Fiesta Restauran (FRGI) Misses Q3 EPS by 1c

November 7, 2016 5:21 PM EST
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Fiesta Restauran (NASDAQ: FRGI) reported Q3 EPS of $0.30, $0.01 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.31. Revenue for the quarter came in at $182.3 million versus the consensus estimate of $183.92 million.

  • Comparable restaurant sales at Pollo Tropical decreased 1.0% and comparable guest traffic decreased 2.5%, including the impact of sales cannibalization that negatively impacted comparable guest traffic by approximately 1%;
  • Comparable restaurant sales at Taco Cabana decreased 4.1% and comparable guest traffic decreased 3.5%

2016 Outlook

Based on current information, the Company is updating the following estimated operating targets for 2016:

  • Comparable restaurant sales at Pollo Tropical are now expected to be between -2% to flat (from -1% to +1%) including the negative impact of weather and temporary store closures related to Hurricane Matthew during the first fiscal week of October;
  • Capital expenditures are now expected to be $82 to $85 million (from $90 to $100 million); and
  • Ten Company-owned Pollo Tropical restaurant closures.

The Company is reiterating the following estimated operating targets for 2016:

  • Comparable restaurant sales decreases of -3% to -1% at Taco Cabana;
  • Cost of sales improvement of approximately 180 basis points at Pollo Tropical and 100 basis points at Taco Cabana approximately, both as a percent of brand restaurant sales;
  • General and administrative expenses of $54 to $57 million;
  • Depreciation and amortization of $36 to $38 million;
  • An effective tax rate of 36% to 37%; and
  • Company-owned restaurant openings of 31 Pollo Tropical and four Taco Cabana restaurants of which 26 Pollo Tropical and two Taco Cabana restaurants have been opened through October 2, 2016.

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