Century Casinos (NASDAQ: CNTY) and Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitabiliy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Century Casinos and Las Vegas Sands Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Century Casinos 0 1 1 0 2.50
Las Vegas Sands Corp. 0 8 10 0 2.56

Century Casinos currently has a consensus price target of $9.30, indicating a potential upside of 32.86%. Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a consensus price target of $63.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.48%. Given Century Casinos’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Century Casinos is more favorable than Las Vegas Sands Corp..

Profitability

This table compares Century Casinos and Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Century Casinos 6.39% 6.67% 4.35%
Las Vegas Sands Corp. 16.66% 29.31% 10.62%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.0% of Century Casinos shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.3% of Las Vegas Sands Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 14.5% of Century Casinos shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.1% of Las Vegas Sands Corp. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Las Vegas Sands Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Century Casinos does not pay a dividend. Las Vegas Sands Corp. pays out 113.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Century Casinos has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Century Casinos and Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Century Casinos $142.41 million 1.20 $25.16 million $0.37 18.92
Las Vegas Sands Corp. $12.29 billion 3.92 $4.28 billion $2.58 23.56

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

Volatility & Risk

Century Casinos has a beta of -0.34, meaning that its share price is 134% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Las Vegas Sands Corp. beats Century Casinos on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Century Casinos Company Profile

Century Casinos, Inc. is an international casino entertainment company. The Company develops and operates gaming establishments, as well as related lodging, restaurant and entertainment facilities around the world. Its segments include Canada, the United States, Poland, and Corporate and Other. The Canada segment consists of Century Casino & Hotel-Edmonton; Century Casino Calgary; Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, and Century Bets! Inc. (Century Bets). The United States segment comprises Century Casino & Hotel-Central City, and Century Casino & Hotel-Cripple Creek. The Poland segment consists of Casinos Poland. The Corporate and Other segment comprises Cruise Ships and other. The Company owns casino operations in North America; holds interest in casinos throughout Poland; holds a racetrack and entertainment center (REC) in Canada and the pari-mutuel off-track betting network in southern Alberta; manages a casino in Aruba, and provides gaming services in Argentina.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. Company Profile

Las Vegas Sands Corp. is a developer of destination properties (integrated resorts) that feature accommodations, gaming, entertainment and retail, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants and other amenities. The Company owns and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. The Company’s principal operating and developmental activities occur in three geographic areas: Macao, Singapore and the United States. In Macao, the Company’s segments include The Venetian Macao; Sands Cotai Central; The Parisian Macao; Four Seasons Macao; Sands Macao, and Other Asia (comprises the Company’s ferry operations and various other operations). In Singapore, the Company’s segments include Marina Bay Sands. In the United States, the Company’s segments include Las Vegas Operating Properties and Sands Bethlehem. The Company also offers players club loyalty programs at its properties, which provides access to rewards, privileges and members-only events.

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