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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Formerly called
Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck (1982–1998)
Type
Public
Traded as NASDAQ: BWLD
S&P 400 Component
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1982; 35 years ago (1982)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Founders Jim Disbrow
Scott Lowery
Bernard Spencer
Elizabeth Brock
Headquarters Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Number of locations
1237 (6/13/17)
Area served
United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Oman.
Key people
Sally Smith (CEO)
Products Chicken Wings, Shareables, Wet Bread, Sandwiches, and Burgers
Revenue IncreaseUS$1.81 billion (FY 2015)
Operating income
IncreaseUS$138.5 million (FY 2015)
Net income
IncreaseUS$95.1 million (FY 2015)
Website www.buffalowildwings.com

Buffalo Wild Wings (originally, Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck, thus the numeronym "BW3") is an American casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Oman, which specializes in Buffalo wings and sauces.

As of June 2017, it had 1,237 locations (625 directly owned by the company, and 612 franchised locations) across all 50 U.S. states and DC. An alternate nickname in recent usage by the company is B-Dubs.

Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1982 by Jim Disbrow, Scott Lowery, and Bernard Spencer. Disbrow, Lowery, and Spencer came up with the idea one weekend when they got together in Kent, Ohio, for Disbrow to judge an amateur figure skating competition at Kent State University in 1980. They decided to open up their own restaurant, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then in Westerville, Ohio one year later.

Originally called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck, from which the abbreviation bw-3 was created (the third W was for the beef on weck sandwich, a staple of the Buffalo region), in 1990 Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck began to franchise. In 1998, the name was changed to Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar.

The corporate headquarters was located in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1997 when it moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 2010, the company announced an expansion into Canada. In 2015, Buffalo Wild Wings expanded in the United Arab Emirates when it opened a restaurant in Dubai.

The chain is best known for Buffalo-style chicken wings along with over a dozen dipping sauces, as well as a complement of other items such as chicken tenders and legs. The chain's menu also features appetizers, burgers, tacos, salads, and desserts, along with beer, wine, and other beverages. They are known for their famous "Blazin Wing Challenge." They challenge customers to eat 12 of their hottest wings under six minutes. The winners receive a free T-shirt and get their picture on their wall of fame. The restaurants feature an open layout with a bar area and patio seating flanked by over 50 televisions and media screens. Starting in 2016, the new restaurants being built follow a new type of layout that gives the guests the feeling as if they were actually in a sports stadium. Server uniforms consist of gray shorts and jerseys with the number 82, signifying the year that the chain was established in 1982. Not only is the chain attributable to its famous wings, beer, and sports, but it is also recognized as a big partner with the organization the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Multiple times a year, the company does fundraisers and accepts monetary donations that are later given to the Boys and Girls Club that allows them to participate in extracurricular and sporting events.

On September 11th of 2017, customers at the Eastvale, California franchise complained that an employee muted the sound for the United States National Anthem at the start of the Monday Night Football game claiming that it was controversial and that it was not company policy to play it. The franchise owner later apologized and clarified that there is no policy regarding this matter.

Buffalo Wild Wings Location in Athens, Ohio

The exterior of a Buffalo Wild Wings location in Carolina Forest, South Carolina

Q reports

Period Date Adjusted Actuals EPS GAAP EPS
Q4 2017 2018-02-05 0.00 0.00
Q3 2017 2017-10-25 1.36 1.17
Q2 2017 2017-07-26 0.66 0.55
Q1 2017 2017-04-26 1.44 1.25
Q4 2016 2017-02-07 0.87 0.87
Q3 2016 2016-10-26 1.23 1.23
Q2 2016 2016-07-26 1.27 1.27
Q1 2016 2016-04-26 1.73 1.73
Q4 2015 2016-02-03 1.32 1.32
Q3 2015 2015-10-28 1.00 1.00

