Wendy's fourth-quarter net income rose 25 percent, bolstered by a drop in expenses.
While earnings topped Wall Street expectations, sales were under some pressure and revenue fell short, sending shares down in premarket trading Thursday.
For the three months ended Dec. 29, the restaurant operator earned $33.1 million, or 8 cents per share. That's up from $26.4 million, or 7 cents per share, a year ago.
Stripping out impairment charges and other items, earnings were 11 cents per share, or 2 cents better than analyst projections, according to a poll by FactSet.
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