Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) – Investment analysts at Jefferies Group raised their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for Dunkin Brands Group in a report released on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst A. Barish now expects that the restaurant operator will earn $0.82 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.74. Jefferies Group currently has a “Hold” rating and a $56.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Dunkin Brands Group’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.86 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.72 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $3.25 EPS.

Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ:DNKN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 6th. The restaurant operator reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.01. Dunkin Brands Group had a net margin of 40.77% and a negative return on equity of 190.44%. The business had revenue of $227.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $220.54 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.64 EPS. Dunkin Brands Group’s revenue was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of other research firms have also weighed in on DNKN. Piper Jaffray Companies lifted their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $55.00 to $59.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Dunkin Brands Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Nomura lifted their price objective on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $52.00 to $55.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. William Blair upgraded shares of Dunkin Brands Group from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Finally, Maxim Group raised their price target on shares of Dunkin Brands Group from $64.00 to $71.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $62.52.

Dunkin Brands Group (NASDAQ DNKN) traded down $1.36 during trading on Thursday, reaching $57.80. 519,064 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,014,461. Dunkin Brands Group has a fifty-two week low of $50.89 and a fifty-two week high of $68.45. The stock has a market cap of $5,316.41, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 0.21. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 361.71, a current ratio of 2.79 and a quick ratio of 1.43.

Dunkin Brands Group announced that its board has initiated a share repurchase program on Thursday, October 26th that authorizes the company to buyback $650.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the restaurant operator to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 21st. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be issued a $0.3475 dividend. This represents a $1.39 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.40%. This is an increase from Dunkin Brands Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 9th. Dunkin Brands Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.86%.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DNKN. IHT Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group during the 2nd quarter worth $104,000. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group during the 4th quarter worth $117,000. SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group during the 4th quarter worth $135,000. Aviance Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group during the 4th quarter worth $169,000. Finally, Moon Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Dunkin Brands Group during the 4th quarter worth $193,000. 90.99% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Dunkin Brands Group Company Profile

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc is a franchisor of quick service restaurants (QSRs) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard serve ice cream. The Company franchises restaurants under its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. The Company operates through four segments: Dunkin’ Donuts-U.S., Dunkin’ Donuts International, Baskin-Robbins International and Baskin-Robbins-U.S.

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