Kura Sushi USA (NASDAQ:KRUS) and Mcdonald’s (NYSE:MCD) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Kura Sushi USA and Mcdonald’s’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kura Sushi USA N/A N/A N/A
Mcdonald’s 28.32% -92.02% 15.23%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Kura Sushi USA and Mcdonald’s, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kura Sushi USA 0 0 4 0 3.00
Mcdonald’s 0 7 24 0 2.77

Kura Sushi USA currently has a consensus target price of $30.75, indicating a potential upside of 51.03%. Mcdonald’s has a consensus target price of $220.93, indicating a potential upside of 4.99%. Given Kura Sushi USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Kura Sushi USA is more favorable than Mcdonald’s.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.6% of Mcdonald’s shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Mcdonald’s shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kura Sushi USA and Mcdonald’s’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kura Sushi USA $51.74 million 3.11 $1.74 million N/A N/A
Mcdonald’s $21.03 billion 7.60 $5.92 billion $7.90 26.64

Mcdonald’s has higher revenue and earnings than Kura Sushi USA.

Dividends

Mcdonald’s pays an annual dividend of $4.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Kura Sushi USA does not pay a dividend. Mcdonald’s pays out 58.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mcdonald’s has increased its dividend for 42 consecutive years.

Summary

Mcdonald’s beats Kura Sushi USA on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kura Sushi USA Company Profile

Kura Sushi USA, Inc. operates revolving sushi bar restaurants in the United States. The company's restaurants offer Japanese cuisine and a revolving sushi service model. As of April 1, 2019, it operated 21 restaurants in California, Texas, Georgia, and Illinois. The company was formerly known as Kula Sushi USA, Inc. and changed its name to Kura Sushi USA, Inc. in October 2017. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Irvine, California. Kura Sushi USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Kura Sushi, Inc.

Mcdonald’s Company Profile

McDonald's Corporation operates and franchises McDonald's restaurants in the United States and internationally. Its restaurants offer various food products, soft drinks, coffee, and other beverages, as well as breakfast menu. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated 37,855 restaurants, including 35,085 franchised restaurants comprising 21,685 franchised to conventional franchisees, 7,225 licensed to developmental licensees, and 6,175 licensed to foreign affiliates; and 2,770 company-operated restaurants. McDonald's Corporation was founded in 1940 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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