Dunkin' Brands Profit Beats On Lower Expenses, Raises Annual Forecast
Dunkin' Brands Group Inc has reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on lower costs and raised its forecast for 2019, betting on investments to improve delivery and add new menu items to boost growth.
The company has been pushing into premium coffees that are sold at affordable prices compared with Starbucks Corp as it steps up to gain market share in an extremely competitive breakfast segment.
Besides pushing for speedy delivery and introducing new menu items, the company has also latched on to the plant-based meat trend that has taken over the restaurant industry by rolling out Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches.
The company, which also owns ice-cream chain Baskin Robbins, said that it now expects adjusted earnings between $3.10 per share to $3.12 per share for fiscal 2019, better than its prior estimate of $3.02 to $3.05.
Sales, Expenses, Net Income And Earnings Per Share
Still, sales at its US Dunkin' stores open more than an year grew at a slower-than-expected pace, as it struggled to attract diners in a crowded breakfast and coffee market in the United States.
Comparable sales at Dunkin's US stores grew 1.5% in the third-quarter ended September 28, below the estimates of 1.7% rise, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
General and administrative expenses fell nearly 6% in the quarter.
Net income rose to $72.4 million, or 86 cents per share, from $66.1 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier.
Excluding items, the company earned 90 cents per share, beating expectations by 9 cents.