Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI) and Good Times Restaurants (NASDAQ:GTIM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Darden Restaurants has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Good Times Restaurants has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Darden Restaurants and Good Times Restaurants, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Darden Restaurants 1 14 9 0 2.33
Good Times Restaurants 0 0 1 0 3.00

Darden Restaurants currently has a consensus target price of $87.52, indicating a potential upside of 6.79%. Good Times Restaurants has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 100.00%. Given Good Times Restaurants’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Good Times Restaurants is more favorable than Darden Restaurants.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Darden Restaurants and Good Times Restaurants’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Darden Restaurants $7.39 billion 1.37 $975.90 million $3.87 21.18
Good Times Restaurants $73.71 million 0.51 $2.12 million ($0.14) -21.43

Darden Restaurants has higher revenue and earnings than Good Times Restaurants. Good Times Restaurants is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Darden Restaurants, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Darden Restaurants pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Good Times Restaurants does not pay a dividend. Darden Restaurants pays out 65.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

89.6% of Darden Restaurants shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.7% of Good Times Restaurants shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Darden Restaurants shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.4% of Good Times Restaurants shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Darden Restaurants and Good Times Restaurants’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Darden Restaurants 6.60% 26.06% 10.47%
Good Times Restaurants -2.25% -4.44% -3.35%

Summary

Darden Restaurants beats Good Times Restaurants on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc. is a full-service restaurant company. The Company owned and operated 1,536 restaurants through its subsidiaries in the United States and Canada, as of May 29, 2016. The Company’s segments include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Fine Dining (which includes The Capital Grille, and Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Wildfish Seafood Grille (Eddie V’s)) and Other Business (which includes Yard House, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, consumer-packaged goods and franchise revenues). As of May 29, 2016, the Company also had 50 restaurants operated by independent third parties pursuant to area development and franchise agreements. Olive Garden’s menu includes a range of authentic Italian foods featuring fresh ingredients and a selection of imported Italian wines. LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants feature a range of menu items, including fresh steaks and chicken, as well as salmon, shrimp, ribs, pork chops, burgers and prime rib.

About Good Times Restaurants

Good Times Restaurants Inc. operates and franchises Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard (Good Times) restaurants and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar concept (Bad Daddy’s). The Company operates through two segments: Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard restaurants, and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar restaurants. Good Times is a quick service restaurant concept. The menu of a Good Times restaurant includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries, onion rings, soft drinks and frozen custard products. Its breakfast menu includes breakfast burritos, orange juice and coffee. Bad Daddy’s operates in the burger casual dining sector and is chef driven, full service, full bar concept. Its menu consists of burgers, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Its bar focuses on local, craft microbrew beers and specialty cocktails. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, Good Times Drive Thru, Inc., BD of Colorado, LLC, Bad Daddy’s Franchise Development, LLC and Bad Daddy’s International, LLC.

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