Contrasting Sands China (SCHYY) & Extended Stay America (STAY)

Sands China (OTCMKTS: SCHYY) and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Sands China and Extended Stay America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sands China N/A N/A N/A
Extended Stay America 6.15% 14.42% 4.71%

Volatility & Risk

Sands China has a beta of 1.97, indicating that its stock price is 97% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Extended Stay America has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Sands China shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.9% of Extended Stay America shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Extended Stay America shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sands China and Extended Stay America, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sands China 0 0 3 0 3.00
Extended Stay America 0 1 7 0 2.88

Extended Stay America has a consensus target price of $20.94, indicating a potential upside of 9.74%. Given Extended Stay America’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Extended Stay America is more favorable than Sands China.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sands China and Extended Stay America’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sands China $6.65 billion 6.43 $1.22 billion N/A N/A
Extended Stay America $1.28 billion 2.84 $78.84 million $0.41 46.54

Sands China has higher revenue and earnings than Extended Stay America.

Dividends

Sands China pays an annual dividend of $2.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Extended Stay America pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Extended Stay America pays out 204.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Extended Stay America has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Extended Stay America beats Sands China on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sands China

Sands China Ltd., an investment holding company, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts and casinos in Macao. It owns and operates The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, the Sands Cotai Central resort, The Parisian Macao resort, The Plaza Macao resort, and Sands Macao casino; the CotaiExpo, an convention and exhibition hall; the Cotai Arena, an entertainment venue; and luxury and mid-market retail malls with approximately 800 shops. As of December 31, 2016, the company had 12,751 suites and hotel rooms, 19 Paiza Mansions, 1,635 table games, 4,493 slot machines, and approximately 140 restaurants and food outlets, as well as other integrated resort amenities. It also offers ferry transportation and leasing services; security services; human resources administration services; financing; mall management services; travel and tourism agency services; and procurement, marketing, and administrative services, as well as outsourcing services, including information technology, accounting, hotel reservation, and marketing. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Taipa, Macau. Sands China Ltd. is a subsidiary of Venetian Venture Development Intermediate II.

About Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America, Inc. is a owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America. The Company operates in the extended stay lodging industry. The Company owns and operates approximately 700 hotel properties consisting of approximately 75,900 rooms located in 44 states across the United States of America and in Canada. The Company owns and operates hotels under the core brand, Extended Stay America. In addition, the Company owns and operates three Extended Stay Canada hotels, 49 hotels in the economy extended stay segment under the Crossland Economy Studios and Hometown Inn brands, and also manage two Extended Stay America hotels.

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