Posts Tagged "U.S. restaurant analysis"

How Restaurants Have Confronted Tough Economic Periods

In times of crisis (whether brought on my natural disasters or economic uncertainty), restaurant survival is difficult enough. But thriving — as a handful of chains have — is even more remarkable. Recent history has revealed restaurant companies who have been able to do just that: improve sales and traffic while others in the industry suffer. Here, we highlight restaurant…read more →Read more...

Restaurant EBITDA

The restaurant industry can be mighty unforgiving, thanks to thin margins and high operating expenses. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) plays a crucial role, as it is designed to help owners and operators place a firm value on their restaurant company’s earning power by focusing on cash flow. Below, we examine how restaurant EBITDA differs from operating…read more →Read more...

Restaurant Debt Ratios

The restaurant industry is a diverse one — and with so many different types of companies (large, small, franchised, company-owned, etc.), the indebtedness of chains varies widely. Investors often monitor this indebtedness to navigate the risks (and, in many cases, rewards) associated with the chains themselves. Recent bankruptcies further highlight the risks faced by equity holders when it comes to…read more →Read more...

August 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

August 2017 US restaurant labor data reveals that not much has changed much in the US, employment-wise, since July — which, by and large, is positive for operators. The news isn’t all good, however. Fewer jobs originated in restaurants and bars in August, for instance. Still, restaurant jobs continue to grow faster than the overall economy, and have every single…read more →Read more...

How Much Americans Spent at Restaurants So Far in 2017

How much Americans spend at restaurants has fluctuated over the years, but lately, the numbers have been increasingly positive. Historically, grocery stores have taken the largest share of this pie. But in May 2015, restaurant spend had surpassed grocery spend for the first time in recorded history. Those who had been tracking the evolution in consumer spend likely saw this…read more →Read more...

July 2017 US Restaurant Labor Data

The past six months haven’t exactly been smooth sailing in the US, at least politically-speaking. Since President Trump took office in January 2017, the nation’s capital hasn’t witnessed any major economic policy changes, like tax reform or healthcare. Yet economic conditions remain optimistic — particularly for US restaurant operators, who rely on strong jobs and wage reports. In fact, business…read more →Read more...

US Restaurant Labor Data: An Overview

Few economic data points are as closely watched as measures of employment. For those in the foodservice industry, which must confront high rates of turnover and ever-evolving wages, US restaurant labor data trends are especially informative, as they can help restaurateurs adapt as the trends surface (rather than after the fact). But due to the sheer volume of monthly labor…read more →Read more...
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