Papa Johns International | First Quarter Results

Pizza Chain to accelerate international growth

Papa Johns has announced a new, multi-year development goal to open 1,400 to 1,800 net new Papa Johns restaurants worldwide by the end of 2025.
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Papa Johns has announced a new, multi-year development goal to open 1,400 to 1,800 net new Papa Johns restaurants worldwide by the end of 2025.

After reporting a successful first quarter, ending with same-store sales up 1.9% in North America, the company also announce ambitious future growth plans: Papa Johns wants to up to 1,800 stores by the end of 2025.

Global system-wide restaurant sales grew to $1.3 billion, up 5.3% (excluding the impact of foreign currency). Consolidated revenues of $542.7 million increased $30.9 million, or 6.0%, in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year, primarily resulting from positive comparable sales growth and higher unit counts, as well as higher commissary revenues tied to higher commodity costs. Positive comparable sales were driven by continuing menu innovation, including the successful launch of New York Style crust in North America, and strategic pricing actions taken to partly offset higher food and commodity costs. Unit growth contributed more than half of global system-wide restaurant sales gains in the quarter.

“In the first quarter Papa Johns again delivered positive comparable sales growth in North America and international, as we lapped our biggest quarter in the company’s history a year ago,” said President & CEO Rob Lynch. “Incredible execution, winning innovation and our differentiated position underlie our sustained industry outperformance and prove the resilience of our team, franchisees and strategy during volatile and challenging business conditions. Our franchisees also continue to demonstrate their excitement about Papa Johns opportunity, as they ramp up their investments to grow our brand.”
 
Lynch continued, “Last quarter we maintained our development momentum with strong new restaurant openings and significantly expanded and strengthened our pipeline with major new deals. As a result, we are excited to raise our 2022 outlook for restaurant growth and to provide a new, multi-year development goal to open 1,400 to 1,800 net new Papa Johns restaurants worldwide by the end of 2025 – with vast development whitespace still remaining. With system-wide momentum, sustained comparable sales outperformance and accelerating unit growth, Papa Johns is well-positioned and executing, regardless of the short-term macroeconomic environment, to continue delivering on its long-term potential and growth goals.”
 
The Company announced that it has raised its outlook for fiscal 2022 net restaurant growth to 280 to 320 units, from 260 to 300 units previously, reflecting strong unit openings in the first quarter and expected further acceleration for remainder of year. In addition, based on its robust development pipeline and accelerating development activity, Papa Johns is now providing a new multi-year target of 6% to 8% annual net unit growth worldwide for fiscal 2023 through 2025.
 

Massive expansion planned for China

Supporting its long-term outlook, during the first quarter Papa Johns announced major new and expanded development deals, including a historic agreement with FountainVest Partners to open over 1,350 new stores in China by 2040. The Company also announced the strategic refranchising of its majority-interest in a 90-restaurant joint venture, recording all related assets and liabilities as held for sale as of quarter-end, to existing franchisee Sun Holdings. This transaction provides significant operational scale to help accelerate Sun’s current 100-unit development agreement.

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