McDonald's Corp beat third-quarter revenue and profit estimates on Monday November 9, as customers in the United States ordered more hamburgers and fries in drive-through outlets and on delivery apps to avoid dining out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company's limited-time promotional deal with rapper Travis Scott, which caused shortages of some ingredients, and other marketing investments also helped sales to bounce back from pandemic lows, sending McDonald's shares over 6% higher amid broader market gains.
However, the world's largest burger chain said that its business is being pressured in key markets outside the United States including France, Germany and the United Kingdom by new lockdown restrictions due to spikes in virus cases.
Even before the new restrictions, McDonald's overseas sales recovery had been sluggish compared to the United States, where its huge number of drive-through lanes gave it an edge over rivals for customers looking for restaurant food without the risks of dining out.
Nearly 95% of McDonald's 14,000 US restaurants have a drive-through facility.
Total Revenue, US Customer Traffic, Net Income And Earning Per Share
McDonald's total revenue fell by approximately 2% to $5.42 billion during the three months that ended on September 30, largely recovering from the over 30% plunge posted in the second quarter.
Analysts on average had estimated revenue of $5.40 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
US customer traffic still remained down from a year earlier, the company said.
Net income rose 10% to $1.76 billion, helped by gains from the sale of a part of McDonald's stake in its Japanese affiliate.
Excluding those gains, the company earned $2.22 per share, beating estimates of $1.90.
Same-Store Sales Figures
McDonald's reiterated previously reported quarterly same-store sales figures of a 4.6% rise in the United States and a 10.1% fall in international licensed markets.