Restaurant Brands International (NYSE: QSR) and Bojangles’ (NASDAQ:BOJA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Restaurant Brands International and Bojangles”s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Restaurant Brands International 12.66% 22.71% 3.99%
Bojangles’ 6.70% 17.05% 6.47%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Restaurant Brands International and Bojangles”s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Restaurant Brands International $4.32 billion 3.31 $1.91 billion $1.44 41.98
Bojangles’ $538.50 million 0.91 $79.81 million $0.95 13.95

Restaurant Brands International has higher revenue and earnings than Bojangles’. Bojangles’ is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Restaurant Brands International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Restaurant Brands International has a beta of 1.77, suggesting that its share price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bojangles’ has a beta of 1.98, suggesting that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Restaurant Brands International pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Bojangles’ does not pay a dividend. Restaurant Brands International pays out 52.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.7% of Restaurant Brands International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of Bojangles’ shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Restaurant Brands International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 55.3% of Bojangles’ shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Restaurant Brands International and Bojangles’, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Restaurant Brands International 0 4 11 0 2.73
Bojangles’ 0 5 3 2 2.70

Restaurant Brands International presently has a consensus price target of $63.07, suggesting a potential upside of 4.34%. Bojangles’ has a consensus price target of $19.50, suggesting a potential upside of 47.17%. Given Bojangles”s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bojangles’ is more favorable than Restaurant Brands International.

Summary

Restaurant Brands International beats Bojangles’ on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Restaurant Brands International Company Profile

Restaurant Brands International Inc. is a quick service restaurant (QSR) company. The Company had over 20,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and the United States territories, as of December 31, 2016. It operates through two segments: Tim Hortons (TH) and Burger King (BK). Tim Hortons restaurants are quick service restaurants with a menu that includes blend coffee, tea, espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks, baked goods, including donuts, Timbits, bagels, muffins, cookies and pastries, grilled paninis, classic sandwiches, wraps and soups, among others. Burger King restaurants are quick service restaurants that feature flame-grilled hamburgers, chicken and other specialty sandwiches, French fries, soft drinks and other food items. The Company operates coffee roasting facilities in Hamilton, Ontario and Rochester, New York. The Company sells its raw materials and supplies, including coffee, sugar, paper goods and other restaurant supplies to Tim Hortons restaurants.

Bojangles’ Company Profile

Bojangles’, Inc. is a restaurant operator and franchisor. The Company offers food made from its Southern recipes. The Company’s menu includes its made-from-scratch, buttermilk biscuits baked fresh every 20 minutes; its fresh, never-frozen bone-in fried chicken; its fixin’s; its Bo-Smart menu featuring items, such as salads, grilled chicken sandwiches, roasted chicken bites and fat-free green beans; its freshly baked and delicious sweets menu, and its Legendary Iced Tea. The Company’s food is offered a la carte and in combos. The Company’s chicken, fixin’s, biscuits and Legendary Iced Tea may also be ordered in boxes or family meals, and larger combinations may be offered as tailgate specials or may be packaged in its Big Bo Box. The Company offers Southern style mac ‘n cheese made from two cheeses; fat-free green beans; cole slaw, and mashed potatoes with gravy. Its menu also features salads, sandwiches and its whole meat Roasted Chicken Bites.

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