Analyzing Denny’s (NASDAQ:DENN) and Granite City Food & Brewery (NASDAQ:GCFB)

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Denny’s (NASDAQ:DENN) and Granite City Food & Brewery (OTCMKTS:GCFB) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Denny’s has a beta of 0.13, suggesting that its stock price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Granite City Food & Brewery has a beta of -4, suggesting that its stock price is 500% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Denny’s and Granite City Food & Brewery, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Denny’s 0 1 1 0 2.50
Granite City Food & Brewery 0 0 0 0 N/A

Denny’s currently has a consensus price target of $19.67, indicating a potential downside of 0.52%. Given Denny’s’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Denny’s is more favorable than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Denny’s and Granite City Food & Brewery’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Denny’s $630.18 million 1.89 $43.69 million $0.68 29.07
Granite City Food & Brewery $133.84 million N/A -$7.37 million N/A N/A

Denny’s has higher revenue and earnings than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.7% of Denny’s shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Denny’s shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.3% of Granite City Food & Brewery shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Denny’s and Granite City Food & Brewery’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Denny’s 7.89% -34.51% 12.18%
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Denny’s beats Granite City Food & Brewery on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Denny’s

Denny's Corporation, through its subsidiary, Denny's, Inc., owns and operates full-service restaurant chains under the Denny's brand. As of December 26, 2018, it operated 1,709 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants, including 1,578 restaurants in the United States; and 131 in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Honduras, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates, Guam, the United Kingdom, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The company was formerly known as Advantica Restaurant Group, Inc. and changed its name to Denny's Corporation in 2002. The company was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

About Granite City Food & Brewery

Granite City Food & Brewery, Ltd. operates casual dining restaurants in the United States. The company's upscale casual dining restaurants include the Granite City Food & Brewery restaurant that offers various menu items and handcrafted beers, as well as other regional craft beers; and the Cadillac Ranch All American Bar & Grill restaurant that offers American cuisine, including homemade meatloaf and pasta dishes. As of December 26, 2017, it operated 32 Granite City restaurants in 13 states; and 4 Cadillac Ranch restaurants in 4 states. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. Granite City Food & Brewery, Ltd. is a subsidiary of Concept Development Partners LLC.

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