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Restaurant Brands International Inc

QSR: XTSE (CAN)
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CAD 279.00GzsjzhjLsrfmjf

We See Limited Opportunities and Waning Pricing Power Ahead for Restaurants in 2023

The restaurant industry has proven surprisingly resilient despite stout macroeconomic headwinds, but between normalizing consumer spending patterns, a widening value gap with the grocery channel, and early signs of price sensitivity, we believe that 2023 is shaping up to be challenging. Despite early indications of a strong first quarter, we continue to expect a softer second half of the year, limiting near-term margin recovery as restaurants are reluctant to outprice their core customer. To this effect, traffic and items per check have declined in each of the past 10 months industrywide—through February 2023—and we continue to view exclusively price-driven comparable store sales growth as a tenuous long-term strategy. We sport a carb-heavy value menu in the industry, with wide-moat Domino's and narrow-moat Toast representing our top picks, trading at 16% and 18% discounts to our $397 and $21.50 fair value estimates, respectively.

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