IHOP Corp., owner and franchiser of the International House of
Pancakes restaurants, announced Thursday that its second-quarter
profits nearly tripled from last year due to lowered operating costs.
"We're pleased with our financial performance for the quarter and
feel it reflects our commitment to manage general and administrative
costs more aggressively," said Stacy Roughan, Director of Investor
and Government Relations for the Glendale-based IHOP Corp.
For the second quarter of 2005, IHOP's net income rose to $11.9
million, or 60 cents a share, from $4.37 million, or 21 cents a
share, in the same period last year. During this same period,
however, revenue actually fell 3.8% to $82.9 million.
In spite of this "modest sales performance" in the first half of
2005, Roughan said the corporation's overall profitability increased
due to expense control that has allowed the company to have a steady
This profit increase for the second quarter came at a time when
IHOP Chief Executive Julie Stewart lowered general and administrative
expenses by 11% for the quarter, allowing profits to increase in the
absence of larger operating costs. As a result, analysts were
surprised when the decreased general and administrative costs led to
the nearly three-fold surge in profits, as analysts had only expected
the corporation to earn 51 cents a share rather than 60.
Business analyst Mike Gallo, of C.L. King & Associates in New
York, downplayed the news of the IHOP's huge profit increase,
"I don't think you'll see this happen again," Gallo said. "General
and administrative costs were actually lower than the company
indicated due to the heavy focus on controlling expenses and other
factors like reversed bonus accruals and legal credits."
Following IHOP's announcement about its net income increase,
shares in the corporation rose by $3.86 to $43.70, an increase of
nearly 10%, at the close of the New York Stock Exchange.