This past month I took a look at the Restaurant Industry, including monster chains McDonald’s and Yum! Brands, as well as smaller companies Cracker Barrel and Darden Restaurants. This table highlights the important metrics of each company, for easy comparison.
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*Unless otherwise stated, all growth rates and averages are based on a 10 year history
|Mcdonalds (MCD)||Yum! (YUM)||Cracker Barrel (CBRL)||Darden (DRI)|
|Revenue Growth||5.4%||5.5%||2.3%||6.6%||Operating Margins||21.4%||13.4%||6.9%||7.9%|
|Dividend Growth (10 year)||28.6%||N/A%||50.1%||39%|
|Cash Payout Ratio||43.6%||25.2%||N/A%||20%|
|Debt / Total Capital||44%||68.3%||75.2%||46.3%|
|Avg. Return on Equity||21.12%||N/A||33%||22.5%|
|Avg. Cash Return on Capital||17.6%||-10.8%||9.5%||13%|
|5 Year Avg. Low p/e||16.4||15.1||8.5||12.7|
|Current p/e (ttm)||16.8||21.4||13.5||16.7|
|Current p/e (forward)||15.3||17.9||11.9||13.9||5 year high yield||3.6%||2.64%||3.5%||3.1%||Current yield||3.17%||1.97%||1.8%||2.7%|
There were some really great companies in this restaurant analysis, but we can’t buy them all – a choice must be made. I put McDonalds and Yum! at the top, and think either would make a solid stock pick. McDonalds is for the safer and more conservative investor, but I prefer to see it below $74. Yum! is more of a gamble (well, as far as large, stable dividend paying stocks go), and the play really depends on your faith in their China operations.
I don’t find Cracker Barrel at all interesting, and for a more detailed reason, check out the analysis here. I’m not ready to buy into Darden, but the company did catch my eye, and will go on my watch-list. A couple more years of earnings and dividend growth, and at the right price I would buy a small position.
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Full Disclosure: I do not own any CBRL, Yum!, or DRI. I am long MCD. My Current Portfolio Holdings can be seen here