Park Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ: CZR) and Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ:CZR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Park Hotels & Resorts has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Caesars Entertainment has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Park Hotels & Resorts and Caesars Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Hotels & Resorts 19.08% 8.41% 5.15%
Caesars Entertainment 21.90% -4.71% -0.32%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Park Hotels & Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Hotels & Resorts 2 5 4 0 2.18
Caesars Entertainment 0 3 6 0 2.67

Park Hotels & Resorts currently has a consensus price target of $30.94, suggesting a potential downside of 8.14%. Caesars Entertainment has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 29.63%. Given Caesars Entertainment’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Caesars Entertainment is more favorable than Park Hotels & Resorts.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Park Hotels & Resorts and Caesars Entertainment’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Hotels & Resorts $2.79 billion 2.43 $2.63 billion $2.78 12.12
Caesars Entertainment $4.85 billion 1.54 -$375.00 million ($3.37) -3.20

Park Hotels & Resorts has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Caesars Entertainment. Caesars Entertainment is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Park Hotels & Resorts, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Park Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Caesars Entertainment does not pay a dividend. Park Hotels & Resorts pays out 61.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Park Hotels & Resorts beats Caesars Entertainment on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Park Hotels & Resorts Company Profile

Park is a leading lodging REIT with a diverse portfolio of hotels and resorts with significant underlying real estate value. Park's portfolio consists of 54 premium-branded hotels and resorts with over 32,000 rooms, a majority of which are located in prime United States markets with high barriers to entry.

Caesars Entertainment Company Profile

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides casino-entertainment and hospitality services in the United States and internationally. The company operates 36,000 slot machines and 2,700 table games, as well as other games comprising keno, poker, and race and sports books; and buffets, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and lounges located throughout its casinos, as well as banquets and room service. As of March 7, 2018, it owned and operated 47 casinos. It also provides various retail and entertainment offerings in its casinos, as well as The LINQ promenade, an open-air dining, entertainment, and retail development; and operates various entertainment venues, including the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. In addition, the company operates online gaming business that provides real money games; and owns the World Series of Poker tournaments and brand. The company was formerly known as Harrah's Entertainment Inc. and changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corporation in November 2010. Caesars Entertainment Corporation was founded in 1937 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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