Texas Roadhouse: We See Limited Earnings Upside, Says Oppenheimer


In a research report published today, Oppenheimer analyst Brian Bittner reiterated a Perform rating on Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH), following the company’s earnings results, posting¬†EPS of $0.27 that missed the Street’s $0.29. No price target was provided.¬†

Bittner wrote, “Traffic continues to be top-notch in casual dining, but its flow-through to the bottomline remains elusive. An initial peek into ’15 reveals stubbornly high food inflation which will outpace sub-2% pricing, and we are forced to lower EPS estimates. Management remains willing to trade traffic for margin in short-term with hopes beef prices will ultimately reverse as supply increases in ’16. Valuation at ~9x EBITDA limits downside, but we see limited earnings upside opportunity for now.”

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