Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (OTCMKTS: NROM) and Noble Roman’s (OTCMKTS:NROM) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Bravo Brio Restaurant Group and Noble Roman’s’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group -3.86% -15.00% -2.55%
Noble Roman’s -29.59% -27.48% -16.39%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bravo Brio Restaurant Group and Noble Roman’s’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group $407.61 million 0.15 -$9.76 million $0.22 18.41
Noble Roman’s $9.84 million 1.41 -$3.38 million N/A N/A

Noble Roman’s has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Bravo Brio Restaurant Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

34.4% of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of Noble Roman’s shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.5% of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.1% of Noble Roman’s shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noble Roman’s has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Bravo Brio Restaurant Group and Noble Roman’s, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group 1 1 0 0 1.50
Noble Roman’s 0 0 0 0 N/A

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group presently has a consensus price target of $2.25, indicating a potential downside of 44.44%. Given Bravo Brio Restaurant Group’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Bravo Brio Restaurant Group is more favorable than Noble Roman’s.

Summary

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group beats Noble Roman’s on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bravo Brio Restaurant Group

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates Italian restaurants in the United States. It operates full-service Italian restaurants under the BRAVO! Cucina Italiana brand name; Italian chophouse restaurants under the BRIO Tuscan Grille brand name; and full-service American-French bistro restaurant under the Bon Vie brand name. The company's restaurants primarily offer Italian food and wine. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 49 BRAVO! restaurants, 64 BRIO restaurants, and 1 Bon Vie restaurant in 32 states. The company was formerly known as Bravo Development, Inc. and changed its name to Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. in June 2010. Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.

About Noble Roman’s

Noble Roman's, Inc. sells and services franchises and licenses, and operates foodservice locations for non-traditional foodservice operations and stand-alone restaurants. The company franchises, licenses, and operates under the Noble Roman's Craft Pizza & Pub, Noble Roman's Pizza, Noble Roman's Take-N-Bake, and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs trade names, which provide pizza, pasta, salads, sub sandwiches, and other related menu items. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 2,854 franchised or licensed outlets. The company has operations in 50 states of the United States. Noble Roman's, Inc. was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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