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SHAKE SHACK INC (SHAK)

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UPDATED “COMPANY DETAILED ANALYSES” (we cover over 60, for subscribers) – SHAKE SHACK, BJ’S RESTAURANTS, CHEESECAKE FACTORY, BLOOMIN’ BRANDS – with relevant transcripts

SHAKE SHAKE (SHAK)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2023/02/shake-shack-inc-shak/

BJ’S RESTAURANTS (BJRI)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/10/bjs-restaurants-2/

CHEESECAKE FACTORY (CAKE)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/11/cheesecake-factory-updated-write-up/

BLOOMIN’ BRANDS (BLMN)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2023/02/bloomin-brands-updated-write-up/

SHAKE SHACK (SHAK) BENEFITS HUGELY FROM ALMOST FREE CAPITAL – EVEN BETTER THAN YOU MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT -TO THEIR CREDIT

The following discussion provides due credit to Shake Shack management’s capital allocation  process and, within its conclusion, provides the bullish argument that has consistently attracted long term investors.

The investment community has invariably given Shake Shack every benefit in terms of valuation, based upon the respect for founder, Danny Meyer, built upon in recent years by CEO, Randy Garutti and his team. Both equity and debt capital have been  inexpensive,  not only due to investor opinion of SHAK’s store level economics and long term expansion potential, but because the world has been living with abnormally low interest rates, which encourages high valuation of  stocks, bonds, real estate, art, crypto, etc.etc.

We reflected recently on Shake Shack’s opportune raise, in March of ’21,  of $250M of ZERO PERCENT convertible bonds, convertible at $170/sh, about 40% above the market at the time, which equates to a market capitalization of about $7B. Considering that Adjusted EBITDA in pre-Covid calendar ’19 had been  $39M (then $23M in ’20),  that was 179x the best historical TTM result ($39M in ’19). The bond buyers were obviously hoping for a lot of growth between 2019, the bond issuance in early ’21, and maturity in early ’28. FWIW, Adjusted EBITDA in ’21 was $56M and $64M in the TTM ending September ’22.

We called this deal, at the time, the “Deal of the Year”, and based upon the model below, it was among the Deals of the Decade or longer.  All credit to SHAK.  (The US Government should have done a $30 Trillion  fifty year zero at the same time.)

The model below shows that the $250M, received in March ’21, put to use in ’22, ’23 and early ’24, will have generated $311M of cumulative cash flow (EBITDA) at the store level by the end of 2027. This allows for repayment of the $250M, leaves Shake Shack with $61.5M in the bank, and $75M of annual store level cash flow at the store level. Even allowing for increased G&A to absorb part of that, the bond proceeds will have paid for itself by maturity and provided an ongoing annual $75M.

We have tried to make conservative assumptions. We only assume half a store year, on average, in year one of operations, with a year one 20% C/C return rate. This builds to the 30% C/C year three targeted return that management has been guiding to. We also assume that the average cash cost is $3M between ’22 and ’27, considering that the recent cost has been $2.4M, higher with drive thrus. If the cost per store is lower, or the C/C returns are higher, the benefit to SHAK would be even better than shown. We emphasize that this model is “broad brush”, absolutely subject to fine tuning, but provides an order of magnitude.

See the discussion below the table, relative to the possibility of note conversion.

THE ALTERNATIVE TO DEBT REPAYMENT

It is possible that conversion to common stock, at $170/share, or a pre-conversion valuation of about $7B with the current 41M shares outstanding could still happen, though the current $55/sh needs to more than triple. That’s of course what the bond buyers were originally hoping for, upside potential from the common, while holding a (no-interest bearing) safer security than the common stock. That would also be an outstanding outcome for SHAK, since they would have $311.5M (less the G&A buildup) in the bank, along with the $75M of annual store level cash flow. After reading the discussion below, investors can judge for themselves the likelihood of a $7B valuation between now and early ’28.

