Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) Q4 2020 earnings miss

An employee removes a pizza from the oven at a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Rantoul, Illinois.

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Domino’s Pizza on Thursday reported quarterly earnings missed estimates as pandemic costs weighed on profits and U.S. same-store sales growth slowed.

The pizza chain also released a new outlook for the next two to three years.

Shares of the company fell about 5% in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: $3.46, adjusted, vs. $3.89 expected
  • Revenue: $1.36 billion vs. $1.39 billion expected

The pizza chain reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $151.9 million, or $3.85 per share, up from $129.3 million, or $3.12 per share, a year earlier. Performance-based expenses and costs related the coronavirus pandemic, including enhanced pay and bonuses for restaurant workers, weighed on profits.

Excluding the impact of a fifty-third week, Domino’s earned $3.46 per share, missing the $3.89 per share expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.

Net sales rose 17.9% to $1.36 billion, falling short of expectations of $1.39 billion. U.S. same-store sales increased by 11.2%, down from third quarter’s 17.5% same-store sales growth. International same-store sales climbed by 7.3%.

Domino’s also said that it made an additional $40 million investment in Dash Brands, the privately held company that serves as the pizza chain’s franchisee in China. Domino’s first invested in Dash in the second quarter of 2020, acquiring a noncontrolling stake for $40 million.

The company’s new two- to three-year outlook projects net unit growth of 6% to 8% and global retail sales growth of 6% to 10%, excluding foreign currency.

On Wednesday, its board reauthorized $1 billion in stock buybacks.

Read the full report here.

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