Noodles & (NASDAQ: NDLS) is one of 22 public companies in the “Quick Service Restaurants” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Noodles & to similar companies based off the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Noodles & has a beta of -0.57, indicating that its share price is 157% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noodles &’s rivals have a beta of 0.53, indicating that their average share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Noodles & and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Noodles & $481.59 million $12.41 million -1.52
Noodles & Competitors $3.06 billion $846.52 million 28.03

Noodles &’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Noodles &. Noodles & is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Noodles & and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noodles & -17.42% -10.25% -2.10%
Noodles & Competitors 6.90% 12.59% 9.54%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Noodles & and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noodles & 1 5 1 0 2.00
Noodles & Competitors 326 1450 1650 84 2.43

Noodles & presently has a consensus target price of $4.93, indicating a potential upside of 1.62%. All “Quick Service Restaurants” companies have a potential upside of 16.35%. Given Noodles &’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Noodles & has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.7% of Noodles & shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.2% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are owned by institutional investors. 52.7% of Noodles & shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 16.0% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Noodles & rivals beat Noodles & on 11 of the 12 factors compared.

Noodles & Company Profile

Noodles & Company develops and operates fast casual restaurants. The Company’s menu includes a range of cooked-to-order dishes, including noodles and pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. The Company has approximately 490 restaurants, including 420 Company-owned and 70 franchised locations, across 40 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province. The Company offers over 30 globally inspired Asian, Mediterranean and American dishes together on a single menu. The Company offers approximately 10 fresh vegetables and six proteins, including marinated steak, naturally raised pork, chicken, meatballs, shrimp and organic tofu. The Company offers Kids Meals, which includes sides, such as broccoli, carrots, fruit, applesauce and a portion of its housemade rice crispy treat. The Company’s restaurants’ locations include Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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