Noodles & Co (NASDAQ:NDLS) and Granite City Food & Brewery (OTCMKTS:GCFB) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Noodles & Co and Granite City Food & Brewery’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noodles & Co -1.47% 3.70% 0.72%
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Noodles & Co and Granite City Food & Brewery, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noodles & Co 0 3 3 0 2.50
Granite City Food & Brewery 0 0 0 0 N/A

Noodles & Co currently has a consensus target price of $10.79, indicating a potential upside of 40.81%. Given Noodles & Co’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Noodles & Co is more favorable than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Noodles & Co and Granite City Food & Brewery’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noodles & Co $457.84 million 0.74 -$8.44 million $0.02 383.00
Granite City Food & Brewery $133.84 million N/A -$7.37 million N/A N/A

Granite City Food & Brewery has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Noodles & Co.

Volatility and Risk

Noodles & Co has a beta of 0.03, indicating that its stock price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Granite City Food & Brewery has a beta of -4.01, indicating that its stock price is 501% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.1% of Noodles & Co shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.7% of Noodles & Co shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.3% of Granite City Food & Brewery shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Noodles & Co beats Granite City Food & Brewery on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Noodles & Co

Noodles & Company develops and operates fast-casual restaurants in the United States. It offers cooked-to-order dishes, including noodles and pasta, soups, salads, and appetizers. As of January 1, 2019, the company operated 394 company-owned and 65 franchised restaurants in 29 states, and the District of Columbia. Noodles & Company was founded in 1995 and is based in Broomfield, Colorado.

About Granite City Food & Brewery

Granite City Food & Brewery, Ltd. operates casual dining restaurants in the United States. The company's upscale casual dining restaurants include the Granite City Food & Brewery restaurant that offers various menu items and handcrafted beers, as well as other regional craft beers; and the Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill restaurant that offers American cuisine, including homemade meatloaf and pasta dishes. As of December 26, 2017, it operated 32 Granite City restaurants in 13 states; and 4 Cadillac Ranch restaurants in 4 states. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. Granite City Food & Brewery, Ltd. is a subsidiary of Concept Development Partners LLC.

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