Domino’s Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) missed revenue and earnings expectations for the third quarter of 2019, sending shares falling 6.6% in premarket hours on Tuesday.
Total revenue grew 4.4% year-over-year to $820.8 million, helped by an increase in store count and same-store sales growth, but fell short of estimates of $825 million.
Net income rose 2.7% to $86.4 million, driven by higher royalty revenues and supply chain volumes. Diluted EPS increased 5.1% to $2.05, helped by higher net income and a lower share count, but came below analysts’ forecasts of $2.07.
Global retail sales rose 5.8% during the quarter. Excluding the negative impact from foreign currency exchange rates, global retail sales grew 7.5%. US same-store sales grew 2.4% while international same-store sales were up 1.7% in the quarter.
During the quarter, the company grew its global net store count by 214 stores, comprising 40 net new US stores and 174 net new international stores.
Domino’s announced a new outlook for the upcoming 2-3 year period. Global retail sales is expected to grow 7-10%. Same-store sales are expected to grow 2-5% in the US and 1-4% internationally. Global net store growth is expected in the range of 6-8%.
On October 4, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.65 per share, payable on December 27, 2019 to shareholders of record as of December 13, 2019. The board also authorized a new share repurchase program to repurchase up to $1 billion of common stock.
As of September 8, 2019, Domino’s had approx. $66.7 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and $3.44 billion in total debt.
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