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McDonald's Same-Store Sales Appear To Be Improving In America, Data Shows

McDonald's Same-Store Sales Appear To Be Improving In America, Data Shows
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Credit Suisse’s Jason West maintained an Outperform rating on McDonald's Corporation (NYSE: MCD), while raising the price target from $130 to $135.

Same-Store Sales Up

“Across our contacts, 1Q16 US SSS are running comfortably in the positive mid-single digit range, driven by successful value promos, continued contribution from all-day breakfast, and operational improvements,” West mentioned.

West believes that trends improved through the quarter, with February being better than January and March expected to be better than February.

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Promotions Help

The analyst also mentioned franchisee sentiment continues to be upbeat, “with generally positive commentary around the "McPick" platform, especially the 2 for $5 promo.”

Beyond the ongoing promotions, West believes ops improvements have started bearing fruit, with franchisees reporting improvement in drive-thru times as well as order accuracy.

McDonald’s also intends to roll out a Monopoly promotion on March 29. “Monopoly was not run in 2015 and could be a further source of SSS uplift, along with digital menu boards rolling out this yr,” West added.

In addition, MCD Japan appears to be at an inflection point, with same-store sales rising 32 percent in January/February. This could potentially drive 100 bps upside to the reported global same-store sales.

Estimates Raised

The 1Q16 EPS estimate has been raised from $1.15 to $1.16 to reflect increased same-store sales and improved FX. The 2016 EPS estimate has been raised from $5.37 to $5.45 to reflect the recent US dollar weakness and higher 1Q16 same-store sales expectations.

Latest Ratings for MCD

Dec 2017JefferiesUpgradesHoldBuy
Oct 2017Credit SuisseMaintainsOutperform
Oct 2017NomuraMaintainsBuy

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