Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ:CKEC) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Regal Entertainment Group has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carmike Cinemas has a beta of 1.76, meaning that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Regal Entertainment Group and Carmike Cinemas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Regal Entertainment Group 5.51% -21.38% 7.00%
Carmike Cinemas -1.56% -1.97% -1.44%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Regal Entertainment Group and Carmike Cinemas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Regal Entertainment Group 3 3 6 1 2.38
Carmike Cinemas 0 2 0 0 2.00

Regal Entertainment Group presently has a consensus price target of $25.29, suggesting a potential upside of 27.59%. Carmike Cinemas has a consensus price target of $32.88, suggesting a potential downside of 1.57%. Given Regal Entertainment Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Regal Entertainment Group is more favorable than Carmike Cinemas.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Regal Entertainment Group and Carmike Cinemas’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Regal Entertainment Group $3.23 billion 0.96 $597.40 million $1.13 17.54
Carmike Cinemas N/A N/A N/A $0.23 145.22

Regal Entertainment Group has higher revenue and earnings than Carmike Cinemas. Regal Entertainment Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Carmike Cinemas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.8% of Regal Entertainment Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.5% of Carmike Cinemas shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Regal Entertainment Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Carmike Cinemas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Regal Entertainment Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Carmike Cinemas does not pay a dividend. Regal Entertainment Group pays out 77.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Regal Entertainment Group beats Carmike Cinemas on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Regal Entertainment Group Company Profile

Regal Entertainment Group is an operator of theatre circuits in the United States. As of March 31, 2017, the Company operated 7,262 screens in 559 theatres in 43 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia. The Company manages its business under theatre exhibition operations segment. The Company develops, acquires and operates multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of metropolitan markets throughout the United States. The Company operates multi-screen theatres. The Company is the parent company of Regal Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (REH), which is the parent company of Regal Cinemas Corporation (Regal Cinemas) and its subsidiaries. Regal Cinemas’ subsidiaries include Regal Cinemas, Inc. (RCI) and its subsidiaries, which include Edwards Theatres, Inc. (Edwards), Regal CineMedia Corporation (RCM) and United Artists Theatre Company (United Artists).

Carmike Cinemas Company Profile

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a motion picture exhibitor company. The Company owns and operates theatres and screens. Its theatres are equipped to provide digital cinema. It owns, operates or has an interest in approximately 280 theatres with over 2,940 screens located in over 40 states. In addition, it has approximately 260 theatres with over 1,090 screens equipped for three dimension (3-D). It operates approximately 20 theatres with over 110 screens as discount theatres. It operates approximately 50 premium large-format auditoriums, which operate under the Big D, IMAX and MuviXL names. Big D auditoriums include wall to wall screens, approximately 7.1 surround sound and digital projection for both two dimensional (2-D) and 3-D features. The Company operates a family entertainment center under the name Hollywood Connection, which features a multiplex theatre and other forms of family entertainment. The Company also operates over two Bogart’s Bar and Grill Restaurants.

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