Cosi (NASDAQ: COSI) and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cosi N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -0.09
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment $1.05 billion 2.56 $254.99 million $2.36 27.49

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cosi and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosi 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 0 1 9 0 2.90

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a consensus price target of $73.89, indicating a potential upside of 13.90%. Given Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Dave & Buster’s Entertainment is more favorable than Cosi.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.6% of Cosi shares are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Cosi shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Cosi has a beta of -0.67, suggesting that its stock price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cosi -13.67% -96.97% -38.82%
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment 9.78% 22.71% 9.34%

Summary

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment beats Cosi on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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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