How Sweet It Is!

Last week I tweeted that shares of Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) have outperformed Starbucks (SBUX) year-to-date and over the past 52 weeks. The formula for this outperformance is linked to the company's non-stop new-product launches and aggressive new-store rollouts. If Dunkin' can hit its stretch goal of increasing its store count by 5% annually over the next five years, I believe the stock will go much higher.

Dunkin' Brands, which includes Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, is on a roll. On Jan. 31, the company reported full-year 2012 results. During the fourth quarter, same-store sales grew 3.2%. For the year, the company added a staggering 665 new restaurants, including 291 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S. Fiscal 2012 revenue was up 6.1%, net income grew 15.3% and earnings per share rose 38%. Unadjusted operating margins rose 370 basis points to 36.4%. (Adjusted operating margin was 46.3%.) And for the one-year period ending Monday, the stock is up 27%. Holy cow! It's just donuts, coffee and ice cream. You'd think they were making something people need....424 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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