PZZA Raising EPS Estimates Based on Appetizing Sales Trends

By Mark Kalinowski Published on May 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today, Papa John’s (PZZA; Buy, $76.32) reported that its North American same-store sales rose by a remarkable +33.5% for the April 27-May 24 timeframe. This comes on the heels of the previously-announced +26.9% for March 30-April 26, suggesting that Q2-to-date North American same-store sales are up by roughly +30% through May 24th. We raise our full-Q2E forecast by +900 basis points to +28.0%, which includes implied projections for May 25-June 28 of +20% for company-owned stores and +25% for franchised outlets.

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Comparing Casual Dining & Family Dining Concepts Same-Store Sales Trends

By Mark Kalinowski Published on May 21, 2020 at 12:00 AM

A number of full-service restaurant companies have been generous as of late in terms of providing weekly same-store sales data. In this report, we compile and compare the recent same-store sales trends of various casual dining and family dining concepts. We also look at some segment trends, and see what this may imply for recent same-store trends of these concepts that have not yet provided samestore sales results for the last few weeks.

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MCD (Post-Call) U.S. Same-Store Sales Trends Improving

By Mark Kalinowski Published on April 30, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Earlier today, McDonald’s (MCD; Neutral, $183.93) reported Q1 EPS of $1.47, short of our $1.52 forecast and sell-side consensus (according to Consensus Metrix) of $1.55. SG&A/Revenues of 12.5% (versus our 11.7% projection) accounts for the difference between Q1 EPS and our EPS estimate. However, part of this SG&A relates to non-recurring costs, such as $40 million for the company’s cancelation of its biannual worldwide convention, and $20 million for “payments of contractual obligations as [McDonald’s] reduced the scope and ongoing spend in R&D work of certain restaurant technology.”

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