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Longbow Gains Appetite For Shake Shack After Post-Earnings Pullback

Longbow Gains Appetite For Shake Shack After Post-Earnings Pullback

Investors should buy the dip in Shake Shack Inc (NYSE: SHAK) after the restaurant chain's Nov. 1 third-quarter earnings report resulted in a notable stock pullback, according to Longbow Research.

The Analyst

Analyst Alton Stump upgraded Shake Shack from Neutral to Buy with a new $60 price target.

The Thesis

A move lower in Shake Shack shares was justified after Q3 comps fell short of expectations, Stump said in the Tuesday upgrade note. (See his track record here.) 

Yet there's little reason to believe there are fundamental problems in Shake Shack's business — and the comp shortfall could be attributed to new store timing rather than a fundamental issue, the analyst said.

On a trailing one-year basis, the restaurant chain has shown a positive same-store sales contribution despite the fast-paced opening of new locations, Stump said. 

Looking beyond Q3, Shake Shack's same-store sales can turn positive and grow at a low-single-digit rate over the next year, the analyst said.

Growth is likely to come from new store openings outside of the core New York City region, along with the potential addition of menu items and delivery options, he said.

Shake Shack shares are now trading at around 22 times estimated 2019 EV/EBITDA, a discount to the its historical 32 times multiple dating back to the company's 2015 initial public offering.

While the multiple isn't cheap compared to peers, it's sufficiently attractive enough for investors looking for a long-term growth story, according to Longbow.

The sell-side firm's $60 price target is based on 28 times 2019 EV/EBITDA; a multiple as high as 30 times could be warranted over time, Stump said. 

Price Action

Shake Shack stock was trading up 5.85 percent at $50.29 at the time of publication Tuesday. 

Related Links:

Longbow Steps To The Sidelines On Shake Shack

The Street's Reaction To Shake Shack's Q3

Photo by Dustin Blitchok.

Latest Ratings for SHAK

Nov 2019Initiates Coverage OnNeutral
Nov 2019MaintainsEqual-Weight
Nov 2019MaintainsNeutral

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