Will This Ratings Initiation Help Dollar General (DG) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dollar General Corp. (DG) was initiated with a "buy" rating and $84 price target at Citigroup on Wednesday.

The firm said it initiated coverage on the discount variety store based on its belief the stock will remain attractive, even if the Family Dollar (FDO) deal does not go through.

"Although much of the investor focus has been on the potential to win Family Dollar shareholder approval to acquire Family Dollar on December 23 (which is an accretive deal in its current form), we believe the even without the deal that shares are attractive from a valuation standpoint," the firm said.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DOLLAR GENERAL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DOLLAR GENERAL CORP (DG) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • DOLLAR GENERAL CORP has improved earnings per share by 5.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DOLLAR GENERAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.17 versus $2.86 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.51 versus $3.17).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $353.62 million or 27.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -15.92%.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.11 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DG Ratings Report

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