THE VALUATION OF SHAKE SHACK (SHAK) COMMON STOCK

At today’s price around $55/share, the Enterprise Value of SHAK is about $1.9B without capitalized leases, $2.6B including them. The trailing TTM Adjusted Corporate EBITDA as of Sept’22 is about $64M.

The table above shows that $75M of  annual store level EBITDA would have been added from putting the $250M to work, which G&A could adjust down to $65M/yr at the corporate level.

The $250M will have been used by early ’24, so by the end of ’27, several hundred million more will be spent, adding another $100M of store level EBIDA, adjusted with G&A down to perhaps $85M at the corporate level.

The licensing revenue run rate is about $35M per year, could conservatively double by late ’27 to $70M, which adjusted for G&A could add something like $30M to Corporate EBITDA.

These three elements added to the most recent Adjusted Corporate EBITDA TTM run rate; the utilization of the $250M convertible bond, additional capex between ’24 and ’27, and licensing growth bring the Corporate Adjusted EBITDA run rate to the neighborhood of $230M.

The current equity valuation (roughly the same as Enterprise Value, because the cash on hand more than covers the debt) of about $2.2B (halfway between the the values with and without capitalized leases) is not very high (9.6X) relative to $230M of EBITDA. Of course the $230M is five years away, and we have admittedly provided a bullish argument with many broad and even questionable assumptions. If that order of magnitude proves to be close, it is unlikely that the still growing company would sell for less than 9.6X EBITDA and could trade for two or three times that level.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Seven billion dollars, the value at the $170 conversion price, is 30.4x the possible corporate EBITDA run rate by the end of ’27 as modeled above. Though SHAK has traded at much higher valuations that that, reducing that future possibility is the fact that SHAK will be growing much less slowly in ’28 than it was 10-15 years earlier. We doubt the valuation will rise sufficiently for conversion of the convertible debt to be profitable compared to the original issue price, but based on the current corporate liquidity and the predictable ongoing corporate cash flow from operations, the bond should be “money good”.

Relative to the appeal of SHAK at the current time, the potential remains very substantial but there are more than adequate uncertainties. Aside from macro economic concerns, Average Unit Volumes at new locations, store level EBITDA margins at all stores, and the level of corporate G&A all provide question marks.  While we have attempted to provide realistic assumptions, it’s a lot easier to build an excel spreadsheet than create $165M of incremental cash flow.  Very few companies take annual EBITDA from $64M to $230M in five years.

At the same time, you can see why Randy Garutti and Co. continue to be charged up.

Roger Lipton

 

 

 

 

UPDATED CORPORATE DESCRIPTIONS: BLOOMIN’ BRANDS, DENNY’S, STARBUCKS, YUM BRANDS, SHAKE SHACK, PORTILLO’S – with transcripts

UPDATED CORPORATE DESCRIPTIONS: BLOOMIN’ BRANDS, DENNY’S, STARBUCKS, YUM BRANDS, SHAKE SHACK, PORTILLO’S – with transcripts

BLOOMIN’ BRANDS (BLMN)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4284&action=edit

DENNY’S (DENN)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/05/dennys-corporation-denn-new-writeup/

STARBUCKS (SBUX)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/05/starbucks-updated-write-up/

YUM BRANDS (YUM)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/05/yum-brands/

SHAKE SHACK (SHAK)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/05/shake-shack-inc-shak/

PORTILLO’S (PTLO)

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/05/portillos-ptlo-in-process/

 

 

THE WEEK THAT WAS, ENDING MAY 20, JUST A FEW RATINGS CHANGES – with relevant transcripts, and WEEK TO COME

THE WEEK THAT WAS, ENDING MAY 20, JUST A FEW RATINGS CHANGES – with relevant transcripts, and WEEK TO COME

From earnings reports in prior weeks: Jack in the Box and Wingstop maintained at Neutral and Outperform, respectively

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4489787-jack-in-box-inc-s-jack-ceo-darin-harris-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4507053-wingstop-inc-s-wing-ceo-michael-skipworth-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

