2015's Franchise Stock Market Winners & Losers
Last year was a strange one for investors. The DJIA gained only 130 points during the year and many fast-casual restaurant concepts went public to mixed results. Now that we’re into a new, equally weird year, let’s take a look at the winners and losers in franchising as determined by stock market performance.
Unfortunately for some, this year’s list of big-time stock market winners in franchising is a lot smaller than the list of big losers. Carrols Restaurant Group leads the pack, up 53.87% year over year, followed by ServiceMaster (up 46.58%), McDonald’s (up 26.08%), Snap-On (up 25.37%), Wendy’s (up 19.27%) and Sonic (up 18.66%).
Other solid performers include Dominos, Panera, Winmark, Ruth’s Chris and Popeyes. Slightly lower on the totem pole, Yum, Papa John’s and Dunkin’ Brands were all basically at break-even points at year’s end. From there, things quickly veered into negative territory.
No surprise here, but Famous Dave’s was the worst performing franchised brand in 2015—its travails well documented by us at Franchise Times and our sister pub Restaurant Finance Monitor. Its share price was down 73.58% YOY, illustrative of downfall that gets more interesting by the day.
Slightly better, but only by a hair, Noodles & Company continued struggling with a share price that fell 63.23% during 2015. Surely they’re hoping for a significant turnaround this year, even as its competitive space gets even more crowded.
The other biggest losers include Diversified Restaurant Holdings (down 56.4%), Arcos Dorados Holdings (42.51%), El Pollo Loco (down 36.76%), JTH Holding (33.32%) and The Habit Restaurants (down 28.72%).