Wells Fargo Upgrades Dollar Tree (DLTR) in Broad Dollar Store Endorsement

October 10, 2012 8:14 AM EDT
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Wells Fargo upgraded Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR) from Market Perform to Outperform with a price target of $56 to $58 (from $52 to $55).

Analysts said they continue to like the dollar stores for their low prices, convenient locations, solid square footage/ earnings growth, and relative immunity from Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN).

"Our favorite name is Dollar General (NYSE: DG), given its combination of top-line and margin opportunities and strong track record," said analyst Matt Nemer.

Regarding Dollar Tree (Nasdaq: DLTR) Nemer said "We expect solid comps to continue driven by stable consumables and discretionary sales, the continued rollout of coolers/freezers over the next three years, and a potential lift from a new policy to accept manufacturer's coupons."

He also expect stable gross margins going and incremental growth opportunities like Deal$, Canadian expansion, and eCommerce.

"Shares of DLTR have declined 13.6% over the last 90 days vs. the S&P up 6.6%, and valuation looks compelling at 15.9x FY2013E vs. a group of similar growth peers at 17.0x. Additionally, there could be potential upside to Street estimates for Q4 2012 given guidance doesn't assume any share repurchase activity," said Nemer.

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Shares of Dollar Tree closed at $45.79 yesterday.

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