BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Shares of Noodles & Co. slid Monday after the restaurant chain's fourth-quarter revenue estimate fell short of Wall Street's view. The company projects revenue of $91.5 million for the quarter that ended on Dec. 31 , up 17 percent from a year ago. But analysts surveyed by FactSet called for $92.7 million . Noodles & Co. , which went public in late June, anticipates that sales at company-owned restaurants open at least 18 months rose 4.3 percent. This metric is a key gauge of a restaurant company's performance because it excludes results from locations recently opened or closed. The company had 318 company-owned restaurants and 62 franchise locations as of Dec. 31 . It opened 12 restaurants during the last three months of 2013. Shares of Broomfield, Colo. -based Noodles & Co. dropped $1.44 , or 4.1 percent, to $34 in midday trading Monday. The company went public at $18 per share.
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