Ratings

2016-06-26 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy
2016-06-24 Upgrade Guggenheim Neutral to Buy $190.00
2016-06-20 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy $165.00
2016-06-12 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy
2016-06-08 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Buy $180.00
2016-06-07 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Buy
2016-06-07 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. Buy
2016-05-16 Reiterated Rating Robert W. Baird Buy
2016-04-28 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Outperform $200.00 to $180.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Sell $142.00 to $120.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Robert W. Baird Outperform $188.00 to $152.00
2016-04-27 Lower Price Target Stephens Overweight $190.00 to $175.00
2016-04-27 Lower Price Target KeyBanc Overweight $175.00 to $165.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Credit Agricole Underperform $154.00 to $131.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Equal Weight $173.00 to $151.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $152.00 to $143.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Market Perform $148.00 to $130.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Barclays Overweight $175.00 to $160.00
2016-04-27 Lower Price Target Maxim Group Buy $190.00 to $170.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Goldman Sachs Conviction-Buy to Buy $185.00 to $166.00
2016-04-27 Lower Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Outperform $175.00 to $160.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Group AG Sell $142.00 to $120.00
2016-04-27 Lower Price Target KeyCorp Overweight $175.00 to $165.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Credit Agricole SA Underperform $154.00 to $131.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Barclays PLC Overweight $175.00 to $160.00
2016-04-27 Reiterated Rating Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Conviction-Buy to Buy $185.00 to $166.00
2016-04-22 Reiterated Rating Dougherty & Co Neutral
2016-04-21 Downgrade OTR Global Neutral
2016-04-18 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold $165.00 to $160.00
2016-04-18 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank AG Hold $165.00 to $160.00
2016-04-13 Initiated Coverage Credit Agricole Underperform
2016-04-11 Reiterated Rating Robert W. Baird Buy $188.00
2016-04-06 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Buy $200.00
2016-04-05 Reiterated Rating Maxim Group Buy $195.00 to $190.00
2016-03-29 Upgrade Telsey Advisory Group Market Perform to Outperform $165.00 to $175.00
2016-03-25 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Underperform
2016-03-24 Upgrade Goldman Sachs Buy to Conviction-Buy $187.00
2016-03-03 Upgrade Wedbush Neutral to Outperform $160.00 to $200.00
2016-02-08 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Hold $163.00 to $152.00
2016-02-08 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $163.00 to $152.00
2016-02-06 Reiterated Rating Stephens Overweight $190.00
2016-02-06 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Outperform $190.00
2016-02-05 Reiterated Rating BTIG Research Neutral
2016-02-04 Reiterated Rating Robert W. Baird Buy
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $180.00
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $163.00 to $152.00
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Goldman Sachs $193.00 to $187.00
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Deutsche Bank Hold $175.00 to $165.00
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Maxim Group Buy $205.00 to $195.00
2016-02-04 Upgrade Raymond James Market Perform to Outperform $165.00
2016-02-04 Downgrade Longbow Research Buy to Neutral
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Credit Suisse Underperform $152.00 to $142.00
2016-02-04 Lower Price Target Barclays Overweight $177.00 to $175.00
2016-02-04 Upgrade Raymond James Financial Inc. Market Perform to Outperform $165.00
2016-01-27 Downgrade BTIG Research Buy to Neutral
2016-01-04 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Outperform $200.00
2015-12-08 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Hold
2015-11-23 Boost Price Target Maxim Group Buy $200.00 to $205.00
2015-11-09 Upgrade KeyBanc Sector Weight to Overweight $175.00
2015-10-29 Downgrade Cowen and Company Outperform to Market Perform
