Down 6% YTD, Will Restaurant Brands Stock Gain Following Q1 Results?

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Restaurant Brands International is one of the largest fast-food restaurant chains in the world that operates Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes, and, since late 2021, Firehouse Subs. The company is scheduled to report its fiscal first-quarter results on Tuesday, April 30. We expect Restaurant Brands International stock (NYSE: QSR) to see little to no movement with revenue and earnings matching expectations in the first quarter results.

In Q4, the company’s net restaurants grew 3.9%, with the Popeyes brand seeing the biggest increase in units on a percentage basis (4.3%). The revenue stream of QSR is directly influenced by the system sales it generates across its brands, which can be increased by growing restaurant sales or adding as many restaurants as possible. Tim Hortons, Popeyes, and Firehouse Subs are far less penetrated across international markets than McDonald’s or Burger King. That points to more room to open new restaurants and a longer runway for revenue growth.

QSR stock has shown strong gains of 25% from levels of $60 in early January 2021 to around $74 now, vs. an increase of about 35% for the S&P 500 over this roughly 3-year period. However, the increase in QSR stock has been far from consistent. Returns for the stock were -1% in 2021, 7% in 2022, and 21% in 2023. In comparison, returns for the S&P 500 have been 27% in 2021, -19% in 2022, and 24% in 2023 – indicating that QSR underperformed the S&P in 2021 and 2023.
In fact, consistently beating the S&P 500 – in good times and bad – has been difficult over recent years for individual stocks; for heavyweights in the Consumer Discretionary sector including AMZN, TSLA, and TM, and even for the megacap stars GOOG, MSFT, and AAPL. In contrast, the Trefis High Quality (HQ) Portfolio, with a collection of 30 stocks, has outperformed the S&P 500 each year over the same period. Why is that? As a group, HQ Portfolio stocks provided better returns with less risk versus the benchmark index; less of a roller-coaster ride as evident in HQ Portfolio performance metrics. Given the current uncertain macroeconomic environment with high oil prices and elevated interest rates, could QSR face a similar situation as it did in 2021 and 2023 and underperform the S&P over the next 12 months – or will it see a strong jump?

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Our forecast indicates that Restaurant Brands’ valuation is $73 per share, which is nearly in line with the current market price. Look at our interactive dashboard analysis on Restaurant Brands Earnings Preview: What To Expect in Fiscal Q1? for more details.

(1) Revenues expected to come in line with the consensus estimates

Trefis estimates QSR’s Q1 2024 revenues to be around $1.7 Bil, in line with the consensus estimate. QSR’s Q4 revenues grew 8% year-over-year (y-o-y) to $1.8 billion, fueled by strong same-store sales growth from all its segments. The company’s comparable sales rose 5.8% during the fourth quarter, led by a 6.3% gain for the Burger King chain, an 8.4% rise for the Tim Hortons chain, and a 5.5% gain for the Popeyes chain. It should be noted that only locations that have been open for at least 13 months are included in its same-store sales metrics. For the full year 2024, we expect QSR’s revenues to grow almost 15% y-o-y to $8 billion.

2) EPS is also likely to match consensus estimates 

QSR’s Q1 2024 earnings per share (EPS) is expected to come in at 72 cents per Trefis analysis, in line with the consensus estimate. In Q4, the company’s net income grew to $726 million from $336 million a year ago, which led to EPS growing 3 cents y-o-y to $0.75. The increase in net income for the quarter was primarily driven by a greater income tax benefit in the current year than the prior year and the year-over-year increase in Income from Operations, partially offset by an increase in interest expense. QSR’s adjusted EBITDA was also up 3% y-o-y to $603 million.

(3) Stock price estimate in line with the current market price

Going by our QSR’s valuation, with an EPS estimate of around $3.50 and a P/E multiple of 20.8x in fiscal 2024, this translates into a price of $73, which is around the current market price.

It is helpful to see how its peers stack up. QSR Peers shows how Restaurant Brands’ stock compares against peers on metrics that matter. You will find other useful comparisons for companies across industries at Peer Comparisons.

Returns Apr 2024
MTD [1]
2024
YTD [1]
2017-24
Total [2]
 QSR Return -7% -6% 55%
 S&P 500 Return -3% 7% 128%
 Trefis Reinforced Value Portfolio -4% 2% 623%

[1] Returns as of 4/29/2024
[2] Cumulative total returns since the end of 2016

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