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

Dividends

Cinemark Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. AMC Entertainment Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Cinemark Holdings pays out 49.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AMC Entertainment Holdings pays out 84.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cinemark Holdings $2.99 billion 1.49 $682.09 million $2.36 16.30
AMC Entertainment Holdings $3.75 billion 0.71 $642.94 million $0.95 21.58

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cinemark Holdings 9.23% 21.75% 6.42%
AMC Entertainment Holdings 2.56% 6.52% 1.77%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.7% of Cinemark Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.3% of AMC Entertainment Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.1% of Cinemark Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of AMC Entertainment Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Cinemark Holdings and AMC Entertainment Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cinemark Holdings 3 6 4 0 2.08
AMC Entertainment Holdings 1 3 9 0 2.62

Cinemark Holdings presently has a consensus target price of $43.57, suggesting a potential upside of 13.29%. AMC Entertainment Holdings has a consensus target price of $35.23, suggesting a potential upside of 71.83%. Given AMC Entertainment Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe AMC Entertainment Holdings is more favorable than Cinemark Holdings.

Volatility and Risk

Cinemark Holdings has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMC Entertainment Holdings has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cinemark Holdings beats AMC Entertainment Holdings on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cinemark Holdings Company Profile

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.

AMC Entertainment Holdings Company Profile

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.

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