Contrasting Monarch Casino & Resort (MCRI) and Its Competitors

Monarch Casino & Resort (NASDAQ: MCRI) is one of 93 publicly-traded companies in the “LEISURE SERVICES” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Monarch Casino & Resort to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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60.9% of Monarch Casino & Resort shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.9% of shares of all “LEISURE SERVICES” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.6% of Monarch Casino & Resort shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.5% of shares of all “LEISURE SERVICES” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Monarch Casino & Resort and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Monarch Casino & Resort 1 1 3 0 2.40
Monarch Casino & Resort Competitors 566 2468 4137 113 2.52

Monarch Casino & Resort currently has a consensus target price of $51.75, indicating a potential upside of 25.82%. As a group, “LEISURE SERVICES” companies have a potential upside of 6.32%. Given Monarch Casino & Resort’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Monarch Casino & Resort is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Monarch Casino & Resort and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Monarch Casino & Resort 11.07% 10.65% 8.57%
Monarch Casino & Resort Competitors 1.27% 39.05% 3.45%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Monarch Casino & Resort and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Monarch Casino & Resort $230.73 million $25.53 million 29.59
Monarch Casino & Resort Competitors $2.94 billion $266.84 million 10.45

Monarch Casino & Resort’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Monarch Casino & Resort. Monarch Casino & Resort is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Monarch Casino & Resort has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Monarch Casino & Resort’s peers have a beta of 0.94, meaning that their average stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Monarch Casino & Resort beats its peers on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Monarch Casino & Resort Company Profile

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (Monarch), through its subsidiary, owns and operates the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa (the Atlantis), a hotel/casino facility in Reno, Nevada. The Company also owns and operates Monarch Casino Black Hawk. The Company’s segments include Atlantis and Monarch Casino Black Hawk. The Atlantis is located approximately three miles south of downtown in the area of Reno, Nevada. As of December 31, 2016, the Atlantis featured approximately 61,000 square feet of casino space; 824 guest rooms and suites; eight food outlets; two espresso and pastry bars; a 30,000 square foot health spa and salon with an enclosed year-round pool; two retail outlets offering clothing and traditional gift shop merchandise; an 8,000 square-foot family entertainment center, and approximately 52,000 square feet of banquet, convention and meeting room space.

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