Head to Head Survey: Zoe’s Kitchen (ZOES) & Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL)

Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES) and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ:CBRL) are both restaurants & bars – nec companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Zoe’s Kitchen and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Zoe’s Kitchen -0.07% -0.27% -0.16%
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 6.90% 35.49% 13.26%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Zoe’s Kitchen and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Zoe’s Kitchen 1 6 3 0 2.20
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 1 8 0 0 1.89

Zoe’s Kitchen presently has a consensus price target of $17.55, suggesting a potential upside of 43.38%. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a consensus price target of $158.78, suggesting a potential upside of 1.73%. Given Zoe’s Kitchen’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Zoe’s Kitchen is more favorable than Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Zoe’s Kitchen and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Zoe’s Kitchen $275.96 million 0.87 $1.80 million ($0.01) -1,224.00
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $2.93 billion 1.28 $201.89 million $8.38 18.62

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has higher revenue and earnings than Zoe’s Kitchen. Zoe’s Kitchen 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.

Risk and Volatility

Zoe’s Kitchen has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.3% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Zoe’s Kitchen shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays an annual dividend of $4.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Zoe’s Kitchen does not pay a dividend. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays out 57.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Zoe’s Kitchen has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store beats Zoe’s Kitchen on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Zoe’s Kitchen

Zoe’s Kitchen, Inc. develops and operates fast-casual restaurants serving a menu of fresh, wholesome, Mediterranean-inspired dishes delivered with Southern hospitality. The Company’s menu offers meals made from scratch using produce, proteins and other ingredients, including its appetizers, soups, salads and kabobs. Its food, including both hot and cold items, is suited for catering to a range of business and social occasions. It caters to a range of dietary needs by offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and its calorie conscious, Simply 500 menu selections. Its party packs serve groups of approximately 10 and are each filled with their own combination of fresh fruits, veggies, proteins and grains. The Company serves dishes for various occasions, such as Guilt-Free Girls Night, Game Day Goodies, Shower Sensations and Kids’ Party Pack. As of December 26, 2016, it had operated 201 Company-owned restaurants and three franchise restaurants in 20 states across the United States.

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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