Kona Grill (NASDAQ: KONA) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Restaurants & Bars” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Kona Grill to similar companies based off the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Kona Grill has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kona Grill’s rivals have a beta of 0.66, suggesting that their average stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Kona Grill and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kona Grill -14.98% -39.42% -11.31%
Kona Grill Competitors 1.64% 21.19% 1.66%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Kona Grill and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kona Grill 0 2 3 0 2.60
Kona Grill Competitors 368 1690 2172 82 2.46

Kona Grill currently has a consensus target price of $6.67, suggesting a potential upside of 99.00%. All “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 12.45%. Given Kona Grill’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Kona Grill is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kona Grill and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Kona Grill $179.15 million $3.91 million -1.30
Kona Grill Competitors $2.03 billion $348.56 million -5.80

Kona Grill’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Kona Grill. Kona Grill is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.1% of Kona Grill shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by institutional investors. 29.2% of Kona Grill shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.3% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Kona Grill rivals beat Kona Grill on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Kona Grill Company Profile

Kona Grill, Inc. owns and operates upscale casual dining restaurants under the name Kona Grill. The Company owns and operates approximately 40 restaurants in 20 states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Its high-volume upscale casual restaurants feature a global menu of contemporary American favorites and sushi. Its menu items are prepared from scratch at each restaurant location and incorporate over 40 signature sauces and dressings. It also offers a full service bar offering a range assortment of wines, specialty cocktails and beers. Its restaurants seat an average of approximately 290 customers and comprise multiple dining areas. Its dining area, full-service bar, indoor/outdoor patio and sushi bar provide a choice of atmospheres and a range of environments. It locates its restaurants in various areas, such as retail centers, shopping malls, urban entertainment districts and lifestyle centers that are situated near commercial office space and residential housing.

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