Reviewing Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) and Kura Sushi USA (NYSE:KRUS)

Kura Sushi USA (NASDAQ:KRUS) and Aramark (NYSE:ARMK) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Kura Sushi USA and Aramark’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kura Sushi USA N/A N/A N/A
Aramark 0.70% 15.52% 3.63%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Kura Sushi USA and Aramark, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kura Sushi USA 1 0 6 0 2.71
Aramark 0 6 6 0 2.50

Kura Sushi USA presently has a consensus price target of $25.33, suggesting a potential upside of 82.65%. Aramark has a consensus price target of $36.08, suggesting a potential upside of 61.01%. Given Kura Sushi USA’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Kura Sushi USA is more favorable than Aramark.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kura Sushi USA $64.25 million 1.80 $1.46 million $0.27 51.37
Aramark $16.23 billion 0.35 $448.55 million $2.24 10.00

Aramark has higher revenue and earnings than Kura Sushi USA. Aramark is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kura Sushi USA, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.6% of Kura Sushi USA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.4% of Aramark shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Kura Sushi USA shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Aramark shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Aramark beats Kura Sushi USA on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Aramark Company Profile

Aramark provides food, facilities management, and uniform services to education, healthcare, business and industry, sports, leisure, and corrections clients in North America and internationally. It operates in three segments: Food and Support Services United States, Food and Support Services International, and Uniform and Career Apparel. The company offers managed services, including dining, catering, food service management, and convenience-oriented retail operations; non-clinical support services, such as patient food and nutrition, retail food, and procurement services; and plant operations and maintenance, custodial/housekeeping, energy management, clinical equipment maintenance, grounds keeping, and capital project management services. It also provides on-site restaurants, convenience stores, and executive dining services; beverage and vending services; and facility management services comprising landscaping, transportation, payment, and other facility consulting services relating to building operations. In addition, the company offers concessions, banquet, and catering services; retail services and merchandise sale, recreational, and lodging services; and facility management services at sports, entertainment, and recreational facilities. Additionally, the company offers correctional food, and food and facilities management services for parks; and operates commissaries, laundry facilities, and property rooms. It also provides design, sourcing and manufacturing, delivery, cleaning, maintenance, and marketing services for uniforms and accessories; provides managed restroom services; and rents uniforms, work clothing, outerwear, particulate-free garments, and non-garment items and related services that include mats, shop towels, and first aid supplies. The company was formerly known as ARAMARK Holdings Corporation and changed its name to Aramark in May 2014. Aramark was founded in 1959 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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