Comparison of Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. (FRSH) and Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ:PBPB)

Both Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:FRSH) and Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ:PBPB) are Specialty Eateries companies, competing one another. We will compare their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. 103.08M 0.87 16.29M 0.19 27.22
Potbelly Corporation 432.41M 0.47 11.78M -0.32 0.00

In table 1 we can see Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. and Potbelly Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.


Table 2 demonstrates the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. and Potbelly Corporation.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. 15.80% 16.4% 6.2%
Potbelly Corporation -2.72% -10.2% -6.9%

Risk and Volatility

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. has a 0.32 beta, while its volatility is 68.00%, thus making it less volatile than Standard and Poor’s 500. Potbelly Corporation on the other hand, has 0.8 beta which makes it 20.00% less volatile compared to Standard and Poor’s 500.


Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc.’s Current Ratio is 0.5 while its Quick Ratio is 0.4. On the competitive side is, Potbelly Corporation which has a 1.7 Current Ratio and a 1.6 Quick Ratio. Potbelly Corporation is better positioned to pay off short and long-term obligations compared to Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc.


Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. shareholders receive an annual dividend of $0.01 per share which is subject to 0.29% dividend yield. No dividend is paid out for Potbelly Corporation.

Analyst Recommendations

Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. and Potbelly Corporation Recommendations and Ratings are available on the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. 0 0 0 0.00
Potbelly Corporation 0 0 1 3.00

Meanwhile, Potbelly Corporation’s average price target is $15, while its potential upside is 83.37%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

The shares of both Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. and Potbelly Corporation are owned by institutional investors at 68.1% and 88.9% respectively. About 0.7% of Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc.’s share are owned by insiders. Competitively, 0.8% are Potbelly Corporation’s share owned by insiders.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. -2.49% 15.42% -2.86% -7.72% -17.9% -5.39%
Potbelly Corporation -8.45% -20.41% -29.92% -26.32% -27.47% -24.23%

For the past year Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc.’s stock price has smaller decline than Potbelly Corporation.


On 10 of the 13 factors Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. beats Potbelly Corporation.

Potbelly Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates Potbelly Sandwich Works sandwich shops in the United States. It also sells and administers franchises of Potbelly Sandwich Works sandwich shops. As of December 25, 2016, the company operated 441 shops in 29 states and the District of Columbia, including 411 company operated shops and 30 franchisees operated shops; and 13 international franchised shops, including 11 shops in the Middle East, 1 shop in the United Kingdom, and 1 shop in Canada. The company was formerly known as Potbelly Sandwich Works, Inc. and changed its name to Potbelly Corporation in 2002. Potbelly Corporation was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.