Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: TAST) and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co (NYSE:CCSC) are both small-cap quick service restaurants companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Carrols Restaurant Group and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carrols Restaurant Group 0 0 2 0 3.00
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co 0 0 0 0 N/A

Carrols Restaurant Group currently has a consensus price target of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 25.00%. Given Carrols Restaurant Group’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Carrols Restaurant Group is more favorable than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carrols Restaurant Group $943.58 million 0.48 $45.47 million $0.54 22.96
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co N/A N/A N/A $0.16 32.31

Carrols Restaurant Group has higher revenue and earnings than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co. Carrols Restaurant Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.6% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carrols Restaurant Group 3.13% 4.61% 1.36%
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co 3.68% 5.63% 4.72%

Volatility and Risk

Carrols Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Carrols Restaurant Group beats Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Carrols Restaurant Group

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. is a holding company and conducts all of its operations through its subsidiary, Carrols Corporation (Carrols) and Carrols’ subsidiary, Carrols LLC. The Company is a restaurant company and Burger King franchisee in the United States. As of January 1, 2017, the Company had owned and operated 753 Burger King restaurants under the name Burger King in 16 Northeastern, Midwestern and Southeastern states. Burger King restaurants feature the flame-broiled Whopper sandwich, as well as a range of hamburgers, chicken and other specialty sandwiches, French fries, salads, breakfast items, hot dogs, snacks, smoothies, frappes and other offerings. The Company’s Burger King restaurants are located in various states, such as Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

About Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. (CSC Cayman) is a quick service restaurant chain in China. The Company is engaged in serving Sichuan-style fast food over the counter in the People’s Republic of China. The Company’s restaurant chain has approximately 337 restaurants, including around 177 restaurants in Chongqing municipality and around 103 restaurants in Sichuan province. CSC Cayman’s staples include entrees, such as spicy sauteed pork, Taiwanese-style braised pork over rice, honey-roasted spicy chicken wings, mushroom chicken, shredded pepper steak, shredded quick-fried ginger duck and kung pao chicken, along with a range of appetizers, desserts and beverages. Each entree on its menu is prepared with pre-mixed sauce packages delivered from the Company’s central facility in Chongqing. Approximately 260 of the Company’s restaurants are operated under its CSC brand and around 74 of the restaurants were operated under its Mr. Rice brand.

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