AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE: AMC) and Cinemark Holdings (NYSE:CNK) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

AMC Entertainment Holdings has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cinemark Holdings has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

AMC Entertainment Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. Cinemark Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. AMC Entertainment Holdings pays out -125.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cinemark Holdings pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. AMC Entertainment Holdings is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AMC Entertainment Holdings and Cinemark Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMC Entertainment Holdings $4.19 billion 0.44 $644.04 million ($0.64) -21.95
Cinemark Holdings $3.00 billion 1.43 $678.63 million $2.34 15.79

Cinemark Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than AMC Entertainment Holdings. AMC Entertainment Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cinemark Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for AMC Entertainment Holdings and Cinemark Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMC Entertainment Holdings 1 4 10 0 2.60
Cinemark Holdings 3 4 6 0 2.23

AMC Entertainment Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $29.60, indicating a potential upside of 110.71%. Cinemark Holdings has a consensus price target of $43.14, indicating a potential upside of 16.75%. Given AMC Entertainment Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AMC Entertainment Holdings is more favorable than Cinemark Holdings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

43.1% of AMC Entertainment Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.5% of Cinemark Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of AMC Entertainment Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of Cinemark Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares AMC Entertainment Holdings and Cinemark Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMC Entertainment Holdings -2.49% -3.44% -0.89%
Cinemark Holdings 9.12% 20.98% 6.30%

Summary

Cinemark Holdings beats AMC Entertainment Holdings on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMC Entertainment Holdings

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, including AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMCE), American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (OpCo) and its subsidiaries, is engaged in the theatrical exhibition business. It operates through theatrical exhibition operations segment. It licenses first-run motion pictures from distributors owned by film production companies and from independent distributors. The Company also offers a range of food and beverage items, which include popcorn; soft drinks; candy; hot dogs; specialty drinks, including beers, wine and mixed drinks, and made to order hot foods, including menu choices, such as curly fries, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. It operates over 900 theatres with approximately 10,000 screens globally, including over 661 theatres with approximately 8,200 screens in the United States and over 244 theatres with approximately 2,200 screens in Europe. The Company’s subsidiary also includes Carmike Cinemas, Inc.

About Cinemark Holdings

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the motion picture exhibition business with theatres in the United States (U.S.), Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Paraguay, Curacao and Bolivia. The Company manages its business in two segments: U.S. markets and international markets. The international segment consists of operations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Bolivia, Curacao and Paraguay. As of December 31, 2016, the Company operated 526 theatres and 5,903 screens in the United States and Latin America. As of December 31, 2016, its the United States circuit had 339 theatres and 4,559 screens in 41 states and its international circuit had 187 theatres and 1,344 screens in 15 countries. It develops new platforms for its theatre circuit, such as XD, Cinemark Reserve, Luxury Lounger reclining seats, CineArts and other concepts.

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