Fiesta Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: FRGI) and DineEquity (NYSE:DIN) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Fiesta Restaurant Group and DineEquity, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fiesta Restaurant Group 0 6 1 0 2.14
DineEquity 0 3 4 0 2.57

Fiesta Restaurant Group presently has a consensus price target of $25.60, indicating a potential upside of 38.75%. DineEquity has a consensus price target of $69.00, indicating a potential upside of 57.82%. Given DineEquity’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe DineEquity is more favorable than Fiesta Restaurant Group.

Volatility and Risk

Fiesta Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DineEquity has a beta of 0.41, indicating that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

DineEquity pays an annual dividend of $3.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. Fiesta Restaurant Group does not pay a dividend. DineEquity pays out 81.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Fiesta Restaurant Group has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.1% of Fiesta Restaurant Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.3% of DineEquity shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Fiesta Restaurant Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of DineEquity shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Fiesta Restaurant Group and DineEquity’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fiesta Restaurant Group $710.70 million 0.70 $81.92 million ($0.31) -59.52
DineEquity $626.62 million 1.25 $241.22 million $4.75 9.20

DineEquity has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Fiesta Restaurant Group. Fiesta Restaurant Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DineEquity, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fiesta Restaurant Group -1.16% 12.01% 7.16%
DineEquity 13.85% 40.48% 4.59%

Summary

DineEquity beats Fiesta Restaurant Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fiesta Restaurant Group Company Profile

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.

DineEquity Company Profile

DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and franchises the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (Applebee’s) concept in the bar and grill segment within the casual dining category of the restaurant industry, and owns, franchises and operates the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) concept in the family dining category of the restaurant industry. It operates through four segments: Franchise operations, Rental operations, Company restaurant operations and Financing operations. As of December 31, 2016, it had 3,749 restaurants. Applebee’s menu features a selection of grill and bar fare, such as appetizers, bar snacks, burgers, classic entrees and lighter fare, as well as cocktails, beers and desserts. As of December 31, 2016, IHOP franchise and area license restaurants were located in all 50 states within the United States, in the District of Columbia, in three United States territories and in 10 countries outside of the United States.

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