Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC): Analysts Expecting $0.16 Per Share

Sell-side analysts on Wall Street are anticipating that Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC) will report earnings of $0.16 per share when the company issues their quarterly report today. This is the consensus EPS number according to data from Zack’s Research. How the estimated EPS differs from the actual earnings number is what investors will be paying particularly close attention to.

Most recently Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC) posted a surprise factor of 0%. The actual number was $0 away from the Zacks consensus immediately prior to the actual release. A significant surprise factor can lead to stock volatility and swings in the share price in the hours and days following the earnings report.

Projected Stock Movement

Research brokerage firms covering shares of Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC) are anticipating on a consensus basis that the stock will reach $34.666 within the next 52 weeks. Of the analysts providing short term targets, the most bullish analyst has a $41 target on the stock. On the other end, the most conservative has a short term target of $30. This is based on the 12 analysts taken into consideration by Zacks. The consensus price target was last revised on 2016-03-24.

Zacks also provides a simplified scale for analyst recommendations. They use a one to five scale where they translate brokerage firm Buy/Sell/Hold recommendations into an average broker rating. A low number in the 1-2 range typically indicates a Buy, 3 represents a Hold and 4-5 represents a consensus Sell rating. Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ:SONC) currently has an ABR of 2 heading into today’s announcement. This number is also based on the 12 sell-side firms polled by Zacks

Sonic Corp. (Sonic) operates and franchises chain of drive-in restaurants (Sonic Drive-Ins) in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Company Drive-Ins and Franchise Operations. Sonic Drive-Ins feature Sonic signature items, such as specialty drinks, including cherry limeades and slushes, ice cream desserts, made-to-order sandwiches and hamburgers, six-inch premium beef hot dogs, foot-long quarter pound chili cheese coneys, hand-battered onion rings and tater tots. Sonic Drive-Ins also offer breakfast items that include sausage or bacon with egg and cheese Breakfast Toasters and a variety of breakfast burritos. Sonic Drive-Ins serve the full menu all day. As of August 31, 2011, the Sonic system was consisted of 3,561 drive-ins, of which 13% were Company Drive-Ins and 87% were Franchise Drive-Ins. During the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011 (fiscal 2011), it opened 43 Sonic Drive-Ins, which consisted of three Company Drive-Ins and 40 Franchise Drive-Ins.

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