Fund 1 Investments recently revealed that they have acquired a significant 9.5% stake in BJ's Restaurants. In light of this ownership, the investment firm believes that now is an opportune time to explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company.
According to Fund 1 Investments, BJ's Restaurants possesses attractive qualities that would be appealing to multiple viable buyers, potentially resulting in significant growth for the restaurant company. However, the investor remains unconvinced that a standalone strategy would produce the best results for the stockholders at large. Fund 1 Investments asserts that BJ's Restaurants needs to address operational challenges, particularly concerning its cost structure.
In response to this news, shares of BJ's Restaurants have experienced a 1% increase, reaching $32 in post-market trading.
As previously announced in October, BJ's Restaurants reported a 0.4% growth in third-quarter comparable sales, following a notable 4.7% increase in the second quarter. The company expressed its commitment to progress with a cross-functional cost savings initiative aimed at enhancing operating margins, all while maintaining exceptional quality standards. To date, BJ's Restaurants has achieved over $30 million in annualized savings and anticipates capturing additional savings during the fourth quarter.
Notably, since December, Barclays, Oppenheimer, and Wedbush have all raised their price targets for BJ's, further emphasizing the potential value of the company.