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  • hotpanera2 hotpanera2 Apr 18, 2007 8:08 PM Flag

    Despite a 2% boost in sales provided by Panera's new Crispani flatbread pizza

    Bottom line: '06 EPS up 23% from '05 on an apples to apples basis. From your posts you'd never know that, or that NO fast casual or QRS concept has Panera's AUVs. Not even CMG, your favorite (which I own and like).

    I don't know how much you lost shorting Panera over the years but you sure have a vendetta. Panera can do nothing right, they're crooked, etc. It's all utter nonsense. They have created a terrific concept that succeeds everywhere and they continue to open about 18% more stores, and grow earnings 20%+ for many years and many years to come. You also refuse to understand that growth is not always linear. Sometimes comps may rise 9% in Year 1 and 2% in Year 2 for a good 2 years. McD is more competitive than they were 5 years ago and that hurts a little at the margin. And weather has really hurt. Look at the article I attached today to rebut the claim that only Pnra and Pfcb were hurt. Ruth's Chris, Denny's and many others had lousy comps in Q1. Having no balance whatsoever in evaluating Pnra is just silly. They have some problems to be sure, but the stock price has declined more than enough last year to fully reflect them. Valuation has become cheap given the growth rate. If they opened ten stores a year and grew EPS at 6%, you'd have a good point. But all you're interested in is dumping on Pnra for understandable problems while ignoring all that is right. You will understand this by the time Q2 results come out, with hints on next week's cc. The tone of your posts is extraordinarily inappropriate given the reality. Your posts read like a parallel universe.

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