After selling out of his entire stake in discount retailer
Dollar Tree (
) in the fourth quarter of 2011, Lone Pine Capital's
bought back his stake in the third quarter, and then generously
increased his shares by more than 200 percent; the recent
transaction was reported Dec. 10 on
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Mandel's recent move on Dollar Tree positions him at 5.2 percent
of shares outstanding, compared to third quarter's 1.69 percent.
The recent purchase just about triples his third quarter holding.
He reported about 3.9 million shares in September, whereas he now
has 11.8 million shares of the company's stock.
Dollar Tree has a market cap of $9.17 billion. It prospers in the
idea of selling extremely low-priced items in all of its 4,630
stores in 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Its stock is up
almost 2 percent this afternoon, trading at $39.26.
Dollar Tree reached its three-year peak right before the start of
the third quarter, trading around $56, and has since been in a
downward trend after its peak.
Year to date, Dollar Tree's market value has depreciated by 6.59
percent, especially so in October when its price dropped from $46
data by GuruFocus.com
About a month after the price drop, Dollar Tree director Conrad
M. Hall purchased shares of the stock after a six-streak selling
spree from several other Dollar Tree insiders. Purchases appear
rare in the company's insider activity.
Dollar Tree's main competitor, Dollar General, is trading a few
dollars higher than Dollar Tree, around $43 today, and is down
0.32 percent. It, however, has gained in value year to date, by
Conveniently, Mandel owns both retail stocks. Upon presenting
Dollar Tree as a new buy in the third quarter, he also added to
his Dollar General stake by 124 percent.
Dollar Tree is ranked positively in Business Predictability by
GuruFocus, graded 5 stars whereas Dollar General lacks a rating
Dollar Tree's revenue growth has maintained positive numbers in
the last decade, as with its EBITDA, book value and free cash
flow, according to its 10-Year Financials. Dollar Tree has a 9 in
Financial Strength and an 8 in Profitability and Growth on
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