Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) is one of 44 public companies in the “Restaurants & Bars” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Papa John’s International to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Papa John’s International and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Papa John’s International 6.13% 919.82% 19.48%
Papa John’s International Competitors 1.77% 12.56% 1.79%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Papa John’s International and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Papa John’s International $1.75 billion $198.59 million 24.23
Papa John’s International Competitors $2.04 billion $349.09 million -3.87

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Papa John’s International and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Papa John’s International 0 4 4 0 2.50
Papa John’s International Competitors 272 1547 2139 73 2.50

Papa John’s International currently has a consensus price target of $86.57, suggesting a potential upside of 24.47%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 10.69%. Given Papa John’s International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Papa John’s International is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.8% of Papa John’s International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.7% of Papa John’s International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Papa John’s International has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Papa John’s International’s rivals have a beta of 0.67, meaning that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Papa John’s International pays an annual dividend of $0.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Papa John’s International pays out 31.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 61.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Papa John’s International beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Papa John’s International Company Profile

Papa John’s International, Inc. (Papa John’s) operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants and, in certain international markets, dine-in and delivery restaurants under the trademark Papa John’s. The Company operates through five segments: domestic Company-owned restaurants, North America commissaries, North America franchising, international operations and all other business units. North America is defined as the United States and Canada. Domestic is defined as the contiguous United States. International franchisees are defined as all franchise operations outside of the United States and Canada. As of December 25, 2016, there were 5,097 Papa John’s restaurants in operation, consisting of 744 Company-owned and 4,353 franchised restaurants operating domestically in all 50 states and in 45 countries and territories. It offers pizza along with side items, including breadsticks, cheesesticks, chicken poppers and wings, dessert items and canned or bottled beverages.

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