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Baron Funds Comments on Del Frisco's Restaurant Group

March 05, 2014 | About:

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DFRG) is an operator of 46 fine dining steakhouse restaurants under three brands (Del Frisco's Double Eagle, Del Frisco's Grille and Sullivan's). These include the highest volume restaurant in all of New York City (the Del Frisco's Double Eagle steakhouse on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan does about $37 million in annual sales!) The menu at Del Frisco's looks like a typical steakhouse menu (steaks, seafood and an extensive wine list) but the food is phenomenal. In fact, it is our favorite steakhouse in New York (and if you go we would highly recommend the bone-in rib eye). We are most excited about the company's growth concepts, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and Del Frisco's Grille. The Del Frisco's Grille concept is the newest concept and as the name suggests, it is a more casual version of the flagship Double Eagle restaurant. The Grilles are open for lunch (unlike most of the Double Eagles) and they attract more female guests, extending Del Frisco's demographic.

We believe that the company can double the number of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouses (to 20 from 10 today) and can grow Del Frisco's Grille from 17 units today to around 100 units over time. The combination of restaurant growth and comparable store sales of 2% to 5% should deliver top line growth in the mid-teens. This, combined with some margin leverage, should deliver 20% EPS growth. And there is upside from a potential corporate restructuring, which would enhance the company's growth profile. Over the next few years, EPS could grow to around $2, and we believe that a fast-growth concept like Del Frisco's could earn a multiple of 25x or more. This would represent at least a double from the current price of around $23.

From Ron Baron (Trades, Portfolio)'s Baron Funds fourth quarter 2013 commentary.

Rating: 4.0/5 (1 vote)


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