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Wedbush $190.00 to $160.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $208.00 to $200.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $182.00 to $163.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target BTIG Research Buy $188.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target BMO Capital Markets Outperform $215.00 to $190.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Oppenheimer Outperform $230.00 to $200.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Telsey Advisory Group Market Perform $220.00 to $180.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Maxim Group Buy $217.00 to $200.00
2015-10-29 Downgrade Credit Agricole Buy to Underperform
2015-10-29 Downgrade CLSA Buy to Underperform
2015-10-29 Downgrade Wells Fargo Outperform to Market Perform
2015-10-29 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Equal Weight $187.00 to $172.00
2015-10-29 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Underperform $170.00 to $152.00
2015-10-29 Lower Price Target Barclays Overweight $205.00 to $177.00
2015-10-29 Downgrade Wells Fargo & Co. Outperform to Market Perform
2015-10-26 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Outperform $230.00 to $200.00
2015-10-19 Upgrade Maxim Group Hold to Buy $217.00
2015-10-18 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Neutral $190.00
2015-10-12 Downgrade Raymond James Outperform to Market Perform
2015-10-09 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Buy $32.00
2015-10-09 Reiterated Rating SunTrust Banks Inc. Buy $32.00
2015-10-06 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Buy
2015-09-29 Initiated Coverage Telsey Advisory Group Market Perform $220.00
2015-09-21 Reiterated Rating Barclays Hold $175.00 to $195.00
2015-09-21 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Hold $175.00 to $195.00
2015-09-17 Initiated Coverage Maxim Group Hold $217.00
2015-09-01 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Sell
2015-08-26 Reiterated Rating Credit Suisse Sell $170.00
2015-08-26 Reiterated Rating BTIG Research Buy $212.00
2015-08-25 Reiterated Rating Telsey Advisory Group Buy $212.00
2015-08-19 Upgrade Oppenheimer Market Perform to Outperform $230.00
2015-07-30 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Outperform $205.00 to $215.00
2015-07-30 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Outperform $205.00 to $220.00
2015-07-30 Reiterated Rating Stephens Overweight $210.00
2015-07-30 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $172.00 to $182.00
2015-07-30 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Buy $208.00
2015-07-29 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Hold $160.00 to $175.00
2015-07-29 Boost Price Target Barclays Overweight $195.00 to $205.00
2015-07-29 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Market Perform
2015-07-29 Boost Price Target Credit Suisse Underperform $158.00 to $170.00
2015-07-24 Downgrade Dougherty & Co Buy to Neutral
2015-07-15 Initiated Coverage BTIG Research Buy $212.00
2015-07-14 Upgrade Raymond James Market Perform to Outperform $195.00
2015-07-02 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Outperform $208.00 to $205.00
2015-07-01 Initiated Coverage Goldman Sachs Buy $195.00
2015-06-12 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Buy $208.00
2015-06-12 Reiterated Rating Sterne Agee CRT Buy $208.00
2015-05-29 Initiated Coverage Deutsche Bank Hold $160.00
2015-05-28 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Buy $208.00
2015-05-05 Lower Price Target Citigroup Inc. Neutral $206.00 to $170.00
2015-05-04 Reiterated Rating Cowen and Company Outperform $225.00 to $208.00
2015-05-01 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Neutral
2015-04-30 Upgrade Miller Tabak Hold to Buy $193.00 to $188.00
2015-04-30 Upgrade Robert W. Baird Neutral to Outperform $190.00
2015-04-29 Set Price Target Morgan Stanley Hold $175.00
2015-04-29 Reiterated Rating Oppenheimer Hold
2015-04-29 Lower Price Target Barclays Overweight $214.00 to $195.00
2015-04-29 Upgrade Miller Tabak Hold to Buy $193.00 to $188.00
2015-04-28 Set Price Target Sterne Agee CRT Buy $208.00
2015-04-17 Set Price Target Wunderlich Buy $208.00
2015-04-15 Initiated Coverage Guggenheim Neutral
2015-04-15 Initiated Coverage Cowen and Company Outperform $225.00
2015-03-10 Initiated Coverage Credit Suisse Underperform $175.00
2015-02-09 Downgrade Miller Tabak Buy to Hold $193.00
2015-02-06 Set Price Target Barclays Buy $210.00 to $214.00
2015-01-28 Upgrade OTR Global Positive
2015-01-22 Set Price Target Barclays Buy $210.00
2015-01-20 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Buy $185.00 to $208.00
2015-01-08 Initiated Coverage Citigroup Inc. Neutral $170.00 to $197.00
2015-01-06 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $140.00 to $175.00
