Marriott International (MAR) vs. Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) Head to Head Survey

Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) and Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ:PNK) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.5% of Marriott International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.1% of Pinnacle Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.0% of Marriott International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Pinnacle Entertainment shares are owned by 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.


This table compares Marriott International and Pinnacle Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marriott International 7.95% 68.01% 8.82%
Pinnacle Entertainment N/A N/A N/A


Marriott International pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Pinnacle Entertainment does not pay a dividend. Marriott International pays out 37.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marriott International has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marriott International and Pinnacle Entertainment’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marriott International $22.89 billion 1.65 $1.37 billion $4.36 25.42
Pinnacle Entertainment N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Marriott International has higher revenue and earnings than Pinnacle Entertainment.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Marriott International and Pinnacle Entertainment, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marriott International 0 9 6 0 2.40
Pinnacle Entertainment 0 5 0 0 2.00

Marriott International currently has a consensus target price of $139.14, indicating a potential upside of 25.57%. Pinnacle Entertainment has a consensus target price of $35.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.53%. Given Marriott International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Marriott International is more favorable than Pinnacle Entertainment.


Marriott International beats Pinnacle Entertainment on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotel, residential, and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through three segments: North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, and Asia Pacific. It operates its properties under the JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, EDITION, Bulgari, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissance, Le Méridien, Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Four Points, TownePlace Suites, Aloft, AC Hotels by Marriott, Protea Hotels, Element, and Moxy brand names. As of October 9, 2018, it operated approximately 6,700 properties under 30 hotel brands in 130 countries and territories. Marriott International, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns, develops, and operates casinos and related hospitality and entertainment facilities in the United States. It operates through Midwest, South, and West segments. As of February 28, 2018, the company owned and operated 16 gaming entertainment businesses located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. It also holds interest in the racing license owner, as well as a management contract, for Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the company owns and operates a live and televised poker tournament series under the Heartland Poker Tour name. The company was formerly known as Hollywood Park, Inc. and changed its name to Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in February 2000. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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