Get to Know JACK

Unless you live in the western half of the U.S., Jack in the Box (JACK) is not a name that comes to mind when you think of fast food burger chains. For investors, it may be time to look closer at this restaurant chain. Even though the shares are sitting near a 52-week high of $28, there are layers of value that could manifest very nicely over the coming year or two.

Many consumers may be giving JACK a lot a business without even knowing it as the company also owns fast-growing Mexican brand Qdoba, which sells freshly made burritos, tacos and the like. In addition to its 2,242 Jack in the Box restaurants, the company operates more than 600 Qdoba locations nationwide. Of those, approximately 50% are franchised. The company breaks out the earnings of each segment in its financial reporting, which is a positive sign that one day Qdoba could be spun out to shareholders. Looking closely at the valuation of JACK as a whole, it's clear that the parts are worth more than the whole....389 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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