Papa John's International
The restaurant saw revenues increase nearly 12% to $277.9 million for the quarter. Operating income jumped 26% to $27.3 million (excluding the impact of the consolidation of the franchisee-owned cheese-purchasing concern, growth in operating income actually came in at 37%). Adjusted diluted earnings per share -- excluding such things as an extra week, discontinued operations, and that consolidation impact -- advanced 23% to $0.43.
It was a piping hot quarter for Papa John's, served up with a healthy portion of double-digit toppings. Even though the year didn't see the kind of revenue expansion that the quarter did -- net sales increased a little more than 3% to $1 billion during the longer timeframe -- the adjusted bottom line nevertheless reflected a 15% gain, translating to $1.40 per diluted share after the relevant adjustments. The metrics so far have been pretty saucy, but some measures weren't necessarily so tasty.
Let's begin with quarterly same-store sales, which decreased 0.5% for domestic systemwide locations. The full year saw comps rise 3% -- that's certainly better, but it's not unqualified, rocket-growth performance. The all-important statement of cash flows disclosed a small increase in net cash from operating activities, at just less than 4% for the past 12 months. Accounting for the more than doubling in capital spending, it's easy to see why free cash flow dropped 29%. There's one adjustment to consider, however. If we exclude the consolidation effect of the cheese-purchasing entity, cash from operations actually dropped almost 15%.
What about valuation? Papa John's thinks it can earn somewhere between $1.48 and $1.56 per diluted share in 2007. If we say the company comes in near the middle of that range, at perhaps $1.51, then the P/E ratio becomes, based on yesterday's closing stock price, approximately 20. Current analyst estimates at Yahoo! Finance describe the five-year earnings-growth potential for Papa John's as being near 11%. This data would suggest a PEG ratio of approximately 1.8. The stock, therefore, could be more than adequately valued at its current price.
I do love pizza, but I'm not sure I'd want to buy Papa John's right now. It's a good company, and it seems like a decent enough brand, even among giants like Domino's Pizza
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