Ark Restaurants (ARKR) vs. Noble Roman’s (NROM) Head to Head Review

Ark Restaurants (NASDAQ:ARKR) and Noble Roman’s (OTCMKTS:NROM) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ark Restaurants and Noble Roman’s’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ark Restaurants $159.99 million 0.43 $4.65 million N/A N/A
Noble Roman’s $12.45 million 0.88 -$3.06 million N/A N/A

Ark Restaurants has higher revenue and earnings than Noble Roman’s.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Ark Restaurants and Noble Roman’s, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ark Restaurants 0 0 0 0 N/A
Noble Roman’s 0 0 0 0 N/A


This table compares Ark Restaurants and Noble Roman’s’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ark Restaurants 1.84% 9.32% 4.83%
Noble Roman’s -24.55% -28.30% -16.27%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

23.4% of Ark Restaurants shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of Noble Roman’s shares are held by institutional investors. 41.6% of Ark Restaurants shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.1% of Noble Roman’s shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Ark Restaurants has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Noble Roman’s has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.


Ark Restaurants pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Noble Roman’s does not pay a dividend.


Ark Restaurants beats Noble Roman’s on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ark Restaurants

Ark Restaurants Corp., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates restaurants and bars in the United States. As of September 29, 2018, it owned and/or operated 20 restaurants and bars, including 5 facilities located in New York City; 2 in Washington, D.C.; 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada; 3 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; 1 in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts; 2 on the east coast of Florida; and 2 on the gulf coast of Alabama, as well as had 19 fast food concepts and catering operations. The company was founded in 1983 and is based in New York, New York.

About Noble Roman’s

Noble Roman's, Inc. sells and services franchises and licenses, and operates foodservice locations for non-traditional foodservice operations and stand-alone restaurants. The company franchises, licenses, and operates under the Noble Roman's Craft Pizza & Pub, Noble Roman's Pizza, Noble Roman's Take-N-Bake, and Tuscano's Italian Style Subs trade names, which provide pizza, pasta, salads, sub sandwiches, and other related menu items. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 2,854 franchised or licensed outlets. The company has operations in 50 states of the United States. Noble Roman's, Inc. was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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