The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (CAKE): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report

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Summary:
The Cheesecake Factory posted lower-than-expected third-quarter earnings and also cut its 2014 earnings guidance for the third time this year. Adjusted earnings of $0.48 per share decreased 7.7% year over year and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 15.8% owing to higher total costs and expenses. However, revenues beat the consensus mark by 0.5%. Higher comps resulted in a 6.3% year-over-year revenue growth. In fact, the company has been reporting positive comps since the beginning of 2013. Going forward, we expect the company to remain well positioned with its pricing actions and international expansion in regions with growth potential. However, continued underperformance of the Grand Lux Caf , weak consumer spending and food cost inflation remain headwinds. Moreover, the repeated guidance cuts raise concerns. We, thus, maintain our Neutral recommendation on the stock.

Overview:

Founded in 1972 and based in Calabasas Hills, CA, The Cheesecake Factory Inc. (CAKE), operates upscale, casual, and full-service dining restaurants in the United States. The company operates 186 full-service, casual dining restaurants throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including 174 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory brand, 11 restaurants under the Grand Lux Cafe brand and one restaurant under the RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen brand.

The company also has two bakery production facilities located in Calabasas Hills and Rocky Mount, N.C. These produce baked desserts and other products for its restaurants, as well as for other foodservice operators, retailers, and distributors.

Currently, the company operates through two segments, The Cheesecake Factory and Other.



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