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Wendy's reports Q3 adjusted EPS 17c, consensus 15c
Reports Q3 revenue $400.6M, consensus $405.36M.
Wendy's initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Eric Gonzalez initiated Wendy's with a Sector Weight rating. Gonzalez suggests waiting for "signs of accelerating system-wide sales growth," which he believes would narrow its valuation gap to Wendy's peers.
Stephens not convinced 'dots should be connected' between Papa John's, Wendy's
Stephens analyst Will Slabaugh remarked on The Wall Street Journal report that Trian recently contacted Papa John's (PZZA) to collect info as it explores a possible bid and noted that Trian holds a 13% stake in Wendy's (WEN). However, he is "not convinced that the dots should be connected" between Papa John's and Wendy's, pointing toward the latter's transition to a more capital-light model. With that said, he maintains his belief that the long-term earnings power of Papa John's current store base as well as its white space opportunity is being undervalued. Slabaugh maintains an Overweight rating and $55 price target on Papa John's shares.
Wendy's initiated with a Buy at Gordon Haskett
Gordon Haskett analyst Jeff Farmer started Wendy's with a Buy rating and $20 price target. The company is approaching a free cash yield "tipping point" of around 5.5%, a level at which the stock should track free cash flow growth, Farmer tells investors in a research note.
Wendy's checks point to Q3 U.S. comps topping consensus, says Longbow
Longbow analyst Alton Stump said his talks with U.S. Wendy's franchisees point to domestic franchised same-store sales growth of 2%-2.5%, which is better than the consensus forecast of 1.8%. He believes domestic SSS growth of over 2% would likely drive meaningful upside in the stock given where current expectations are, Stump added. He maintains a Buy rating on Wendy's shares with a $24 price target.
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