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Dollar General Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: June 4, 2012 05:24PM
Highlight of Business Operations:· Selling, general and administrative expenses, or SG&A, as a percentage of sales, was 21.6% compared to 22.2% in the 2011 quarter, a decrease of 56 basis points. The 2011 quarter included expenses of $13.1 million, or 38 basis points, for the expected settlement of two legal matters. The remaining improvement in SG&A, as a percentage of sales, is primarily due to our increased sales, which combined with the impact of our new workforce management system, resulted in improved effectiveness of our store labor costs.
Net Sales. The net sales increase in the 2012 first quarter reflects a same-store sales increase of 6.7% compared to the 2011 quarter. Same-stores include stores that have been open for at least 13 months and remain open at the end of the reporting period. For the 2012 quarter, there were 9,346 same-stores which accounted for sales of $3.67 billion. Increases in customer traffic and average transaction amount contributed to the increase in same-store sales. The remainder of the sales increase was attributable to new stores, partially offset by sales from closed stores.
Gross Profit. The gross profit rate as a percentage of sales was 31.5% in the first quarter of both 2012 and 2011. Factors positively affecting our gross profit include higher inventory markups, improved transportation and distribution efficiencies and lower inventory shrinkage, as a percentage of sales. The primary factor negatively affecting gross profit in the 2012 period was higher markdowns for apparel and other products. In addition, consumables, which generally have lower markups than non-consumables, represented a greater percentage of sales in the 2012 quarter than in the 2011 quarter. We recorded a $1.6 million LIFO provision in the 2012 quarter compared to a $3.6 million provision in the 2011 quarter.
Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) Expense. SG&A expense was 21.6% as a percentage of sales in the 2012 period compared to 22.2% in the 2011 period, an improvement of 56 basis points reflecting the favorable impact of the 13.0% increase in sales as well as the effect of $13.1 million of expenses in the 2011 period related to the settlement of two legal matters which did not recur in the 2012 period. In addition, retail labor expense increased at a rate lower than our increase in sales, partially due to ongoing benefits of our workforce management system. Various cost reduction efforts affecting store rental and other expenses also contributed to the overall decrease in SG&A as a percentage of sales. Costs that increased at a rate higher than our increase in sales include fees associated with the increased use of debit cards, costs associated with the opening of our new distribution centers in Alabama and California, workers compensation and general liability expenses, and advertising costs.
Under the Term Loan Facility we would be required to prepay outstanding term loans, subject to certain exceptions, with: up to 50% of our annual excess cash flow (as defined in the credit agreement) which would be reduced to 25% and 0% if we were to achieve and maintain a total net leverage ratio of 6.0 to 1.0 and 5.0 to 1.0, respectively; the net cash proceeds of certain non-ordinary course asset sales or other dispositions of property; and the net cash proceeds of any incurrence of debt other than proceeds from debt permitted under the senior secured credit agreement. Through May 4, 2012, no prepayments have been required under the prepayment provisions listed above. The Term Loan Facility can be prepaid in whole or in part at any time.