J Alexanders (NYSE:JAX) and Granite City Food & Brewery (OTCMKTS:GCFB) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

74.1% of J Alexanders shares are held by institutional investors. 16.5% of J Alexanders shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.3% of Granite City Food & Brewery shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
J Alexanders 0 0 0 0 N/A
Granite City Food & Brewery 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares J Alexanders and Granite City Food & Brewery’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
J Alexanders $242.26 million 0.68 $4.00 million $0.60 18.82
Granite City Food & Brewery $133.84 million N/A -$7.37 million N/A N/A

J Alexanders has higher revenue and earnings than Granite City Food & Brewery.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
J Alexanders 2.55% 8.53% 5.49%
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

J Alexanders has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Granite City Food & Brewery has a beta of -3.71, suggesting that its share price is 471% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

J Alexanders beats Granite City Food & Brewery on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

J Alexanders Company Profile

J. Alexander's Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates complementary upscale dining restaurants in the United States. It operates restaurants under various concepts, including J. Alexander's, Redlands Grill, Lyndhurst Grill, Overland Park Grill, and River Steakhouse and Grill. The company's restaurants offer American menu. As of April 29, 2019, it operated 46 restaurants in 16 states. J. Alexander's Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

Granite City Food & Brewery Company Profile

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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