Restaurant Brands International - Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

Restaurant Brands International – Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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TORONTO (StLouisRestaurantReview) Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR) (TSX: QSP) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

José E. Cil, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”), commented, “Our first-quarter results signal our return to growth with system-wide sales surpassing Q1 2019 and net restaurant growth nearly matching our best-ever Q1 performance in 2018.  We are excited by the global growth potential of our brands and are encouraged by this early momentum as we work toward a return to historic levels of unit growth this year.”

“Our home market recovery from the pandemic is well-underway, including at Tim Hortons in Canada where our business fundamentals have continued to improve as we execute on our Back to Basics plan, which included exciting product launches in Q1 like our new dark roast coffee and freshly cracked egg breakfast sandwiches.  Our C$80M investment announced during the quarter to supercharge our advertising and digital platforms is a further indication of our strong confidence in Tim Horton’s market-leading position as the Canadian economy fully reopens later this year,” said Cil.

Cil continued, “The results of long-term investments we are making in digital initiatives, such as loyalty programs and our branded apps, were best demonstrated in Canada during Q1 where digital channels drove nearly one-third of all sales for Tim Hortons in the quarter; almost twice the levels for the same period last year and the largest quarter yet for digital sales for any of our brands in Canada and the U.S.  Our digital channels will allow us to drive incrementality for our restaurants as well as a more personalized and valuable experience for our guests.”

“We exited the quarter with confidence, knowing that we have the right plan, a motivated corporate team, and dedicated, hard-working franchisees to drive long-term growth for 2021 and beyond,” concluded Cil.

NOTE: This is NOT the complete release.

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