Carrols Restaurant Group

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) – Buy

Once again, I added more to my position in Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) today at $10.79/share taking advantage of the recent price drop.

Carrol’s is now my 2nd largest holding.

I think at this level, it’s a great opportunity. The February earnings call had much to like in it. The last quarter and last year has shown the strong marketing capabilities of Burger King and how well Carrols in particular is at executing acquisitions and managing stores, despite increasing costs of beef and labor as well as increasing competitive pressure.

They continue to acquire restaurants which impacts earnings. However, book value continues to increase, which is how I choose to judge their performance along with total sales which continues to grow on same stores and total stores basis.

At this time, it’s estimated that Burger King franchise goes for over $500,000 to start one. However, with Carrols you are getting established franchises with top performing management in place for only $474,240 each as they currently have 807 stores and are valued at $382,712,000. From the earnings call above they have shown they they can quickly absorb and improve acquisitions and have several deals currently in negotiation right now, one of which includes 20-30 more stores. Overall, Carrols seems like a real bargain to me and I may continue to buy more shares if the price stays at this level or goes lower.

 

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) – Buy

Once again, I added more to my position in Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) today at $10.79/share taking advantage of the continued price drop.

I more than doubled the amount of shares owned in Carrols with this buy. Carrol’s is now my 3rd largest holding.

I think at this level, it’s a great opportunity.

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) – Buy

I added more to my position in Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) today at $10.94/share taking advantage of the continued pullback. Largest franchiser of Burger King restaurants. Adds efficiency to operations it acquires. Growing sales through acquisitions and comparable store sales. Increasing book value. However, short term profitability taking a hit due to increased labor, beef and promotions costs.

Here’s some comments from Motley Fool regarding Carrol’s.

I think at this level, it’s a great opportunity.

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) – Buy

I initiated a new position today in Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (TAST) at $11.14.

Share price has been dropping most likely due to lower income which is due to a variety of factors including renovations, acquisitions, beef prices, promotions, and wage increases. Sales are from total and same stores increased over last year – they are in a strong growth phase through acquisition and renovation costs should drop considerably going forward.

Carrols seems to be really good at what they do and they are acquiring more stores a good price and within a short time improving the performance of acquisitions. Burger King is directly invested in them as well. Currently, it seems that the whole company is less than the cost it would be to open all their units from scratch, which makes them a bargain!