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

Risk & Volatility

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.

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 1.77% 12.50% 1.76%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Potbelly Corporation $415.98 million $39.72 million 71.77
Potbelly Corporation Competitors $2.04 billion $349.24 million -2.87

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Potbelly Corporation and its competitors, as provided 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 274 1558 2152 73 2.50

Potbelly Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $13.67, suggesting a potential upside of 12.02%. As a group, “Restaurants & Bars” companies have a potential upside of 9.45%. Given Potbelly Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Potbelly Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.8% of Potbelly Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of Potbelly Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of shares of all “Restaurants & Bars” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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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