Oct. 21, 2014, 10:51 AM
- McDonald's (MCD -0.4%) warns global same-store sales are likely to be negative in October as the same headwinds in Q3 remain lingering into Q4.
- The restaurant chain faces an erosion of sales growth for different reasons in Asia (safety), the U.S. (quality), and Russia (government intervention).
- If there's one common theme coming from restaurant analysts today, it's the concern over the difficulty the chain is having connecting with millennials.
- The group, which includes teenagers and young adults, tends to dine out less and show a clear preference for what they see as the higher quality options at Chipotle or Starbucks.
- Previous: MCD Q3 earnings, highlights.
Oct. 21, 2014, 8:18 AM
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) reports global comparable-store sales declined 3.3% in Q3.
- Traffic dips were an issue across segments, while the meat supplier issue in China led to a 9.9% tailoff in comps in the APMEA region.
- The company says "sustained competitive activity" contributed to the 3.3% drop in U.S. comps. Operating income during the quarter dropped 10% as McDonald's tried to pull different levers to get consumers in the doors.
- MCD -1.9% premarket.
Oct. 21, 2014, 8:02 AM
Oct. 20, 2014, 5:30 PM
Oct. 20, 2014, 1:34 PM
- Strong consumer affinity for Chick-fil-A is a factor in the sluggish U.S. sales trends at McDonald's (MCD), according to restaurant industry analysis.
- The southern-based chain rated as the favorite restaurant destination for families in a recent survey and is now churning out over $5B in sales a year, from less than $1B per year in 1999.
- What to watch: McDonald's reports earnings tomorrow. A major focus will be on if higher menu prices will offset traffic declines and escalated commodity and labor costs. Analysts expect adjusted EPS of $1.36 on revenue of $7.2B.
- MCD earnings preview
Oct. 20, 2014, 10:55 AM
Oct. 13, 2014, 3:30 PM
- There's a grim forecast on U.S. restaurant traffic out from NPD Group.
- Analyst Bonnie Riggs predicts growth will be limited to less than 0.5% a year out to 2022.
- Though the analyst cites some pockets of strength such as the breakfast daypart, the fast-casual segment, and higher-end restaurant demand - she thinks overall restaurant revenue will be pressured by soft demand from the middle class.
- Millennials are a particular concern with their visits to restaurant outlets in steady decline over the last few years.
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Oct. 10, 2014, 9:36 AM
- The Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010) has been stalled in Congress even as several states and municipalities propose their own minimum wages laws.
- The HR 1010 legislation calls for the incremental increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour after which it would be indexed to inflation.
- What to watch: Analysts expect most voter referendums on minimum wage increases to pass in November, while a national framework remains in limbo.
- Full bill (.pdf)
- Related stocks: PLKI, BKW, WEN, JACK, SONC, YUM, MCD, GTIM, TAST.
Oct. 7, 2014, 7:06 AM
- McDonald's Japan warns it expects a loss this year of ¥17B ($157M) which would mark the first loss for the restaurant operator in 11 years.
- Escalating expenses and soft demand have hampered the company all year.
- McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) owns 50% of the Japanese restaurant chain holding entity.
- MCD -0.5% premarket
Oct. 6, 2014, 8:38 AM
- There's a head-scratching analyst move in the restaurant sector with Morgan Stanley upgrading Burger King Worldwide (NYSE:BKW) to Overweight and downgrading McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) to Equalweight.
- MS likes the positive impact that could be seen from a Timothy Hortons-Burger King combination, but some skeptics think the same underlying challenging QSR traffic trends are in play for both companies.
- Premarket: BKW +1.7%, MCD -0.6%.
Sep. 29, 2014, 2:58 PM
Sep. 24, 2014, 9:45 AM
- JPMorgan backs McDonald's (MCD +0.7%) with a reiterated Buy rating and $102 price target.
- The note from the investment firm is less enthusiastic than most on the buy side with the admission given that McDonald's is likely dead money.
- The 3.61% dividend yield on MCD is considered a formidable backstop by analysts.
Sep. 23, 2014, 1:41 PM
- Traffic to quick-service restaurants was flat for the year ending on June 30, according to data compiled by the NPD Group.
- Establishments with an average check price of $10-$20 saw more traffic growth than sub-$10 outlets.
- Fine dining restaurants saw a 3% increase in visits over the period.
- The research firm says "cultural and economic phenomenon" have created a shift in consumer dining habits that may be permanent.
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Sep. 18, 2014, 4:39 PM
Sep. 16, 2014, 1:25 PM
- McDonald's (MCD +0.6%) plans to sell McCafe bagged coffee and K-cups at grocery stores in Canada later this month.
- The company will face serious competition from Tim Hortons which has 80% market share locked up for the category.
- McDonald's will partner with Kraft Canada for the initiative.
- What to watch: McCafe bagged coffee is expected to go on sale at grocery stores in the U.S. in the early part of next year.
Sep. 11, 2014, 7:43 AM
- Jefferies lowers estimates on McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) after factoring in the company's latest weak monthly sales tally.
- The restaurant chain lost traction in the U.S, China, and Japan in August with issues in all three regions which could linger well into Q4.
- The estimate by Jefferies on McDonald's 2014 EPS goes to $5.40 from $5.60, while 2015 EPS is taken to $5.80 from $5.94.
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