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Papa John's (PZZA) Q2 Earnings Top Estimates, Stock Gains

Papa John’s International, Inc. PZZA posted mixed second-quarter 2017 results, wherein earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues lagged the same.

However, the company’s shares have rallied nearly 8% in after-hour trading on Aug 1 on solid bottom-line performance and increased share repurchase authorization.

Earnings and Revenue Discussion

Adjusted earnings of 65 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 63 cents by 3.2%. Moreover, earnings increased 6.6% year over year on higher revenues.

Revenues of $434.7 million missed the consensus mark of $456.6 million by 4.8%. However, revenues increased 2.8% year over year buoyed by a rise in North America franchise royalties and fees, higher North America commissary and other sales along with improved international revenues. Adverse forex translations however somewhat marred the results.

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Behind the Headline Numbers

Global restaurant sales growth of 4.1% in the second quarter was lower than the last quarter’s rise of 4.9% as well as the year-ago quarter’s 5.9% increase.

Excluding foreign currency impact, global restaurant sales growth was 5.1%, also lower than the prior-quarter and year-ago comps growth of 5.5% and 7.7%, respectively.

Domestic company-owned restaurant sales were down 0.7% in spite of a 2.3% increase in comparable sales.

North America franchise royalties and fees were up 5.1% driven by a 1.1% rise in comparable sales. North America commissary and other sales rose 6.2% on higher volumes and commodity costs.

Comps at system-wide North American restaurants were up 1.4%, lower than 4.8% comps growth in the year-ago quarter and 2% in the last quarter.
    
International revenues were up 6.2% year over year primarily on positive comparable sales. Currency affected international revenues by $2.5 million. Comps at system-wide international restaurants increased 3.9%, which is lower than comps growth of 5.3% a year ago and 6% in the preceding quarter.

2017 Outlook Updated

For 2017, Papa John’s continues to maintain the adjusted earnings per share growth range at 8% to 12%. Notably, the reaffirmation of the earnings outlook excludes the impact of the raised share repurchase authorization as recently proposed.

North America system-wide comps are still projected to rise in the band of 2% to 4%.

Meanwhile, international comps are expected to be up 4% to 6% in 2017.

Capital expenditures are expected to range between $45 million and $55 million.

However, the company now expects net global new unit growth in the range of 3–4% (earlier 4—5%), primarily to mirror the closure of the stores in the Indian market.

For 2017, the company plans to return additional capital to shareholders through a $500-million increase in share repurchase authorization.

Papa John’s has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Peer Releases

Domino’s Pizza Inc. DPZ reported a 34.6% increase in earnings to $1.32 in the second quarter of 2017 on strong sales as well as a lower share count. The figure also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.22 by 8.2%.

McDonald's Corp. MCD reported second-quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.73, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.62 by 6.8%. Earnings also increased 19% year over year.

Darden Restaurants, Inc.’s DRI fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.18 per share outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.15 by 2.6%. Further, the bottom line surged 7.3% year over year on the back of higher revenues and lower share count.

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