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Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS): Is This Sporting Goods Retailer a Buy After an 11% Daily Drop? – Foot Locker, Inc. (FL), Finish Line Inc (FINL)

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Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) has recently experienced a significant drop of nearly 11% in one trading day, because the company’s earnings results missed analysts’ expectations. The fourth quarter earnings came in at $1.03 per share, lower than Wall Street’s estimate of $1.06 per share. At the current price of more than $45 per share, it is trading around its 52-week low. Is a recent significant drop a buying opportunity for investors? Or should we stay away due to the company’s earnings miss? Let’s find out.

Business snapshot

Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS)

Dick’s Sporting Goods is an authentic full-line specialty retailer of sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear, operating 518 Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) stores in 44 states and 81 Golf Galaxy stores in 30 states. The majority of its revenue, around 52% of the total revenue, was generated from hardlines sales, including sporting goods, fitness and golf equipment. Apparel ranked second, accounting for about 29% of the total revenue while footwear contributed around 19% of the total sales. The company has a diverse supplier base, as it purchases merchandise from around 1,200 vendors. Since 2010, Dick’s Sporting Goods has experienced consistent growing same store sales. The company enjoyed a same store sales growth of 7.2% in 2010, 2% in 2011 and 4.3% in 2012.

A cash cow with historical consistent performance

Over the past ten years, Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS)’s revenue, net income and cash flow have been on the rise. The revenue has grown from $1.47 billion in 2003 to nearly $5.84 billion in 2012, while the net income has risen from $86 million to $290.7 million during the same period. It only experienced a loss of $35 million in 2008, due to $164.25 million impairment charges of goodwill and intangibles. What interests me is the fact that Dick’s Sporting Goods’ seems to be a great cash-generating machine. Its operating cash flow has increased from $87 million to $438.3 million for the past ten years, whereas the free cash flow has surged from $32 million to $219 million in the same period.

Little leverage employed in the business

In the retailing business, a retailer might miss quarterly earnings results or miss a short-term fashion trend. However, it’s critical for retailers to have a strong balance sheet to weather the short-term headwinds. Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) has a quite conservative capital structure. As of February, the company had $1.59 billion in total stockholders’ equity, $345.2 million in cash and only $16 million in long-term debt and leasing obligations. In the past twelve months, Dick’s Sporting Goods have spent nearly $200 million to repurchase shares. The company also announced another share buyback program of as much as $1 billion.

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