In an effort to drive sales and franchisee profitability, Restaurant Brands International Inc.’s QSR Burger King plans to invest $400 million over two years. The company shared the details of its “Reclaim the Flame” plan.
The company will invest $150M in advertising and digital investments to "Fuel the Flame" as well as $250M for a “Royal Reset”. The company’s “Royal Reset” plan includes restaurant technology, kitchen equipment, building developments and high-quality remodels and relocations.
Jose Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands said, “Over the past year, Tom has built a talented leadership team that has worked collaboratively with Burger King Franchisees to develop a multi-year plan to drive the performance of the system. We believe now is the time to make a significant investment to accelerate the work given the quality of the team, focus of the plan, commitment of our Franchisees and the opportunity that clearly exists for our iconic brand to Reclaim the Flame and be the first choice for a high-quality meal, an exceptional experience, and a great value.”
In 2023 and 2024, these investments will have an average annual impact on adjusted EPS of nearly (10)-(12) cents. In 2025 and beyond, these investments are expected to be accretive to the adjusted EPS. Burger King is currently focusing on developing innovative products, to become an industry leader in burgers, breakfast, beverages, snacking and plant-based products.
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In the past six months, the company’s shares have gained 8.4% compared with the industry’s increase of 11%. The company has been benefiting from a rise in comparable sales and unit growth (across its segments), growing loyalty and its e-commerce platform. Focus on menu innovation also bodes well. Going forward, the company emphasizes streamlining its products and simplifying its menu boards to boost order accuracy and overall customer satisfaction.
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company continues to focus on improving its level of service through comprehensive training, improved restaurant operations, reimaging efforts and attractive menu options to enhance overall guest satisfaction, and thereby drive comps.
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