Reviewing Noodles & Co (NDLS) & Jamba (JMBA)

Noodles & Co (NASDAQ: NDLS) and Jamba (NASDAQ:JMBA) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Noodles & Co and Jamba’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Noodles & Co $487.47 million 0.40 -$71.67 million ($3.04) -1.63
Jamba $161.68 million 0.76 $9.41 million ($1.03) -7.83

Jamba has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Noodles & Co. Jamba is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Noodles & Co, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.7% of Noodles & Co shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.9% of Jamba shares are held by institutional investors. 52.7% of Noodles & Co shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.9% of Jamba shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Noodles & Co has a beta of -0.43, meaning that its stock price is 143% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jamba has a beta of 0.19, meaning that its stock price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Noodles & Co and Jamba, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Noodles & Co 1 5 1 0 2.00
Jamba 0 0 0 0 N/A

Noodles & Co presently has a consensus target price of $4.86, indicating a potential downside of 1.88%. Given Noodles & Co’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Noodles & Co is more favorable than Jamba.

Profitability

This table compares Noodles & Co and Jamba’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Noodles & Co -17.41% -6.83% -1.19%
Jamba N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Jamba beats Noodles & Co on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Noodles & Co

Noodles & Company develops and operates fast casual restaurants. The Company’s menu includes a range of cooked-to-order dishes, including noodles and pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. The Company has approximately 490 restaurants, including 420 Company-owned and 70 franchised locations, across 40 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province. The Company offers over 30 globally inspired Asian, Mediterranean and American dishes together on a single menu. The Company offers approximately 10 fresh vegetables and six proteins, including marinated steak, naturally raised pork, chicken, meatballs, shrimp and organic tofu. The Company offers Kids Meals, which includes sides, such as broccoli, carrots, fruit, applesauce and a portion of its housemade rice crispy treat. The Company’s restaurants’ locations include Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

About Jamba

Jamba, Inc. is a restaurant retailer of specialty food and beverage offerings. The Company operates through retail segment. The Company’s offerings include whole fruit smoothies, squeezed juices and juice blends, Energy Bowls, and a range of food items including, hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads, baked goods and snacks. The Company, through its subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, operates a lifestyle brand. The Company has a global business driven by a portfolio of franchised and company-owned Jamba Juice stores, and licensed JambaGO and Jamba Juice Express formats. The Company has approximately 890 Jamba Juice stores globally, consisting of over 70 company-owned and operated stores, all located in the United States (Company Stores), approximately 740 franchisee-owned and operated stores (Franchise Stores) in the United States, and over 70 Franchise Stores in international locations (International Stores), collectively the (Jamba System).

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