Carnival (CUK) versus Its Peers Financial Survey

Carnival (NYSE: CUK) is one of 93 public companies in the “LEISURE SERVICES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Carnival to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Dividends

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Carnival pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Carnival pays out 50.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “LEISURE SERVICES” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 42.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Carnival has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

4.4% of Carnival shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “LEISURE SERVICES” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Carnival shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of shares of all “LEISURE SERVICES” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Carnival has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Carnival’s rivals have a beta of 0.94, suggesting that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Carnival and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Carnival 14.88% 11.78% 6.90%
Carnival Competitors 1.27% 39.04% 3.45%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Carnival and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Carnival $17.51 billion $2.61 billion 18.35
Carnival Competitors $2.94 billion $266.84 million 10.22

Carnival has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Carnival is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Carnival and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Carnival 0 0 0 0 N/A
Carnival Competitors 566 2466 4134 113 2.52

As a group, “LEISURE SERVICES” companies have a potential upside of 4.60%. Given Carnival’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Carnival has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

About Carnival

Carnival plc is a leisure travel company. The Company’s segments include North America, and Europe, Australia & Asia (EAA). Its North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises (Princess), Holland America Line and Seabourn. Its EAA segment includes Costa Cruises (Costa), AIDA Cruises (AIDA), P&O Cruises (the United Kingdom), P&O Cruises (Australia) and Cunard. It also includes Cruise Support segment, which represents its portfolio of port destinations and private islands. In addition to its cruise operations, it owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Its tour company owns and operates hotels, lodges, glass-domed railcars and motorcoaches. Its Carnival Cruise Line offers cruises generally from 3 to 8 days with almost all of its ships departing from 16 convenient United States home ports located along the East, Gulf and West coasts, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, as of November 30, 2016.

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