Town Sports International Holdings (NASDAQ:CLUB) vs. Planet Fitness (PLNT) Head to Head Survey

Town Sports International Holdings (NASDAQ: CLUB) and Planet Fitness (NYSE:PLNT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Town Sports International Holdings and Planet Fitness’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Town Sports International Holdings 3.05% N/A -4.75%
Planet Fitness 6.99% -79.66% 7.47%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.2% of Town Sports International Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.5% of Planet Fitness shares are held by institutional investors. 19.0% of Town Sports International Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.9% of Planet Fitness shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Town Sports International Holdings and Planet Fitness’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Town Sports International Holdings $394.66 million 0.30 $42.51 million $0.46 10.22
Planet Fitness $386.00 million 4.37 $153.88 million $0.51 45.57

Planet Fitness has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Town Sports International Holdings. Town Sports International Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Planet Fitness, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Town Sports International Holdings and Planet Fitness, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Town Sports International Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Planet Fitness 0 1 9 0 2.90

Planet Fitness has a consensus target price of $25.10, indicating a potential upside of 8.00%. Given Planet Fitness’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Planet Fitness is more favorable than Town Sports International Holdings.

Risk & Volatility

Town Sports International Holdings has a beta of 2.97, indicating that its stock price is 197% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Planet Fitness has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Planet Fitness beats Town Sports International Holdings on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Town Sports International Holdings

Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. is an owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States fitness. As of December 31, 2016, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operated 150 fitness clubs (clubs). It owned and operated a total of 102 clubs under the New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) brand name within a 120-mile radius of New York City as of December 31, 2016, including 35 locations in Manhattan. It owned and operated 28 clubs in the Boston region under its Boston Sports Clubs (BSC) brand name, 12 clubs (one of which is partly-owned) in the Washington, D.C. region under its Washington Sports Clubs (WSC) brand name and five clubs in the Philadelphia region under its Philadelphia Sports Clubs (PSC) brand name as of December 31, 2016. In addition, as of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated three clubs in Switzerland and partly-owned one club that operated under a different brand name in Washington, D.C.

About Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness, Inc. is a franchisor and operator of fitness centers in the United States. The Company operates through three segments: Franchise; Corporate-owned stores, and Equipment. The Franchise segment includes operations related to the Company’s franchising business in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Canada. The Corporate-owned stores segment includes operations with respect to all corporate-owned stores throughout the United States and Canada. The Equipment segment includes the sale of equipment to franchisee-owned stores. As of December 31, 2016, it had approximately 8.9 million members and 1,313 stores in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. Of its 1,313 stores, 1,255 were franchised and 58 are corporate-owned, as of December 31, 2016.

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