Comparing China Lodging Group (HTHT) and Century Casinos (CNTY)

China Lodging Group (NASDAQ: HTHT) and Century Casinos (NASDAQ:CNTY) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Risk & Volatility

China Lodging Group has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Century Casinos has a beta of 0.02, indicating that its share price is 98% less volatile than the S&P 500.



Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.4% of China Lodging Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.6% of Century Casinos shares are held by institutional investors. 49.4% of China Lodging Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of Century Casinos shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares China Lodging Group and Century Casinos’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Lodging Group 13.89% 21.24% 7.74%
Century Casinos 3.17% 6.15% 4.14%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares China Lodging Group and Century Casinos’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Lodging Group $1.26 billion 10.03 $190.15 million $2.60 66.49
Century Casinos $154.07 million 1.63 $6.25 million $0.45 18.96

China Lodging Group has higher revenue and earnings than Century Casinos. Century Casinos is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China Lodging Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for China Lodging Group and Century Casinos, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Lodging Group 0 0 3 0 3.00
Century Casinos 0 1 2 0 2.67

China Lodging Group presently has a consensus price target of $40.00, suggesting a potential downside of 76.86%. Century Casinos has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.68%. Given Century Casinos’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Century Casinos is more favorable than China Lodging Group.

Summary

China Lodging Group beats Century Casinos on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Lodging Group Company Profile

China Lodging Group, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops and operates leased and owned, manachised, and franchised hotels primarily in the People's Republic of China. The company operates hotels under the Hi Inn, HanTing Hotel, Elan Hotel, Orange Hotel, HanTing Premium, Starway Hotel, JI Hotel, Orange Hotel Select, Manxin Hotel, Crystal Orange Hotel, Joya Hotel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis Styles, and Ibis brand names for business and leisure travelers. As of December 31, 2017, it had 671 leased and owned hotels; 2,874 manachised hotels; and 201 franchised hotels in operation, as well as 37 leased and owned hotels, and 659 manachised and franchised hotels under development. China Lodging Group, Limited was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

Century Casinos Company Profile

Century Casinos, Inc. operates as a casino entertainment company worldwide. The company develops and operates gaming establishments, as well as related lodging, restaurant, horse racing, and entertainment facilities. It owns and operates casinos in North America and Poland; a racetrack and entertainment center in Canada; and pari-mutuel off-track betting network in southern Alberta, Canada. The company also manages cruise ship-based casinos; and provides gaming services in Argentina. As of March 9, 2018, it operated 14 ship-based casinos. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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