2015-01-05 Downgrade Robert W. Baird Outperform to Neutral $180.00
2014-12-04 Boost Price Target Miller Tabak Buy $170.00 to $185.00
2014-11-19 Boost Price Target Wunderlich Buy $170.00 to $185.00
2014-10-28 Upgrade Robert W. Baird Neutral to Outperform $160.00 to $180.00
2014-10-24 Upgrade Feltl & Co. Hold to Buy $155.00 to $153.00
2014-10-14 Reiterated Rating Barclays Positive to Overweight $4.92 to $177.00
2014-10-10 Initiated Coverage Wedbush Outperform $165.00
2014-10-10 Reiterated Rating Buckingham Research Underperform $116.00 to $114.00
2014-10-09 Initiated Coverage BMO Capital Markets Outperform $165.00
2014-10-06 Downgrade Wedbush Outperform to Neutral $175.00 to $135.00
2014-09-24 Upgrade Miller Tabak Hold to Buy $160.00 to $170.00
2014-08-12 Boost Price Target S&P Equity Research Average to Buy $3.06 to $3.80
2014-08-12 Upgrade Morgan Stanley Underweight to Equal Weight $148.00
2014-07-31 Upgrade Sterne Agee CRT Neutral to Buy $145.17 to $176.00
2014-07-30 Reiterated Rating Barclays Overweight $190.00 to $187.00
2014-07-30 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Buy $180.00 to $170.00
2014-07-15 Boost Price Target Barclays Overweight $184.00 to $190.00
2014-06-25 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $160.00 to $175.00
2014-05-09 Initiated Coverage Buckingham Research Underperform $116.00
2014-05-02 Reiterated Rating Citigroup Inc. Hold $158.00
2014-04-29 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Buy $165.00 to $180.00
2014-04-29 Reiterated Rating Barclays Overweight $184.00
2014-04-29 Reiterated Rating Morgan Stanley Underweight $143.00 to $145.00
2014-04-29 Lower Price Target Jefferies Group Hold $148.00 to $140.00
2014-04-15 Boost Price Target Barclays Overweight $165.00 to $181.00
2014-03-24 Boost Price Target Barclays Overweight $155.00 to $165.00
2014-03-10 Downgrade Miller Tabak Buy to Hold $148.00 to $155.00
2014-02-07 Initiated Coverage Longbow Research Buy
2014-02-06 Upgrade Miller Tabak Hold to Buy $148.00
2014-02-05 Reiterated UBS Buy $165 to $170
2014-02-05 Lower Price Target Goldman Sachs $150.00 to $142.00
2014-01-16 Initiated Coverage Credit Agricole Outperform
2014-01-09 Downgrade Morgan Stanley Overweight to Underweight $144.00 to $143.00
2014-01-08 Initiated Coverage Citigroup Inc. Buy to Hold
2014-01-06 Boost Price Target Jefferies Group Hold to Hold $120.00 to $148.00
2013-12-18 Reiterated Rating Deutsche Bank Buy $150.00 to $155.00
2013-11-16 Reiterated Rating Wunderlich Hold $148.00
2013-11-15 Boost Price Target Wunderlich Buy $162.00 to $165.00
2013-11-06 Downgrade Miller Tabak Buy to Hold $148.00
2013-10-30 Boost Price Target Wunderlich Buy $133.00 to $162.00
2013-10-30 Boost Price Target Miller Tabak Buy to Buy $135.00 to $148.00
2013-10-30 Boost Price Target Feltl & Co. Hold $94.00 to $123.00
2013-10-30 Boost Price Target Wedbush Outperform $150.00 to $165.00
2013-10-30 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Buy $130.00 to $150.00
2013-10-30 Reiterated Rating Jefferies Group Hold $96.00 to $120.00
2013-10-30 Boost Price Target Barclays Overweight $125.00 to $152.00
2013-10-30 Downgrade Raymond James Outperform to Market Perform $120.00
2013-10-29 Boost Price Target B. Riley Buy $115.00 to $150.00
2013-10-17 Boost Price Target Wunderlich Buy $118.00 to $133.00
2013-10-14 Boost Price Target Barclays Overweight $115.00 to $125.00
2013-10-07 Boost Price Target Deutsche Bank Buy $110.00 to $130.00
2013-10-01 Downgrade Raymond James Strong-Buy to Outperform
2013-09-30 Boost Price Target Wedbush Outperform $120.00 to $135.00
2013-09-25 Initiated Coverage Northcoast Research Buy
2013-08-27 Reiterated Wunderlich Buy $117 to $118
2016-06-26 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy
2016-06-24 Upgrade Guggenheim Neutral to Buy $190.00
2016-06-20 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy $165.00
2016-06-12 Reiterated Rating BMO Capital Markets Buy
2016-06-08 Reiterated Rating Wedbush Buy $180.00

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Major Shareholders

Name Relationship Total Shares Holding stocks
TWINEM MARY J Exec VP, CFO & Treasurer 0.22%  (41885) BWLD / IRET / VVV /
SCHMIDT JAMES M Chief Operating Officer 0.21%  (40539) BWLD /
SHOULAK JUDITH A EVP, North American Operations 0.12%  (21963) BWLD /
JOHNSON MICHAEL P 0.08%  (15586) BWLD / CNP /
MACK WARREN E 0.07%  (13457) BWLD /
Benning Kathleen M EVP-Global Brand & Bus. Dev. 0.07%  (12612) BWLD /
Patterson Lee R. Sr. VP, Information Technology 0.05%  (9757) BWLD /
APPLEQUIST DALE M 0.05%  (8887) BWLD /
MAGGARD J OLIVER 0.02%  (3522) BWLD /
DAMIAN JAMES M 0.01%  (1132) BWLD /

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