Why Is Domino's Pizza (DPZ) Down 0.6% Since Last Earnings Report?

It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Domino's Pizza (DPZ). Shares have lost about 0.6% in that time frame, outperforming the S&P 500.

Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Domino's Pizza due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts.

Domino's Q3 Earnings Top, Sales Lag Estimates

Domino's reported mixed quarterly numbers for third-quarter 2018, wherein earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but revenues missed the same.

Adjusted earnings of $1.95 per share outpaced the consensus mark of $1.73 and increased 53.5% on a year-over-year basis. The bottom-line improvement was driven by higher net income and lower diluted share count as a result of share repurchases.

Quarterly revenues increased 22.1% year over year to $786 million but missed the consensus mark of $790 million. Moreover, the company adopted new accounting standard in the third quarter that resulted in revenues recognition of $82.5 million from domestic franchise advertising. Also, increase domestic franchise revenues, domestic Company-owned store, international franchise revenues and store count growth contributed to revenue growth.


Global retail sales (including total sales of franchise and company-owned units) were up 8.3% year over year. This compared unfavorably with 14.5% growth in the year-ago quarter. The uptick can be attributed to solid comps at international stores (up 5.7%) and domestic stores (up 11%). Excluding foreign currency impact, global retail sales increased 10.4%.

In the third quarter, comps at Domino's domestic stores (including company-owned and franchise stores) improved 6.3%. This compared unfavorably with an 8.4% growth in the year-ago quarter.

At domestic company-owned stores, Domino's experienced year-over-year comps growth of 4.9%, lower than 8.4% in the year-ago quarter. Also, domestic franchise stores comps grew 6.4% compared with 8.4% in third-quarter 2017.

Comps at international stores, excluding foreign currency translation, were up 3.3%. This was comparatively lower than 5.5% in the year-ago quarter.

Notably, the third quarter marked the 30th consecutive quarter of positive U.S. comparable sales and 99th consecutive quarter of positive international comps.


Domino's operating margin expanded 680 bps year over year to 37.6% in the reported quarter. However, the net income margin contracted 190 bps to 10.7%. The uptick in the company's net income was primarily driven by an increase in higher supply chain volumes, global royalty revenues and lower tax rates.

Balance Sheet

As of Sep 9, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $84.6 million, up from $35.8 million as of Dec 31, 2017. Long-term debt at the end of the third quarter was $3,437.6 million, up from $3,121.5 million as of Dec 31, 2017. Inventory amounted to $41.4 million at the end of the quarter.

Cash flows from operating activities summed $262.5 million as of Sep 9, 2018. During the first three quarter of 2018, Domino's has spent $65.1 million on capital expenditures.

How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?

It turns out, fresh estimates flatlined during the past month.

VGM Scores

Currently, Domino's Pizza has a great Growth Score of A, though it is lagging a bit on the Momentum Score front with a B. However, the stock was allocated a grade of D on the value side, putting it in the bottom 40% for this investment strategy.

Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of B. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.


Domino's Pizza has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We expect an in-line return from the stock in the next few months.

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