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Business Description

Industry: Restaurants » Restaurants    NAICS: 722511    SIC: 5812
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Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc through its wholly-owned subsidiaries owns, operates and franchises two fast-casual restaurant brands, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. It offers freshly prepared Caribbean inspired food and authentic Mexican food.

Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc was incorporated in Delaware in April 2011. The Company owns, operates and franchise two fast-casual restaurant brands, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. The Pollo Tropical restaurants offer a selection of tropical and Caribbean food, while the Taco Cabana restaurants provides selection of fresh, authentic Mexican food. As of December 29, 2013, it owned and operated 102 Pollo Tropical restaurants, of which 95 were located in Florida, five were located in Georgia and two were located in Tennessee. In addition it franchised 39 Pollo Tropical restaurants as of December 29, 2013, comprised of 18 in Puerto Rico, one in Ecuador, two in Honduras, one in the Bahamas, two in Trinidad & Tobago, three in Venezuela, three in Costa Rica, three in Panama, one in the Dominican Republic, one in India, and four on college campuses in Florida. As of December 29, 2013, it owned and operated 165 Taco Cabana restaurants, of which 162 were located in Texas and three were located in Oklahoma. In addition, as of December 29, 2013, it franchised four locations in New Mexico and licensed three non-traditional locations in Texas. The Company's open display kitchen format allows guests to view and experience food being freshly-prepared and cooked to order. Additionally, nearly all of its restaurants offer the convenience of drive-thru windows. Pollo Tropical's competitors include national and regional chicken-based concepts, as well as quick-service hamburger restaurant chains and other types of quick-service and fast-casual restaurants. Taco Cabana's restaurants compete with quick-service restaurants, including those in the quick-service Mexican segment, other fast-casual restaurants and traditional casual dining Mexican restaurants.

Guru Investment Theses on Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc

Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund Comments on Fiesta Restaurant Group - Sep 14, 2016

Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:FRGI) ("Fiesta") was spun-off from Carrols Restaurant Group in 2012 and now operates two restaurant brands, Polio Tropical and Taco Cabana. Both brands have had success in core markets, with 85% of Polio Tropical's restaurants in Florida and 99% of Taco Cabana's in Texas. The company is now expanding into other regions. Both restaurants are well-positioned to benefit from the healthy diet trend. Polio Tropical is one of the fastest growing ethnic food choices over the past 15 years as it takes advantage of diners' growing demand for Caribbean cuisine. Taco Cabana offers freshly prepared and authentic Mexican food and many of its restaurants are open 24 hours a day.

Restaurant-level results have been outstanding. Polio Tropical's average annual sales per restaurant are $2.6 million. Taco Cabana's $1.9 million per restaurant compares favorably to much larger competitors Chipotle and Qdoba. The company plans to expand its current small footprint (344 locations for the two restaurants combined, split evenly at 172 locations apiece), by adding 8-10% to its store base every year. Unlike many of its peers, Fiesta's balance sheet is healthy. It hasn't overindulged in debt to fund its expansion. The company has a history of generating ample operating cash flow and compounding book value.

Fiesta is reviewing plans to spin-off Taco Cabana which we view as a positive, as both brands are strong enough to stand on their own. With Fiesta trading at the low-end of its historical EV/EBITDA and EV/Sales multiples and at a discount to peers, we view the company and its assets at this price as attractive now, as well as after a spin-off of Taco Cabana. We initiated a position in Fiesta below $22 per share, a substantial discount to our conservative estimate of NAV.

From Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)'s Small Cap Value Fund third quarter 2016 commentary.

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Baron Funds Comments on Fiesta Restaurant Group - Feb 25, 2016

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI) owns and operates two chains of fast-casual restaurants: Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana with about 300 restaurants between the two brands, predominantly in Texas and Florida. The stock’s weakness was driven by lower-than-expected unit volumes at new Pollo locations in new markets and some deceleration in traffic as new openings slightly cannibalize existing stores. Both concepts continue to generate high unit volumes and cash on cash returns relative to competing brands in the limited service category, and should grow their unit base across existing and adjacent markets for years. In 2015, we saw the fastest pace of growth for the Pollo brand, and the highest percentage of new stores in the system that the company has experienced. We believe some of the weakness in performance represents growing pains that will subside over time, and we remain shareholders.



From Baron Discover Fund's fourth quarter 2015 commentary.



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Top Ranked Articles about Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc

Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund Comments on Fiesta Restaurant Group Guru stock highlight
Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:FRGI) ("Fiesta") was spun-off from Carrols Restaurant Group in 2012 and now operates two restaurant brands, Polio Tropical and Taco Cabana. Both brands have had success in core markets, with 85% of Polio Tropical's restaurants in Florida and 99% of Taco Cabana's in Texas. The company is now expanding into other regions. Both restaurants are well-positioned to benefit from the healthy diet trend. Polio Tropical is one of the fastest growing ethnic food choices over the past 15 years as it takes advantage of diners' growing demand for Caribbean cuisine. Taco Cabana offers freshly prepared and authentic Mexican food and many of its restaurants are open 24 hours a day. Read more...
Baron Funds Comments on Fiesta Restaurant Group Guru stock highlight
Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRGI) owns and operates two chains of fast-casual restaurants: Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana with about 300 restaurants between the two brands, predominantly in Texas and Florida. The stock’s weakness was driven by lower-than-expected unit volumes at new Pollo locations in new markets and some deceleration in traffic as new openings slightly cannibalize existing stores. Both concepts continue to generate high unit volumes and cash on cash returns relative to competing brands in the limited service category, and should grow their unit base across existing and adjacent markets for years. In 2015, we saw the fastest pace of growth for the Pollo brand, and the highest percentage of new stores in the system that the company has experienced. We believe some of the weakness in performance represents growing pains that will subside over time, and we remain shareholders. Read more...

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Forward P/E 19.12
FRGI's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
62% of the 71 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 20.12 vs. FRGI: 19.12 )
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More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $720.0
EPS (TTM) $ 0.86
Beta0.36
Short Percentage of Float11.11%
52-Week Range $20.15 - 38.54
Shares Outstanding (Mil)26.89

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17
Revenue (Mil $) 712 767
EPS ($) 1.30 1.45
EPS w/o NRI ($) 1.30 1.45
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