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Restaurant stocks are interesting if they have a stable business model with additional growth potential abroad. Look at companies like McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM) or Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), how they have performed over the past ten years. All three companies keep a strong brand, and they are now established in major economies worldwide. In addition, they paid wonderful dividends and gave investors a part of the company's success in cash money.

I analyzed the restaurants industry by the best yielding stocks. Fifty companies are listed, of which 16 pay dividends. The average industry yield amounts to 2.4%; price-to-earnings ratio is 21.4. However, I selected only such stocks with a current P/E multiple of less than 20, a value below the industry average. Exactly eight stocks fulfilled these criteria. These are the detailed results:

1. Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) has a market capitalization of $6.54 billion. The company employs 180,000 people, generates revenues of $7,500.20 million and has a net income of $478.70 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,057.60 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 14.10% (operating margin 8.63% and the net profit margin finally 6.38%).

The total debt representing 30.16% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 85.16%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 25.00% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.26. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.28 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.61, Price/Sales 0.87 and Price/Book ratio 3.54. Dividend Yield: 3.38 percent. The beta ratio is 0.89.

2. McDonald's Corporation (MCD) has a market capitalization of $102.31 billion. The company employs 400,000 people, generates revenues of $27,006.00 million and has a net income of $5,503.10 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $8,351.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 30.93% (operating margin 31.58% and the net profit margin finally 20.38%).

McDonald's accounted $10.8 billion in long-term debt as of Q3/2011. This represents 34.04 percent of the total balance sheet. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.27. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.53 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.97, Price/Sales 3.79 and Price/Book ratio 7.67. Dividend Yield: 2.80 percent. The beta ratio is 0.44.

3. Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ:BOBE) has a market capitalization of $1.12 billion. The company employs 44,819 people, generates revenues of $1,676.91 million and has a net income of $54.16 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $171.69 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 10.24% (operating margin 5.28% and the net profit margin finally 3.23%).

The total debt representing 13.64% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 22.48%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 8.32% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.30. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.78 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.69, Price/Sales 0.67 and Price/Book ratio 1.75. Dividend Yield: 2.60 percent. The beta ratio is 0.91.

4. CEC Entertainment (CEC) has a market capitalization of $719.75 million. The company employs 17,300 people, generates revenues of $817.25 million and has a net income of $54.03 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $185.58 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 22.71% (operating margin 12.84% and the net profit margin finally 6.61%).

The total debt representing 49.90% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 245.64%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 33.15% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.80. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.00 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.63, Price/Sales 0.88 and Price/Book ratio 4.90. Dividend Yield: 2.31 percent. The beta ratio is 1.04.

5. Brinker Intl. (NYSE:EAT) has a market capitalization of $2.21 billion. The company employs 100,400 people, generates revenues of $2,761.39 million and has a net income of $141.06 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $333.87 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 12.09% (operating margin 7.44% and the net profit margin finally 5.11%).

The total debt representing 35.34% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 119.54%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 24.16% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.66. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.56 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.96, Price/Sales 0.80 and Price/Book ratio 5.31. Dividend Yield: 2.28 percent. The beta ratio is 1.46.

6. Texas Roadhouse (NASDAQ:TXRH) has a market capitalization of $1.13 billion. The company employs 1,514 people, generates revenues of $1,004.99 million and has a net income of $60.69 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $131.90 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 13.12% (operating margin 9.02% and the net profit margin finally 6.04%).

The total debt representing 7.42% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 10.51%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 12.71% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.84. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.00 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 19.41, Price/Sales 1.13 and Price/Book ratio 2.39. Dividend Yield: 1.95 percent. The beta ratio is 0.98.

7. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (NASDAQ:CBRL) has a market capitalization of $1.28 billion. The company employs 67,000 people, generates revenues of $2,434.44 million and has a net income of $85.21 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $229.97 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 9.45% (operating margin 6.87% and the net profit margin finally 3.50%).

The total debt representing 41.98% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 205.30%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 37.08% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.62. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.88 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.36, Price/Sales 0.52 and Price/Book ratio 4.74. Dividend Yield: 1.80 percent. The beta ratio is 0.89.

8. Tim Hortons (NYSE:THI) has a market capitalization of $8.01 billion. The company employs 1,863 people, generates revenues of $2,547.45 million and has a net income of $649.91 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $980.19 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 38.48% (operating margin 34.39% and the net profit margin finally 25.51%).

The total debt representing 19.28% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 33.29%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 47.88% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.92. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.52 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.91, Price/Sales 3.13 and Price/Book ratio 5.98. Dividend Yield: 1.30 percent. The beta ratio is 0.71.

Source: 8 Cheap Restaurant Stocks With Best Dividend Yields