DPZ Updating Our Rating on Domino’s

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

With this report, we upgrade our rating on the shares of Domino’s (DPZ) to Buy (from Neutral). Our upgrade is based on multiple factors, including: (1) we raise our Q2E U.S. same-store sales forecast by +190 basis points, to +8.6% — not only above sellside consensus (according to Consensus Metrix) of +6.8%, but also the new “highon-the-sell-side” forecast, (2) this summer’s new U.S. product launch could prove to be a hit, (3) while we are not modeling a meaningful international sales rebound, it could happen as more countries come back on line with their operations (for example, as of late April, only about 70% of Domino’s France stores were back open), (4) Domino’s company-owned stores (which represent about 2% of the worldwide store base, but which we calculate generate approximately 10%-11% of worldwide operating profits) should see their operating margins helped by lower cheese costs over Q2E-Q4E, and (5) while we are not predicting another massive shutdown of stores/lockdown orders/etc. for 6-12 months from now, if COVID-19 issues lead to such a circumstance several months from now — particularly over winter 2020-21; winters are relatively friendlier to respiratory viruses — Domino’s delivery & carryout focused business model should be more resistant than nearly all other business models in the restaurant industry.

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YUM Sometimes Delivery Ain’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be

By Mark Kalinowski Published on October 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today, Yum Brands (YUM; Buy) reported adjusted Q3 EPS of $0.80 — which included a -$0.15 hit related to the mark-to-market adjustment for Yum’s investment in Grubhub (GRUB; Not Rated). Excluding this GRUB-related adjustment, EPS would have been $0.95, matching our $0.95 forecast, although a penny shy of the sell-side consensus (according to Consensus Metrix) of 0.96.

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WEN A Bold Vision from Wendy’s at its Analyst Meeting

By Mark Kalinowski Published on October 11, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today, Wendy’s (WEN; Buy) hosted an Analyst Meeting. Shares are reacting positively to the news intraday, although there’s a lot of unpack, so let’s get to it. We maintain our Buy rating on WEN, and note the following:

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