Burger King Worldwide
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 »
McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) once ruled the fast-food world. Today, McDonald’s is referred to as a quick-service restaurant, and instead of sitting at the top of a mountain enjoying the views of all the lowly peasant-like companies attempting to compete, it has been forced to make room for others at the top of the mountain. McDonald’s is none too pleased about this chain of events, but it’s more »
When it comes to the quick-service restaurant industry, or QSR, two of the big players that come to my mind are McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King (NYSE: BKW). However, there is one more company that deserves attention: Wendy’s (NASDAQ: WEN). Wendy's is well known for its best-tasting burgers, salads, and sandwiches.
In order to improve its market share, Wendy’s came up with its Image Activation more »
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Recently, Kimberly-Clark’s board declared a regular quarterly dividend of more »
Employees of fast food companies, including McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King (NYSE: BKW) are striking in demand of higher wages. If these demands lead to increased pay, these companies won't take a direct hit. Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI), however, won't be so lucky.
The fast food industry is built on the franchise model. The franchisee takes on the operating risk and has to pay most more »
The fast-food sector is one of my favorite sectors. The concept has been proven time and gain to be a long-term winner. An added bonus is the franchise model that delivers low overhead, high margins and steady cash flow. My favorite company in the fast-food category right now is Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN).
Wendy's is the world's third-largest hamburger chain. There are more than 6,500 locations more »
When it comes to the quick-service restaurant industry, or QSR, of the big players that come to mind are McDonalds (NYSE: MCD) and Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW). However, there is another company that deserves attention: The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN). In its earlier years, Wendy's was known for its best-tasting burgers, salads, and sandwiches. However, over the past years, it has seen a growth decline because of more »
The negative impact of avian flu and the horse meat scandal, along with the stringent economic conditions, has taken its toll on nearly every fast-food retailer, but the quarterly results of Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW) indicate that it somehow managed to dodge the problems. Even though Burger King’s revenue dipped significantly, the company managed to increase its net profit and beat the consensus estimates.
How did Burger King more »
Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA), founded in 1981 with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, owns and franchises numerous retail bakery-cafes in the U.S. and Canada. Due to its ability to continually grow revenues and EPS, investors consider it a high-growth specialty eatery stock, but it seems that perception is beginning to change. This has more to do with the company’s recent earnings report.
Panera reported a second quarter more »
By now even the freshman investors charting Wall Street for the first time have heard about the ‘disappointment’ that McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) second quarter results have caused. It is true the numbers do look modest and short of expectations.
But, when analyzing a company that runs over 34,000 restaurants in 120+ countries and feeds 69 million people every day, there cannot be hasty conclusions. So, let us examine more »
The fast-food industry was undergoing through a rough phase due to avian flu and horse-meat scandal. It is at this point of time, McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD) can provide increased return to its valued investors. Since 2002, McDonald's Net Operating Profit After-Tax has grown by 12% compounded annually, its Return on Invested Capital being 16%.
Recently, this Oak Brook, III -based company announced results for the second more »
Last quarter, McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) same store sales in the US and Europe benefited from new product launches, but China was affected by the avian flu. The company has a ‘plan to win’ strategy, where the company is focusing on menu, customer experience and brand expansion. Another strategy - new packaging - which is exclusively focusing on communicating the brand, will be rolled out in all of its stores during 2013 more »
The global restaurant industry is expected to witness a annualized growth rate of 7.2% over the next three years. Consequently, global restaurant revenue can increase from almost $2.5 trillion in 2011 to $3.5 trillion in 2016. Therefore, the companies in this sector are adopting various strategies to attract customers. Three companies are adopting a strategy to re-image their restaurants to enhance customer experience, which should drive sales more »
Agoraphobic fast food junkies rejoice! Burger King Worldwide (NYSE: BKW) now delivers fast food to your home. Already in twelve major metropolitan regions, the BK Delivers initiative is expanding yet again to Salt Lake City UT.
The program seems to be gaining traction with this expansion, and franchisees, (Burger King is 99% franchisee run) have been asking to join the program. The couch potato can order crisp french fried potatoes more »
The king of the fast-food industry recently released disappointing second-quarter financial results, confirming that the remainder of 2013 is likely to be unsatisfactory. Investors are now left with the question of what that news means to the entire industry and their money.
One of the world’s leading fast food giants and the owner of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) released its quarterly results about two weeks ago in which it managed to beat the earnings estimates, but missed the revenue estimates.
But the company, particularly KFC, continues to face headwinds in China on the back of negative publicity related to the Avian flu and last year more »
McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) is a superior brand, creating value meals for customers and, in the process, delivering for its investors. However, the company reported a lackluster quarter recently with weak guidance for the remaining part of the year, which negatively affected investors and sent the stock down by 3%.
In the recently reported second quarter, McDonald's earned $1.4 billion, up 4% from $1.35 billion more »
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), the owner of the ubiquitous brands Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, issued positive results from its second quarter, showing strong free cash flow and an even stronger trend in improving same store sales. Over this past quarter, Yum! has been fighting off a scandal about tainted chicken in China and a saturated fast-food market in the U.S. But as this company has shown, bumps more »
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) released its results for the second quarter earlier this month and they were not overwhelming. The company witnessed a decline in revenue and also saw a fall in earnings. But, the good news was that the recovery of its business in China is progressing as expected and Yum! is targeting positive same-store sale growth in the region in the fourth quarter.
Yum! Brands, in more »
Fast food giant McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) recently released its second-quarter results which turned out to be below expectations. Although revenue increased, McDonald's faced problems in cutting costs and improving profits. With results being not so spectacular, the company's forecast of a tough year ahead makes things worse.
What numbers say?
McDonald’s, in its second quarter, reported an increase of 2.4% in revenue to around $7 more »
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