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

Volatility & Risk

Ark Restaurants has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Granite City Food & Brewery has a beta of -3.28, meaning that its stock price is 428% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ark Restaurants 1.84% 9.32% 4.83%
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.4% of Ark Restaurants shares are held by institutional investors. 41.6% of Ark Restaurants shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 26.3% of Granite City Food & Brewery shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ark Restaurants and Granite City Food & Brewery’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ark Restaurants $159.99 million 0.43 $4.65 million N/A N/A
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ark Restaurants has higher revenue and earnings than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ark Restaurants and Granite City Food & Brewery, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ark Restaurants 0 0 0 0 N/A
Granite City Food & Brewery 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Ark Restaurants pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Granite City Food & Brewery does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Ark Restaurants beats Granite City Food & Brewery on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ark Restaurants

Ark Restaurants Corp., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates restaurants and bars in the United States. As of September 29, 2018, it owned and/or operated 20 restaurants and bars, including 5 facilities located in New York City; 2 in Washington, D.C.; 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada; 3 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; 1 in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts; 2 on the east coast of Florida; and 2 on the gulf coast of Alabama, as well as had 19 fast food concepts and catering operations. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

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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