Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:TAST) and Nathan’s Famous (NASDAQ:NATH) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.
Nathan’s Famous pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Carrols Restaurant Group does not pay a dividend.
This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and Nathan’s Famous’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Carrols Restaurant Group||1.06%||8.75%||2.56%|
Volatility and Risk
Carrols Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.51, indicating that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nathan’s Famous has a beta of -0.01, indicating that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Carrols Restaurant Group and Nathan’s Famous, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Carrols Restaurant Group||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Carrols Restaurant Group currently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 64.64%. Given Carrols Restaurant Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Carrols Restaurant Group is more favorable than Nathan’s Famous.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
85.8% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.7% of Nathan’s Famous shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 32.4% of Nathan’s Famous shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and Nathan’s Famous’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Carrols Restaurant Group||$1.09 billion||0.39||$7.15 million||$0.20||57.70|
|Nathan’s Famous||$104.20 million||3.05||$2.63 million||N/A||N/A|
Carrols Restaurant Group has higher revenue and earnings than Nathan’s Famous.
Carrols Restaurant Group beats Nathan’s Famous on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Carrols Restaurant Group
Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates franchisee restaurants of Burger King in the United States. As of July 1, 2018, it owned and operated 807 BURGER KING restaurants. The company was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Syracuse, New York.
About Nathan’s Famous
Nathan's Famous, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the foodservice industry. The company owns and franchises restaurants under the Nathan's Famous brand name, as well as sells products bearing the Nathan's Famous trademarks through various channels of distribution. It also has license agreements for the manufacture, distribution, marketing, and sale of Nathan's Famous branded hot dogs, sausages, and corned beef products in refrigerated consumer packages to be resold through retail channels, such as supermarkets, groceries, mass merchandisers, and club stores; and other Nathan's Famous branded refrigerated meat products in consumer packages to be resold through retail channels. In addition, the company has license agreements to manufacture Nathan's Famous branded hot dog and sausage products in bulk for use in the food service industry; for supplying Nathan's Famous natural casing and skinless hot dogs in bulk for use in the Nathan's Famous restaurant system; to manufacture proprietary spices; to manufacture and sell various products, including mustard, salsa, sauerkraut, and pickles; to produce and sell French fries and onion rings for retail sale; and to manufacture and sell miniature bagel dogs, franks-in-a-blanket, and other hors d'oeuvres through club stores, supermarkets, and other retail food stores. Further, the company sells Nathan's products directly to end users or to various foodservice distributors, as well as provides Arthur Treacher's brand fish fillets. As of March 25, 2018, its restaurant system consisted of 5 company-owned units in the New York City metropolitan area; and 276 franchised units located in 20 states and 12 foreign countries. Nathan's Famous, Inc. was founded in 1916 and is based in Jericho, New York.
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