The Wendy's Company
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  • Nov. 10, 2015, 7:13 AM
    • Restaurant workers in more than 270 cities plan to strike today in one of the most organized labor events in the fast-food sector.
    • The walkout aimed at raising the federal minimum wage to $15 is timed exactly one year from the national election. Most GOP candidates oppose an increase in the $7.25/hr minimum wage, while the Democrat candidates support popping the minimum wage up to a $12/hr to $15/hr range.
    • An increase in the minimum wage could have a ripple effect outside of just fast-food chains.
    • Related stocks: DENN, MCD, QSR, PLKI, SONC, JACK, WING, GTIM, LOCO, WEN, CMG, TAST, RT, BOBE, DIN, HABT, SHAK, BH, CAKE.
    | Nov. 10, 2015, 7:13 AM | 99 Comments
  • Nov. 9, 2015, 1:15 PM
    | Nov. 9, 2015, 1:15 PM | 23 Comments
  • Nov. 6, 2015, 12:06 PM
    • Shake Shack (SHAK -0.1%) and Habit Restaurants (HABT -2.4%) couldn't hold their initial post-earnings gains, but are both solidly higher on the week. Sonic (SONC +2.3%) and Wendy's (WEN -1.3%) trade higher than where they did before Q3 numbers were released.
    • The story is different at chicken sellers Popeyes Louisian Kitchen (PLKI +1.6%), Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD +0.8%), Wingstop (WING -5.3%) - and to a lesser degree Bojangles (BOJA -1.6%) - which have showed losses of varying degrees post-earnings.
    • Some analysts think the chicken-for-burger trade is based off of pricing potential. Consumers have been more willing to pay higher prices in the premium burger sub-sector than with chicken offerings.
    | Nov. 6, 2015, 12:06 PM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 4, 2015, 7:54 AM
    • Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) announces same-store sales increased 3.1% at North American restaurants in Q3.
    • The company realized margin gains off the sales leverage, store optimization, and lower commodity expenses seen during the quarter. Gross margin rate +330 bps Y/Y to 18.8%. Adjusted EBITDA margin rate +350 bps to 21.5%. Operating profit margin +310 bps to 12.0%.
    • Management on strategy: "Going forward, we intend to buy and sell restaurants to act as a catalyst for growth by further strengthening our franchisee base, driving new restaurant development and accelerating Image Activation adoption."
    • Guidance: Wendy's sees 2015 EPS at the high end of its $0.31 to $0.33 range off a 2.0% to 2.5% comp. The long-term outlook is reaffirmed.
    • Previously: Wendy's beats by $0.01, beats on revenue (Nov. 04 2015)
    | Nov. 4, 2015, 7:54 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 4, 2015, 7:32 AM
    • Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN): Q3 EPS of $0.09 beats by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $464.63M (-6.5% Y/Y) beats by $26.63M.
    | Nov. 4, 2015, 7:32 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 3, 2015, 5:30 PM
  • Oct. 28, 2015, 6:09 PM
    • Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) declares $0.06/share quarterly dividend, 9.1% increase from prior dividend of $0.055.
    • Forward yield 2.58%
    • Payable Dec. 15; for shareholders of record Dec. 1; ex-div Nov. 27.
    | Oct. 28, 2015, 6:09 PM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 14, 2015, 9:29 AM
    • Piper Jaffray's detailed survey of teenagers indicates their restaurants of choice may not be so different than their parents.
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) was picked as the top restaurant by the 13-year old to 19-year old group, with Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) and Chick-fil-A ranking second and third.
    • Perhaps a surprise, McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) ranked fourth, while Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) was solid with a 5th place listing.
    • Notably missing from the list were Taco Bell (NYSE:YUM), Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), and Subway.
    • Piper Jaffray infographic on survey results (.pdf)
    | Oct. 14, 2015, 9:29 AM | 28 Comments
  • Oct. 12, 2015, 3:22 PM
    | Oct. 12, 2015, 3:22 PM | 30 Comments
  • Oct. 8, 2015, 1:02 PM
    • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey initiates Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN), El Pollo Loco (NASDAQ:LOCO), and Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) with Buy ratings.
    • The investment firm has an $11 price target (+21% upside potential) on WEN, a $17 PT on LOCO (+42% upside), and a $850 PT on CMG (+17% upside).
    • The bull calls stand out with SunTrust issuing a majority of Neutral ratings after it jumped into the sector.
    | Oct. 8, 2015, 1:02 PM
  • Oct. 5, 2015, 9:44 AM
    • Wendy's (WEN -0.2%) CEO Emil Brolick plans to retire from the company next May.
    • The restaurant operator plans to promote CFO Todd Penegor to the top position.
    • A search for a new CFO will commence.
    | Oct. 5, 2015, 9:44 AM | 9 Comments
  • Sep. 9, 2015, 12:14 PM
    • The Board of Health in New York City approved a measure to require chain restaurants to denote dishes with more than 2.3K milligrams of salt.
    • The new rule will apply to close to 10% of items at chain's with more than 15 outlets nationwide.
    • Local operators may need to change restaurant boards again in the future to comply with federal labeling rules.
    • Related stocks: PNRA, CMG, MCD, QSR, DNKN, SHAK, WEN.
    | Sep. 9, 2015, 12:14 PM | 29 Comments
  • Sep. 4, 2015, 7:28 AM
    | Sep. 4, 2015, 7:28 AM | 37 Comments
  • Sep. 3, 2015, 2:42 PM
    • Wendy's (WEN +0.2%) plans to bring back the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and BBQ Pulled Pork Fries next week, according to Burger Business.
    • The sandwich offering will be priced at $4.49 and the fries selection at $2.99.
    • Management with Wendy's has a solid history of good timing with limited offerings. The most recent bet comes with pork prices lower than they were a year ago when Wendy's fired off the similar BBQ promotion.
    | Sep. 3, 2015, 2:42 PM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 11, 2015, 9:08 AM
    • Credit Suisse warms up to Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) at current levels, raising its rating to Underperform from Neutral.
    • The investment firm received some traction from its bearish call on Wendy's with shares falling over 10% since the initiation in March.
    • CS sets a price target of $10 on the restaurant stock.
    • WEN +0.31% premarket to $9.84.
    | Aug. 11, 2015, 9:08 AM | 5 Comments
  • Aug. 6, 2015, 12:19 PM
    • The hamburger sector is trading off despite Jack in the Box (JACK -5.8%) and Habit Restaurants (HABT -11.2%) both reporting strong Q2 same-store sales growth.
    • Traders think some of the stocks are blowing off steam after recent gains, although worries on the ability of operators to pass off labor and food input costs have also crept up.
    • The burger slide is hitting Wendy's (WEN -1.8%), Sonic (SONC -7.2%), Burger King owner Restaurant Brands (QSR -1.5%), and Shake Shack (SHAK -7.3%). McDonald's (MCD) is holding steady with its dividend yield continuing to be a strong backstop.
    • Previously: Habit Restaurants lower after earnings (Aug. 06 2015)
    • Previously: Strong comp sales at Jack in the Box (Aug. 05 2015)
    | Aug. 6, 2015, 12:19 PM | 16 Comments
Company Description
Wendy's Co franchises and operates company-owned Wendy's quick-service restaurants specializing in hamburger sandwiches throughout North America.
Sector: Services
Industry: Restaurants
Country: United States