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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.01
DENN's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
98% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.63 vs. DENN: 0.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
DENN' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.05 Max: 0.19
Current: 0.01
0.01
0.19
Equity to Asset -0.20
DENN's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
98% of the 302 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. DENN: -0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
DENN' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.97  Med: -0.45 Max: 0.12
Current: -0.2
-0.97
0.12
Interest Coverage 6.75
DENN's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
70% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 17.94 vs. DENN: 6.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
DENN' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.72  Med: 2.50 Max: 6.98
Current: 6.75
1.72
6.98
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 1.47
M-Score: -3.32
WACC vs ROIC
5.09%
27.19%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 12.85
DENN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 5.03 vs. DENN: 12.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
DENN' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.01  Med: 10.70 Max: 12.85
Current: 12.85
8.01
12.85
Net-margin (%) 7.32
DENN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. DENN: 7.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
DENN' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.93  Med: 4.94 Max: 20.85
Current: 7.32
1.93
20.85
ROA (%) 12.47
DENN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 304 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.66 vs. DENN: 12.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
DENN' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.08  Med: 8.19 Max: 33.94
Current: 12.47
4.08
33.94
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 54.96
DENN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 304 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 16.88 vs. DENN: 54.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
DENN' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 30.02  Med: 40.98 Max: 53.78
Current: 54.96
30.02
53.78
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 4.70
DENN's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. DENN: 4.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
DENN' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -64.1  Med: -11.10 Max: 80.1
Current: 4.7
-64.1
80.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 11.50
DENN's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 213 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. DENN: 11.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
DENN' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -70.6  Med: -8.10 Max: 54.8
Current: 11.5
-70.6
54.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 22.50
DENN's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 168 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.30 vs. DENN: 22.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
DENN' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -36.2  Med: -4.00 Max: 106
Current: 22.5
-36.2
106
» DENN's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-05-04)


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2015

DENN Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Joel Greenblatt 52,421 sh (New)
Jim Simons 2,618,199 sh (+40.17%)
Mario Gabelli 527,000 sh (-4.53%)
Paul Tudor Jones 32,540 sh (-8.09%)
John Keeley 4,962,765 sh (-11.23%)
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Q2 2015

DENN Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Paul Tudor Jones 60,694 sh (+86.52%)
Jim Simons 3,133,320 sh (+19.67%)
Joel Greenblatt 52,374 sh (-0.09%)
John Keeley 4,600,278 sh (-7.30%)
Mario Gabelli 410,000 sh (-22.20%)
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Q3 2015

DENN Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Jim Simons 3,489,577 sh (+11.37%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 400,000 sh (-2.44%)
John Keeley 4,226,369 sh (-8.13%)
Paul Tudor Jones 28,873 sh (-52.43%)
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Q4 2015

DENN Guru Trades in Q4 2015

John Keeley 4,592,907 sh (+8.67%)
Mario Gabelli 400,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons 3,368,100 sh (-3.48%)
Paul Tudor Jones 26,240 sh (-9.12%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Denny's Corp

Meridian Funds Comments on Denny's - Aug 31, 2015

Denny’s (NASDAQ:DENN) is an iconic casual dining chain with approximately 1,500 franchises and 160 company-owned restaurants. The company came across our contrarian screens repeatedly during years of decline under a series of previous management teams. We invested in 2011 when strong new management took over with a coherent turnaround plan. Denny’s made solid progress, stabilizing the business with menu and marketing improvements and using solid free-cash flow to pay down debt, repurchase shares and fund a successful restaurant remodel program, though sales growth remained subdued. An inflection point came in 2014 as sales improved significantly, aided by lower gas prices that alleviated pressure on Denny’s core customer. This is a trend that accelerated through the remainder of the year and has held up in 2015. We remain shareholders though we reduced our position significantly due to the rise in the stock.





From Meridian Growth Fund’s annual letter.



