable leverage.
- On margin watch: Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Fred's (NASDAQ:FRED), Big Lots (NYSE:BIG), Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE).
- Previously: Wal-Mart steps up pressure on suppliers to slash prices
Mon, Mar. 2, 1:44 PM
Fri, Feb. 27, 11:31 AM
- Factset has compiled a list of the most popular holdings of hedge funds at the end of Q4 and which stocks fell in or out of favor within the group.
- Overall, hedge funds increased their positions in the top 50 holdings during the quarter by 1%.
- Top 50 hedge fund consumer staples/discretionary stocks showing an increase: Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) +1.3%, PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) +20.3%, Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) +24.2%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +15.3%.
- Top 50 hedge fund consumer staples/discretionary stocks showing a decrease: Mastercard (NYSE:MA) -4.2%, Walgreen Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) -1.3%, Dollar General (NYSE:DG) -11.6%, Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) -0.9%.
- Another way to look at the list is to examine which stocks are missing. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are in that club.
- Factset's hedge fund ownership report (.pdf)
Thu, Feb. 5, 9:08 AM
- Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) has found a vibrant channel for its Velveeta brand in dollar stores.
- The company was very close to pulling the plug on the product last year amid soft grocery store sales.
- General Mills (NYSE:GIS) and Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) are also exploring selling more brands in dollar stores due to the potential for higher profit margins in certain categories.
- The development could aid the dollar store group (DLTR, DG, FDO) which has lost some quick-stop grocery market share to convenience stores.
Tue, Feb. 3, 5:44 PM
- Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) says it has learned the FTC is reviewing more than 500 stores as it scrutinizes its plan to acquire Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), after previously believing that the FTC would require the divestiture of no more than ~300 stores, according to an SEC filing.
- Despite the caution, DLTR still expects the total number of divestitures to be about 300, and hopes to reach an agreement with the FTC by the end of the month.
- FDO shareholders approved a deal last month to be sold to DLTR, choosing regulatory certainty over a riskier but higher offer from Dollar General (NYSE:DG).
Tue, Jan. 27, 6:50 AM
Thu, Jan. 22, 9:38 AM
- Shareholders with Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) have approved the merger offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR +1.8%) as expected.
- 74% of shareholders approved the merger of the discounters.
- FDO trades at $76.20 vs. the buyout price of $74.50.
- Shares of Dollar General (NYSE:DG) are taking the news well, up 2.4% in early trading.
Thu, Jan. 22, 2:18 AM
- Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) shareholders are expected to vote today in favor of a pending $8.5B merger with Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) despite a higher $9.1B offer from Dollar General (NYSE:DG) still on the table, Reuters reports.
- Family Dollar and two influential proxy firms are pushing for the deal with Dollar Tree, which said it would divest as many outlets as required to get antitrust approval.
- Dollar General has said it would only shed up to 1,500 stores.
- Previously: Proxy firms back Dollar Tree's bid for Family Dollar (Jan. 15 2015)
- Previously: Family Dollar sticks with Dollar Tree recommendation (Jan. 12 2015)
Thu, Jan. 15, 8:20 AM
- Dollar General (NYSE:DG) says discussions with the FTC over the company's offer to acquire Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) are ongoing.
- The company has already has detailed talks with potential buyers for many of the Family Dollar stores which would need to be offloaded if a deal was struck.
- Still, the discounter faces an uphill battle in the attempt to swallow up its sector rival.
- Proxy firms Glass Lewis and ISS have both recommended that Family Dollar shareholders vote to merge with Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR).
- FDO closed at $76.30 yesterday vs. the DLTR offer price of $74.50 and DG bid of $80.
Thu, Jan. 15, 3:13 AM
- Changing their previous stance, two influential proxy firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co, have advised Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) shareholders to vote for the retailer's acquisition by Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), saying it was more likely to close as it faced fewer antitrust hurdles.
- Previously, Dollar Tree had said it would divest as many outlets as required to get antitrust approval for the deal, while Dollar General (NYSE:DG) stuck to its offer to shed up to 1,500 stores.
Mon, Jan. 12, 6:55 AM
- Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) issues an open letter to shareholders in which it recommends they vote to approve a merger with Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR).
- The company says economic analysis by the FTC on the Dollar Tree combination leads to a count of problematic stores of 310, compared to estimated 3K-4K which would likely be needed to be divested under the Dollar General (NYSE:DG) merger proposal.
- A special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders is set for January 25 to vote on the DLTR offer.
- Full letter
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Family Dollar Stores Inc provides consumers with a selection of competitively priced merchandise in convenient neighbourhood stores. Its merchandise assortment includes consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.
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