Wingstop is the fastest-escalating chicken chain in the United States. Notably, the firm obtained the feat with out participating in any type of disastrous selling price war, and by trying to keep its business enterprise simple.
The firm introduced its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2016 on Thursday, recording an impressive twenty.3% raise in revenue in contrast to This fall 2015.
Web revenue climbed thirteen% to $4.3 million ($.fifteen for each diluted share) from $3.eight million ($.thirteen for each diluted share).
Nonetheless, earnings nonetheless conquer analyst expectations only marginally, when the extraordinary revenue development determine skipped. Shares are down about 1.3% on Friday.
In the earnings call next the results, Michael F. Mravle, main fiscal officer of Wingstop, pointed specifically to price tag pressures that have troubled the firm.
“Value of revenue amplified to $seven million from $5.6 million in the prior calendar year fourth quarter. As a share of firm-owned restaurant revenue, price tag of revenue amplified 590 foundation points to seventy six.1% from 70.2%,” he explained.
In certain, he pointed to two components that led to margin force: increased chicken wing price ranges and increased labor costs. “The raise was pushed mostly by thirteen.1% inflation from bone-in chicken wings, a 4% in the common sizing of the chicken wings and continued labor investments in roster sizes and staffing.”
Mravle added that he expected enter costs to go on soaring in the coming months. “In Q1 2017, we be expecting about ten% inflation on our bone-in chicken wings more than the prior calendar year quarter,” he explained.