Dunkin’ Brands sees revenue increase almost six per cent

The Dunkin' Brands Group has reported revenue of US$319.1 million for the quarter ended 30 March, 2019. This marks an increase of US$17.7 million, or 5.9 per cent, over the same period the year prior. “Our first quarter financial performance included approximately six per cent revenue growth and double-digit operating income growth,” says Kate Jaspon, Chief Financial Officer of the Dunkin' Brands Group. “We completed a US$1.7 billion placement of securitised debt on 30 April that replaced our 2015 notes and were pleased to maintain our overall blended fixed interest rate across all of the outstanding securitised debt under four per cent. The refinancing provides strong fixed rates as well as flexibility to navigate future market environments.” Dunkin' Brands Group is the parent company of food chains Dunkin’ and Baskin Robbins. The company attributed systemwide sales growth of 4.1 per cent to global store development and the comparable store sales growth of Dunkin' United States and International. Read more:
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