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Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) Misses on Q3 Earnings, Beats Revenues

Shares of Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. DNKN were up about 0.4% in the trading session on Oct 26, after the company reported mixed third-quarter 2017 results. While, the top line outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate, the bottom line lagged the same.

Earnings and Revenues Discussion

Adjusted earnings of 61 cents per share lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 63 cents by 3.2%. However, the same improved 1.7% year over year, owing to higher revenues and a decrease in shares outstanding.

Dunkin' Brands’ revenues in the quarter increased 8.2% year over year to $224.2 million. The improvement was on the back of a rise in franchise fees and royalty income driven by system-wide sales growth as well as a boost in rental income. Also, an increase in other revenues backed by license fees related to Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup pods and ready-to-drink bottled iced coffee, along with increased transfer fee income contributed to the same. The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $214 million by 4.9% in the reported quarter.

Inside the Headline Numbers

Dunkin' Brands operates through its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands.

Markedly, the company’s system-wide sales increased 3.3%, lower than 4.6% growth recorded in the prior quarter.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. reported revenues of $165.1 million, which reflects an increase of 8.3% over the prior-year quarter. The upside can be attributable to higher royalty income and rental income as well as an increase in franchise fees and other revenues, partly offset by a decrease in sales at company-operated restaurants.

Comps increased 0.6% in the Dunkin Donuts U.S. division comparing unfavorably with 2% growth in the prior-year quarter but slightly better than 0.5% growth in the preceding quarter.

Comps at Dunkin’ Donuts International division also increased 1.3%, as against a 1.4% decline in the prior-year quarter. In fact, the figure compared unfavorably with the decline of 2.8% in the preceding quarter too.

Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins U.S. revenues were down 0.2% from the prior-year quarter to $13.8 million. The downtrend was mainly due to lower sale of ice cream and other products, besides lower other revenues.

Comps decreased 0.4% in the Baskin-Robbins U.S. division, comparably better than 0.9% decline in both the year-ago quarter and in the last quarter.

At Baskin-Robbins International division, comps declined 4.3%, worse than the 2.9% slump in the prior-year quarter and 3.3% growth in the prior quarter.

Operating Margin

Adjusted operating income rose 11.5% from the year-ago quarter to $127.9 million mainly as a result of higher revenues. The upside was partly offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses. Meanwhile, adjusted operating income margin was up 170 basis points to 57.1%.

Store Update

In the quarter under review, Dunkin' Brands opened 137 net new restaurants worldwide. These include 67 net new Dunkin' Donuts U.S. locations, 18 net new Dunkin' Donuts International locations, 11 net new Baskin-Robbins U.S. locations and 41 net new Baskin-Robbins International outlets.

Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. franchisees remodeled 88 restaurants while Baskin-Robbins U.S. franchisees renovated 24 outlets.

Guidance

For 2017, Dunkin’ Brands continues to expect adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.40 to $2.43 and maintains the projection of mid-to-high single-digit growth in adjusted operating income.

Furthermore, the company anticipates low-to-mid single-digit revenue growth. In fact, Dunkin’ Brands projects low-single-digit comps growth for Dunkin' Donuts U.S., in line with previous expectation. On the flipside, slightly negative comp sales continue to be anticipated for Baskin-Robbins U.S. division.

Notably, about 30 Dunkin' Donuts U.S. restaurants that were scheduled to open in 2017 will now open in 2018. This is because of the two major hurricanes that made landfall in the United States during the third quarter.

Currently, Dunkin’ Brands carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Peer Releases

McDonald's Corp. MCD reported third-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.76 beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.75 by 0.6%. Earnings also increased 8.6% year over year.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.’s BWLD third-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings were $1.36 per share, which outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 78 cents by 74.4%. Also, the bottom line compared favorably with the year-ago quarter figure of $1.23 per share by 10.6%.

In third-quarter 2017, Domino’s Pizza, Inc. DPZ posted earnings of $1.27 per share that outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.22 by 4.1%. Further, earnings climbed 32.3% year over year.

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