Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) and Chanticleer (NASDAQ:BURG) are both small-cap cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.3% of Chanticleer shares are held by institutional investors. 1.9% of Brinker International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Chanticleer shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Brinker International has a beta of 0.24, suggesting that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chanticleer has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Brinker International and Chanticleer’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brinker International 4.39% -30.36% 11.01%
Chanticleer -15.66% -48.28% -19.80%

Dividends

Brinker International pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Chanticleer does not pay a dividend. Brinker International pays out 54.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Chanticleer has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Brinker International and Chanticleer’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brinker International $3.15 billion 0.56 $150.82 million $2.77 13.64
Chanticleer $41.70 million 0.19 -$9.07 million ($2.58) -0.99

Brinker International has higher revenue and earnings than Chanticleer. Chanticleer is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brinker International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Brinker International and Chanticleer, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brinker International 1 11 3 0 2.13
Chanticleer 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brinker International currently has a consensus price target of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.49%. Given Brinker International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Brinker International is more favorable than Chanticleer.

Summary

Brinker International beats Chanticleer on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brinker International

Brinker International, Inc. is engaged in the ownership, operation, development, and franchising of the Chili’s Grill & Bar (Chili’s) and Maggiano’s Little Italy (Maggiano’s) restaurant brands. The Company’s Chili’s operates Bar & Grill category of casual dining. Chili’s menu features authentic Fresh Mex and Fresh Tex cuisine, including signature items, such as Baby Back Ribs smoked in-house, Hand-Crafted Burgers served with house-made garlic dill pickles, Mix and Match Fajitas, Tableside Guacamole and house-made Chips and Salsa. Maggiano’s is a full-service, casual dining Italian restaurant brand. Its Maggiano’s restaurants feature individual and family-style menus, and its restaurants also has banquet facilities designed to host party business or social events. The Company owns, operates or franchises restaurants, which include approximately 1,650 restaurants in the United States, over 30 countries and approximately two territories outside of the United States.

About Chanticleer

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the business of owning, operating and franchising fast casual dining concepts domestically and internationally. The Company’s brands include Hooters, American Burger Company (ABC), BGR: the Burger Joint (BGR), BT’s Burger Joint (BT), Little Big Burger (LBB) and Just Fresh. Hooters restaurants are casual beach-themed establishments featuring music, sports on large flat screens, and a menu that includes seafood, burgers, salads and Hooters original chicken wings. ABC is a fast casual dining chain located in North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. BGR consists of approximately 10 Company-owned locations in the United States and over 13 franchisee-operated locations in the United States and the Middle East. LBB consists of approximately eight locations in Oregon. Just Fresh consists of approximately seven Company owned locations in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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