Restaurant Brands International, Inc. (QSR - Free Report) reported better-than-expected second-quarter 2019 results. Also, its top and bottom lines gained on a year-over-year basis.
The company’s adjusted earnings of 71 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 67 cents andgrew7.6% from the year-ago quarter number. This uptick can be primarily attributed to consistent improvement in Restaurant Brands' top line.
Total revenues were $1,400 million, which outpaced the consensus mark of $1,385 million. The metric also improved 4.2% from the year-ago quarter figure, courtesy of increased system-wide sales across the company’s brands.
Restaurant Brands operates through three segments — Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.
Revenues at Tim Hortons totaled $842 million compared with $823 million in the prior-year quarter. Also, system-wide sales rose 1.6% on net restaurant growth. Meanwhile, comps at this segment improved0.5% compared with flat comps in the prior-year quarter.
Burger King’s revenues grew from $418 million in second-quarter 2018 to $447 million in the quarter under review, mainly driven by increased franchise and property revenues. Also, system-wide sales rose 9.8%, wider than 8.4% growth registered in the year-ago comparable period. System-wide sales growth can be attributed to net restaurant growth of 5.8% and positive comps growth. Comps grew 3.6% compared with 1.8% rise in the prior-year quarter.
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, which was acquired on Mar 27, 2017, reported revenues of $111 million compared with $102 million in the year-ago quarter.System-wide sales rose 8.8%, owing to net restaurant growth of 6.1% and 3% rise in comps. Notably, system-wide sales growth compared unfavorably with the prior-year quarter’s 10.7% increase. Comparable sales grew 3%, comparing favorably with year-ago quarter’s increase of 2.9%.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
In the quarter under review, the company’s adjusted EBITDA rose 6.3% on an organic basis, driven by system-wide sales growth. Segment-wise, Tim Horton’s EBITDA rose 3.5%. Burger King’s EBITDA grew 10% year over year. Popeye’s EBITDA was up 4.6%.
Cash and Capital
Restaurant Brands exited the second quarter with cash and cash equivalent balance of $1,028 million. As of Jun 30, 2019, total debt was $12.3 billion. The company’s board of directors declared a dividend payout of 50 cents per share for the third quarter of 2019, payable Oct 3 to its shareholders of record at the close of business as of Sep 17.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
Restaurant Brands currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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