Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: TAST) and Jamba (NASDAQ:JMBA) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.0% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of Jamba shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.9% of Jamba shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and Jamba’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Carrols Restaurant Group $999.03 million 0.40 $80.24 million $0.72 15.76
Jamba $81.90 million 1.77 -$3.64 million ($1.03) -9.18

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Carrols Restaurant Group and Jamba, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carrols Restaurant Group 0 0 1 1 3.50
Jamba 0 1 0 0 2.00

Carrols Restaurant Group presently has a consensus price target of $16.50, indicating a potential upside of 45.37%. Given Carrols Restaurant Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Carrols Restaurant Group is more favorable than Jamba.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carrols Restaurant Group 3.44% 6.33% 1.86%
Jamba N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Carrols Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.02, suggesting that its share price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jamba has a beta of 0.2, suggesting that its share price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Carrols Restaurant Group beats Jamba on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Carrols Restaurant Group Company Profile

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. is a holding company and conducts all of its operations through its subsidiary, Carrols Corporation (Carrols) and Carrols’ subsidiary, Carrols LLC. The Company is a restaurant company and Burger King franchisee in the United States. As of January 1, 2017, the Company had owned and operated 753 Burger King restaurants under the name Burger King in 16 Northeastern, Midwestern and Southeastern states. Burger King restaurants feature the flame-broiled Whopper sandwich, as well as a range of hamburgers, chicken and other specialty sandwiches, French fries, salads, breakfast items, hot dogs, snacks, smoothies, frappes and other offerings. The Company’s Burger King restaurants are located in various states, such as Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

Jamba Company Profile

Jamba, Inc. is a restaurant retailer of specialty food and beverage offerings. The Company operates through retail segment. The Company’s offerings include whole fruit smoothies, squeezed juices and juice blends, Energy Bowls, and a range of food items including, hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads, baked goods and snacks. The Company, through its subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, operates a lifestyle brand. The Company has a global business driven by a portfolio of franchised and company-owned Jamba Juice stores, and licensed JambaGO and Jamba Juice Express formats. The Company has approximately 890 Jamba Juice stores globally, consisting of over 70 company-owned and operated stores, all located in the United States (Company Stores), approximately 740 franchisee-owned and operated stores (Franchise Stores) in the United States, and over 70 Franchise Stores in international locations (International Stores), collectively the (Jamba System).

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