Dunkin’ Clips & Competitor News

Before we relate some of the news competitors are making, in the wake of Dunkin’ Brands’ Q4 earnings report last week, we thought these two clips of DBI Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis on CNBC and in an interview with the Street might be of interest to our members and subscribers. Jumping back to food…

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ServSafe Food Safety Certification

Dunkin’ Brands corporate wants all operators to have a Food Safety Certified Managers and it is beneficial for you to do so.  For franchisees and key staff attending the March 1 Regional Meeting, DDIFO is offering the ServSafe Manager Online Exam prior to the meeting at a significant savings.  Dunkin’ Brands ServSafe National Account Manager,…

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Miscellaneous

We note and congratulate Dunkin’ President of Global Marketing and Innovation John Costello on his recent election to the Global Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).  The MMA is a global non –profit trade association representing the mobile marketing ecosystem.  They boast 800 member companies from nearly 50 countries around the world. …

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Dunkin’ Q3 Earnings Call

Dunkin’ Brands held its Q3 earnings call yesterday and our restaurant analyst, John Gordon, Pacific Management Consulting Group, provided some highlights . . . DD US net shop opens was lighter than prior year. Dunkin Corporate net income dollars were down year to year due to increased interest expense on its higher debt load. The…

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Dunkin’  Q2 Earnings

John Gordon, DDIFO restaurant analyst, reported on yesterday’s Dunkin’ Q2 earnings call and advised that Dunkin’ US was in at least fair shape, with reported comps of +2.9%, and transactions were said to be +.6%, with which they were “satisfied”. The SSS KCup cannibalization was said to be .6%, due to the CPG rollout. There…

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How Fair is Dunkin’s Dispute Resolution Clause?

Imagine an apple fritter filled with cream and grape jelly and covered with mixed sprinkles. That’s a good analogy for Dunkin’ Brands’ dispute resolution clause in your franchise agreement – a mish-mash. Before delving into the specifics of Dunkin’s clause, here’s some background on dispute resolution clauses. Unless a different procedure is spelled out in…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to congratulate two Dunkin’ mainstays on important upcoming developments in their professional lives.  John Costello, President of Global Marketing and Innovation, has announced that he will be retiring in mid-2016.  Costello, who joined Dunkin’ in 2009, will remain in his current position but will transition to a new, more strategic role focused largely…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands reported Q4 2014 results yesterday with US comparable store sales growth of 1.4% and increased revenue of 5.5%.  Reporting 141 net new opens in the US, Dunkin’ stated earnings of $.46 per share, but thereby disappointed Wall Street, missing their expectation of $.47 per share.  Last week, Paul Carbone updated the investment community…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Although not unexpected, Dunkin’ Brands announced last week that it was refinancing and replacing $1.8B in debt with $2.4B in new debt which will be securitized at a bit lower interest rate. The new debt excess, around $600M, will be used for reserve accounts and future share buybacks. Also last week, DBI reported in a…

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A Down December

In earnings calls at the year-end, Dunkin’ announced less than stellar earnings over the past year.  Our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, advises that Dunkin’ pre-released its bad news last week, indicating that US Dunkin same store sales, international results and earnings would be lower than forecast in both 2014 and…

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