Papa John’s Sales Fall for Fourth Consecutive Quarter

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Papa John’s International
Inc.

PZZA -1.93%

reported a fourth uninterrupted entertain of disappearing sales, adding vigour on a pizza sequence to try to revitalise a business in ways that could embody a sale of a company.

Same-store sales in North America fell 9.8% in a third quarter, violence expectations of a 10.8% decline. Shares rose 3.5% in after-hours trade on Tuesday.

Several intensity buyers have voiced seductiveness in appropriation Papa John’s, according to people informed with a matter.

Activist shareholder Legion Partners Asset Management LLC and a California State Teachers’ Retirement System final month disclosed a 5.5% interest in Papa John’s. Legion has oral with a association about adding house members with grill experience, restoring a spirit of franchisees and employees and slicing costs.

The association has been struggling given late final year, when owner John Schnatter initial done comments that many business construed as racist. Last Nov he defied a house and publicly blamed negligence sales expansion on a National Football League’s doing of a players’ inhabitant anthem protests.

Many people took Mr. Schnatter’s critique of a NFL, of that Papa John’s was a vital sponsor, to meant that he disapproved of a protests, that are dictated to call courtesy to military brutality, quite in African-American communities.

He stepped down in Dec as CEO of a pizza smoothness business he founded in 1984. After news leaked in Jul that he had pronounced a “N” word during a selling call, he stepped down as chairman. The association has given private Mr. Schnatter from a advertisements and has adopted a poison tablet to forestall him from gaining control of a company. Mr. Schnatter, who stays on a house and owns scarcely 31% of a stock, has blamed a company’s bad opening on his inheritor as CEO, Steve Ritchie.

Papa John’s posted a quarterly detriment of $13 million, or 41 cents a share, contra a distinction of scarcely $22 million, or 60 cents a share in a year-ago period. Overall income in a entertain finished Sept. 30 forsaken scarcely 16% to $364 million.

Write to Julie Jargon during julie.jargon@wsj.com

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