July 16, 2020 / 11:40 AM / 25 days ago

Domino's U.S. same-store sales rise 16% on pizza demand during pandemic

(Reuters) - Domino’s Pizza Inc (DPZ.N) on Thursday beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly same-restaurant sales and profit, as diners ordered in more pies since dine-in options were limited due to lockdowns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: A Domino's Pizza sign sits on the top of a delivery car outside a restaurant in Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The pizza chain’s shares, that have risen about 41% this year so far, were up about 1.5% before the bell.

The health crisis has nearly decimated the food industry as rising number of cases and stay-at-home orders have forced restaurants to shut dine-in options and layoff thousands of employees in an effort to reduce costs.

Domino’s is one of the few restaurant chains to see a boost in sales as consumers sought the comfort of pizzas and relied on their fast delivery. Second quarter U.S. same-store sales surged 16.1%, beating analysts’ estimates of 10.67%.

The world’s largest pizza company said consumers’ ordering behavior during the pandemic led to the sharp rise in numbers.

Domino’s also introduced a new contactless carside delivery option for carryout orders, which allow diners to choose where they would like their order placed – the passenger side, back seat or the trunk of their car.

‘Drive-thru’ has been a major hit for other fast-food chains as well, such as McDonald’s (MCD.N) and Burger King (QSR.TO).

Several casual restaurants in the country are now pivoting to a delivery model to keep their business running amid uncertainties.

For Domino’s, total revenue rose 13.4% to $920 million in the quarter ended June 14 from a year earlier, above the expectation of $911.5 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net income rose 28.5% to $118.7 million. On a per share basis, the company earned $2.99, beating the estimate by 75 cents.

International same-store sales rose 1.3%, and beat estimates of 0.65%.

Separately, the company also said Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Lawrence would retire after more than 20 years of service.

Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli and Rashmi Aich

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