Thursday, April 21, 2011

McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD): Q1 2011 Earnings Roundup

McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD) reported Thursday that its first-quarter profit rose to $1.21 billion, or $1.15 per share, from $1.09 billion, or $1.00 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue increased 9% to $6.1 billion from $5.6 billion. Analysts, on average, expected the company to report earnings of $1.14 per share on revenue of $6 billion.

Jim Skinner concluded, "We remain focused on strategies that will keep the McDonald's brand relevant, contemporary and compelling to our customers and deliver sustained profitable growth. I am confident that by harnessing the collective talents, resources and capabilities of our global System we will continue to grow our business in 2011 and for the long term. As we begin the second quarter, our top-line momentum continues with global comparable sales trending in-line with or better than first quarter sales."

In the U.S., first quarter comparable sales and customer traffic reflect the ongoing demand for McDonald's offerings. Key contributors to the quarter were beverages, including the McCafe line-up, the new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and featured products including the 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and the Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus burger.

Strong comparable sales in the U.K., France and Russia as well as positive comparable sales in Germany drove Europe's first quarter results. For the quarter, Europe delivered double-digit operating income growth of 12% (12% in constant currencies). Ongoing emphasis on everyday affordability, classic core menu favorites, signature food events and ongoing restaurant reimaging contributed to performance across many markets.

Australia and China fueled the Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) segment's first quarter comparable sales growth. Limited-time value offerings, particularly at the lunch daypart, restaurant reimaging and service initiatives around drive-thru, delivery and extended operating hours contributed to results throughout the segment.

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