Empire Resorts (NASDAQ: NYNY) and Jamba Juice (NASDAQ:JMBA) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Empire Resorts and Jamba Juice, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empire Resorts 0 0 0 0 N/A
Jamba Juice 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares Empire Resorts and Jamba Juice’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empire Resorts -70.38% -17.22% -5.66%
Jamba Juice -23.19% N/A -43.01%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Empire Resorts and Jamba Juice’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empire Resorts $65.85 million 9.20 -$46.34 million N/A N/A
Jamba Juice $79.62 million 1.86 -$22.43 million N/A N/A

Jamba Juice has higher revenue and earnings than Empire Resorts.

Volatility and Risk

Empire Resorts has a beta of 2.1, indicating that its share price is 110% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Jamba Juice has a beta of -0.1, indicating that its share price is 110% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.8% of Empire Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of Jamba Juice shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Empire Resorts shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.9% of Jamba Juice shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Jamba Juice beats Empire Resorts on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Empire Resorts

Empire Resorts, Inc. engages in hospitality and gaming businesses in New York. The company owns and operates Monticello Casino and Raceway, a video gaming machine (VGM) and harness horseracing facility in Monticello that operates 1,110 VGMs, including 1,070 video lottery terminals and 40 electronic table game positions, as well as Resorts World Catskills, a casino resort located in Sullivan County, New York. It is also involved in conducting pari-mutuel wagering on the running of live harness horse races; the import simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred horse races from racetracks across the United States and internationally; and the export simulcasting of its races to offsite pari-mutuel wagering facilities, as well as in the development of an entertainment village and a golf course. Empire Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Monticello, New York.

About Jamba Juice

Jamba, Inc., through its subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, owns, operates, and franchises Jamba Juice stores. Its restaurants provides specialty beverage blends and food products, such as whole fruit and vegetable smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, and juice blends, as well as various food items, including hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads, baked goods, and snacks. As of January 3, 2017, it operated 66 company stores, as well as 773 franchisee-owned stores in the United States; and 70 franchised stores internationally under the Jamba brand. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.

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