Cosi (NASDAQ: COSI) and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.
This table compares Cosi and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Dave & Buster’s Entertainment||9.78%||22.71%||9.34%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
37.6% of Cosi shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.8% of Cosi shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 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.
Risk and Volatility
Cosi has a beta of -0.67, meaning that its stock price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cosi and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Dave & Buster’s Entertainment||0||0||9||0||3.00|
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a consensus target price of $77.50, suggesting a potential upside of 29.15%. Given Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dave & Buster’s Entertainment is more favorable than Cosi.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Cosi and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Dave & Buster’s Entertainment||$1.05 billion||2.37||$254.99 million||$2.36||25.43|
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has higher revenue and earnings than Cosi. Cosi is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment beats Cosi on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Cosi, Inc. is an international fast casual restaurant company. The Company offers its flatbread. Its menu features made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, bowls, breakfast wraps, melts, soups, signature Squagels, artisan flatbread pizzas, S’mores, snacks and desserts. It also offers handcrafted beverages and a variety of coffee-based and specialty beverages. Its sandwiches include tbm, turkey and brie, tuna, turkey avocado and chicken parmesan melt. Its cosi salads are made with fresh ingredients and its own signature dressings. Its soups include tomato basil, turkey chili, smart fit chicken noodle, and mediterranean lentil. Its handcrafted beverages include iced tea, raspberry iced tea, country club iced tea, mojito lemonade, raspberry mojito lemonade. It also offers catering services to its customers. The Company operates in 43 Company-owned and 30 franchise restaurants in fourteen states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates.
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