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Dollar General Corporation Reports Record Third Quarter 2012 Sales And Earnings

The Company believes that the presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA is appropriate to provide additional information about the calculation of the senior secured incurrence test, a material financial ratio in the Company’s credit agreements. Adjusted EBITDA is a material component of that ratio.

The non-GAAP measures discussed above are not measures of financial performance or condition, liquidity or profitability in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered as alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flows from operations or any other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not intended to be measures of free cash flow for management’s discretionary use, as they do not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments, debt service requirements and replacement of fixed assets. These non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s financial results as reported under GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information, such as the information in the sections entitled “Fiscal 2012 Financial Outlook” and “Fiscal 2013 Outlook” as well as other statements regarding the Company’s outlook, plans and intentions. A reader can identify forward-looking statements because they are not limited to historical fact or they use words such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “schedule,” “on track,” “expect,” “estimate,” “objective,” “forecast,” “goal,” “focus,” “intend,” “committed,” “continue,” or “will likely result,” and similar expressions that concern our strategy, plans, intentions or beliefs about future occurrences or results. These matters involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual performance of the Company to differ materially from that which we expected. We derive many of these statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based on many detailed assumptions that we believe are reasonable. However, it is very difficult to predict the effect of known factors, and we cannot anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results that may be important to an investor. All forward-looking information should be evaluated in the context of these risks, uncertainties and other factors. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • failure to successfully execute the Company’s growth strategy, including delays in store growth, or in effecting store relocations or remodels, difficulties executing sales and operating profit margin initiatives and inventory shrinkage reduction;
  • the failure of the Company’s new store base to achieve sales and operating levels consistent with the Company’s expectations;
  • risks and challenges in connection with sourcing merchandise from domestic and foreign vendors, as well as trade restrictions;
  • the Company’s level of success in gaining and maintaining broad market acceptance of its private brands and in achieving its other initiatives;
  • unfavorable publicity or consumer perception of the Company’s products;
  • economic conditions, including their effect on the financial and capital markets, the Company’s suppliers and business partners, employment levels, consumer demand, disposable income, credit availability and spending patterns, inflation and the cost of goods;
  • increases in commodity prices (including, without limitation, cotton, wheat, corn, sugar, oil, paper, nuts and resin);
  • levels of inventory shrinkage;
  • seasonality of the Company’s business;
  • increases in costs of fuel or other energy, transportation or utilities costs and in the costs of labor, employment and healthcare;
  • the impact of changes in or noncompliance with governmental laws and regulations (including, but not limited to, product safety, healthcare and unionization) and developments in and outcomes of legal proceedings, investigations or audits;
  • disruptions, unanticipated expenses or operational failures in the Company’s supply chain including, without limitation, a decrease in transportation capacity for overseas shipments or work stoppages or other labor disruptions that could impede the receipt of merchandise;
  • delays or unanticipated expenses in constructing new distribution centers;
  • a data security breach or other damage or interruption to the Company’s information systems;
  • changes in the competitive environment and the markets where the Company operates;
  • natural disasters, unusual weather conditions, pandemic outbreaks, boycotts, war and geo-political events;
  • incurrence of material uninsured losses, excessive insurance costs or accident costs;
  • the Company’s failure to protect its brand name;
  • the Company’s loss of key personnel or the inability to hire additional qualified personnel;
  • interest rate and currency exchange fluctuations;
  • the Company’s debt levels and restrictions in its debt agreements;
  • the Company’s failure to maintain effective internal controls;
  • changes to income tax expense due to changes in or interpretation of tax laws, or as a result of federal or state income tax examinations;
  • changes to or new accounting guidance, such as changes to lease accounting guidance or a requirement to convert to international financial reporting standards;
  • factors disclosed under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2012 and any subsequent quarterly filings on Form 10-Q; and
  • such other factors as may be discussed or identified in this press release.

All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by these and other cautionary statements that the Company makes from time to time in its other SEC filings and public communications. The Company cannot assure the reader that it will realize the results or developments the Company anticipates or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences or affect the Company or its operations in the way the Company expects. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which they were made, except as otherwise required by law. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, the Company.

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