Wendy’s (NASDAQ:WEN) on Tuesday morning announced first-quarter earnings of $12.4 million, up from a $1.4 million loss last year. Adjusted EPS for the quarter was 1 cent, which disappointed analysts who had predicted 3 cents, the Associated Press noted.
Investors didn’t like the results, sending Wendy’s shares plunging more than 5% in Tuesday midday trading.
The company posted first-quarter revenue of $593.2 million, up 2% from $582.5 million in 2011, but missing analysts’ forecast of $608.1 million. The burger chain also lowered its forecast for the remainder of the year, reducing projected earnings from a range of $335 million to $345 million to a range of $320 million to $335 million.
Company officials called 2012 a “transition year” and said Wendy’s would continue to update its menu and renovate its 6,581 restaurants. During the quarter, revenue from existing restaurants edged up just 0.8%, while franchise restaurants saw a 0.7% rise in revenue.
Wendy’s blamed rising beef costs and too-low pricing on its “W” Cheeseburger for cutting its margins.
Last month, burger chain archrival McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) reported increased profits and sales in line with analysts’ expectations.