Contrasting Arcos Dorados (NYSE:ARCO) & Granite City Food & Brewery (NYSE:GCFB)

Arcos Dorados (NYSE:ARCO) and Granite City Food & Brewery (OTCMKTS:GCFB) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arcos Dorados $3.08 billion 0.48 $36.85 million $0.18 40.44
Granite City Food & Brewery $133.84 million N/A -$7.37 million N/A N/A

Arcos Dorados has higher revenue and earnings than Granite City Food & Brewery.


Arcos Dorados pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Granite City Food & Brewery does not pay a dividend. Arcos Dorados pays out 111.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.1% of Arcos Dorados shares are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of Granite City Food & Brewery shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Arcos Dorados and Granite City Food & Brewery, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arcos Dorados 1 0 0 0 1.00
Granite City Food & Brewery 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

Arcos Dorados has a beta of 1, meaning that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Granite City Food & Brewery has a beta of -4, meaning that its stock price is 500% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arcos Dorados 1.64% 12.41% 2.78%
Granite City Food & Brewery N/A N/A N/A


Arcos Dorados beats Granite City Food & Brewery on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Arcos Dorados Company Profile

Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. operates as a franchisee of McDonald's restaurants. It has the exclusive right to own, operate, and grant franchises of McDonald's restaurants in 20 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, the United States Virgin Islands of St. Croix and St. Thomas, and Venezuela. As of March 27, 2019, the company operated or franchised approximately 2,200 McDonald's-branded restaurants in Latin America. Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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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