Peak Resorts (NASDAQ: SKIS) and Intrawest Resorts Holdings (NYSE:SNOW) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitabiliy, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Peak Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. Intrawest Resorts Holdings does not pay a dividend. Peak Resorts pays out -175.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Peak Resorts has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Intrawest Resorts Holdings has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.1% of Peak Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.9% of Intrawest Resorts Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 16.4% of Peak Resorts shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Intrawest Resorts Holdings shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Peak Resorts and Intrawest Resorts Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peak Resorts 0 0 4 0 3.00
Intrawest Resorts Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00

Peak Resorts currently has a consensus target price of $6.75, indicating a potential upside of 51.69%. Intrawest Resorts Holdings has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.44%. Given Peak Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Peak Resorts is more favorable than Intrawest Resorts Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Peak Resorts and Intrawest Resorts Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peak Resorts -0.58% -1.05% -0.22%
Intrawest Resorts Holdings 5.64% 13.38% 3.19%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Peak Resorts and Intrawest Resorts Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Peak Resorts $117.46 million 0.53 $23.52 million ($0.16) -27.81
Intrawest Resorts Holdings $601.58 million 1.57 $126.70 million $0.72 32.93

Intrawest Resorts Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Peak Resorts. Peak Resorts is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Intrawest Resorts Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Intrawest Resorts Holdings beats Peak Resorts on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Peak Resorts Company Profile

Peak Resorts, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns or leases, and operates day ski and overnight drive ski resorts. The Company’s ski resort operations consist of snow skiing, snowboarding and snow sports areas in Wildwood and Weston, Missouri; Bellefontaine and Cleveland, Ohio; Paoli, Indiana; Blakeslee and Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania; Bartlett, Bennington and Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire; West Dover, Vermont, and Hunter, New York, and an 18 hole golf course in West Dover, Vermont. It also manages hotels in Bartlett, New Hampshire; West Dover, Vermont, and Hunter, New York. As of April 30, 2016, the Company operates 14 ski resorts, which consist of six overnight drive ski resorts and eight day ski resorts located across seven states, ranging from Missouri to New Hampshire, and appeal to a range of visitors. As of April 30, 2016, the Company’s resorts comprises approximately 1,860 acres of skiable terrain that appeal to a range of ages and abilities.

Intrawest Resorts Holdings Company Profile

Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. is a mountain resort, adventure and real estate company. The Company operates through three segments: Mountain, Adventure and Real Estate. Its Mountain segment includes its mountain resort and lodging operations at Steamboat Ski & Resort (Steamboat) and Winter Park Resort (Winter Park); Stratton Mountain Resort (Stratton); Snowshoe Mountain Resort (Snowshoe); Mont Tremblant Resort (Tremblant), and Blue Mountain Ski Resort (Blue Mountain). Its Adventure segment operates Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), a heli-skiing adventure company in North America. Its Real Estate segment consists of its real estate management, marketing and sales businesses, as well as its real estate development activities. As of June 30, 2016, the Company owned and operated six four-season mountain resorts geographically diversified across North America’s ski regions with approximately 8,000 skiable acres and over 1,120 acres of land available for real estate development.

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