Cannabis Sativa (OTCMKTS: CBDS) and Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) are both services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Cannabis Sativa and Service Corporation International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cannabis Sativa -933.35% -110.30% -65.71%
Service Corporation International 11.83% 24.85% 2.38%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Cannabis Sativa and Service Corporation International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cannabis Sativa 0 0 0 0 N/A
Service Corporation International 0 0 3 0 3.00

Service Corporation International has a consensus target price of $39.67, suggesting a potential upside of 7.35%. Given Service Corporation International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Service Corporation International is more favorable than Cannabis Sativa.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cannabis Sativa and Service Corporation International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cannabis Sativa N/A N/A N/A ($0.38) -10.39
Service Corporation International $3.03 billion 2.29 $177.03 million $1.90 19.45

Service Corporation International has higher revenue and earnings than Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Sativa is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Service Corporation International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.4% of Service Corporation International shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Service Corporation International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Cannabis Sativa has a beta of -7.48, meaning that its share price is 848% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Service Corporation International has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Service Corporation International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Cannabis Sativa does not pay a dividend. Service Corporation International pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cannabis Sativa has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Service Corporation International beats Cannabis Sativa on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa, Inc. develops and promotes natural cannabis products. The Company is engaged in the research, development and licensing of natural cannabis products, including cannabis formulas, edibles, topicals, strains, recipes and delivery systems. The Company plans to develop, produce and market products through joint ventures with companies licensed under state regulations applicable to cannabis businesses. It holds the license for a medicinal cannabis strain called NZT, a cannabis lozenge delivery methodology, and a cannabis trauma cream formula. The Company is also developing a third strain of cannabis plant named CT22. The Company also conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Wild Earth Naturals, Inc. (Wild Earth). Wild Earth is an herbal skin care products formulation and marketing company that plans to target the natural healthcare products market in the United States and abroad. It offers Go Deep, Go Deep EXTRA (GDX), Face Garden, Body Garden and Lip Garden.

About Service Corporation International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It offers various brands, such as Dignity Memorial, Dignity Planning, National Cremation Society, Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, and Funeraria del Angel. Its funeral service and cemetery operations consist of funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and related businesses. It sells cemetery property, and funeral and cemetery merchandise and services.

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