Today Papa John's International (PZZA) Hits New Lifetime High

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Papa John's International ( PZZA) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Papa John's International as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PZZA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $16.2 million.
  • PZZA has traded 7,770 shares today.
  • PZZA is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on PZZA:

Papa John's International, Inc. operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants under the trademark Papa John's in the United States and internationally. The company also operates dine-in and delivery restaurants in certain international markets. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. PZZA has a PE ratio of 37. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Papa John's International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Papa John's International has been 364,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Papa John's International has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of -0.16 and a short float of 4.8% with 6.90 days to cover. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Papa John's International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PAPA JOHNS INTERNATIONAL INC has improved earnings per share by 22.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PAPA JOHNS INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.76 versus $1.55 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.07 versus $1.76).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 15.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $19.31 million to $22.24 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, PAPA JOHNS INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 50.86% to $40.25 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PAPA JOHNS INTERNATIONAL INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.93%.

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