Arcos Dorados

  • Do Premium and Value Go Together?

    By Chad Henage - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, CMG, MCD, YUM

    It's rare to find a company that can position itself as offering both value and premium offerings. Sometimes, when a company tries to straddle the lines between high-end and cheaper options, customers can get confused and sales may suffer. Some investors might assume this is what’s happening at McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD). However, the Golden Arches has upgraded its image before, and chances are the company can do more »

  • How Arcos Dorados Can Succeed as a Franchisee

    By Will Chavey - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, TAST, MCD

    A few years ago, amid the pending IPO for McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) franchisee Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), analysts began to question the franchisee system’s profitability. Some pointed to franchisor advantages, others to the underwhelming history of franchisees. What's more, those concerns have seemingly turned out to be true; shares of Arcos Dorados have struggled tremendously since the IPO. It’s fair to ask: were those criticisms warranted more »

  • What Big Earnings Reports Mean for These 3 Stocks

    By Will Chavey - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, VC, WCG

    As the August heat beats down, a few companies always jolt us out of our summer stupor with big moves on earnings days. Here’s a look at a few companies that created a lot of buzz after reporting earnings, and whether their future growth warrants so much enthusiasm.

    Feeding earnings

    McDonald’s franchisee Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) missed EPS estimates by $.02 but scored big on revenue. Sales grew more »

  • Have the Shorts got it Wrong?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, RDN, WNR

    Short squeezes can be very profitable, with prices moving 10-20% in one day the risk/reward ratio is tempting. However, picking stocks that are ripe for a short squeeze is hard and risky. Indeed, Foolish investors should never invest just to benefit from a squeeze.

    Having said that, personally, I believe that even if a company has 50% of its stock out on loan for shorting, if the company has more »

  • The Market Dislikes These Stocks--Should You?

    By Nick Pugleasa - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, PRLB, UA

    Should a large amount short interest condemn an investment? I do not believe so, and actually want to caution you to avoid automatically disqualifying a stock like that--some could be great opportunities for long term investors.

    Finding the Stocks that Deserve Love

    When you are investing against the shorts, who do you want to have on your side? Well, management would be nice. When I see a heavily shorted stock more »

  • Debt Is a Universal Language

    By Chad Henage - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, MCD, SBUX, YUM

    Take a great brand, combine it with a huge market opportunity, and you should have a terrific investment opportunity. This should be the story behind Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO). Here is a company with the rights to open franchises in Latin America for McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), which should be the opportunity of a lifetime. The company is reporting respectable growth, but there is one big problem standing in the more »

  • Problems and Opportunity With the McDonald's of Latin America

    By Matthew Luke - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, MCD

    After climbing 30% for the year in mid-May (easily outperforming the S&P 500 by 10% at the time), shares of the Latin American restaurateur Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) are now trading in slightly-negative territory for 2013. Like last year and the year before it, we need to ask yourselves “What exactly is wrong with the McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) of Latin America?”

    Formed in 2007, Arcos Dorados is the more »

  • Cashing In on Brazil's World Cup and Olympics with Fast Food Restaurant Chains

    By Matt Smith - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW

    It has been speculated that the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Brazil will create opportunities for investors across a range of companies operating in the consumer-goods sector. However, it is expected that the greatest sales growth will be for those companies operating in the fast food restaurant industry, with a boom in sales expected to drive higher levels of profitability.  

    While it is true that these more »

  • Is This the Best Way to Play Latin American Growth?

    By Mark Lin - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BLX, ABV

    Incorporated in 1975, Bladex (NYSE: BLX) became the first Latin American bank to be listed on NYSE in 1992.

    Proxy for Latin America’s growth story

    According to the International Monetary Fund's April outlook, Latin America is expected to grow by 3.4% and 3.9% in 2013 and 2014, respectively. There are a few factors driving Latin America’s strong growth prospects.

