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Dunkin' Brands profit holds mostly steady YOY in fiscal Q4

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. said its normalized net income for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Dec. 26, 2015, amounted to 48 cents per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus estimate of 50 cents per share.

EPS increased 12.7% year over year from 43 cents.

Normalized net income, which excludes unusual gains or losses on a pre- and after-tax basis, was $45.6 million, compared with $45.4 million in the year-earlier period.

The normalized profit margin dropped to 22.4% from 23.5% in the year-earlier period.

Total revenue grew 5.5% year over year to $203.8 million from $193.2 million, and total operating expenses rose on an annual basis to $107.7 million from $105.6 million.

Reported net income came to a loss of $8.9 million, or a loss of 10 cents per share, compared to income of $51.9 million, or 49 cents per share, in the prior-year period.

For the year, the company's normalized net income totaled $1.78 per share, compared with the S&P Capital IQ consensus normalized EPS estimate of $1.91.

EPS rose 14.9% from $1.55 in the prior year.

Normalized net income was $173.1 million, an increase from $165.5 million in the prior year.

Full-year total revenue increased 8.3% year over year to $810.9 million from $748.7 million, and total operating expenses grew on an annual basis to $449.1 million from $430.7 million.

The company said reported net income declined 40.4% year over year to $104.9 million, or $1.08 per share, in the full year, from $176.1 million, or $1.65 per share.