McDonald’s franchise spin-offs NEW YORK: McDonald’s’ “All-Day Breakfast” fueled firm sales gains in the second quarter despite weak growth across the fast food industry, the company reported on Tuesday.
But net earnings continued to suffer from the costs of selling off company-owned restaurants to franchisees in a multi-year strategy to trim overhead costs.
Net income for the quarter to June 30 fell 9.1 per cent from a year ago to $1.09 billion, as a solid reduction in operating expenses failed to offset a 3.6pc fall in revenues.
The company, which is in the middle of an effort to sell off 4,000 company-owned stores to franchise operators, said that comparable sales globally rose 3.1pc, helped by menu changes.
But bottom-line results, in which earnings per share fell only one cent to $1.25 owing to a significant share buyback operation, reflected a $230 million charge from refranchising operations and tepid growth across markets.
“We’re making steady progress on transforming our business to satisfy the needs of our customers around the world, despite a challenging environment in several key markets,” said chief executive Steve Easterbrook, who was promoted to revive the flagging fast food chain in March 2015.