    Firstly, The Panama Canal expansion more »

  • The Lesser-Known Restaurateurs

    By Matthew Luke - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BH, MCD, THI

    In the world of publicly-traded restaurant companies, a tiny few command most of the attention of the U.S. mainstream financial media. If your company is not a big name like Starbucks or Chipotle Mexican Grill, good luck getting even a brief mention on CNBC. Despite the lack of attention, there are other, lesser-known restaurant companies out there that are quietly improving sales, expanding their businesses and making their shareholders more »

  • Second Look at Arcos Dorados

    By Matthew Luke - May 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, CL, MCD, YUM

    On Tuesday, Latin American restaurant operator Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) reported its first quarter earnings results. Earnings per share came in at a 8-cent loss, below analysts’ estimates of 6-cent gain, with revenue of $976.9 million, beating consensus estimates of $960.4 million. This continues a challenging 12-plus months for the company, which has seen tough operating conditions across Latin America after what had initially been an impressive growth more »

  • Emerging Markets Food Plays

    By Federico Zaldua - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, YUM

    Emerging Markets (EM) are poised to continue growing not only through exports but, above all, through growing their internal consumer markets. Emerging economies with huge populations such as Brazil, India, China or Mexico are constantly adding new people to their growing middle classes. Understanding this is key when thinking of investing in the emerging world. I have chosen three companies that will hugely benefit from this trend. These three companies more »

  • McDonald's Latin American Opportunity

    By Matthew Luke - April 10, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, MCD, YUM

    It was almost exactly two years ago when shares of the world’s largest franchiser of McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) restaurants debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. Since its initial public offering, shares of Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) have significantly underperformed the overall market (down 42%, while the S&P 500 has rallied 19%). Are the hopes for explosive emerging market growth dashed or are good times just around more »

  • Latin American McDonald's Appears Promising

    By Ryan Palmer - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, MCD, WEN

    In 2007 current CEO Woods Stanton and his company Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) paid McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) 700 million for 1,560 restaurants and rights to operate McDonald's in Latin America and the Carribean. Apparently it was a wise investment for Stanton, a $700 million investment six years ago is now a $2.8 billion company. So the CEO made his fortune from this company, but can it more »

  • Something Is Being Lost In Translation

    By Chad Henage - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, MCD, YUM

    Take a great brand name, combine it with growing economies, and get subpar results? This feels like the story of Archos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO). The company literally is the McDonalds (NYSE: MCD) of the Latin American marketplace. Archos Dorados has the rights to franchise McDonald's business to countries like Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and more. On the surface it seems like this is a can't-lose proposition, but more »

  • Burger King’s Focus on Coffee Should Reward Shareholders

    By Chris Katje - March 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, TAST, MCD, SBUX, WEN

    Despite losing market share to Wendy’s and falling into the number three burger chain role for a brief moment, Burger King (NYSE: BKW) is not giving up. For the longest time, Burger King has played second fiddle to McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD), but held onto the number two spot. In fact, the recently public restaurant chain made an announcement that should get shareholders and future investors excited.

    “Perk up more »

  • A Fast Growing McDonald's in Latin America

    By Anh HOANG - February 20, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BKW, MCD

    The Motley Fool has released the top 7 stocks that were recommended by Fool’s analysts for 2013. Out of these 7 stocks, I have talked about two companies, including Tile Shop Holdings, the tile retailer, and Western Refining, an independent crude oil refiner.  In this article, I will cover one more mid-cap stock on that list. It is Arcos Dorados Holdings (NYSE: ARCO), the Argentina-based McDonald’s (NYSE: MCDmore »)

  • 3 Dominant International Opportunities

    By Josh Kohn-Lindquist - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, BIDU, GSH

    After buying in to many bad international investments on my CAPS account, and even a couple smaller plays in my own personal portfolio, I am extremely hesitant to jump into many foreign markets, particularly China.  Having lost money and many valuable CAPS points over the last 2 or 3 years due to scams, creative accounting, and "reverse mergers," I never thought I'd find myself interested in Chinese stocks or more »

  • Digging into YUM

    By Ryan Guenette - January 10, 2013 | Tickers: ARCO, DPZ, JACK, MCD, YUM

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a great way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As the 2013 year rollercoaster journey begins, I would like to pinpoint on a trailblazer in the quick service restaurant industry, Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM).


    • Dividend: At the moment, Yum Brands pays out quarterly dividends of more »
  • Why Calories Are Better Than BTU’s for Your Retirement Portfolio

    By Matthew DiLallo - December 29, 2012 | Tickers: ARCO, XOM, MCD, YUM

    Foolish blogger Robert Zimmerman and I have spent the past few months engaged in a bit of iron sharpening.  In an effort to become more well-rounded investors, we’ve taken the time to look at both sides of an investment thesis.  It’s a practice that’s helped us dig a little deeper and fully cover all our bases. 

    It’s also instilled a bit of friendly rivalry.  While be more »

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