Shake Shack beat expectations on sales growth and revenue for the first quarter, and raised its guidance for the remainder of the year.
The casual restaurant chain reported adjusted earnings of 13 cents a share, in line with analysts’ estimates. But they were lower compared to15 cents a share in the year-ago period.
The company’s revenue at $128.6 million exceeded analysts’ expectations of $127.22 million. Same-store sales gained +3.6%, surpassing analysts’ estimates of +0.8% growth.
Shake Shack raised outlook on full-year revenue to a range of $576 million to $582 million, from the previous forecasted range of $570 million to $576 million. The company now expects full-year same-store sales growth of 1% to 2%, up from the previous projection of 0% to 1% growth.
CEO Randy Garutti said that the company is expecting to open 36 to 40 new company-owned Shacks, alongwith 16 to 18 net new licensed Shacks for its international consumers particularly in Asia and its new markets of mainland China, Singapore, the Philippines and Mexico.