Dollar General says sees headwind from Affordable Care Act Says Q4 was a "challenging" time for the industry. Sales trends starting out so far in Q1 have been impacted by the continued weather volatility. Says tobacco sales are continuing to have a positive impact on sales and store traffic. Says remains optimistic that changes which were implemented in FY13 will impact FY14. Says confident in store growth for many years to come. Says confident it can meet operating goals. The company says it remains cautious regarding the economic outlook for core customers. Dollar General says it has purchased an additional 3.5M shares or $200M so far in 2014. Says to remain consistent, opportunistic in share repurchases. Expects online sales for FY14 to increase. Sees health costs increasing. Says several factors weighing on Q1 results, including weather. says gross margin will continue to be impacted by tobacco introduction. Believes customer spending will be constrained in FY14. Sees headwind of approximately $10M-$15M, or 2c-3c from Affordable Care Act. Comments made during the company's Q4 earnings conference call.
Dollar General upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Goldman added Dollar General to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $87 from $85. The firm sees a positive inflection in fundamentals given favorable low-income consumer tailwinds and a reduced margin drag from tobacco, sustainable competitive advantages driving long-term growth, and attractive valuation.