Imax Corp (NYSE: IMAX) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Imax Corp $349.35 million 3.38 $72.50 million $0.14 130.37
Regal Entertainment Group $3.21 billion 0.74 $587.10 million $1.07 14.13

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

Risk & Volatility

Imax Corp has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Regal Entertainment Group has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Imax Corp and Regal Entertainment Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Imax Corp 2.36% -1.28% 0.99%
Regal Entertainment Group 5.24% -20.42% 6.50%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Imax Corp and Regal Entertainment Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Imax Corp 0 4 8 0 2.67
Regal Entertainment Group 3 3 6 1 2.38

Imax Corp currently has a consensus price target of $34.82, suggesting a potential upside of 90.78%. Regal Entertainment Group has a consensus price target of $24.54, suggesting a potential upside of 62.29%. Given Imax Corp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Imax Corp is more favorable than Regal Entertainment Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.6% of Imax Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.2% of Regal Entertainment Group shares are held by institutional investors. 18.9% of Imax Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Regal Entertainment Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Regal Entertainment Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Imax Corp does not pay a dividend. Regal Entertainment Group pays out 82.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

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

Imax Corp Company Profile

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.

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).

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