WEN (Post-Call) It is Called the Most Important Meal of the Day, After All…

By Mark Kalinowski Published on August 5, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today, Wendy’s (WEN; Buy, $23.81) reported adjusted EPS of $0.12, matching our recently-raised $0.12 forecast, and coming in one cent above sell-side consensus (according to Consensus Metrix) of $0.11. Although company-operated restaurantlevel margins in Q2 at 14.4% were down year-over-year, they still amounted to a figure above our 12.0% projection and consensus of 11.3%. Wendy’s cites “a higher average check, labor efficiencies, and other dining room closure related efficiencies” as positive factors. Management also pointed to quicker drive-thru speeds.

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