Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.8% of Wynn Resorts, Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.2% of MGM Resorts International shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.2% of Wynn Resorts, Limited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of MGM Resorts International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Wynn Resorts, Limited has a beta of 1.72, suggesting that its share price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MGM Resorts International has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Wynn Resorts, Limited pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. MGM Resorts International pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Wynn Resorts, Limited pays out 74.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MGM Resorts International pays out 26.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Profitability

This table compares Wynn Resorts, Limited and MGM Resorts International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wynn Resorts, Limited 5.02% 165.77% 3.22%
MGM Resorts International 9.26% 7.97% 2.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Wynn Resorts, Limited and MGM Resorts International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wynn Resorts, Limited 0 11 9 0 2.45
MGM Resorts International 0 1 16 0 2.94

Wynn Resorts, Limited currently has a consensus price target of $126.57, suggesting a potential downside of 8.94%. MGM Resorts International has a consensus price target of $35.38, suggesting a potential upside of 7.36%. Given MGM Resorts International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MGM Resorts International is more favorable than Wynn Resorts, Limited.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Wynn Resorts, Limited and MGM Resorts International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wynn Resorts, Limited $5.42 billion 2.61 $1.25 billion $2.67 52.06
MGM Resorts International $9.93 billion 1.91 $2.42 billion $1.69 19.50

MGM Resorts International has higher revenue and earnings than Wynn Resorts, Limited. MGM Resorts International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Wynn Resorts, Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Wynn Resorts, Limited Company Profile

Wynn Resorts, Limited (Wynn Resorts) is a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts that integrate accommodations and a range of amenities, including dining outlets, retail offerings, entertainment theaters and meeting complexes. The Company’s segments include Macau Operations and Las Vegas Operations. The Company’s Macau Operations include Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace. It also includes Encore, an expansion at Wynn Macau. The Company’s Las Vegas Operations include Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, an expansion at Wynn Las Vegas. Wynn Las Vegas is located at the intersection of the Las Vegas Strip and Sands Avenue. As of December 31, 2016, it occupied approximately 215 acres of land fronting the Las Vegas Strip. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 18 acres across Sands Avenue. The Company is constructing Wynn Boston Harbor, an integrated casino resort in Everett, Massachusetts.

MGM Resorts International Company Profile

MGM Resorts International is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates casino resorts. The Company operates in two segments: domestic resorts and MGM China. Its domestic resorts segment consists of non-gaming operations, including hotel, food and beverage, entertainment and other non-gaming amenities. Its casino operations feature a range of slots, table games, and race and sports book wagering. Its MGM China‚Äôs operations consist of the MGM Macau resort and casino, and the development of an integrated casino, hotel and entertainment resort on the Cotai Strip in Macau. Under its resort operation, the Company’s casino resorts offer gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment, retail and other resort amenities. It owns Primm Valley Golf Club at the California/Nevada state line and Fallen Oak golf course in Saucier, Mississippi, among others. It owns and manages CityCenter Holdings, LLC, located between Bellagio and Monte Carlo.

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