Wendy's announces earnings beat, increased dividend and plans for more restaurants and delivery kitchens

Wendy's Co. stock rose 3.7% in Wednesday trading after the burger chain reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations. Net income totaled $65.7 million, or 29 cents per share, up from $24.9 million, or 11 cents per share, last year. Adjusted EPS of 27 cents beat the FactSet consensus for 18 cents. Revenue of $493.3 million was up from $402.3 million and ahead of the FactSet consensus for $462.6 million. Global same-restaurant sales rose 17.4%, beating the FactSet consensus for a 15.8% rise. U.S. same-restaurant sales were up 16.1% while international same-restaurant sales grew 31.4%. The U.S. FactSet consensus was for a 14.1% increase. Wendy's has announced plans for a $10 million incremental spend on advertising for the breakfast menu in 2021, bringing the total for the year to $25 million. Wendy's restated its goal to make breakfast 10% of sales by 2022. The company also aims to open and operate 700 delivery kitchens in the U.S., Canada and U.K. with Reef Kitchens by 2025 after a test of eight kitchens in Canada proved successful. Cash obtained from a debt refinancing will fund a $100 million plan to add 80-to-90 new franchise locations between 2022 and 2025. Wendy's is increasing its quarterly dividend by 20% to 12 cents per share payable on September 15 to shareholders of record as of September 1. And the share buyback program has gotten authorization for an additional $70 million, bringing the total to $220 million. For 2021, Wendy's now expects global sales growth of 11% to 13%, and adjusted EPS of 79 cents to 81 cents. The FactSet consensus is for sales of $1.854 billion, suggesting growth of 6.9%, and EPS of 74 cents. Wendy's stock has risen 4.5% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index has gained 18.4% for the period. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Wendy's announces earnings beat, increased dividend and plans for more restaurants and delivery kitchens
Wendy's Co. stock rose 3.7% in Wednesday trading after the burger chain reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations. Net income totaled $65.7 million, or 29 cents per share, up from $24.9 million, or 11 cents per share, last year. Adjusted EPS of 27 cents beat the FactSet consensus for 18 cents. Revenue of $493.3 million was up from $402.3 million and ahead of the FactSet consensus for $462.6 million. Global same-restaurant sales rose 17.4%, beating the FactSet consensus for a 15.8% rise. U.S. same-restaurant sales were up 16.1% while international same-restaurant sales grew 31.4%. The U.S. FactSet consensus was for a 14.1% increase. Wendy's has announced plans for a $10 million incremental spend on advertising for the breakfast menu in 2021, bringing the total for the year to $25 million. Wendy's restated its goal to make breakfast 10% of sales by 2022. The company also aims to open and operate 700 delivery kitchens in the U.S., Canada and U.K. with Reef Kitchens by 2025 after a test of eight kitchens in Canada proved successful. Cash obtained from a debt refinancing will fund a $100 million plan to add 80-to-90 new franchise locations between 2022 and 2025. Wendy's is increasing its quarterly dividend by 20% to 12 cents per share payable on September 15 to shareholders of record as of September 1. And the share buyback program has gotten authorization for an additional $70 million, bringing the total to $220 million. For 2021, Wendy's now expects global sales growth of 11% to 13%, and adjusted EPS of 79 cents to 81 cents. The FactSet consensus is for sales of $1.854 billion, suggesting growth of 6.9%, and EPS of 74 cents. Wendy's stock has risen 4.5% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index has gained 18.4% for the period. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.