Dollar Tree (DLTR) Stock Price Target Boosted at Cantor Fitzgerald - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dollar Tree (DLTR) - Get Report stock is up by 0.78% to $74.74 in mid-morning trading on Wednesday, after its price target was raised to $85 from $82 at Cantor Fitzgerald, which maintained a "buy" rating on the stock.

The company's $9.2 billion acquisition of Family Dollar that closed in July could surpass its conservative guidance of $300 million in annual costs synergies by 2018, Cantor Fitzgerald said in an analysts note.

The discount store operator is already on track to achieve $75 million in cost synergies in the first year after the acquisition.

Dollar Tree has converted 147 Family Dollar stores to its own banner and plans to re-brand another 50 before the end of the year, analysts noted.

"We expect productivity to notably improve at these re-bannered locations as we think they are primarily in locations better served by a Dollar Tree," analysts said.

Cantor Fitzgerald analysts did lower their earnings estimates for the fiscal 2015 fourth quarter to 95 cents per share from $1.28 per share as the costs related to integration on Family Dollar become clearer.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DOLLAR TREE INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate DOLLAR TREE INC (DLTR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 48.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry, implying reduced upside potential.
  • DOLLAR TREE INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DOLLAR TREE INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.90 versus $2.75 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 3.4% in earnings ($2.80 versus $2.90).
  • The gross profit margin for DOLLAR TREE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.37%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.25% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$175.50 million or 205.02% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DLTR

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