Contrasting Dollar General (DG) and Its Competitors

Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is one of 191 public companies in the “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Dollar General to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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90.9% of Dollar General shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.7% of shares of all “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Dollar General shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.9% of shares of all “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Dollar General has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dollar General’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Dollar General and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Dollar General $23.47 billion $1.54 billion 15.91
Dollar General Competitors $8.90 billion $395.71 million -625.93

Dollar General has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Dollar General is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Dollar General and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dollar General 0 11 14 0 2.56
Dollar General Competitors 2108 11427 15202 588 2.49

Dollar General currently has a consensus target price of $97.35, indicating a potential upside of 8.09%. As a group, “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies have a potential upside of 7.95%. Given Dollar General’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Dollar General is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Dollar General and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dollar General 6.55% 21.65% 10.24%
Dollar General Competitors -0.22% -207.99% 3.82%

Dividends

Dollar General pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Dollar General pays out 18.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “NONFOOD RETAIL/WH” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Dollar General has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Dollar General beats its competitors on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Dollar General Company Profile

Dollar General Corporation is a discount retailer. The Company offers a selection of merchandise, including consumables, seasonal, home products and apparel. The Company’s consumables category includes paper and cleaning products (such as paper towels, bath tissue, and other home cleaning supplies); packaged food (such as cereals, spices, sugar and flour); perishables (such as milk, beer and wine); snacks (such as candy, cookies, and carbonated beverages); health and beauty (such as over-the-counter medicines and personal care products); pet (pet supplies and pet food), and tobacco products. Its seasonal products include decorations, toys, batteries, stationery, prepaid phones and accessories, and home office supplies. Its home products include cookware, craft supplies and kitchen, and bed and bath soft goods. Its apparel products include casual everyday apparel for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women and men, as well as socks, underwear, disposable diapers, shoes and accessories.

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