Nathan's Spicy Results: Fool by Numbers

On Monday, Nathan's Famous (Nasdaq: NATH  ) released Q1 2007 earnings for the period ended June 30.

  • I'm tempted to write that Nathan's 20% profit growth smashed Street estimates, except that no analysts follow the hot dog maker.
  • Per-share earnings grew even more thanks to a lower share count and higher sales and improved margins in the branded products business, which accounted for 41% of sales during the quarter.
  • Since 2001, Nathan's has repurchased 1.89 million shares for $7.16 million. That's an average price of $3.78 a stub, or just 29% of yesterday's close. (Talk about creating value for shareholders.)

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

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Margin Checkup

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* Expressed in percentage points
** Defined as sales less cost of food and beverage, without revenue from franchisees.

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Cash Flow Checkup

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Related companies:

  • Burger King (NYSE: BKC  )
  • McDonald's (NYSE: MCD  )
  • Wendy's (NYSE: WEN  )
  • Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM  )

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