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Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) Tops Q1 Earnings and Revenues

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. DNKN operates through its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands that serve hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream.

In the past few quarters, Baskin Robbins performed well. However, comps at Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in the U.S. were sluggish due to tough competition in the breakfast segment and sluggish macroeconomic conditions. Also, the company is not performing as expected in its international markets, mainly due to a slowdown in sales in South Korea. However, the introduction of more drive-through locations, menu innovation coupled with breakfast-menu optimization will help the company to offset the negatives to some extent.

Further, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.’s partnership with Dunkin' Brands and coffee distributor The J. M. Smucker Company to make Dunkin’ K-Cup pods available for sale at retail outlets nationwide, as well as online, would continue to aid Dunkin Brands’ top line in the to-be-reported quarter and beyond.

Investors should note the recent earnings estimate revisions for DNKN, as the consensus estimate has remained stable. Further, DNKN has a decent history in earnings season. Dunkin Brands has delivered positive earnings surprise in all of the four quarters, making for an average positive surprise of 5.31%. Meanwhile, the company has posted positive revenue surprises in all the trailing four quarters.

Currently, DNKN has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could change following Dunkin Brands’ earnings report which was just released. We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: DNKN beat on earnings. Our consensus earnings estimate called for earnings of 43 cents per share, and the company reported EPS of 44 cents. Investors should note that these figures take out stock option expenses.

Revenues: DNKN reported revenues of $189.8 million. This beat our consensus estimate of $189 million.

Key Stats to Note: System-wide sales increased 4.4%, comparing favorably with the prior quarter increase of 2.3%. Adjusted operating income margin was 48.1%, up 100 basis points year over year.

Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. comps increased 2% while the international division posted a 2.3% decline. Baskin-Robbins’ U.S. comps increased 5%, while the international segment posted an 8.2% decline.

The company expects revenue growth of between 4% and 6%; adjusted operating income growth of between 8% and 10%;and adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.20 to $2.22.

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