Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) vs. Its Peers Critical Review

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE: KKD) is one of 21 public companies in the “Food Retail & Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.8% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of shares of all “Food Retail & Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 0 0 0 0 N/A
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Competitors 631 1293 1358 22 2.23

As a group, “Food Retail & Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 5.03%. Given Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts N/A N/A 44.68
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Competitors $21.17 billion $332.40 million 567.25

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 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.

Volatility and Risk

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ competitors have a beta of 1.02, indicating that their average stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts 6.90% 15.58% 11.41%
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Competitors 0.83% 7.50% 4.36%

About Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. is a retailer and wholesaler of doughnuts, complementary beverages, and treats and packaged sweets. The Company’s principal business includes owning and franchising Krispy Kreme stores, at which a range of doughnuts, including the Company’s Original Glazed doughnut, together with complementary products, including an array of coffees and other beverages. The Company operates through four business segments: Company Stores, Domestic Franchise, International Franchise and KK Supply Chain. The Company Stores segment includes the doughnut shops operated by the Company. The Domestic Franchise segment consists of the Company’s domestic store franchise operations and the licensing of Krispy Kreme products domestically. The International Franchise segment consists of the Company’s international store franchise operations. The KK Supply Chain segment produces doughnut mixes and manufactures doughnut-making equipment.

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