The strongest categories in the Franchise Times Top 200+ were Personal Services, which grew by 11.4 percent, followed by Health and Medical at 9.3 percent growth and Home Services at 9.1 percent. But how did these categories perform on Wall Street?
The best performers are private companies, but Planet Fitness showed that investors are as excited as gym-goers. Its stock rose 48 percent this year. Similarly, The Joint, the one public company in the Health and Medical category, made some major gains. Its shares shot up by 71 percent this year.
At the other end of services, both tax preparation brands tumbled on the market. JTH Holdings, the parent of Liberty Tax, slipped 16 percent this year, mirroring the sales decline of 11.9 percent at the company. H&R Block slipped faster in the market than it did on the list. Sales were down 0.9 percent but the stock slipped 4 percent this year.
While the restaurant category wasn’t the strongest on the list, growing at 4.9 percent, it saw some outsized growth on the market at some high-ranking top 200 brands.
Applebee’s and IHOP parent Dine Brands Global soared 68 percent, Domino’s surged 54 percent this year and Sonic jumped 42 percent.
But it also accounted for the biggest loser to date, Red Robin. Its stock tumbled 31 percent even though it was the strongest grower among casual dining at 5.4 percent.
Noodles and The Habit rocketed on the market 131 and 71 percent, respectively.
As for retail, with Amazon on every investor’s mind, retailers had some surprising results. Overall, the category grew by 4.4 percent on the top 200.
On the market, brands did better. Aaron’s led with 30 percent growth, followed by Winmark, the parent company of Play It Again Sports, Music Go Round and Plato’s Closet, which grew at 26 percent. And right in line with the category’s Top 200 sales growth was Snap-On, shares of which appreciated 5 percent this year.