Comparing Cosi (COSIQ) & Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (PLAY)

Cosi (OTCMKTS: COSIQ) and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Cosi has a beta of -1.23, indicating that its share price is 223% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cosi and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosi 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 0 0 10 0 3.00

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a consensus target price of $73.33, suggesting a potential upside of 35.68%. Given Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dave & Buster’s Entertainment is more favorable than Cosi.

Profitability

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
Cosi -13.67% -96.97% -38.82%
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 10.27% 24.58% 9.96%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.6% of Cosi shares are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Cosi shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cosi and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cosi N/A N/A N/A ($0.30) -0.01
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment $1.01 billion 2.21 $90.79 million $2.57 21.03

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.

Summary

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment beats Cosi on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cosi Company Profile

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.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Company Profile

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates entertainment and dining venues for adults and families in North America. Its venues offer a menu of ‘Fun American New Gourmet’ entrées and appetizers, as well as a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; and an assortment of entertainment attractions centered on playing games and watching live sports, and other televised events. The company operates its venues under the Dave & Buster’s name. As of June 6, 2017, it owned and operated 99 stores located in 34 states and Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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