Wedbush Upgrades Wendy's (WEN) to Outperform; Improving Near-Term with Catalysts Surfacing

July 11, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Price: $10.88 +1.68%

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    Up: 10 | Down: 19 | New: 37
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Wedbush upgraded Wendy's (NASDAQ: WEN) from Neutral to Outperform with a price target of $5.50 (from $5.00).

Analyst, Nick Setyan, said, "Based on our upwardly revised expectations for sustained near-term SSS growth and unit-level profitability beyond Q2, we believe Wendy’s current discount to peers on an EV/EBITDA basis is unwarranted. Therefore, we are raising Wendy’s shares to OP."

"We believe improved fundamentals are sustainable beyond Q2 and are raising our Q3 SSS growth estimate to 3% from 2% and our 2012 adj. EBITDA estimate to $332 million from $328 million...With reduced near-term risk, potential 2H catalyst in ‘image activation’ remodels more appealing." (FY12/13 EPS estimate raised $0.01 each to $0.18/0.23, respectively)

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Shares of Wendy's closed at $4.58 yesterday.

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