Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • One of the Top Spinoffs in 2012

    By Mike Thiessen - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, TAST, FRGI

    Finalized on May 7, 2012, the Carrols Restaurant Group's (NASDAQ: TAST) spin-off of the Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: FRGI) has produced impressive returns for investors who jumped on board within the first few weeks of the new ticker symbol's life. As of January 8, the spin-off's stock price has increased from a first-day trading price of $11.20 per share to its current three-month high above $16 more »

  • The Tastiest Spin-off of 2012

    By Daniel Cook - December 13, 2012 | Tickers: TAST, CMG, FRGI, PNRA

    Fast-casual is currently the fastest growing segment of the restaurant industry. As the trend continues to gain momentum, traditional fast food and sit-down restaurants are eager to jump on the fast-casual bandwagon. The fast-casual brands highlighted below are not as widely known as Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), but they too have lengthy track records of success, and cultures that are rooted in quality.

    Pollo more »

  • Mc Goes VEG

    By Somnath Guha - September 18, 2012 | Tickers: TAST, DENN, MCD

    The iconic American brand is seemingly gaining confidence of the Indian vegetarian population. McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) will open its first vegetarian-only location next year near the Golden Temple, a pilgrimage site sacred to Sikhs located in the city of Amritsar in northern India. There is no meat allowed in the temple (or smoking or alcohol, for that matter.)

    This isn't exactly the first time McDonald's is breaking more »

  • Burger King Goes to China

    By Chase Kimball - August 9, 2012 | Tickers: BKW, TAST, MCD, YUM

    Burger King (NYSE: BKW) is doing it right in the US.  After re-vamping stores, adding more menu items, and ramping up overseas expansion, they turned in a pretty impressive Q2.  Same Store Sales in the US and Canada rose 4.4%, compared to a decline of 2.2% in Q2 2011.  This is solid, sustainable growth and, for the most part, domestic. 

    Unlike Yum Brands (NYSE: YUM), which depends heavily more »

  • Carrol's Restaurant Group: Fiesta No More...but Still Time to Party?

    By Michael Russell - June 4, 2012 | Tickers: BUD, TAST, DEO, FRGI

    Carrol's (NASDAQ: TAST) was a company that I first looked at almost exactly a year ago. My interest was piqued by the fact that they were spinning off their successful Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurants. Spin-off now complete we have the Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: FRGI), trading on Nasdaq under the FRGI ticker, and the old Carrol's which is a Burger King franchisee. I should have looked more »