From a week ago: JIM SANDERSON and BRIAN VACCARO upgrade Shake Shack to Buy and MARKET PERFORM, respectively.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4507719-shake-shack-inc-shak-ceo-randy-garutti-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

THE WEEK TO COME: only two companies scheduled to report

Thursday 5-26 Before Market Open Jack In The Box (JACK) Q2

https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/445663988

Thursday 5-26 After Market Close Red Robin (RRGB)  Q1 

https://ir.redrobin.com/news-events/ir-calendar/detail/19110/q1-2022-earnings-conference-call

 

 

UPDATED CORPORATE DESCRIPTIONS: TEXAS ROADHOUSE (TXRH), SHAKE SHACK (SHAK), SWEETGREEN (SG), PORTILLO’S (PTLO), PAPA JOHN’S (PZZA) with transcripts

UPDATED CORPORATE DESCRIPTIONS: TEXAS ROADHOUSE (TXRH), SHAKE SHACK (SHAK), SWEETGREEN (SG), PORTILLO’S (PTLO), PAPA JOHN’S (PZZA) with transcripts

TEXAS ROADHOUSE

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/03/texas-roadhouse-updated-write-up/

SHAKE SHACK

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/03/shake-shack-inc-shak/

SWEETGREEN

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/01/sweetgreen-sg-in-process/

PORTILLO’S

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/04/portillos-ptlo-in-process/

PAPA JOHN’S

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/03/papa-johns-pzza-corporate-description/

THE WEEK THAT WAS, ENDING 5/6, LOT’S OF EARNINGS REPORTS, A FEW RATINGS CHANGES, MORE ACTION IN THE WEEK TO COME

THE WEEK THAT WAS, ENDING 5/6, LOT’S OF EARNINGS REPORTS, SEVERAL RATINGS CHANGES, MANY MORE DATA POINTS IN THE WEEK TO COME  – links to transcripts provided

Starbucks reports, only change is David Palmer upgrading. Nobody wants to be negative. NICOLE REAGAN, JOHN GLASS, CHRIS CARRIL and JON TOWER stay neutral. LAUREN SILBERMAN, JEFFREY  BERNSTEIN, DAVID PALMER and ANDREW CHARLES continue to like it.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4506511-starbucks-corporation-sbux-ceo-howard-schultz-on-q2-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

Denny’s reports, NICK SETYAN still likes it.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4506545-dennys-corporations-denn-ceo-john-miller-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4506597-dennys-corporation-2022-q1-results-earnings-call-presentation

Restaurant Brands reports, only change is CHRIS O’CULL downgrading to HOLD. M.Stanley analyst maintains underweight. JON TOWER is neutral, while CHRIS CARRIL AND LAUREN SILBERMAN like it here.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4506236-restaurant-brands-international-inc-qsr-ceo-jose-cil-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call

Yum Brands reports. No changes. LAUREN SILBERMAN is NEUTRAL while JON TOWER says BUY.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4506810-yum-brands-inc-s-yum-ceo-david-gibbs-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

Brinker reports (and disappoints). DAVID PALMER downgrades to IN-LINE.  BRIAN MULLAN, NICK SETYAN, and M.STANLEY analyst are NEUTRAL. BRIAN VACCARO and ERIC GONZALES continue to be positive.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4506810-yum-brands-inc-s-yum-ceo-david-gibbs-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

Wingstop reports (and disappoints). M. Stanley  analyst, NICK SETYAN, JON TOWER and ANDREW CHARLES all stick with it.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4507053-wingstop-inc-s-wing-ceo-michael-skipworth-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

SHAKE SHACK reports. Everybody maintains. LAUREN SILBERMAN and BRIAN MULLEN are neutral, while PETER SALEH & NICK SETYAN like it.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4507719-shake-shack-inc-shak-ceo-randy-garutti-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call-transcript

PAPA JOHN’s reports. LAUREN SILBERMAN and NICK SETYAN continue to like it while BRIAN MULLAN is neutral.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4507346-papa-johns-international-inc-pzza-ceo-robert-lynch-on-q1-2022-results-earnings-call

