Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN) is one of 44 public companies in the “Restaurants & Bars” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Denny’s Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.4% of Denny’s Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.2% of Denny’s Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Denny’s Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Denny’s Corporation 7.34% -60.77% 13.43%
Denny’s Corporation Competitors 1.76% 12.48% 1.75%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Denny’s Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Denny’s Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33
Denny’s Corporation Competitors 375 1736 2200 82 2.45

Denny’s Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $12.67, indicating a potential downside of 1.12%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 10.99%. Given Denny’s Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Denny’s Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Denny’s Corporation has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Denny’s Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Denny’s Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Denny’s Corporation $519.28 million $91.98 million 24.64
Denny’s Corporation Competitors $2.04 billion $349.09 million -4.15

Denny’s Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Denny’s Corporation. Denny’s Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


Denny’s Corporation peers beat Denny’s Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Denny’s Corporation Company Profile

Denny’s Corporation (Denny’s) operates a franchised full-service restaurant chain. The Company, through its subsidiary, Denny’s, Inc., owns and operates the Denny’s brand. As of December 28, 2016, the Denny’s brand consisted of 1,733 franchised, licensed and Company-operated restaurants around the world, including 1,610 restaurants in the United States and 123 international locations. As of December 28, 2016, 1,564 of its restaurants were franchised or licensed and 169 were Company-operated. In addition to its breakfast-all-day items, Denny’s offers a selection of lunch and dinner items, including burgers, sandwiches, salads and skillet entrees, along with an assortment of beverages, appetizers and desserts. The Company’s Fit Fare menu helps its guests identify items suited to their dietary needs. Most Denny’s restaurants offer special items for children and seniors. The Company has restaurant locations within travel centers, primarily with Pilot and Pilot Flying J Travel Centers.

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