Churchill Downs, (NASDAQ: CHDN) and Golden Entertainment (NASDAQ:GDEN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Churchill Downs, and Golden Entertainment, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Churchill Downs, 0 3 1 0 2.25
Golden Entertainment 0 1 0 0 2.00

Churchill Downs, presently has a consensus target price of $183.33, suggesting a potential downside of 6.20%. Golden Entertainment has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential downside of 37.95%. Given Churchill Downs,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Churchill Downs, is more favorable than Golden Entertainment.


Churchill Downs, pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Golden Entertainment does not pay a dividend. Churchill Downs, pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.5% of Churchill Downs, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.5% of Golden Entertainment shares are held by institutional investors. 18.4% of Churchill Downs, shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 52.0% of Golden Entertainment shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Churchill Downs, has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golden Entertainment has a beta of 0.04, meaning that its share price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Churchill Downs, and Golden Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Churchill Downs, 9.22% 15.83% 4.69%
Golden Entertainment 4.29% 6.36% 3.18%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Churchill Downs, and Golden Entertainment’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Churchill Downs, $1.31 billion 2.40 $308.00 million $7.37 26.52
Golden Entertainment $418.82 million 1.11 $44.95 million $0.80 26.19

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


Churchill Downs, beats Golden Entertainment on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Churchill Downs, Company Profile

Churchill Downs Incorporated is a racing, gaming and online entertainment company. The Company is engaged in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 9,030 gaming positions in seven states, and is a legal mobile and online platform for betting on horseracing in the United States. It operates through six segments: Racing, Casinos, TwinSpires, Big Fish Games, Other Investments and Corporate. Racing includes four racetracks: Churchill Downs Racetrack, Arlington International Race Course, Fair Grounds Race Course and Calder Race Course. Casinos is a provider of brick-and-mortar real-money casino gaming. TwinSpires operates mobile and online wagering business, which is a platform for betting on horseracing. Big Fish Games, Inc. is a producer and distributor of social casino, casual and mid-core free-to-play and premium paid games for personal computer (PC), Mac and mobile devices. Other Investments includes United Tote and Capital View Casino & Resort Joint Venture (Capital View).

Golden Entertainment Company Profile

Golden Entertainment, Inc. is a group of gaming companies. The Company focuses on distributed gaming, including tavern gaming, and casino and resort operations. It operates through two segments: Distributed Gaming and Casinos. Its Distributed Gaming segment involves the installation, maintenance and operation of gaming and amusement devices in certain strategic, high-traffic, non-casino locations (such as grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, taverns, saloons and liquor stores) in Nevada and Montana, and the operation of traditional, branded taverns targeting local patrons, primarily in the greater Las Vegas, Nevada metropolitan area. As of December 31, 2016, its distributed gaming operations consisted of approximately 10,400 gaming devices in approximately 960 locations. Its Casinos segment consists of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, Maryland and three casinos in Pahrump, Nevada: Pahrump Nugget Hotel Casino, Gold Town Casino and Lakeside Casino & RV Park.

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