In an environment where it's difficult for one restaurant to stand out from the plethora of selections, Applebee's is making a strong effort to distinguish itself. It offers Curbside To Go, which allows hungry folks who have limited time but don't want fast food to call in their order, park in a designated spot, and have food brought to their car. It also teamed with Weight Watchers
The company expects earnings to continue on the same trend. It forecasts second-quarter earnings of $0.36 to $0.38 per share. For the year, it expects earnings of $1.49 to $1.52 per share. While the growth isn't too exciting, it does compare favorably with competition, including Ruby Tuesday
While Applebee's isn't a fast-growing company, it is an industry leader in a rapidly expanding marketplace. It tempts investors with its steady growth and consistent earnings. Investors looking for a reliable, though not flashy, performer may want to consider Applebee's.
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