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

Profitability

This table compares Potbelly Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Potbelly Corporation 1.03% 8.68% 6.15%
Potbelly Corporation Competitors 1.82% 12.53% 1.77%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Potbelly Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Potbelly Corporation $415.98 million $39.72 million 70.59
Potbelly Corporation Competitors $2.04 billion $349.42 million -3.38

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.8% of Potbelly Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.8% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of Potbelly 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Potbelly Corporation has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Potbelly Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Potbelly Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Potbelly Corporation 0 3 1 0 2.25
Potbelly Corporation Competitors 281 1577 2165 73 2.50

Potbelly Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $13.67, indicating a potential upside of 13.89%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 11.86%. Given Potbelly Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Potbelly Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Potbelly Corporation competitors beat Potbelly Corporation on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Potbelly Corporation

Potbelly Corporation owns and operates Potbelly Sandwich Works sandwich shops in the United States. The Company has domestic and international franchise operations of Potbelly Sandwich Works sandwich shops. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated Potbelly Sandwich Works sandwich shops in 29 states and the District of Columbia. As of December 25, 2016, the Company had a domestic base of 441 shops in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Of these, the company operated 411 shops, and franchisees operated 30 shops, as of December 25, 2016. As of December 25, 2016, the Company had 13 international franchised shops, which included 11 shops in the Middle East, a shop in the United Kingdom and a shop in Canada. As of December 25, 2016, the Company had domestic franchise shops in Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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