The restaurant industry’s performance in second-quarter 2020 is likely to reflect the impact of dismal traffic. Notably, the restaurant industry has been grappling with declining traffic for quite some time now, and the pandemic-induced crisis has only aggravated the scenario further.
Moreover, high cost of operations have been a cause of concern for the restaurant giants. Further, sales-building efforts such as promotional activities and a convincing pricing strategy might have weighed on margins.
However, some restaurateurs have been doing well amid the pandemic, on the back of recent partnerships with delivery channels including DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates and Uber Eats; digital innovation; rollout of self-service kiosks and loyalty programs.
Off-Premise Sales Likely to Increase in Q2
The industry has been benefiting from increase in off-premise sales, which primarily includes delivery, takeout, drive-thru, catering, meal kits, and off-site options such as kiosks and food trucks, owing to the coronavirus crisis. With dining rooms not operating in full capacity in the second quarter on account of the pandemic scenario, off-premise sales have been increasing sharply.
Moreover, restaurant operators have been focusing on driverless delivery systems to augment sales amid the coronavirus-induced scenario. This is anticipated to bring down expenses substantially and ensure safety amid the pandemic as it does away with delivery personnel. Owing to the crisis scenario, consumers have not only been particular regarding the quality and taste of food but are also preferring contactless delivery.
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Here are some restaurant industry players, set to report second-quarter 2020 results, which investors can take a look at.
Papa John's International, Inc. (PZZA - Free Report) is slated to release quarterly numbers on Aug 6. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and an Earnings ESP of +10.46%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its quarterly earnings is pegged at 40 cents, suggesting growth of 42.9% from the prior-year quarter. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Jack in the Box Inc. (JACK - Free Report) is scheduled to report quarterly results on Aug 5. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2 and an Earnings ESP of +2.11%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its quarterly earnings stands at $1.01, suggesting a decline of 5.6% from the prior-year quarter.
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (TXRH - Free Report) is slated to report financial numbers on Aug 3. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +0.76%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its quarterly earnings is pegged at a loss of 54 cents, against earnings of 63 cents reported in the prior-year quarter.
Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (CHUY - Free Report) is scheduled to report quarterly results on Aug 6. The company currently has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +6.74%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for bottom line is pegged at a loss of 32 cents, against earnings of 42 cents reported in the year-ago quarter.
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