Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (NASDAQ: PLKI) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Quick Service Restaurants” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen N/A N/A 40.29
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Competitors $3.06 billion $846.52 million 28.66

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has a beta of -0.11, suggesting that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s competitors have a beta of 0.53, suggesting that their average stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 1 4 1 0 2.00
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Competitors 326 1451 1652 84 2.43

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen currently has a consensus price target of $69.75, indicating a potential downside of 11.68%. As a group, “Quick Service Restaurants” companies have a potential upside of 16.51%. Given Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

97.6% of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.0% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.3% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 15.08% 490.51% 15.48%
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Competitors 6.87% 12.55% 9.51%

Summary

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen competitors beat Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen on 7 of the 11 factors compared.

About Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (Popeyes) develops, operates and franchises quick-service restaurants (QSRs) under the trade names Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: franchise operations and Company-operated restaurants. The Company-operated restaurant segment includes the operation of Company-owned restaurants. The franchise operations segment consists of domestic and international franchising activities. The Company’s Louisiana style menu features spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and other seafood, red beans and rice, and other regional items. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated and franchised 2,688 Popeyes restaurants in 48 states, the District of Columbia, three territories and 25 foreign countries. As of December 25, 2016, of the 55 Company-operated restaurants, approximately 84% were concentrated in Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee.

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