Steve Rockwell

Managing Director, Restaurant Investment Banking,
Janney Montgomery Scott

Steve Rockwell is managing director of Restaurant Investment Banking at Janney Montgomery Scott and has 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, including as an analyst and finance executive. He can be reached at

Investing in hidden potential 
Steve Rockwell looks at the changes activist investors bring to restaurants.
Private equity pros: No Bain, no gain? 
Steve Rockwell examines the effect of private equity on restaurants.
Growing the right way 
Steve Rockwell on growing your company for the long term.
Smart operators strike a balance between investors, employees and customers 
Great executives increase shareholder value and customer satisfaction at the same time.
Weathering sales chills 
Steve Rockwell on investing in your brand's long-term health.
Piada: One to watch 
Steve Rockwell takes a look at Piada Italian Street Food.
Banking on the right choice 
Choosing an investment banker to sell your company
Acquisitions on the rise 
The recent spate of private-equity acquisitions has analysts wondering if industry fundamentals warrant this renewed interest, or if other factors are at work.
Paying the price 
Increasing menu prices to offset higher commodity costs may not be the best solution
Careful assessment of brand health reveals true investment appeal 
Less than two months into 2011 and the buyers are busy.
 ... No doubt the already-active acquisition climate will continue, especially as private-equity funds seek returns for their investors. Given that some of the buyers are likely to be relatively new to the restaurant industry, what should they be looking for before buying a restaurant company?

Tension between investors, management can affect long-term success 
The primary reason for any company’s existence is to make a profit for its owners. But management and investors can sometimes be at odds on the best course of action to achieve that goal.

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Blogs & Commentary
May 28, 2015

McDonald's and the problem with same-store sales

Blog: McDonald's decision to end monthly same-store sales reporting could be seen as a bad sign. That doesn't make it a wrong move....More
May 25, 2015

Shake Shack just had a spectacular week

Shake Shack is up more than 40 percent since May 14, and now has a valuation rivaling big restaurant chains....More

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