Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock INDXX - Methodology

The Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock INDXX Process 

• The index process rebalances at the end of every quarter with a search for restaurant companies that are
publicly traded on a US markets for about 200 days, have a minimum of $1.5 million of daily trading volume
and a minimum market cap of $300 million. Over the past 10 years, the universe of companies has been
within a range of approximately 65 companies which then has been narrowed down to a range of between
35 to 40 companies using these minimum criteria. (Average 38).
• Using the 38 companies from Step 1 above, as an example,  the companies are then divided between
QSR/Fast Casual (70%) and then Full Service (30%). 
• Assuming 28 companies are QSR/Fast Casual and 10  Companies are Full Service, the weighting
is 70%/30%. ($100 = $70/28= 2.5% per company and $30/10 =3% per Company)
• (3A) Using a Static Quantitative (SQ) screen, the process then sidelines two companies from each
category that are showing relative weak underperformance vs. the group and re-weights that percentage
towards the top 5 largest companies. (Example: Now 27 & 9 names = 36 names)
• (3B) Using a Dynamic Quantitative (DQ) screen similar to SQ across both segments the process then
sidelines an additional four companies. Assuming one company is QSR and three companies are Full Service,
the largest five companies would see an increase of 11.5% towards their weightings.  
• Step 3 reduces the number of companies to 32 names and tilts (5.5% of capital + 11.5% capital =17%
of the weighting to the top five market cap companies which if they are QSR =2.5% + 17%/5 = 5.9% per top 5 holdings


Companies Included in the Restaurant Finance Monitor Stock INDXX

Quick Service/Fast Casual (QSR)

  Name Weight
  McDonald's Corp. 4.75%
  Starbucks Corp. 4.75%
  Yum Brands, Inc. 4.75%
  Yum China Holdings, Inc. 4.75%
  Restaurant Brands International 4.75%
  Domino's Pizza, Inc. 3.56%
  Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. 3.56%
  Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. 3.56%
  The Wendy's Co. 3.56%
  Jack in the Box, Inc. 3.56%
  Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc. 3.56%
  Shake Shack, Inc. 3.56%
  Wingstop, Inc. 3.56%
  Sonic Corp. 3.56%
  Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. 3.56%
  Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. 3.56%
  Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. 3.56%
  Potbelly Corporation 3.56%


Full Service (FSR)

  Name Weight
  Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. 2.73%
  Darden Restaurants, Inc. 2.73%
  Texas Roadhouse, Inc. 2.73%
  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. 2.73%
  Bloomin' Brands, Inc. 2.73%
  Brinker International, Inc. 2.73%
  DineEquity, Inc. 2.73%
  Denny's Corp. 2.73%
  BJ's Restaurants, Inc. 2.73%
  Ruth's Hospitality Group         2.73%
  Chuy's Holdings, Inc. 2.73%

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