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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Quick-Service Restaurants: California Unit Growth Plans for 2024 vs. 2023

California raised its minimum wage for most quick-service/fast-casual employees to $20 per hour as of April 1, 2024. The bill containing this provision – AB1228 — was signed into law on September 28, 2023. As such, restaurant concepts had several months’ advance notice that per-hour labor costs would be going up meaningfully in this key state. To what extent, if any, did this affect unit-growth plans for California in 2024?

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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Pizza Sector: What Sales Trends Hint at re: Average Unit Volumes (5/29/2024)

Recently, Domino’s, Pizza Hut (owned by Yum Brands [YUM; Neutral, $135.86]), and Papa Johns all reported their Q1 2024 U.S. same-store sales. In this report, we discuss how these same-store sales results — and potential results for full-year 2024 — relate to these three concepts’ average unit volumes (AUVs). We further discuss what this means for the companies, and their stocks.

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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Burger Sector: What Same-Store Sales Trends Hint at re: Average Unit Volumes (5/23/2024)

McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King (owned by Restaurant Brands International [QSR; Not Rated]) each recently reported their Q1 2024 U.S. same-store sales. In this report, we discuss how these same-store sales results — and potential results for full-year 2024 — relate to these three concepts’ average unit volumes (AUVs). We further discuss what this means for the companies, and their stocks.

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YUM! Brands Inc. (YUM)
Mark Kalinowski

YUM: The Fast-Growing Concept Yum Brands Should Consider Acquiring

Yum Brands remains one of the foremost – arguably, the foremost – aggregator of multiple restaurant concepts in the world. Its KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut brands are legendary. Yum Brands also acquired the fast-casual Habit Burger concept back in early 2020. We believe that Yum will make additional concept acquisitions in the future. Toward that end, it seems that there is one concept in particular that it makes a lot of sense for Yum to seriously think about acquiring.

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