How Will McDonald's (MCD) Stock Respond To Puerto Rican Franchisees Complaint About FTC Rule Violation?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- McDonald's Corp. (MCD) franchisees in Puerto Rico say the company broke a FTC rule by selling its restaurants there to Latin American restaurant operator Arcos Dorados Holdings (ARCO). Bloomberg reports.

The biggest restaurant chain by sales worldwide is said to be in violation of the FTC's Franchise Rule which requires disclosure of material information to franchisees, according to a complaint filed with the FTC yesterday on behalf of seven franchisees in Puerto Rico.

Shares of McDonald's are down -0.95% to $100.11 in pre-market trade.

Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Growth Stocks

 

TheStreet Ratings team rates MCDONALD'S CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MCDONALD'S CORP (MCD) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • MCD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.86, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 43.68% is the gross profit margin for MCDONALD'S CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 17.98% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,907.30 million or 13.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.37%.
  • MCDONALD'S CORP' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MCDONALD'S CORP increased its bottom line by earning $5.56 versus $5.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.76 versus $5.56).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: MCD Ratings Report

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

More from Markets

Dow Rises Sharply as U.S.-China Trade Tensions Thaw

Dow Rises Sharply as U.S.-China Trade Tensions Thaw

To Win at Trade the U.S. Must Act and Behave Like China

To Win at Trade the U.S. Must Act and Behave Like China

Video: Jim Cramer on Tariffs, the Market Rally, Caterpillar and Micron

Video: Jim Cramer on Tariffs, the Market Rally, Caterpillar and Micron

Apple Shares Gain as U.S. and China Call Off Trade War, For Now

Apple Shares Gain as U.S. and China Call Off Trade War, For Now

GE Confirms $11.1 Billion Transportation Merger With Wabtec

GE Confirms $11.1 Billion Transportation Merger With Wabtec