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The Bottom Line

Jonathan Maze The Bottom Line

The musings of Executive Editor Jonathan Maze.

Financing

S&P downgrades a huge Pizza Hut, Wendy’s franchisee

The credit downgrade for NPC International is another sign of the financial pressure franchisees are under, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Kona Grill and its former CEO go to war

Lawsuits between the chain and former Chief Executive Jim Kuhn paint a picture of a company that grew too fast, then cut too many costs to survive, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The company’s decision to drop its semicustomizable sandwiches comes as the chain focuses more on speed, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

A shift to convenience, and too much debt, made it tough for the pizza chain to thrive, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

RB’s The Bottom Line takes a look inside the parent company of delivery service Uber Eats and finds profitability challenges.

Mario Gabelli puts his support behind a sale, saying that it’s too small to be public and hasn’t performed well, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Some companies could struggle evolving past low prices, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Overreactions to profit challenges can sometimes cause more problems than they're worth, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Prices have spiked following President Trump’s threat to close the Mexican border, says RB’s The Bottom Line. That’s bad news for Chipotle and others.

Sardar Biglari, who controls more than 50% of the company’s shares, will no longer have his salary capped at $10 million, says RB’s The Bottom Line.