Golden Entertainment (GDEN) vs. Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) Head to Head Review

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

Risk and Volatility

Pinnacle Entertainment has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golden Entertainment has a beta of 0.04, suggesting that its stock price is 96% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Pinnacle Entertainment and Golden Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pinnacle Entertainment 0.68% -8.88% 0.78%
Golden Entertainment 4.29% 6.26% 3.17%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pinnacle Entertainment and Golden Entertainment’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pinnacle Entertainment $2.53 billion 0.44 $653.39 million $0.26 75.54
Golden Entertainment $426.75 million 1.15 $44.77 million $0.80 27.49

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.8% of Pinnacle Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.7% of Golden Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.3% of Pinnacle Entertainment shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 52.0% of Golden Entertainment shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Pinnacle Entertainment and Golden Entertainment, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pinnacle Entertainment 0 3 3 0 2.50
Golden Entertainment 0 1 0 0 2.00

Pinnacle Entertainment currently has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.38%. Golden Entertainment has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential downside of 40.88%. Given Pinnacle Entertainment’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Pinnacle Entertainment is more favorable than Golden Entertainment.


Pinnacle Entertainment beats Golden Entertainment on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

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.

About Golden Entertainment

Golden Entertainment, Inc. is a group of gaming companies. The Company focuses on distributed gaming, including tavern gaming, and casino and resort operations. It operates through two segments: Distributed Gaming and Casinos. Its Distributed Gaming segment involves the installation, maintenance and operation of gaming and amusement devices in certain strategic, high-traffic, non-casino locations (such as grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, taverns, saloons and liquor stores) in Nevada and Montana, and the operation of traditional, branded taverns targeting local patrons, primarily in the greater Las Vegas, Nevada metropolitan area. As of December 31, 2016, its distributed gaming operations consisted of approximately 10,400 gaming devices in approximately 960 locations. Its Casinos segment consists of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, Maryland and three casinos in Pahrump, Nevada: Pahrump Nugget Hotel Casino, Gold Town Casino and Lakeside Casino & RV Park.

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