Head to Head Contrast: William Hill (WIMHY) versus Boyd Gaming (BYD)

William Hill (OTCMKTS: WIMHY) and Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares William Hill and Boyd Gaming’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
William Hill $2.17 billion 1.85 $222.94 million N/A N/A
Boyd Gaming $2.38 billion 1.47 $189.19 million $1.64 18.93

William Hill has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Boyd Gaming.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of William Hill shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.8% of Boyd Gaming shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.9% of Boyd Gaming shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for William Hill and Boyd Gaming, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
William Hill 0 3 3 0 2.50
Boyd Gaming 0 6 10 0 2.63

Boyd Gaming has a consensus target price of $35.53, suggesting a potential upside of 14.48%. Given Boyd Gaming’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Boyd Gaming is more favorable than William Hill.

Dividends

William Hill pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Boyd Gaming pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Boyd Gaming pays out 12.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares William Hill and Boyd Gaming’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
William Hill N/A N/A N/A
Boyd Gaming 7.94% 11.47% 2.54%

Risk and Volatility

William Hill has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Boyd Gaming has a beta of 1.92, meaning that its stock price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Boyd Gaming beats William Hill on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

William Hill Company Profile

William Hill PLC provides sports betting and gaming services in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, Italy, Spain, and internationally. It operates through Retail, Online, US, Australia, and Other segments. The company operates licensed betting offices that offer various betting and gaming services, including horseracing, greyhound racing, football betting, virtual racing, numbers betting, and other services. It also operates online betting and gaming business that provides in-play and pre-match betting and gaming; and gaming machines, as well as offers online casino, poker, and bingo products. In addition, the company provides telephone betting services, such as bet in-play betting; and sports betting and gaming services through mobile apps. Further, it is involved in on-course betting and greyhound stadia operations. The company offers online and telephone sports betting services under the William Hill, Centrebet, Sportingbet, and tomwaterhouse.com brands in Australia. It operates approximately 2,375 licensed betting offices in the United Kingdom. William Hill PLC was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Boyd Gaming Company Profile

Boyd Gaming Corporation is a multi-jurisdictional gaming company. The Company operated 24 wholly owned gaming entertainment properties in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, as of December 31, 2016. It operates through three segments: Las Vegas Locals, Downtown Las Vegas, and Midwest and South. It owns and operates a travel agency and a captive insurance company that underwrites travel-related insurance, each located in Hawaii. The Company’s Las Vegas Locals segment includes properties, such as Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, The Orleans Hotel and Casino, and Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. The Downtown Las Vegas segment includes three properties, such as California Hotel and Casino Fremont Hotel and Casino and Main Street Station Casino, Brewery and Hotel Street Station. Its Midwest and South segment’s properties include Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, Diamond Jo Dubuque, Diamond Jo Worth, Kansas Star Casino, Amelia Belle Casino and Evangeline Downs.

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