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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Updating our Q4 Kalinowski Quick-Service Other Same-Store Sales Index

With this report, we update our data-driven Kalinowski Quick-Service Other Index for Q4 to +3.5%. This is the one-year figure, lapping the +1.2% number from Q4 2020, the +5.2% figure from Q4 2021, and the +6.3% number from Q4 2022. Comparing to Q4 2019 levels — a four-year (pre-pandemic) basis — the Kalinowski Quick-Service Other Index for Q4 2023 is at +17.1%. These numbers are based on our latest proprietary checks/data as regards same-store sales performance for this segment during October, November, and December.

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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Updating our Q4 Kalinowski Fast-Casual Same-Store Sales Index

With this report, we update our data-driven Kalinowski Fast-Casual Index for Q4 to +6.4%. This is the one-year figure, lapping the +3.3% figure from Q4 2020, +14.0% number from Q4 2021, and the +5.6% figure from Q4 2022. Comparing to Q4 2019 levels — a four-year (pre-pandemic) basis — the Kalinowski Fast-Casual Index for Q4 2023 is at +32.2%. This +32.2% figure is one of the best of any major restaurant sector. Our latest fast-casual numbers are based on our latest proprietary checks/data as regards same-store sales performance for this segment during October, November, and December.

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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

McDonald’s (MCD) and Yum Brands (YUM): A Simple Investment Strategy (Updated)

In the past, we’ve sometimes remarked to buysiders that it wouldn’t be a bad investment strategy — when choosing between large-cap restaurant stocks McDonald’s and Yum Brands — to simply pick the one with the more attractive (i.e., lower) valuation. In that frame of mind, we published a note examining this simply strategy back on January 8, 2023. With this note, we take an updated look at that approach as a possible simple investment strategy.

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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Updating our Q4 Kalinowski Casual Dining Same-Store Sales Index

With this report, we update our data-driven Kalinowski Casual Dining Index for Q4 to +2.7%. This is the one-year figure, lapping the -18.9% number from Q4 2020, the +35.8% figure from Q4 2021, and the +6.3% figure from Q4 2022. On a four-year (pre-pandemic) basis, the Kalinowski Casual Dining Index for Q4 is at +17.4%. These numbers are based on our latest proprietary checks/data as regards same-store sales performance for this segment during October, November, and December.

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Restaurant Industry
Mark Kalinowski

Updating our Q4 Kalinowski Family Dining Same-Store Sales Index

With this report, we update our data-driven Kalinowski Family Dining Index for Q4 to +0.9%. This is the one-year figure, lapping the -28.3% number from Q4 2020, the +37.4% figure from Q4 2021, and the +4.0% number from Q4 2022. Comparing to Q4 2019 levels — a four-year (pre-pandemic) basis — the Kalinowski Family Dining Index for Q4 2023 is at +3.5%. This is the lowest such number of any major U.S. restaurant industry segment. Our latest numbers are based on our latest proprietary checks/data as regards same-store sales performance for this segment during October, November, and December.

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Dine Brands Global (DIN)
Mark Kalinowski

DIN: Adjusting Our Estimates (1/3/2024)

Dine Brands – the owner and franchisor of the IHOP family-dining concept and the Applebee’s casual-dining concept — tentatively plans to release its Q4 2023 earnings before the market open on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

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