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Aug 3, 2022

Recipe Unlimited reports 55% system sales increase, net income down

Recipe Unlimited Corp.

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The company behind Harvey's, Swiss Chalet and other restaurant franchises says it saw a 55.4 per cent jump in system sales in the second quarter compared with last year as customers returned to in-restaurant dining.

Recipe Unlimited Corp. says total system sales came in at $873.1 million for the quarter ending June 26, compared with $561.8 million in the same quarter last year, while revenue for the company itself came in at $336.6 million, up from $207.6 million for the same quarter last year.

The company says it had earnings of $16.6 million or 28 cents per share for the quarter, down from $19.4 million or 34 cents per share a year earlier, with the decrease related mostly to higher deferred income taxes and changes in the fair value of some of its holdings. 

Company chief executive Frank Hennessey says it remained an extremely difficult operating environment in the quarter with unprecedented food inflation and labour availability challenges. 

He says the company has been deliberate in its menu strategies as it looks to preserve margins for its franchise partners.

The company, which also counts The Keg, Montana's and Kelsey's among its roughly two-dozen brands, had 1,223 restaurants at the end of the quarter, down from 1,330 last year.