on Friday with its fourth quarter earnings report. As a result of the various upgrades and improvements, same-store sales have increased and profits have soared, along with the stock price. However, fourth-quarter earnings, which beat Street estimates by 1 cent a share, suggest that Wendy's is doing well enough. Even after its worst year in memory, Mickey D's had a restaurant-level operating margin.8 - down from.8 in 2013 - compared.5 for Wendy's in its most recent quarter. And if fourth-quarter earnings serve as indication, Wendy's plan to be "A Cut Above" should produce gains above what the Street expects. Wendy's nasdaq:WEN ) stock is on a surprising tear this year, up over 15 year-to-date and about 30 in the last three months, hitting post-recession highs. The faster, the better because that ties up less money, freeing up cash for other investments. It eases the strain on cash flow considerably, allowing management much more flexibility in planning the future of the business. . That's one of the risks to this change.
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If you did the child Abuse in America math correctly, you'd have calculated that between 19, McDonald's had an inventory turn rate.1549, incredible for even a high-turn industry such as fast food. The company has also introduced several new menu items including pulled pork, pretzel buns, and natural-cut French fries. The real difference between McDonald's and Wendy's. Brands just posted 5 percent.S. Instead, you'd really be looking at the Arby's historical figures. Coca-Cola, the company's strength lies in the products its best known for, burgers and fries. Inventory on Balance Sheet 40,086,000 40,271,000, cost of Goods Sold on Income Statement 1,610,075,000. Is the return worth it? Bottom Line, if Wendy's wants to enter the premium food market, it has to tread carefully to not alienate customers, especially since it will be an expensive endeavor. WEN data by, yCharts, according to data from, s P Capital IQ, Wendy's has brought in profits of 131 million over the last four quarters, up from nearly breakeven just two years ago.