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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Noodles & and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noodles & 1 5 1 0 2.00
Noodles & Competitors 326 1460 1669 85 2.43

Noodles & currently has a consensus price target of $4.93, indicating a potential upside of 15.97%. As a group, “Quick Service Restaurants” companies have a potential upside of 10.54%. Given Noodles &’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Noodles & is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.7% of Noodles & shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are held by institutional investors. 52.7% of Noodles & shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.8% of shares of all “Quick Service Restaurants” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Noodles & and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Noodles & $481.59 million $12.41 million -1.33
Noodles & Competitors $3.06 billion $846.52 million 29.49

Noodles &’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Noodles &. Noodles & 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.

Risk & Volatility

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

Profitability

This table compares Noodles & and its peers’ 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%

Summary

Noodles & peers beat Noodles & on 10 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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