Dollarama Inc hikes dividend by 12.5% as profit rises almost 30%

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Financial Post

MONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says its fourth-quarter profit rose about 21 per cent to $100.3 million — above analyst estimates.

It also announced a hike to its quarterly dividend, which will rise by 12.5 per cent to nine cents per share, starting on May 7.

Dollarama’s profit amounted to 76 cents per share, up from 59 cents per share or $83 million in last year’s fourth quarter.

Analysts had estimated 71 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 75 cents per share on a fully reported basis.

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Sales for the Montreal-based company rose to $669 million for the quarter ended Feb. 1, up 14.9% from a year earlier, while sales for comparable locations were up 8.5 per cent.

The company says comparable-store growth was driven by a 3.6% increase in the number of transactions and a 4.7% increase in the average transaction value.

A year earlier, Dollarama’s sales…

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