Cosi (NASDAQ: COSI) and Noble Roman’s (OTCMKTS:NROM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk and Volatility

Cosi has a beta of -0.67, meaning that its share price is 167% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noble Roman’s has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cosi and Noble Roman’s, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosi 0 0 0 0 N/A
Noble Roman’s 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Cosi and Noble Roman’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%
Noble Roman’s -5.46% 8.25% 5.94%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cosi and Noble Roman’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
Noble Roman’s $8.27 million 1.08 $3.33 million ($0.06) -7.17

Noble Roman’s has higher revenue and earnings than Cosi. Noble Roman’s is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cosi, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

37.6% of Cosi shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Noble Roman’s shares are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Cosi shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 29.7% of Noble Roman’s shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Noble Roman’s beats Cosi on 7 of the 8 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.

About Noble Roman’s

Noble Roman’s, Inc., with its two subsidiaries, Pizzaco, Inc. and N.R. Realty, Inc., sells and services franchises and licenses for non-traditional foodservice operations and take-n-bake locations under the names Noble Roman’s Pizza, Noble Roman’s Take-N-Bake and Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs. It offers pizza and sub sandwiches, along with other related menu items. The Company, through Noble Roman’s Pizza, offers fresh packed, uncondensed and never cooked sauce made with spices, parmesan cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes. It also offers real cheese blended from mozzarella and Muenster. Its product line includes breadsticks and cheesy stix with dip, pasta, baked sandwiches, salads, wings and a line of breakfast products. It has developed a take-n-bake version of its pizza as an addition to its menu offerings. It offers the take-n-bake program in grocery stores. Its Tuscano’s Italian Style Subs focuses on sub sandwich menu items. It operates over 2,210 franchised or licensed outlets.

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