Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Full House Resorts (FLL) Critical Survey

Pinnacle Entertainment (NASDAQ: PNK) and Full House Resorts (NASDAQ:FLL) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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85.9% of Pinnacle Entertainment shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.3% of Full House Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. 8.3% of Pinnacle Entertainment shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.6% of Full House Resorts shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Pinnacle Entertainment and Full House Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pinnacle Entertainment 2.46% -18.61% 1.59%
Full House Resorts -3.12% -9.22% -2.87%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pinnacle Entertainment and Full House Resorts’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pinnacle Entertainment $2.56 billion 0.69 $63.10 million $1.02 29.70
Full House Resorts $161.27 million 0.45 -$5.02 million ($0.23) -13.70

Pinnacle Entertainment has higher revenue and earnings than Full House Resorts. Full House Resorts is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pinnacle Entertainment, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Pinnacle Entertainment has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Full House Resorts has a beta of 0.25, meaning that its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Pinnacle Entertainment and Full House Resorts, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pinnacle Entertainment 0 6 3 0 2.33
Full House Resorts 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pinnacle Entertainment presently has a consensus price target of $30.17, suggesting a potential downside of 0.41%. Full House Resorts has a consensus price target of $3.88, suggesting a potential upside of 23.02%. Given Full House Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Full House Resorts is more favorable than Pinnacle Entertainment.

Summary

Pinnacle Entertainment beats Full House Resorts on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pinnacle Entertainment Company Profile

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. is an owner, operator and developer of casinos and related hospitality and entertainment businesses. The Company operates through three segments: Midwest, South and West. The Company’s Midwest segment includes Ameristar Council Bluffs, Ameristar East Chicago, Ameristar Kansas City, Ameristar St. Charles, Belterra, Belterra Park, Meadows and River City. The Company’s South segment includes Ameristar Vicksburg, Boomtown Bossier City, Boomtown New Orleans, L’Auberge Baton Rouge and L’Auberge Lake Charles. The Company’s West segment includes Ameristar Black Hawk and Cactus Petes and Horseshu. As of September 30, 2016, the Company owned and operated 16 gaming entertainment businesses, located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Company’s gaming entertainment businesses include gaming, food and beverage, and retail facilities, which include hotel and resort amenities.

Full House Resorts Company Profile

Full House Resorts, Inc. owns, operates, develops, manages, and/or invests in casinos and related hospitality and entertainment facilities. The Company’s casino/resort segments include the Silver Slipper Casino & Hotel in Hancock County, Mississippi; the Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana, and the Northern Nevada segment, which consists of the Grand Lodge Casino in Incline Village, Nevada and Stockman’s Casino in Fallon, Nevada. The Company’s Development/Management segment includes costs associated with casino-related development and management projects. The Company has a leased property, Grand Lodge Casino. The Rising Star Casino Resort is located on the banks of the Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana. The Silver Slipper Casino & Hotel is situated on the far west end of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The Grand Lodge Casino is located within Hyatt Regency in Incline Village, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

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