Denny's (NAS: DENN) filed its 10-K on March 12. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 28 (Q4), Denny's met expectations on revenue and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Denny's notched revenue of $130.2 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $131.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $135.9 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.96. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.08 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.95 for Q4 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.02 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 35.6%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.2%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 70.7%, 6,870 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $127.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.06.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $503.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.29.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 411 members rating the stock outperform and 39 members rating it underperform. Among 111 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 106 give Denny's a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Denny's is buy, with an average price target of $5.14.
Over the decades, small-cap stocks like Denny's have provided market-beating returns, provided they're value-priced and have solid businesses. Read about a pair of companies with a lock on their markets in "Too Small to Fail: 2 Small Caps the Government Won't Let Go Broke." Click here for instant access to this free report.
Add Denny's to My Watchlist.
At the time thisarticle was published Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
Copyright © 1995 - 2012 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.