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

Dividends

Las Vegas Sands Corp. pays an annual dividend of $2.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Century Casinos does not pay a dividend. Las Vegas Sands Corp. pays out 127.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Las Vegas Sands Corp. has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Las Vegas Sands Corp. 15.51% 26.93% 9.74%
Century Casinos 6.39% 6.67% 4.35%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Las Vegas Sands Corp. $11.80 billion 4.16 $4.00 billion $2.30 26.86
Century Casinos $142.41 million 1.29 $25.16 million $0.37 20.35

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.3% of Las Vegas Sands Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.3% of Century Casinos shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.1% of Las Vegas Sands Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of Century Casinos shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Century Casinos has a beta of -0.33, indicating that its stock price is 133% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Las Vegas Sands Corp. 0 9 10 0 2.53
Century Casinos 0 1 1 0 2.50

Las Vegas Sands Corp. currently has a consensus target price of $61.07, indicating a potential downside of 1.14%. Century Casinos has a consensus target price of $9.30, indicating a potential upside of 23.51%. Given Century Casinos’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Century Casinos is more favorable than Las Vegas Sands Corp..

Summary

Las Vegas Sands Corp. beats Century Casinos on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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