McDonald's Corporation MCD reported third-quarter 2019 results, wherein both earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Following the results, the company’s shares are down 3.5% in pre-market trading session.
Adjusted earnings came in at $2.11 per share, which missed the consensus mark of $2.20. The bottom line also witnessed a decline of 2% from the prior-year quarter figure. Meanwhile, foreign currency translation had a negative impact of 3 cents per share on earnings in the quarter under review.
Revenues & Comps Discussion
In the third quarter, revenues of $5,340.6 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5,478 million. However, the figure improved 1% year over year. This uptrend can primarily attributed to increase in revenues from franchised restaurants. Moreover, on a constant-currency basis, the top line increased 3% on a year-over-year basis.
At company-operated restaurants, revenues declined 4% year over year to $2,416.6 million. However, the same at franchise-operated restaurants improved 5% to $3,014 million.
Global comps improved 5.9% driven by positive comparable sales across all segments. Notably, this marked the 17th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales. In the second quarter of 2019, comps were up 5.7%.
McDonald's Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Solid Comps Across Segments
U.S.: Comps at this segment grew 4.8% in the third quarter, lower than a 5.7% rise in the prior quarter. Deployment of Experience of the Future and strength in core menu items and successful national and local deal offerings drove the segment’s comps.
International Operated Markets: Comps at this segment rose 5.6% year over year, lower than prior quarter’s rise of 6.6%.
International Developmental Licensed Segment: The segment’s comparable sales increased 8.1% during the third quarter. In the preceding quarter, the segment’s comps rose 7.9%.
McDonald's returned $2.4 billion to shareholders via stock repurchase and dividends. The company has returned $22.5 billion from its target of $25 million for the three-year period ending 2019.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
McDonald's carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks worth considering in the same space include Brinker International, Inc. EAT, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. CMG and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. CBRL. All these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Brinker International’s earnings have surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, with average being 4.4%.
Chipotle Mexican Grill and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has an impressive long-term earnings growth rate of 18.4% and 10%, respectively.
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