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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Technology Drives Guest Satisfaction, Restaurant Stocks

    A Cornell study found that a 1% increase in customer satisfaction can boost restaurant sales by $1.3 million. Technology plays a big role in this trend.

    By Rekha Khandelwal, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Current and Expected Restaurant Situations Float above 100

    The current situation index reflects the actual health of the industry. Restaurants have advanced operations by adding sales and labor.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the Current Situation Index versus the Expectations Index

    In January 2015, the Current Situation Index stood at 102.7. It declined from 102.9 in December 2014. This is a backward-looking measure.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bloomin’ Brands’ Remodeling Initiatives Should Grow Its Revenue

    Bloomin’ Brands (BLMN) also introduced a lighter (under 600 calories) and gluten-free menu to appeal to health-conscious customers.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Bloomin’ Brands is Focusing on Bonefish Grill

    Bonefish Grill is the third most important brand for Bloomin’ Brands (BLMN), contributing 14% of the company’s revenue.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Darden Restaurants: Five-Year Stock Performance

    Darden Restaurants sold Red Lobster in 2014 and acquired RARE Hospitality International, owner of LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille.

    By Adam Jones
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is the Darden Restaurants Brand Overvalued?

    With a forward-looking PE ratio of 24.6x, Darden is trading well above the average, indicating that Darden is overvalued compared to its peers.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Restaurant Operators Are Cautious About Business Conditions

    According to the NRA, the restaurant operators will become “more cautious” towards business conditions over the next six months.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Restaurant Current Situation Index Rose – Indicated Expansion

    In December 2014, the Current Situation Index was 102.9. It increased from 101.4 in October. It has been above 100 since March 2014.

    By Adam Jones
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Expectation On Restaurant Performance Increases

    In October 2014, the Current Situation Index was 103.1, up from 101 in September. The Expectations Index was 102.9, higher than 100.9 recorded in September.

    By Adam Jones
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Valuation metrics for the restaurant industry

    There are three valuation methods you can use to value a restaurant stock. The most widely used valuation approach under market approach is the price-to-earnings ratio.

    By Adam Jones
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    The successful franchise restaurant model

    The benefits of the franchise model include the opportunity for the company to grow faster because the franchisee provides the capital for making the restaurant ready for operation, and the franchisor faces lower risk if the store underperforms.

    By Adam Jones
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Why restaurants are remodeling their stores

    Several restaurants are focusing on changing their restaurants’ images by remodeling their existing stores. For example, Burger King’s (BKW) already re-imaged stores have boosted sales by 10% to 15%.

    By Adam Jones
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Know about same-store sales to understand restaurants

    The two most important drivers of revenue in a restaurant business are same-store sales and unit growth. Same-store sales growth measures the growth at existing stores or locations over a period of time.

    By Adam Jones
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    The family-dining restaurant idea

    Family-dining restaurants offer full table service. They’re similar to the casual-dining format, although most family-dining restaurants don’t offer alcohol.

    By Adam Jones
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Brinker International’s year-to-date performance

    As of October 28, 2014, Brinker International’s (or EAT) year-to-date (or YTD) return was 12.8%—compared to returns of 8.3% on the S&P 500 Index.

    By Adam Jones
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Expectations about business conditions

    The Expected Business Conditions Index is part of the Expectations Index. It measures restaurant operators’ outlook towards business conditions over the next six months.

    By Adam Jones
  • Consumer

    Key restaurant industry formats: The family dining business

    Family dining restaurants offer full table service. They’re similar to the casual-dining format, although most family dining restaurants don’t offer alcohol.

    By Adam Jones
  • Consumer

    Key restaurant industry formats: The casual dining business

    Contrary to fast food restaurants, casual dining restaurants have a relaxed and casual ambiance with a lot of seating. They offer full table service and may also have a wine menu or full bar service.

    By Adam Jones
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    Consumer

    Why hiking minimum wage to $15 will mean faster technology changes

    Investing in technology and capital to reduce costs as much as possible, including labor costs, has become critical.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Darden analysis: Why lower average checks are outperforming

    Adding a little bit of spice to the chart After compiling a list of Darden’s core competitor brands, which include Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc. (BBRG), Bloomin’ Brands Inc. (BLMN), Cheesecake Factory Inc. (CAKE), Texas Roadhouse Inc. (TXRH), Ignite Restaurant Group Inc. (IRG), Brinker International Inc. (EAT), and Dine Equity Inc. (DIN), we’ve added a […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Darden analysis: Darden brands are losing guests to competitors

    Darden’s Olive Garden and Red Lobster brands are losing guests Darden Restaurant Inc.’s (DRI) same store growth and expense breakdowns suggest the company needs to follow a different strategy. With some price cuts, guest count is falling for its Olive Garden and Red Lobster brands. Without a price cut, however, the company would have likely […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Darden analysis: Business overview shows limited differentiation

    Restaurant industry breakdown The first thing investors should do before making an investment is understand the company’s industry, business, and strategy. We can broadly break the restaurant industry down into the limited-service and full-service sectors. Full-service restaurants are establishments where customers receive their meals at their table, receive table waiting services, and generally pay at […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Why restaurants improve efficiency with tablets and technology

    More efficient food delivery The benefits of using tablets and technology extend beyond just table coverage for companies like Brinker International Inc. (EAT) and DineEquity Inc. (DIN), and possibly for Cheesecake Factory Inc. (CAKE) and Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. (BWLD) in the future. Combined with location pinpoint technology like RFIDs (radio-frequency identification), tablets can help […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Tablet ordering can increase efficiency and guest satisfaction

    Customization and smaller dishes From Nikki to Starbucks and Chobani to Chipotle, customization appears to be the trend. With a tablet menu at the table, guests can take their time to decide on what ingredients they want in their dish without the necessary pressure of a waiter at their table—especially during busy hours at casual dining […]

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Want to invest in iPads or tablets? Consider restaurant stocks

    In this series, we’ll investigate the benefits of using tablets and which restaurants are improving their financial performance and share prices.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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    Consumer

    Syria strike would raise gas prices and reduce restaurants’ sales

    Why higher gasoline prices can reduce people’s leftover spending at restaurants, which will negatively affect restaurant sales.

    By Xun Yao Chen
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