Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:FRGI) versus Its Rivals Financial Analysis

Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: FRGI) is one of 44 publicly-traded companies in the “Restaurants & Bars” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Fiesta Restaurant Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

94.0% of Fiesta Restaurant Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Fiesta Restaurant Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 20.1% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Fiesta Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.84, indicating that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fiesta Restaurant Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.67, indicating that their average share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Fiesta Restaurant Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fiesta Restaurant Group 1 5 1 0 2.00
Fiesta Restaurant Group Competitors 275 1562 2155 73 2.50

Fiesta Restaurant Group currently has a consensus price target of $23.40, indicating a potential upside of 37.24%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 9.68%. Given Fiesta Restaurant Group’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Fiesta Restaurant Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Fiesta Restaurant Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fiesta Restaurant Group -2.75% 11.77% 6.95%
Fiesta Restaurant Group Competitors 1.61% 14.17% 1.44%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fiesta Restaurant Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Fiesta Restaurant Group $701.79 million $69.79 million -23.68
Fiesta Restaurant Group Competitors $2.04 billion $349.24 million -2.94

Fiesta Restaurant Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Fiesta Restaurant Group. Fiesta Restaurant Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Fiesta Restaurant Group competitors beat Fiesta Restaurant Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. owns, operates and franchises two fast-casual restaurant brands, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana through its subsidiaries Pollo Operations, Inc., and its subsidiaries, and Pollo Franchise, Inc., (collectively Pollo Tropical) and Taco Cabana, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively Taco Cabana). The Company operates through the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana segments. The Company’s Pollo Tropical restaurants offer Caribbean menu items, featuring its bone-in chicken marinated in blend of tropical fruit juices and grilled over an open flame. The Company also offers catering for parties and corporate events. The Company’s Taco Cabana restaurants serves Mexican food, including flame-grilled steak and chicken fajitas served on sizzling iron skillets, quesadillas, hand-rolled flautas, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, fresh-made flour tortillas, customizable salads served in its Cabana Bowl, and its breakfast tacos.

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