Papa John's Int'l (NASDAQ: PZZA) and Ssp Group (OTCMKTS:SSPPF) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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87.0% of Papa John's Int'l shares are held by institutional investors. 27.7% of Papa John's Int'l shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Papa John's Int'l and Ssp Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Papa John's Int'l 0 7 3 0 2.30
Ssp Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Papa John's Int'l currently has a consensus target price of $76.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.49%. Given Papa John's Int'l’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Papa John's Int'l is more favorable than Ssp Group.

Profitability

This table compares Papa John's Int'l and Ssp Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Papa John's Int'l 5.79% -366.49% 18.16%
Ssp Group N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Papa John's Int'l pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Ssp Group does not pay a dividend. Papa John's Int'l pays out 31.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Papa John's Int'l and Ssp Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Papa John's Int'l $1.78 billion 1.10 $102.29 million $2.83 20.58
Ssp Group $2.84 billion 1.48 N/A N/A N/A

Papa John's Int'l has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ssp Group.

Summary

Papa John's Int'l beats Ssp Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Papa John's Int'l Company Profile

Papa John’s International, Inc. (Papa John’s) operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants and, in certain international markets, dine-in and delivery restaurants under the trademark Papa John’s. The Company operates through five segments: domestic Company-owned restaurants, North America commissaries, North America franchising, international operations and all other business units. North America is defined as the United States and Canada. Domestic is defined as the contiguous United States. International franchisees are defined as all franchise operations outside of the United States and Canada. As of December 25, 2016, there were 5,097 Papa John’s restaurants in operation, consisting of 744 Company-owned and 4,353 franchised restaurants operating domestically in all 50 states and in 45 countries and territories. It offers pizza along with side items, including breadsticks, cheesesticks, chicken poppers and wings, dessert items and canned or bottled beverages.

Ssp Group Company Profile

SSP Group plc operates branded food and beverage travel outlets. It operates outlets at airports, railway stations, motorway service areas, hospitals, and sports stadia and shopping areas. The company operates approximately 400 brands through a portfolio of 2,000 outlets, including coffee shops, sandwich bars, bakeries, and casual and fine-dining restaurants, as well as convenience and retail outlets in 30 countries in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. It also engages in rail gourmet business. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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