Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and Imax Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Regal Entertainment Group and Imax Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Regal Entertainment Group 3 3 6 1 2.38
Imax Corporation 0 3 8 0 2.73

Regal Entertainment Group currently has a consensus target price of $24.85, suggesting a potential upside of 26.57%. Imax Corporation has a consensus target price of $36.45, suggesting a potential upside of 71.53%. Given Imax Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Imax Corporation is more favorable than Regal Entertainment Group.

Dividends

Regal Entertainment Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Imax Corporation 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.8% of Regal Entertainment Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Imax Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Regal Entertainment Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of Imax Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Regal Entertainment Group and Imax Corporation’s 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%
Imax Corporation 5.46% 2.49% 1.82%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Regal Entertainment Group and Imax Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Regal Entertainment Group $3.23 billion 0.95 $597.40 million $1.13 17.37
Imax Corporation $352.59 million 4.01 $70.80 million $0.28 75.90

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

Risk & Volatility

Regal Entertainment Group has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Imax Corporation has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Imax Corporation beats Regal Entertainment Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Regal Entertainment Group

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).

About Imax Corporation

IMAX Corporation is an entertainment technology company. The Company operates through seven segments: IMAX systems; theater system maintenance; joint revenue sharing arrangements; film production and IMAX DMR; film distribution; film post-production, and other. The IMAX systems segment designs, manufactures, sells or leases IMAX theater projection system equipment. The theater system maintenance segment maintains IMAX theater projection system equipment in the IMAX theater network. The joint revenue sharing arrangements segment provides IMAX theater projection system equipment to exhibitors. The film production and IMAX DMR segment produces films and performs film re-mastering services. The film distribution segment distributes films. The film post-production segment provides film post-production and film print services. The other segment includes certain IMAX theaters that the Company owns and operates, camera rentals and other miscellaneous items.

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