April 11 Burger King Worldwide Inc on
Thursday said key sales are expected to fall in the first
quarter despite a pickup in March, and laid out plans for a
revamped leadership team as Chief Executive Bernardo Hees
prepares to become the CEO of H.J. Heinz Co.
The hamburger chain also said it expects to earn about 17
cents per share on an adjusted basis for the first quarter. The
board approved a 20 percent increase in the dividend, bringing
it to 6 cents per share, and authorized the repurchase of up to
$200 million of common stock, it said.
Burger King said it expects global comparable sales to be
down 1.5 percent in the quarter due to a more challenging
environment and the impact of 2012's Leap Year. U.S. and Canada
comparable sales are expected to fall 3 percent, it said.
Burger King said Hees is set to become vice chairman once he
moves to the role of CEO of H.J. Heinz when that company is
acquired by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc, or
as of July 1, whichever comes first.