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Wingstop profit misses consensus by 25.2% in fiscal Q4

Wingstop Inc. said its normalized net income for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 26, 2015, was 8 cents per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus estimate of 11 cents per share.

EPS increased year over year from 3 cents.

Normalized net income, which excludes unusual gains or losses on a pre- and after-tax basis, was $2.4 million, a gain from $881,880 in the prior-year period.

The normalized profit margin climbed to 10.7% from 4.9% in the year-earlier period.

Total revenue increased 14.0% on an annual basis to $20.6 million from $18.1 million, and total operating expenses climbed from the prior-year period to $16.1 million from $15.8 million.

Reported net income grew on an annual basis to $3.7 million, or 13 cents per share, from $1.4 million, or 5 cents per share.

For the year, the company's normalized net income totaled 43 cents per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus normalized EPS estimate of 45 cents.

EPS rose 27.3% from 34 cents in the prior year.

Normalized net income was $12.1 million, a gain of 35.1% from $8.9 million in the prior year.

Full-year total revenue rose 15.6% year over year to $78.0 million from $67.4 million, and total operating expenses rose 11.3% year over year to $55.0 million from $49.4 million.

The company said reported net income grew 11.4% on an annual basis to $10.0 million, or 36 cents per share, in the full year, from $9.0 million, or 34 cents per share.