Shares of Kona Grill Inc. (KONA - Snapshot Report) have been steadily climbing since April 30, 2012, when it reported a phenomenal first quarter earnings surprise of 333.3%. With an average surprise of 410.4% over the trailing four quarters and expected earnings growth of 64.5% in 2012, this casual dining restaurant looks like a solid pick for growth-seeking investors. The company is presently a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy).
Stupendous First Quarter
Kona Grill reported impressive first quarter results with EPS increasing 1400% year-over-year to 13 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 3 cents.
Restaurant sales for the quarter increased 8.6% year-over-year to $24.2 million, primarily led by a same-store sales growth of 8.7%. The improvement in same-store sales was driven by a 6.4% growth in guest traffic and a comparatively higher average guest check. Restaurant operating profit margin surged 480 basis points in the quarter to 19.9%.
For the second quarter of 2012, Kona Grill expects EPS of 14 cents, compared with 8 cents in the year-ago period. Restaurant sales are expected to grow marginally to $24.7 million from $24.5 million in the year-earlier quarter. (more)