Analyzing Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ:HABT) & Kona Grill (KONA)

Habit Restaurants (NASDAQ: HABT) and Kona Grill (NASDAQ:KONA) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Habit Restaurants and Kona Grill, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Habit Restaurants 0 4 4 0 2.50
Kona Grill 0 2 2 0 2.50

Habit Restaurants currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 51.35%. Kona Grill has a consensus price target of $6.17, indicating a potential upside of 224.56%. Given Kona Grill’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kona Grill is more favorable than Habit Restaurants.

Risk and Volatility

Habit Restaurants has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kona Grill has a beta of -0.01, meaning that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Habit Restaurants and Kona Grill’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Habit Restaurants -0.85% 2.87% 1.27%
Kona Grill -13.09% -70.02% -12.00%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.6% of Habit Restaurants shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 19.8% of Kona Grill shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.1% of Habit Restaurants shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 29.2% of Kona Grill shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Habit Restaurants and Kona Grill’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Habit Restaurants $331.70 million 0.73 -$2.80 million $0.16 57.81
Kona Grill $179.08 million 0.11 -$23.43 million N/A N/A

Habit Restaurants has higher revenue and earnings than Kona Grill.

Summary

Habit Restaurants beats Kona Grill on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Habit Restaurants Company Profile

The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Habit Burger Grill) is a fast casual restaurant company. The Company is engaged in preparing made-to-order char-grilled burgers and sandwiches featuring tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it offers sides, shakes and malts. The Company prepares its burgers with char-grilled preparation, topped with caramelized onions, melted cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. It operates a range of restaurant formats, including end-cap, free-standing, inline, end-cap drive-thru and traditional stand-alone drive-in, primarily within suburban shopping centers and retail settings. As of December 27, 2016, the Company had 172 locations in 15 markets in 10 states and the United Arab Emirates, including franchised/licensed locations (excluding six licensed locations in Santa Barbara County, California).

Kona Grill Company Profile

Kona Grill, Inc. owns and operates upscale casual restaurants under the Kona Grill brand name. As of December 11, 2017, it owned and operated 46 restaurants in 23 states of the United States and Puerto Rico; and 3 franchised restaurants in Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada. Kona Grill, Inc. is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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