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Burger King parent’s quarterly sales fall 8% as pandemic weighs on Tim Hortons sales

Jose Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, speaks during an interview with CNBC on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, November 6, 2019.

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Restaurant Brands International on Tuesday reported that its quarterly revenue fell 8% as Burger King and Tim Hortons sales struggled to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Popeyes, however, once again reported double-digit same-store sales growth, thanks to the enduring popularity of its chicken sandwich.

Shares of the company, which had released preliminary same-store sales results earlier this month, were unchanged in premarket trading.

Here’s what the company reported compared with what Wall Street was expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: 68 cents, adjusted, vs. 63 cents expected
  • Revenue: $1.34 billion vs. $1.34 billion expected

The restaurant company reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $145 million, or 47 cents per share, down from $201 million, or 75 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding corporate restructuring fees and other items, Restaurant Brands earned 68 cents per share, topping the 63 cents per share expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv.

Net sales dropped 8% to $1.34 billion, matching expectations. Burger King reported same-store sales declines of 7%, while Tim Hortons same-store sales fell by 12.5%. The Canadian coffee chain typically accounts for more than half of Restaurant Brands’ revenue.

Popeyes, the only chain to report positive same-store sales growth, saw sales at restaurants open at least 17 months grow 17.4% in the quarter. Even with its recent success, the fried chicken chain accounts for only a tenth of Restaurant Brands’ net sales.

Despite the sales downturn, the company is still investing in its restaurants. Restaurant Brands announced plans to revamp thousands of its drive-thru lanes across its three brands, starting with 10,000 Burger King and Tim Hortons locations. Digital menu boards with predictive selling abilities and contactless payment are among the changes.

Read the full earnings report here.

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