Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR.T) posted above-consensus earnings for the second quarter on Friday, after the COVID-19 pandemic hurt business in the year-earlier period. The parent of Burger King and Tim Hortons said it had net income of $390 million, or 84 cents a share, for the quarter, up from $163 million, or 35 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 77 cents, ahead of the 61 cents FactSet consensus. Revenue rose to $1.438 billion from $1.048 billion, also ahead of the $1.369 billion FactSet consensus. Digital sales rose nearly 60% in home markets and were up 15% from the prior quarter. Chief Executive José E. Cil said he was encouraged by the momentum across the business and the rapid adoption of digital channels by customers. The board has approved a dividend and a $1 billion share buyback program, he said. Burger King sales rose 37.9% to $5.883 billion, while Tim Horton sales rose 33% to $1.637 billion. Shares were slightly higher premarket and have gained 6.2% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 17.7%.
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