(Reuters) – Domino’s Pizza Inc <DPZ.N> on Tuesday reported same-store sales below Wall Street estimates for the fourth straight quarter, hurt by growing competition from third-party delivery services and small pizzerias.
The pizza chain, known to have popularized fast delivery of hot pies, faces competition from aggregators such as Uber Eats, Postmates and GrubHub <GRUB.N> who offer promotions and delivery from a list of restaurants serving a variety of cuisine at low prices.
Domino’s is also one of the largest chains to stay off third-party delivery apps altogether, as more restaurant chains become heavily dependent on meal-delivery companies to boost sales at the cost of lower profit margins.
Rivals Yum Brands-owned <YUM.N> Pizza Hut and Papa John’s International Inc <PZZA.O> and small players like MOD Pizza and Blaze Pizza have all tied up with third-party apps to deliver food.
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Domino’s has also been aggressively opening new restaurants in a move it calls “fortressing” to facilitate faster delivery to locations beyond homes and offices, ranging from beaches to bus stops.
Same-store sales at restaurants open for more than an year in the United States rose 2.4%, its slowest growth in at least 15 quarters. Analysts had estimated a 2.84% rise, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
The slowdown in the market came despite the company offering half-off on online orders for a week in August and launching a 20% off for late-night orders in September.
Its international business climbed only 1.7% higher, missing estimates of a 2.86% rise.
The company’s net income rose to $86.4 million, or $2.05 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 8, from $84.1 million, or $1.95 per share, a year earlier.
Total revenue rose 4.4% to $820.8 million, missing analysts’ estimate of $823.9 million.
(Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)