Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: FRGI) and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ:CBRL) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fiesta Restaurant Group and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fiesta Restaurant Group $711.77 million 0.68 $16.71 million ($0.86) -20.64
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $2.93 billion 1.21 $201.89 million $8.29 17.76

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has higher revenue and earnings than Fiesta Restaurant Group. Fiesta Restaurant Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Fiesta Restaurant Group and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fiesta Restaurant Group 1 4 1 0 2.00
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 1 8 0 0 1.89

Fiesta Restaurant Group presently has a consensus target price of $21.60, suggesting a potential upside of 21.69%. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a consensus target price of $157.38, suggesting a potential upside of 6.88%. Given Fiesta Restaurant Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Fiesta Restaurant Group is more favorable than Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Dividends

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays an annual dividend of $4.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Fiesta Restaurant Group does not pay a dividend. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays out 57.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fiesta Restaurant Group has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.2% of Fiesta Restaurant Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Fiesta Restaurant Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Fiesta Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a beta of 0.48, indicating that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Fiesta Restaurant Group and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fiesta Restaurant Group -3.40% 9.49% 5.57%
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 6.83% 35.14% 13.08%

Summary

Fiesta Restaurant Group beats Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates and franchises two fast-casual restaurant brands, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana through its subsidiaries Pollo Operations, Inc., and its subsidiaries, and Pollo Franchise, Inc., (collectively Pollo Tropical) and Taco Cabana, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively Taco Cabana). The Company operates through the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana segments. The Company’s Pollo Tropical restaurants offer Caribbean menu items, featuring its bone-in chicken marinated in blend of tropical fruit juices and grilled over an open flame. The Company also offers catering for parties and corporate events. The Company’s Taco Cabana restaurants serves Mexican food, including flame-grilled steak and chicken fajitas served on sizzling iron skillets, quesadillas, hand-rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, fresh-made flour tortillas, customizable salads served in its Cabana Bowl, and its breakfast tacos.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is engaged in the operation and development of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store concept (Cracker Barrel). The Company’s segments include Restaurant and Retail. As of September 19, 2016, the Company operated 640 Cracker Barrel stores in 43 states. The format of its stores consists of a rustic old country-store design offering a restaurant menu that features home-style country food and a range of decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts and toys, apparel, cookware and foods. Its restaurants offer home-style country cooking featuring of its own recipes. Its restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its breakfast items include juices, eggs, pancakes, grits, and a range of biscuit specialties. Its lunch and dinner items include country ham, chicken and dumplings, chicken fried chicken, meatloaf, fresh side items and specialty items, such as pinto beans and turnip greens.

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