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July 10, 2014
11:40 EDTCOSI, PNRA, PBPBPotbelly plummets to 52-week low after outlook falls short
Shares of sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB) are tanking after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Potbelly forecast Q2 adjusted earnings per share of approximately 6c and revenue of approximately $83.6M, far short of the consensus estimate of 12c and $86.66M, respectively. The company expects to report a decrease in company-operated comparable store sales of 1.6%, or a decrease of 0.9% when excluding the shift of the Easter holiday from the first fiscal quarter to the second fiscal quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Based on the preliminary results for its second fiscal quarter, management revised its financial outlook for fiscal 2014. FY14 adjusted EPS is now expected to be 18c-21c, far below the consensus of 34c. For the fiscal year, Potbelly sees flat to negative low single-digit comparable store sales, compared to its previous guidance of low single-digit company-operated comparable store sales growth. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Potbelly fell $3.50, or about 24%, to $11.15 on nearly seven times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week low of $10.95. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 64% from its first day of public trading. Potbelly opened for trade at $28.66 on October 4 of last year after pricing its initial public offering at $14.00 per share. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the sandwich space include Panera Bread (PNRA) and Cosi (COSI), both of which are down about 1%.
News For PBPB;PNRA;COSI From The Last 14 Days
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January 22, 2015
06:33 EDTCOSICosi appoints Richard Bagge to interim CFO effective immediately
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January 20, 2015
08:59 EDTPNRAPanera Bread downgraded to Hold on valuation at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread to Hold from Buy with shares within 8% of its unchanged price target of $185. The firm still expects Panera's same-store sales to continue to improve thru 2015 and 2016.
08:11 EDTPNRAPanera Bread downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread to Hold with a $185 price target.
January 16, 2015
15:17 EDTPNRAHain Pure Protein extends relationship with Panera Bread
The Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) announced that Hain Pure Protein has entered into a new supply agreement with Panera (PNRA) to provide Plainville Farms turkey breast meat raised without antibiotics to Panera Bread. HPPC has been supplying Panera Bread with turkey raised without antibiotics on family farms since 2011.

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