Wendys (WEN) vs. Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain (CCSC) Financial Comparison

Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain (NYSE: CCSC) and Wendys (NASDAQ:WEN) are both quick service restaurants companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain and Wendys’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain 3.68% 5.63% 4.72%
Wendys 5.20% 20.35% 2.53%

Dividends

Wendys pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain does not pay a dividend. Wendys pays out 112.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk & Volatility

Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain has a beta of 0.5, suggesting that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wendys has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain and Wendys, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain 0 0 0 0 N/A
Wendys 1 8 7 0 2.38

Wendys has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.45%. Given Wendys’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Wendys is more favorable than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.3% of Wendys shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.5% of Wendys shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain and Wendys’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain N/A N/A N/A $0.16 32.31
Wendys $1.44 billion 2.91 $129.62 million $0.25 69.00

Wendys has higher revenue and earnings than Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain. Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Wendys, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Wendys beats Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Country Syl Ckng Restaurant Chain

Country Style Cooking Restaurant Chain Co., Ltd. (CSC Cayman) is a quick service restaurant chain in China. The Company is engaged in serving Sichuan-style fast food over the counter in the People’s Republic of China. The Company’s restaurant chain has approximately 337 restaurants, including around 177 restaurants in Chongqing municipality and around 103 restaurants in Sichuan province. CSC Cayman’s staples include entrees, such as spicy sauteed pork, Taiwanese-style braised pork over rice, honey-roasted spicy chicken wings, mushroom chicken, shredded pepper steak, shredded quick-fried ginger duck and kung pao chicken, along with a range of appetizers, desserts and beverages. Each entree on its menu is prepared with pre-mixed sauce packages delivered from the Company’s central facility in Chongqing. Approximately 260 of the Company’s restaurants are operated under its CSC brand and around 74 of the restaurants were operated under its Mr. Rice brand.

About Wendys

The Wendy’s Company is the parent company of subsidiary holding company Wendy’s Restaurants, LLC (Wendy’s Restaurants). Wendy’s Restaurants is the parent company of Wendy’s International, LLC (Wendy’s), which is the owner and franchisor of the Wendy’s restaurant system in the United States. Wendy’s is a restaurant company specializing in the hamburger sandwich segment. Wendy’s is engaged in the business of operating, developing and franchising a system of restaurants serving food. The Company operated approximately 6,080 Wendy’s restaurants in operation in North America, as of January 1, 2017. Of these restaurants, 330 were operated by the Company and 5,768 by a total of 376 franchisees, as of January 1, 2017. In addition, as of January 1, 2017, there were 439 franchised Wendy’s restaurants in operation in 29 countries and territories other than North America. Wendy’s is also a partner in a restaurant real estate joint venture with a subsidiary of Restaurant Brands International Inc.

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