Reviewing Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ:CBRL) & Ruth’s Hospitality Group (NASDAQ:RUTH)

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ:CBRL) and Ruth’s Hospitality Group (NASDAQ:RUTH) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ruth’s Hospitality Group has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Ruth’s Hospitality Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 1 4 2 0 2.14
Ruth’s Hospitality Group 0 2 1 0 2.33

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store presently has a consensus price target of $171.46, indicating a potential upside of 3.69%. Ruth’s Hospitality Group has a consensus price target of $24.67, indicating a potential downside of 3.08%. Given Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is more favorable than Ruth’s Hospitality Group.

Dividends

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays an annual dividend of $5.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Ruth’s Hospitality Group pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays out 56.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ruth’s Hospitality Group pays out 37.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Ruth’s Hospitality Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $3.07 billion 1.30 $223.40 million $9.27 17.84
Ruth’s Hospitality Group $452.33 million 1.66 $41.68 million $1.39 18.31

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has higher revenue and earnings than Ruth’s Hospitality Group. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ruth’s Hospitality Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Ruth’s Hospitality Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 7.27% 36.01% 14.13%
Ruth’s Hospitality Group 9.26% 45.15% 10.69%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.6% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.5% of Ruth’s Hospitality Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.2% of Ruth’s Hospitality Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Company Profile

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. develops and operates the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store concept in the United States. Its Cracker Barrel stores consist of a restaurant with a gift shop. The company's restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, toys, apparel, music CDs, cookware, and various other gift items, as well as pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, candies, preserves, and other food items. As of September 20, 2018, the company operated 655 Cracker Barrel Old Country stores in 45 states. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Ruth’s Hospitality Group Company Profile

Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and franchises fine dining restaurants under the Ruth's Chris Steak House name. Its restaurants offer food and beverage products to special occasion diners and frequent customers, as well as business clientele. As of February 22, 2019, the company had approximately 150 company-owned and franchisee-owned restaurants worldwide. Ruth's Hospitality Group, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Winter Park, Florida.

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