Critical Comparison: Cedar Fair, L.P. (FUN) and Function(x) (FNCX)

Function(x) (NASDAQ: FNCX) and Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Function(x) and Cedar Fair, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Function(x) 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cedar Fair, L.P. 0 1 6 1 3.00

Cedar Fair, L.P. has a consensus price target of $73.13, indicating a potential upside of 2.27%. Given Cedar Fair, L.P.’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cedar Fair, L.P. is more favorable than Function(x).

Volatility & Risk

Function(x) has a beta of -0.62, indicating that its stock price is 162% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cedar Fair, L.P. has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Function(x) and Cedar Fair, L.P.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Function(x) $3.13 million 0.52 -$10.43 million N/A N/A
Cedar Fair, L.P. $1.28 billion 3.14 $450.35 million $2.85 25.09

Cedar Fair, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Function(x).

Profitability

This table compares Function(x) and Cedar Fair, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Function(x) N/A N/A -48.16%
Cedar Fair, L.P. 12.63% 724.36% 8.06%

Dividends

Cedar Fair, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $3.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Function(x) does not pay a dividend. Cedar Fair, L.P. pays out 120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cedar Fair, L.P. has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.6% of Function(x) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of Cedar Fair, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 66.9% of Function(x) shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Cedar Fair, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cedar Fair, L.P. beats Function(x) on 13 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Function(x)

Function(x) Inc., formerly DraftDay Fantasy Sports, Inc., is a diversified media and entertainment company. The Company conducts three lines of businesses, which are digital publishing through Wetpaint.com, Inc. (Wetpaint) and Rant, Inc. (Rant); fantasy sports gaming through DraftDay Gaming Group, Inc. (DDGG), and digital content distribution through Choose Digital, Inc. (Choose Digital). The Company’s segments include Wetpaint, which is a media channel reporting original news stories and publishing information content covering television shows, music, celebrities, entertainment news and fashion; Choose Digital, which is a business-to-business platform for delivering digital content; DDGG, which is a business-to-business operator of daily fantasy sports, and Other. The Company’s digital publishing business also includes Rant, which is a digital publisher that publishes original content in over 13 verticals, such as in sports, entertainment, pets, cars and food.

About Cedar Fair, L.P.

Cedar Fair, L.P. is an operator of regional amusement parks. The Company operates within a segment of amusement/water parks with accompanying resort facilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 11 amusement parks, two separately gated outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. The amusement parks include Cedar Point, located on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo in Sandusky, Ohio; Knott’s Berry Farm, near Los Angeles, California; Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto, Canada; Kings Island, near Cincinnati, Ohio; Carowinds, in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Dorney Park), in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Kings Dominion, near Richmond, Virginia; California’s Great America, in Santa Clara, California; Valleyfair, near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Worlds of Fun, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Michigan’s Adventure, in Muskegon, Michigan. It manages and operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California.

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