Analyzing Famous Dave’s of America (DAVE) & Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL)

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Famous Dave’s of America and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Famous Dave’s of America $64.60 million 0.91 -$8.12 million $0.02 323.50
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store $3.03 billion 1.19 $247.62 million $8.87 16.95

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

Volatility & Risk

Famous Dave’s of America has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays an annual dividend of $5.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Famous Dave’s of America does not pay a dividend. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store pays out 56.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Famous Dave’s of America and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Famous Dave’s of America -5.22% 14.23% 5.65%
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 8.17% 35.81% 13.84%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Famous Dave’s of America 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 1 3 2 0 2.17

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a consensus price target of $150.60, indicating a potential upside of 0.19%. Given Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is more favorable than Famous Dave’s of America.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.5% of Famous Dave’s of America shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.5% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.6% of Famous Dave’s of America shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store beats Famous Dave’s of America on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Famous Dave’s of America Company Profile

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates, and franchises barbeque restaurants under the Famous Dave's name. It offers smoked, barbequed, and grilled meats, as well as entrée items and delicious side dishes that are prepared using prepared proprietary seasonings, sauces, and mixes. The company operates full-service and counter-service restaurants. As of March 5, 2018, it owned 16 locations and franchised 135 restaurants in 32 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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.

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