Head-To-Head Survey: Sabre Corporation (SABR) versus King Digital Entertainment PLC (KING)

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) and King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE:KING) are both mid-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Sabre Corporation and King Digital Entertainment PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sabre Corporation 3.87% 46.16% 5.43%
King Digital Entertainment PLC 19.58% 33.71% 24.95%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sabre Corporation and King Digital Entertainment PLC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sabre Corporation $3.48 billion 1.44 $719.33 million $0.48 37.50
King Digital Entertainment PLC N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Sabre Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than King Digital Entertainment PLC.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Sabre Corporation and King Digital Entertainment PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sabre Corporation 1 2 6 0 2.56
King Digital Entertainment PLC 0 0 0 0 N/A

Sabre Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $22.63, suggesting a potential upside of 25.69%. Given Sabre Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Sabre Corporation is more favorable than King Digital Entertainment PLC.

Dividends

Sabre Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. King Digital Entertainment PLC does not pay a dividend. Sabre Corporation pays out 116.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Sabre Corporation beats King Digital Entertainment PLC on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sabre Corporation Company Profile

Sabre Corporation is a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry. The Company provides software and services to a range of travel suppliers and travel buyers. The Company operates through two business segments: Travel Network, and Airline and Hospitality Solutions. Travel Network is its global business-to-business travel marketplace and consists primarily of its global distribution system (GDS) and a set of solutions that integrate with its GDS to serve travel suppliers and travel buyers. Its Airline and Hospitality Solutions business offers a portfolio of software technology products and solutions, through software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted delivery model, to airlines, hoteliers and other travel suppliers. The Company connects travel suppliers, including airlines, hotels, car rental brands, rail carriers, cruise lines and tour operators, with travel buyers in a travel marketplace.

King Digital Entertainment PLC Company Profile

King Digital Entertainment plc is an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world. The Company has four franchises: Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue. The Company develops and publishes games that can be played on its king.com and royalgames.com Websites, Facebook and, mobile platforms, such as iOS and Android. The Company is involved in developing and monetizing digital games on multiple platforms. The Company’s games include Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and Bubble Witch 2 Saga. As of December 31, 2014, the Company had 533 million monthly active users (MAUs), 149 million daily active users (DAUs), 356 million monthly unique users (MUUs) and 8,344 million monthly unique payers (MUPs).

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