Head to Head Review: Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) versus Kura Sushi USA (NASDAQ:KRUS)

Jack in the Box (NASDAQ:JACK) and Kura Sushi USA (NASDAQ:KRUS) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Jack in the Box and Kura Sushi USA, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Jack in the Box 2 3 7 0 2.42
Kura Sushi USA 0 0 4 0 3.00

Jack in the Box presently has a consensus target price of $93.82, indicating a potential upside of 8.88%. Kura Sushi USA has a consensus target price of $31.50, indicating a potential upside of 29.36%. Given Kura Sushi USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kura Sushi USA is more favorable than Jack in the Box.

Profitability

This table compares Jack in the Box and Kura Sushi USA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Jack in the Box 9.78% -18.59% 13.30%
Kura Sushi USA N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Jack in the Box and Kura Sushi USA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Jack in the Box $869.69 million 2.56 $121.37 million $3.79 22.74
Kura Sushi USA $64.25 million 2.99 $1.46 million N/A N/A

Jack in the Box has higher revenue and earnings than Kura Sushi USA.

Dividends

Jack in the Box pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Kura Sushi USA does not pay a dividend. Jack in the Box pays out 42.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

4.6% of Kura Sushi USA shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Jack in the Box shares are held by company 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.

Summary

Jack in the Box beats Kura Sushi USA on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Jack in the Box Company Profile

Jack in the Box Inc. operates and franchises Jack in the Box quick-service restaurants. As of March 19, 2019, it operated and franchised approximately 2,200 Jack in the Box restaurants in 21 states and Guam. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Kura Sushi USA Company Profile

Kura Sushi USA, Inc. operates revolving sushi bar restaurants in the United States. The company's restaurants offer Japanese cuisine and a revolving sushi service model. As of April 1, 2019, it operated 21 restaurants in California, Texas, Georgia, and Illinois. The company was formerly known as Kula Sushi USA, Inc. and changed its name to Kura Sushi USA, Inc. in October 2017. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Irvine, California. Kura Sushi USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Kura Sushi, Inc.

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