Cannae (CNNE) & Shake Shack (SHAK) Financial Survey

Cannae (NYSE: CNNE) and Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.


This table compares Cannae and Shake Shack’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cannae 7.36% 3.00% 1.59%
Shake Shack -0.27% 9.17% 3.88%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cannae and Shake Shack, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cannae 0 0 0 0 N/A
Shake Shack 2 4 3 0 2.11

Shake Shack has a consensus target price of $45.63, suggesting a potential downside of 23.52%. Given Shake Shack’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Shake Shack is more favorable than Cannae.

Volatility and Risk

Cannae has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shake Shack has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.4% of Cannae shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.2% of Shake Shack shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of Cannae shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 30.2% of Shake Shack shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cannae and Shake Shack’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cannae $1.17 billion 1.23 $108.80 million $1.54 13.26
Shake Shack $358.81 million 6.13 -$320,000.00 $0.57 104.67

Cannae has higher revenue and earnings than Shake Shack. Cannae is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Shake Shack, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Shake Shack beats Cannae on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cannae Company Profile

Cannae Holdings, Inc is a principal investment firm. The firm primarily invests in restaurants, technology enabled healthcare services, financial services and more. It takes both minority and majority stakes. Cannae Holdings, Inc. is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shake Shack Company Profile

Shake Shack Inc. owns, operates, and licenses Shake Shack restaurants (Shacks) in the United States and internationally. Its Shacks offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, crinkle cut fries, shakes, frozen custard, beer, wine, and other products. As of December 27, 2017, it had 159 Shacks, including 90 domestic company-operated Shacks, 10 domestic licensed Shacks, and 59 international licensed Shacks. Shake Shack Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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