The Wendy's Co

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WEN : NASDAQ : Services
$15.14 -0.2 | -1.3%
Today's Range: 15.15 - 15.375
Avg. Daily Volume: 2660500.0
08/17/17 - 3:32 PM ET

Financial Analysis

WENDY'S CO's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has significantly increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. WENDY'S CO has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.53 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company managed to increase its liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 29.73% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)320.34382.72
EBITDA ($mil)76.597.95
EBIT ($mil)45.1967.2
Net Income ($mil)-1.8526.48

Balance Sheet Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)243.69301.87
Total Assets ($mil)4108.664135.22
Total Debt ($mil)2728.752509.12
Equity ($mil)487.05693.16

Profitability Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Gross Profit Margin59.6247.07
EBITDA Margin23.8825.59
Operating Margin14.1117.56
Sales Turnover0.310.41
Return on Assets2.393.51
Return on Equity20.1721.47
Debt Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Current Ratio1.922.36
Interest Expense28.9428.64
Interest Coverage1.562.35

Share Data Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)244.31263.31
Div / share0.070.06
Book value / share1.992.63
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume2659030.02989854.0


BUY. WENDY'S CO's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 42.28 for the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.58. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 7.61 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.06 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 9.97. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, WENDY'S CO proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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WEN 41.03 Peers 42.28   WEN 17.95 Peers 18.78

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

WEN is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Average. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

WEN is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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WEN 26.63 Peers 24.38   WEN NM Peers 2.84

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

WEN is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

WEN's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

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  Earnings Growth
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WEN 7.61 Peers 9.97   WEN -31.49 Peers 56.17

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

WEN is trading at a discount to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, WEN is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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WEN 2.90 Peers 3.26   WEN -24.28 Peers 7.61

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

WEN is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

WEN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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