Potbelly (PBPB) vs. MITCHELLS &BUTLERS (MBPFF) Critical Contrast

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Potbelly (OTCMKTS: MBPFF) and MITCHELLS &BUTLERS (OTCMKTS:MBPFF) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.


This table compares Potbelly and MITCHELLS &BUTLERS’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Potbelly -2.33% 6.70% 4.59%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Potbelly and MITCHELLS &BUTLERS, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Potbelly 0 2 1 0 2.33

Potbelly presently has a consensus price target of $14.33, indicating a potential upside of 12.86%. Given Potbelly’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Potbelly is more favorable than MITCHELLS &BUTLERS.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.9% of Potbelly shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.2% of Potbelly shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Potbelly has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MITCHELLS &BUTLERS has a beta of 0.34, indicating that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Potbelly and MITCHELLS &BUTLERS’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Potbelly $428.11 million 0.76 -$6.95 million $0.31 40.97
MITCHELLS &BUTLERS $2.97 billion 0.46 N/A N/A N/A

MITCHELLS &BUTLERS has higher revenue and earnings than Potbelly.


Potbelly beats MITCHELLS &BUTLERS on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Potbelly

Potbelly Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises Potbelly Sandwich Works sandwich shops in the United States. It offers toasty warm sandwiches, salads, and other items. As of February 23, 2018, the company operated approximately 400 shops in the United States; and approximately 50 franchisees operated shops in the United States, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Canada, and India. 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.


Mitchells & Butlers plc operates managed restaurants and pubs in the United Kingdom and Germany. The company operates its restaurants and pubs under the Sizzling Pubs, Vintage Inns, Harvester, Ember Inns, Toby Carvery, Crown Carveries, Castle, Nicholson's, O'Neill's, Alex, All Bar One, Miller & Carter, Browns, Innkeeper's Lodge, Oak Tree, Stonehouse, and Premium Country Pubs brand names. It is also involved in the leisure retailing, property management, property development, and financing activities. In addition, it owns various trademarks; and provides gift cards. It operates 1,768 managed businesses and 57 franchised businesses. Mitchells & Butlers plc was founded in 1898 and is based in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

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