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.
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.
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%|
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.
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|
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.
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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