NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Dunkin Brands Group Inc. (DNKN) are lower by 7.07% to $42.95 in pre-market trading on Thursday, after the Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins operator issued weak earnings and sales guidance for fiscal 2015.
Dunkin is expecting fiscal 2015 adjusted earnings per share to be between $1.88 and $1.91 per share, while analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have forecast for earnings of $2.02 for the year.
The munchkin maker is expecting its U.S. comparable store sales growth to be approximately 1.4%, which is below its previous guidance of a rise between 2% and 3%.
"This has been a challenging year for our businesses. We are pleased that Dunkin' Donuts' 2014 U.S. comparable store sales and transactions remained positive, although not as positive as we hoped because of continued pressure on the consumer and decelerating sales of packaged coffee in our restaurants. We expect these trends to continue into next year," company CEO Nigel Travis said.
The company said it will report its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter and full year results on February 5, 2015.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP INC (DNKN) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."