Peak Resorts (NASDAQ: SKIS) and Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Peak Resorts and Penn National Gaming’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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|Penn National Gaming
Penn National Gaming has higher revenue and earnings than Peak Resorts. Penn National Gaming is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Peak Resorts, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Peak Resorts and Penn National Gaming, as reported by MarketBeat.
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|Penn National Gaming
Peak Resorts presently has a consensus target price of $6.17, indicating a potential upside of 22.11%. Penn National Gaming has a consensus target price of $33.70, indicating a potential upside of 4.27%. Given Peak Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Peak Resorts is more favorable than Penn National Gaming.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
45.6% of Peak Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.3% of Penn National Gaming shares are held by institutional investors. 16.5% of Peak Resorts shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of Penn National Gaming shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Peak Resorts and Penn National Gaming’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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|Penn National Gaming
Volatility & Risk
Peak Resorts has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penn National Gaming has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Peak Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Penn National Gaming does not pay a dividend. Peak Resorts pays out 933.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
Penn National Gaming beats Peak Resorts on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Peak Resorts Company Profile
Peak Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases day ski and overnight drive ski resorts. The company offers various activities, services, and amenities, including skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, dining, lodging, equipment rentals and sales, ski and snowboard instruction and mountain biking, zip tours, and other summer activities. Its ski resort operations consist of snow skiing, snowboarding, and snow sports areas in Wildwood and Weston, Missouri; Bellefontaine and Cleveland, Ohio; Paoli, Indiana; Blakeslee and Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania; Bartlett, Bennington, and Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire; West Dover, Vermont; Hunter, New York; and an 18 hole golf course in West Dover, Vermont. The company also manages hotels in Bartlett, New Hampshire; West Dover, Vermont; and Hunter, New York. It operates 14 ski resorts. Peak Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Wildwood, Missouri.
Penn National Gaming Company Profile
Penn National Gaming, Inc. owns and manages gaming and racing facilities, and operates video gaming terminals with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The company operates through Northeast, South/West, and Midwest segments. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 27 facilities in 17 jurisdictions, including California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada. The company was formerly known as PNRC Corp. and changed its name to Penn National Gaming, Inc. in 1994. Penn National Gaming, Inc. was founded in 1972 and is based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
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