Jamba (NASDAQ: JMBA) and Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.9% of Jamba shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.6% of Yum China shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.9% of Jamba shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Yum China shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Jamba and Yum China, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jamba 0 0 0 0 N/A
Yum China 0 3 8 0 2.73

Yum China has a consensus price target of $44.41, indicating a potential upside of 9.54%. Given Yum China’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Yum China is more favorable than Jamba.

Dividends

Yum China pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Jamba does not pay a dividend. Yum China pays out 6.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Jamba and Yum China’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jamba N/A N/A N/A
Yum China 8.43% 21.35% 14.21%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Jamba and Yum China’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jamba $161.68 million 0.80 $9.41 million ($1.03) -8.18
Yum China $6.75 billion 2.31 $502.00 million $1.51 26.85

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

Summary

Yum China beats Jamba on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Jamba

Jamba, Inc. is a restaurant retailer of specialty food and beverage offerings. The Company operates through retail segment. The Company’s offerings include whole fruit smoothies, squeezed juices and juice blends, Energy Bowls, and a range of food items including, hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads, baked goods and snacks. The Company, through its subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, operates a lifestyle brand. The Company has a global business driven by a portfolio of franchised and company-owned Jamba Juice stores, and licensed JambaGO and Jamba Juice Express formats. The Company has approximately 890 Jamba Juice stores globally, consisting of over 70 company-owned and operated stores, all located in the United States (Company Stores), approximately 740 franchisee-owned and operated stores (Franchise Stores) in the United States, and over 70 Franchise Stores in international locations (International Stores), collectively the (Jamba System).

About Yum China

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a restaurant company. The Company’s segments include KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, and All Other Segments, including Pizza Hut Home Service, East Dawning, Little Sheep and Taco Bell. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 7,500 restaurants in China. Its restaurant base consists of various restaurant concepts. The Company’s restaurants in each of its concept offer consumers the ability to dine in and/or carry out food. In addition, KFC, Pizza Hut Casual Dining, Pizza Hut Home Service and East Dawning offer delivery service. KFC is the quick-service restaurant (QSR) brand. Pizza Hut Casual Dining is the casual dining restaurant (CDR) brand. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had over 360 Pizza Hut Home Service units in over 50 cities in China. The Little Sheep concept specializes in Hot Pot cooking. East Dawning is a Chinese food QSR brand. Taco Bell is a QSR brand specializing in Mexican-style food.

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