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Meridian Funds Comments on Denny's Guru stock highlight
Denny’s (NASDAQ:DENN) is an iconic casual dining chain with approximately 1,500 franchises and 160 company-owned restaurants. The company came across our contrarian screens repeatedly during years of decline under a series of previous management teams. We invested in 2011 when strong new management took over with a coherent turnaround plan. Denny’s made solid progress, stabilizing the business with menu and marketing improvements and using solid free-cash flow to pay down debt, repurchase shares and fund a successful restaurant remodel program, though sales growth remained subdued. An inflection point came in 2014 as sales improved significantly, aided by lower gas prices that alleviated pressure on Denny’s core customer. This is a trend that accelerated through the remainder of the year and has held up in 2015. We remain shareholders though we reduced our position significantly due to the rise in the stock. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 24.38
DENN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
53% of the 225 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 23.44 vs. DENN: 24.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
DENN' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.93  Med: 15.77 Max: 31.67
Current: 24.38
2.93
31.67
Forward P/E 18.02
DENN's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
59% of the 63 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 18.90 vs. DENN: 18.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 24.38
DENN's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
52% of the 226 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 23.09 vs. DENN: 24.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
DENN' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.94  Med: 15.61 Max: 31.76
Current: 24.38
2.94
31.76
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 14.96
DENN's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked higher than
79% of the 135 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 23.47 vs. DENN: 14.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
DENN' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.83  Med: 16.31 Max: 500
Current: 14.96
2.83
500
P/S 1.84
DENN's P/S is ranked lower than
69% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.98 vs. DENN: 1.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
DENN' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.64 Max: 2.22
Current: 1.84
0.16
2.22
PFCF 16.78
DENN's PFCF is ranked higher than
69% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 23.92 vs. DENN: 16.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
DENN' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8  Med: 16.39 Max: 595
Current: 16.78
8
595
POCF 11.15
DENN's POCF is ranked higher than
57% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 11.23 vs. DENN: 11.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
DENN' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.84  Med: 9.02 Max: 14.67
Current: 11.15
4.84
14.67
EV-to-EBIT 16.16
DENN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
62% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 17.19 vs. DENN: 16.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
DENN' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.2  Med: 12.00 Max: 34.3
Current: 16.16
6.2
34.3
EV-to-EBITDA 11.68
DENN's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
59% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 12.79 vs. DENN: 11.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
DENN' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4  Med: 7.50 Max: 14.5
Current: 11.68
4
14.5
PEG 4.42
DENN's PEG is ranked lower than
78% of the 107 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.31 vs. DENN: 4.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
DENN' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.6  Med: 8.27 Max: 43.59
Current: 4.42
4.6
43.59
Shiller P/E 25.71
DENN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
59% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 28.91 vs. DENN: 25.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
DENN' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.17  Med: 29.06 Max: 105
Current: 25.71
11.17
105
Current Ratio 0.36
DENN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
94% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. DENN: 0.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
DENN' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.49 Max: 1.33
Current: 0.36
0.16
1.33
Quick Ratio 0.33
DENN's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
92% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.94 vs. DENN: 0.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
DENN' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.12  Med: 0.43 Max: 1.28
Current: 0.33
0.12
1.28
Days Inventory 3.13
DENN's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
89% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 11.61 vs. DENN: 3.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
DENN' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.19  Med: 3.43 Max: 3.81
Current: 3.13
3.19
3.81
Days Sales Outstanding 7.65
DENN's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
54% of the 254 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.17 vs. DENN: 7.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
DENN' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.28  Med: 7.80 Max: 14.91
Current: 7.65
5.28
14.91
Days Payable 22.44
DENN's Days Payable is ranked lower than
73% of the 241 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 41.13 vs. DENN: 22.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
DENN' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.5  Med: 19.70 Max: 25.59
Current: 22.44
14.5
25.59

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Projected FCF 2.85
DENN's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
63% of the 156 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.16 vs. DENN: 2.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
DENN' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.45  Med: 2.78 Max: 2.96
Current: 2.85
2.45
2.96
Price/Median PS Value 2.88
DENN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
95% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. DENN: 2.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
DENN' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.03  Med: 0.61 Max: 3.07
Current: 2.88
0.03
3.07
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.19
DENN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 292 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. DENN: 6.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
DENN' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.9  Med: 8.30 Max: 16
Current: 6.19
2.9
16
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 9.31
DENN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.92 vs. DENN: 9.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
DENN' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -26.8  Med: -7.50 Max: 9.8
Current: 9.31
-26.8
9.8

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $491
EPS $ 0.43
Beta0.49
Short Percentage of Float4.45%
52-Week Range $8.71 - 12.80
Shares Outstanding(Mil)77.01

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 504 511
EPS($) 0.51 0.55
EPS without NRI($) 0.51 0.55

Business Description

Industry: Restaurants » Restaurants
Compare:TSE:7630, BKK:OISHI-F, NAS:BOBE, SZSE:002186, NAS:RRGB, TSE:7581 » details
Traded in other countries:DE8.Germany,
Denny's Corp is a Delaware Corporation. It operates as a family-style restaurant chain. Denny's, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Denny's, Inc., owns and operates the Denny's restaurant brand. At December 26, 2012, the Denny's brand consisted of 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company operated restaurants, including 1,599 restaurants in the United States and 101 restaurants in international locations. At year end, 1,537 of its restaurants were franchised/licensed, representing 90% of the total restaurants, and 163 were company operated. The Original Grand Slam, introduced in 1977, remains one of its popular menu items. The Denny's menu offers a large selection of high-quality, moderately priced products designed to appeal to all types of guests. It offers a wide variety of items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to appetizers, desserts and beverages. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, it has certain trademarks and service marks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in international jurisdictions, including 'Denny's', 'Grand Slam', '$2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu' and 'Fit Fare'. It and its franchisees are subject to local, state, federal and international laws and regulations governing various aspects of the restaurant business.
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Headlines

Articles On GuruFocus.com
Meridian Funds Comments on Denny's Aug 31 2015 
Meridian Contrarian Fund Annual Report 2015 Aug 31 2015 
Five Most Widely Held Small-Caps Among the Gurus Jun 22 2015 
John Keeley's Semi-Annual Letter to Shareholders 2015 Jun 15 2015 
Investors' Shopping List For 2015 Jan 14 2015 
Denny’s (Denn): Grand Slam or Get Slammed Jun 12 2014 
Two Stock Ideas - Turnaround Restaurant and a Patent Troll Killer Aug 06 2013 
Weekly CFO Sells Highlight: ATRS, DENN, TTWO, JAH, ACET Jun 11 2013 
Weekly CFO Sells Highlight: KKR, DENN, NEE, HOLX, STT, INVN Aug 27 2012 
Weekly CEO Buys Highlight: CKH, UTHR, DRL, VAC, DENN Dec 23 2011 

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