Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: TAST) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Quick Service Restaurants” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Carrols Restaurant Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Carrols Restaurant Group has a beta of 0.04, suggesting that its stock price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carrols Restaurant Group’s peers have a beta of 0.53, suggesting that their average stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and its peers’ 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%
Carrols Restaurant Group Competitors 6.90% 13.12% 9.54%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Carrols Restaurant Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Carrols Restaurant Group $999.03 million $80.24 million 15.90
Carrols Restaurant Group Competitors $3.06 billion $847.58 million 29.47

Carrols Restaurant Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Carrols Restaurant Group. Carrols Restaurant Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.7% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.3% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Carrols Restaurant Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carrols Restaurant Group 0 0 2 0 3.00
Carrols Restaurant Group Competitors 251 1358 1668 81 2.47

Carrols Restaurant Group currently has a consensus price target of $15.50, suggesting a potential upside of 35.37%. As a group, “Quick Service Restaurants” companies have a potential upside of 7.09%. Given Carrols Restaurant Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Carrols Restaurant Group is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Carrols Restaurant Group peers beat Carrols Restaurant Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Carrols Restaurant Group

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.

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