 

THE WEEK TO COME:  MORE DATA POINTS

5-09 After Market Close RCI Hospitality Holdings RICK

https://seekingalpha.com/pr/18781450-rci-2q22-call-on-twitter-spaces-on-monday-may-9th-first-to-use-twitters-audio-platform-for

5-10 Before Market Open First Watch Restaurant Gr FWRG

https://viavid.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1537799&tp_key=a214d47caa

5-11 Before Market Open Wendy’s WEN

https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3723491/E08AEE34680249F3308CCBD4D8C0EEFE

5-11 Before Market Open Krispy Kreme DNUT

https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/2m66abcw

5-11 After Market Close Dutch Bros BROS

https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/370340001

5-12 Before Market Open Carrols Restaurant Group TAST

https://viavid.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1541750&tp_key=1245ec6318

 

 

 

 

UPDATED CORPORATE DESCRIPTIONS FOR DENNY’S, WINGSTOP, CHEESECAKE, SHAKE SHACK, BJ’S and CHUY’S

UPDATED CORPORATE DESCRIPTIONS FOR DENNY’S (DENN), WINGSTOP (WING), CHEESECAKE FACTORY (CAKE), SHAKE SHACK (SHAK), BJ’S (BJRI) and CHUY’S (CHUY)

Denny’s

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/01/dennys-corporation-denn-new-writeup/

Wingstop

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/01/wingstop/

Cheesecake Factory

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/01/cheesecake-factory-updated-write-up/

Shake Shack

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/01/shake-shack-inc-shak/

BJ’s

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2021/11/bjs-restaurants-2/

Chuy’s

https://www.liptonfinancialservices.com/2022/01/chuys-holdings-updated-write-up/

 

 

ICR CONFERENCE PROCEEDS – SHAKE SHACK (SHAK – up 12%), ONE HOSPITALITY (STKS) AND DENNY’S (DENN) PROVIDE UPDATES

ICR CONFERENCE PROCEEDS – SHAKE SHACK (SHAK), ONE HOSPITALITY (STKS) AND DENNY’S (DENN) PROVIDE UPDATES

The ONE Group (STKS – 12.99, UP $0.34 –  strong fourth quarter, Manny is doing the job!)

https://seekingalpha.com/pr/18625788-one-group-announces-preliminary-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2021-sales-results

DENNY’S CORPORATION (DENN – 16.26, down $0.12 – making steady progress under John Milller, Omicron not helping at the moment)

https://seekingalpha.com/pr/18624177-denny-s-corporation-releases-preliminary-financial-results-for-fourth-quarter-and-fiscal-year

https://seekingalpha.com/pr/18624506-denny-s-corporation-to-expand-market-share-through-partnership-reef

SHAKE  SHACK Inc. (SHAK – 76.97, up 8.64 – continues recovery from Covid, Q4 comps up 2.2% in Q4, sharply improved from down 7.3% in Q3, Street relieved)

https://seekingalpha.com/pr/18625775-shake-shack-provides-fourth-quarter-2021-business-update

 

RESTAURANT STOCKS – Recent Change in Analyst Ratings – SHAK, DNUT & QSR Downgraded, TACO & PZZA Initiated with BUY, LOCO and DPZ Initiated at HOLD

RESTAURANT STOCKS – Recent Change in Analyst Ratings – SHAK, DNUT & QSR Downgraded, TACO & PZZA Initiated with BUY, LOCO and DPZ Initiated at HOLD

Jim Sanderson downgrades SHAK to Neutral, Bill Chappell downgrades DNUT to Hold, Eric Gonzales downgrades QSR to Sector Weight, Todd Brooks Initiates TACO and PZZA at Buy, initiates LOCO and DPZ at Hold

This summary is planned to be a regular feature of Roger’s Review, along with a “heads up” prior to  next week’s reports. We welcome commentary from readers as to how these features can be more helpful.

Roger Lipton