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How to buy Dollar General Corporation stock

Learn how to easily invest in Dollar General Corporation stock.

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is a leading discount stores business based in the US. It opened the day at $236.52 after a previous close of $235.83. During the day the price has varied from a low of $235.40 to a high of $239.00. The latest price was $235.83 (25 minute delay). Dollar General Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 158,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has coronavirus impacted Dollar General Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Dollar General Corporation's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was $235.83, which is 29.24% up on its pre-crash value of $166.88 and 88.66% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $125.00.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Dollar General Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $903.56 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1.00.

Dollar General Corporation stock price (NYSE: DG)

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Dollar General Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-31.
Previous close$235.83
Change $0.00
Change % 0%
Volume 1,693,116
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range$172.16 - $240.14
50-day moving average $225.75
200-day moving average $219.61
Wall St. target price$248.16
PE ratio 21.2179
Dividend yield $1.62 (0.77%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $10.23

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Dollar General Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $235.83 from 2022-01-18

1 week (2022-01-12) 3.16%
1 month (2021-12-17) 5.99%
3 months (2021-10-19) 10.31%
6 months (2021-07-19) 5.15%
1 year (2021-01-19) 14.45%
2 years (2020-01-17) 49.27%
3 years (2019-01-18) 730.90%
5 years (2017-01-19) 1,228.43%

Is Dollar General Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Dollar General Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Dollar General Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Dollar General Corporation's P/E ratio

Dollar General Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 21x. In other words, Dollar General Corporation shares trade at around 21x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Dollar General Corporation's PEG ratio

Dollar General Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.4455. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Dollar General Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Dollar General Corporation's EBITDA

Dollar General Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $3.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Dollar General Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Dollar General Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $34 billion
Operating margin TTM 9.71%
Gross profit TTM $10.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.92%
Return on equity TTM 37.11%
Profit margin 7.19%
Book value $26.71
Market capitalisation $50.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Dollar General Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Dollar General Corporation.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Dollar General Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 15.04

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Dollar General Corporation's overall score of 15.04 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 10th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Dollar General Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Dollar General Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.75/100

Dollar General Corporation's social score

Social score: 3.99/100

Dollar General Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 0.79/100

Dollar General Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Dollar General Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Dollar General Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Dollar General Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 15.04
Total ESG percentile 9.95
Environmental score 0.75
Social score 3.99
Governance score 0.79
Level of controversy 2

Dollar General Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 16.45% of net profits

Recently Dollar General Corporation has paid out, on average, around 16.45% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.77% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Dollar General Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 0.77% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Dollar General Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.62 per share.

While Dollar General Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Dollar General Corporation is investing more in its future growth.

Dollar General Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 17 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 2 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Dollar General Corporation's shares ever split?

Dollar General Corporation's shares were split on a 1:4 basis on 8 January 2020. So if you had owned 4 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Dollar General Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 300% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Dollar General Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Dollar General Corporation's share price.

Dollar General Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Dollar General Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $172.1613 up to $240.14. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Dollar General Corporation's is 0.4992. This would suggest that Dollar General Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Dollar General Corporation overview

Dollar General Corporation, a discount retailer, provides various merchandise products in the southern, southwestern, Midwestern, and eastern United States. The company offers consumable products, including paper and cleaning products, such as paper towels, bath tissues, paper dinnerware, trash and storage bags, and laundry products; packaged food comprising cereals, canned soups and vegetables, condiments, spices, sugar, and flour; and perishables that include milk, eggs, bread, refrigerated and frozen food, beer, and wine. Its consumable products also comprise snacks, such as candies, cookies, crackers, salty snacks, and carbonated beverages; health and beauty products, including over-the-counter medicines and personal care products, such as soaps, body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and dental hygiene and foot care products; pet supplies and pet food; and tobacco products. In addition, the company offers seasonal products comprising holiday items, toys, batteries, small electronics, greeting cards, stationery, prepaid phones and accessories, gardening supplies, hardware, and automotive and home office supplies; and home products that include kitchen supplies, cookware, small appliances, light bulbs, storage containers, frames, candles, craft supplies and kitchen, and bed and bath soft goods. Further, it provides apparel, which comprise casual everyday apparel for infants, toddlers, girls, boys, women, and men, as well as socks, underwear, disposable diapers, shoes, and accessories. As of September 27, 2021, Dollar General Corporation operated 17,683 stores in 46 states in the United States. The company was formerly known as J.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Dollar General Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.223% of Dollar General Corporation shares are held by insiders and 94.543% by institutions.
How many people work for Dollar General Corporation?
Latest data suggests 158,000 work at Dollar General Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Dollar General Corporation?
Dollar General Corporation's fiscal year ends in January.
Where is Dollar General Corporation based?
Dollar General Corporation's address is: 100 Mission Ridge, Goodlettsville, TN, United States, 37072
What is Dollar General Corporation's ISIN number?
Dollar General Corporation's international securities identification number is: US2566771059
What is Dollar General Corporation's CUSIP number?
Dollar General Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 256677105

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