Contrasting Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:TAST) & Star Buffet (NASDAQ:STRZ)

Star Buffet (OTCMKTS:STRZ) and Carrols Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:TAST) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Star Buffet has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carrols Restaurant Group has a beta of 2.61, suggesting that its stock price is 161% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

46.4% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by institutional investors. 53.6% of Star Buffet shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 33.6% of Carrols Restaurant Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Star Buffet and Carrols Restaurant Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Star Buffet $26.04 million 0.01 -$540,000.00 N/A N/A
Carrols Restaurant Group $1.46 billion 0.24 -$31.92 million ($0.36) -18.25

Star Buffet has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Carrols Restaurant Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Star Buffet and Carrols Restaurant Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Star Buffet 0 0 0 0 N/A
Carrols Restaurant Group 0 1 4 0 2.80

Carrols Restaurant Group has a consensus price target of $7.30, suggesting a potential upside of 11.11%. Given Carrols Restaurant Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Carrols Restaurant Group is more favorable than Star Buffet.

Profitability

This table compares Star Buffet and Carrols Restaurant Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Star Buffet N/A N/A N/A
Carrols Restaurant Group -2.05% -6.61% -1.13%

Summary

Carrols Restaurant Group beats Star Buffet on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Star Buffet Company Profile

Star Buffet, Inc. owns and operates full service restaurants in the United States. As of July 19, 2018, it operated 27 restaurants in 10 states. The company operates its restaurants under the 4B's, JB's, Barnhill's Salads Buffet Desserts, Casa Bonita, and BuddyFreddys names. Star Buffet, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Carrols Restaurant Group Company Profile

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates franchisee restaurants of Burger King in the United States. As of May 7, 2019, it owned and operated 1,010 Burger King and 55 Popeyes restaurants in 23 states.. The company was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Syracuse, New York.

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