Confidence fades in Bloomin' Brands

Shares of Bloomin' Brands (BLMN -18.8%) are in a steep fall after a weak Q2 report and soft guidance from the restaurant chain operator.

The company sees EPS of $1.05-$1.10 for FY14 vs. $1.23 consensus.

News of the company's expansion into Brazil for the Cabbarra concept hasn't helped to stem the selling pressure.

During the firm's earnings call, execs seemed surprised that sales didn't recover after harsh weather kept traffic down in Q1. Some restaurants analysts would say a shift in consumer preferences toward fast-casual was more at play.

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  • efuerter 1
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    These are the same issues the company was facing back in 2006 / 2007 before they went private. The major year over year growth for this company may be over. The company has bet big on its enhanced Brazilian footprint and it appears the World Cup foot traffic wasn't enough to offset the company's overall domestic flatness. That coupled with increasing food and labor costs does not paint a very optimistic picture going forward, especially if the theory that people are shifting to casual fast food (Pei Wei, PDQ, Red Elephant are examples in Tampa, FL) is true.
    5 Aug 2014, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • Oneslip
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    No doubt BLMN has experienced higher costs hurting margins but the recent sell off has lowered valuations to the point where the stock is a buy. There may be a current trend towards casual fast food but BLMN's portfolio is more geared towards upper middle class to wealthy with Flemings, Roy's and more middle class with Carrabas, Outback. The trouble with casual fast food is that the price points are virtually same and it is still fast food.
    If BLMN can successfully open new stores and draw new customers in with revamped menus. lower operating costs then the current price is way undervalued.
    6 Aug 2014, 07:31 AM Reply Like
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