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What: Shares of Chuy's Holdings (NASDAQ:CHUY) were getting spat out by investors today, falling as much as 12% after an unsavory earnings report.
So what: The restaurant chain of the same name posted a 24.6% gain in sales to $46.7 million, slightly ahead of estimates, and comparable sales were up 2.3%. Earnings per share jumped from a penny a year ago to $0.16, beating expectations by $0.02. CEO Steve Hislop said, "We generated impressive revenue growth during a challenging quarter for the industry," and he credited operators for driving profitability. Chuy's narrowed its EPS guidance for the year, saying it now expects EPS of $0.67 to $0.69, in line with estimates, and sees same-store sales growth of 1% to 1.5%.
Now what: Shares of the Mexican-food chain bounced back after dipping early in the session today, finishing down just 3.3%. While the company beat estimates, it seems investors were expecting more, especially on the same-store-sales front. Nearly all of Chuy's sales growth came from new restaurants, as opposed to organic, higher-margin growth from stores already open. Same-store sales are also often a sign of brand strength. With its P/E over 50 and hardly any organic growth to speak of, I'd stay away from Chuy's.
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