Cosi (COSIQ) vs. Dave & Buster's Entertainment (PLAY) Head to Head Survey

Dave & Buster's Entertainment (NASDAQ: PLAY) and Cosi (OTCMKTS:COSIQ) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Dave & Buster's Entertainment and Cosi’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dave & Buster's Entertainment $1.01 billion 1.95 $90.79 million $2.61 18.46
Cosi N/A N/A N/A ($0.30) -0.01

Dave & Buster's Entertainment has higher revenue and earnings than Cosi. Cosi is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dave & Buster's Entertainment, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Dave & Buster's Entertainment has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosi has a beta of -1.23, meaning that its share price is 223% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Dave & Buster's Entertainment and Cosi, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dave & Buster's Entertainment 0 0 10 0 3.00
Cosi 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dave & Buster's Entertainment currently has a consensus target price of $70.67, suggesting a potential upside of 46.70%. Given Dave & Buster's Entertainment’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Dave & Buster's Entertainment is more favorable than Cosi.


This table compares Dave & Buster's Entertainment and Cosi’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dave & Buster's Entertainment 10.20% 24.82% 9.88%
Cosi -13.67% -96.97% -38.82%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.6% of Cosi shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of Dave & Buster's Entertainment shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of Cosi shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Dave & Buster's Entertainment beats Cosi on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dave & Buster's Entertainment

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates entertainment and dining venues for adults and families in North America. Its venues offer a menu of ‘Fun American New Gourmet’ entrées and appetizers, as well as a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; and an assortment of entertainment attractions centered on playing games and watching live sports, and other televised events. The company operates its venues under the Dave & Buster’s name. As of June 6, 2017, it owned and operated 99 stores located in 34 states and Canada. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

About Cosi

Cosi, Inc. is an international fast casual restaurant company. The Company offers its flatbread. Its menu features made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, bowls, breakfast wraps, melts, soups, signature Squagels, artisan flatbread pizzas, S’mores, snacks and desserts. It also offers handcrafted beverages and a variety of coffee-based and specialty beverages. Its sandwiches include tbm, turkey and brie, tuna, turkey avocado and chicken parmesan melt. Its cosi salads are made with fresh ingredients and its own signature dressings. Its soups include tomato basil, turkey chili, smart fit chicken noodle, and mediterranean lentil. Its handcrafted beverages include iced tea, raspberry iced tea, country club iced tea, mojito lemonade, raspberry mojito lemonade. It also offers catering services to its customers. The Company operates in 43 Company-owned and 30 franchise restaurants in fourteen states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates.

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