Square Enix (OTCMKTS:SQNXF) and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ASHTY) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Square Enix and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Square Enix 7.49% 11.07% 8.19%
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR 25.48% 29.07% 9.07%

Risk & Volatility

Square Enix has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.81, meaning that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.5% of ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Square Enix and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Square Enix 0 0 0 0 N/A
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR 0 1 0 0 2.00

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Square Enix and ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Square Enix $2.45 billion 2.37 $166.18 million $1.80 26.98
ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR $5.87 billion 2.78 $1.04 billion $9.05 14.47

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Square Enix. ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Square Enix, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR beats Square Enix on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Square Enix Company Profile

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. operates in the content and service businesses in Japan, North America, Europe, and rest of Asia. It operates through four segments: Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Publication, and Merchandising. The Digital Entertainment segment plans, develops, distributes, and operates digital entertainment content primarily in the form of games. This segment offers digital entertainment content for various customer usage environments, including personal computers and smart devices, as well as consumer game consoles, such as handheld game machines. The Amusement segment is involved in the operation of amusement facilities. This segment also engages in the planning, development, distribution, and rental of arcade game machines and related products for amusement facilities. The Publication segment publishes comic and game strategy books, as well as comic magazines. The Merchandising segment plans, produces, distributes, and licenses products, such as character goods and soundtracks. The company publishes, distributes, and licenses entertainment content under the SQUARE ENIX and TAITO brands. Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

ASHTEAD GRP PLC/ADR Company Profile

Ashtead Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, rents a range of construction and industrial equipment. It offers equipment for use in lifting, powering, generation, moving, digging, compacting, drilling, supporting, scrubbing, pumping, directing, heating, and ventilating works. The company provides various types of construction equipment for non-residential construction markets; and facilities management equipment for the maintenance and repair of facilities. It also offers disaster relief equipment, such as pumps and power generation equipment for various applications, such as assisting at times of flooding due to weather and burst water supply; power generation, lighting, and other equipment for super bowl events, sporting events, music concerts, and festivals; and climate control equipment, including cooling, heating, and dehumidification equipment to the construction, commercial, industrial, and events markets. In addition, the company rents and installs scaffolding solutions for access to new or existing structures; and offers portable traffic systems to facilitate engineering projects or clean-up after an accident. It serves construction, industrial, and homeowner customers, as well as government entities and specialist contractors. The company offers its equipment under the Sunbelt Rentals and A-Plant brands through 658 stores in 47 states in the United States; 54 stores in Canada; and 187 stores in the United Kingdom. Ashtead Group plc was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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