Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Arcos Dorados Somewhere Between Gold And Scrap Iron

For the most part, investors can't seem to get enough of Brazilian consumer stocks, bidding many of them up to exceptionally demanding valuations. And to be fair, many of these companies are producing pretty solid growth numbers. In the case of Arcos Dorados (NYSE:ARCO), though, a combination of sluggish comp-store growth, rampant cost inflation, and fears of competition seem to be combining to create a stock that many investors are pretty ambivalent about today. While it is important that investors not understate the risks to the Arcos business model, I think these shares could be an interesting speculative play at these levels.

Recent Results Highlight Ample Challenges

The going definitely got rougher for Arcos Dorados in 2012, as...

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