Century Casinos (NASDAQ: CNTY) and Ameristar Casinos (NASDAQ:ASCA) are both small-cap cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Century Casinos and Ameristar Casinos’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Century Casinos $139.23 million 1.97 $9.21 million $0.59 16.20
Ameristar Casinos N/A N/A N/A $1.60 N/A

Century Casinos has higher revenue and earnings than Ameristar Casinos. Ameristar Casinos is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Century Casinos, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Century Casinos and Ameristar Casinos’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Century Casinos 9.53% 9.75% 6.36%
Ameristar Casinos N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Century Casinos has a beta of -0.21, meaning that its share price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ameristar Casinos has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.5% of Century Casinos shares are held by institutional investors. 14.5% of Century Casinos shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Century Casinos and Ameristar Casinos, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Century Casinos 0 1 2 0 2.67
Ameristar Casinos 0 0 0 0 N/A

Century Casinos presently has a consensus price target of $10.15, indicating a potential upside of 6.17%.

Summary

Century Casinos beats Ameristar Casinos on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Century Casinos Company Profile

Century Casinos, Inc. is an international casino entertainment company. The Company develops and operates gaming establishments, as well as related lodging, restaurant and entertainment facilities around the world. Its segments include Canada, the United States, Poland, and Corporate and Other. The Canada segment consists of Century Casino & Hotel-Edmonton; Century Casino Calgary; Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, and Century Bets! Inc. (Century Bets). The United States segment comprises Century Casino & Hotel-Central City, and Century Casino & Hotel-Cripple Creek. The Poland segment consists of Casinos Poland. The Corporate and Other segment comprises Cruise Ships and other. The Company owns casino operations in North America; holds interest in casinos throughout Poland; holds a racetrack and entertainment center (REC) in Canada and the pari-mutuel off-track betting network in southern Alberta; manages a casino in Aruba, and provides gaming services in Argentina.

Ameristar Casinos Company Profile

Ameristar Casinos, Inc.(Ameristar), is a developer, owner and operator of casino entertainment facilities in local and regional markets. The Company has eight properties in seven markets. Its portfolio of casinos consists of: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles (serving the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City (serving the Kansas City metropolitan area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs (serving Omaha, Nebraska and southwestern Iowa); Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk (serving the Denver metropolitan area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg (serving Jackson, Mississippi and Monroe, Louisiana); Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago (serving the Chicagoland area); and Cactus Petes Resort Casino and The Horseshu Hotel and Casino in Jackpot, Nevada (serving Idaho and the Pacific Northwest). In August 2013, Pinnacle Entertainment Inc completed the acquisition of Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

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