Comparing Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI) and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co (CCSC)

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (NASDAQ: PLKI) and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co (NASDAQ:CCSC) are both small-cap quick service restaurants companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen N/A N/A N/A $1.98 39.90
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co N/A N/A N/A $0.16 32.31

Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 1 4 1 0 2.00
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co 0 0 0 0 N/A

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen presently has a consensus target price of $69.75, suggesting a potential downside of 11.71%. Given Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is more favorable than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co.

Profitability

This table compares Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 15.08% 490.51% 15.48%
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co 3.68% 5.63% 4.72%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.6% of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen beats Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (Popeyes) develops, operates and franchises quick-service restaurants (QSRs) under the trade names Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits. The Company conducts its operations through two segments: franchise operations and Company-operated restaurants. The Company-operated restaurant segment includes the operation of Company-owned restaurants. The franchise operations segment consists of domestic and international franchising activities. The Company’s Louisiana style menu features spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and other seafood, red beans and rice, and other regional items. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated and franchised 2,688 Popeyes restaurants in 48 states, the District of Columbia, three territories and 25 foreign countries. As of December 25, 2016, of the 55 Company-operated restaurants, approximately 84% were concentrated in Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee.

About Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain Co

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. (CSC Cayman) is a quick service restaurant chain in China. The Company is engaged in serving Sichuan-style fast food over the counter in the People’s Republic of China. The Company’s restaurant chain has approximately 337 restaurants, including around 177 restaurants in Chongqing municipality and around 103 restaurants in Sichuan province. CSC Cayman’s staples include entrees, such as spicy sauteed pork, Taiwanese-style braised pork over rice, honey-roasted spicy chicken wings, mushroom chicken, shredded pepper steak, shredded quick-fried ginger duck and kung pao chicken, along with a range of appetizers, desserts and beverages. Each entree on its menu is prepared with pre-mixed sauce packages delivered from the Company’s central facility in Chongqing. Approximately 260 of the Company’s restaurants are operated under its CSC brand and around 74 of the restaurants were operated under its Mr. Rice brand.

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