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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Noodles & and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noodles & 1 5 0 0 1.83
Noodles & Competitors 241 1334 1640 81 2.47

Noodles & presently has a consensus price target of $4.75, suggesting a potential upside of 3.26%. As a group, “Quick Service Restaurants” companies have a potential upside of 8.96%. Given Noodles &’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Noodles & has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares Noodles & and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noodles & -17.42% -10.25% -2.10%
Noodles & Competitors 6.87% 12.55% 9.51%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Noodles & and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Noodles & $481.59 million $12.41 million -1.44
Noodles & Competitors $3.06 billion $846.52 million 29.88

Noodles &’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Noodles &. Noodles & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.7% of Noodles & shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are held by institutional investors. 52.7% of Noodles & shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are held 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.

Risk & Volatility

Noodles & has a beta of -0.53, indicating that its stock price is 153% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noodles &’s peers have a beta of 0.53, indicating that their average stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Noodles & peers beat Noodles & on 11 of the 12 factors compared.

About Noodles &

Noodles & Company develops and operates fast casual restaurants. The Company’s menu includes a range of cooked-to-order dishes, including noodles and pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. The Company has approximately 490 restaurants, including 420 Company-owned and 70 franchised locations, across 40 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province. The Company offers over 30 globally inspired Asian, Mediterranean and American dishes together on a single menu. The Company offers approximately 10 fresh vegetables and six proteins, including marinated steak, naturally raised pork, chicken, meatballs, shrimp and organic tofu. The Company offers Kids Meals, which includes sides, such as broccoli, carrots, fruit, applesauce and a portion of its housemade rice crispy treat. The Company’s restaurants’ locations include Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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