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Burger King Parent Restaurant Brands Tops Revenue Estimates On Strong Demand

By Reuters
Burger King Parent Restaurant Brands Tops Revenue Estimates On Strong Demand

Restaurant Brands International beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly results on Tuesday, driven by a revival in demand at its Burger King outlets as well as continued strength at the Tim Hortons chain.

Quick service restaurants have turned focus towards offering better promotions and deals on their menu items as consumers increasingly opt for value-oriented meals in the face of sticky inflation.

Restaurant Brands' US and Toronto-listed shares rose about 1% in early trade.


Separately, the company said it would invest an additional $300 million (€281 million) towards modernising Burger King outlets in the US, and provide cash incentives to top performing restaurant operators to support outlet remodels.

In January, the company said it would take full control of Burger King's largest US franchisee Carrols Restaurant Group.


'Decelerating Environment'

"I don't want to be limiting Burger King's performance just to promotions. It's an accelerating story in a decelerating environment," said Danilo Gargiulo, senior analyst at Bernstein, adding that the Carrols acquisition acted as a catalyst for plans to revamp Burger King stores in the US.

Quarterly comparable sales at US Burger King outlets rose 3.9%, edging past analysts' estimates of a 3% rise, as per LSEG data.

Weaker Trend

Data from showed that foot traffic at Burger King chains in the US stayed positive in the first quarter, defying a weaker trend in January due to severe cold weather. Tim Hortons continued to benefit from robust demand for its coffee.

Restaurant Brands reported overall quarterly same-store sales growth of 4.6% beating estimates of 3.78%.


The results come in contrast to rival McDonald's, which missed quarterly sales expectations, as price hikes dampened demand from budget-conscious consumers.

Restaurant Brands' total revenue of $1.74 billion (€1.63 billion) surpassed expectations of $1.69 billion (€1.58 billion), while profit also beat estimates.