Comparing Bloomin’ Brands (BLMN) and Granite City Food & Brewery (GCFB)

Granite City Food & Brewery (OTCMKTS:GCFB) and Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ:BLMN) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Granite City Food & Brewery and Bloomin’ Brands, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Granite City Food & Brewery 0 0 0 0 N/A
Bloomin’ Brands 0 8 3 0 2.27

Bloomin’ Brands has a consensus target price of $23.22, suggesting a potential upside of 12.57%. Given Bloomin’ Brands’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Bloomin’ Brands is more favorable than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Risk and Volatility

Granite City Food & Brewery has a beta of -0.6, meaning that its share price is 160% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bloomin’ Brands has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.6% of Bloomin’ Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.3% of Granite City Food & Brewery shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.5% of Bloomin’ Brands shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Granite City Food & Brewery and Bloomin’ Brands’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bloomin’ Brands $4.21 billion 0.45 $100.24 million $1.36 15.17

Bloomin’ Brands has higher revenue and earnings than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Profitability

This table compares Granite City Food & Brewery and Bloomin’ Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A
Bloomin’ Brands 2.68% 196.28% 6.22%

Dividends

Bloomin’ Brands pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Granite City Food & Brewery does not pay a dividend. Bloomin’ Brands pays out 26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bloomin’ Brands has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Bloomin’ Brands beats Granite City Food & Brewery on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Granite City Food & Brewery Company Profile

Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. operates casual dining restaurants in the United States. The company's restaurants include the Granite City Food & Brewery restaurant with an upscale casual dining theme that offers various menu items and handcrafted beers; and the Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill restaurant, which offers American cuisine environment. As of December 27, 2016, it operated 36 Granite City restaurants in 14 states; and 5 Cadillac Ranch restaurants in 5 states. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. is a subsidiary of Concept Development Partners LLC.

Bloomin’ Brands Company Profile

Bloomin' Brands, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates casual, upscale casual, and fine dining restaurants in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, U.S. and International. Its restaurant portfolio has four concepts, including Outback Steakhouse, a casual steakhouse restaurant; Carrabba's Italian Grill, a casual Italian restaurant; Bonefish Grill, an upscale casual seafood restaurant; and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, a contemporary steakhouse. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned and operated 1,075 restaurants and franchised 165 restaurants. Bloomin' Brands, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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