Peak Resorts (SKIS) and Tropicana Entertainment (TPCA) Head to Head Review

Peak Resorts (NASDAQ:SKIS) and Tropicana Entertainment (OTCMKTS:TPCA) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.3% of Peak Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Peak Resorts shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 83.9% of Tropicana Entertainment shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Peak Resorts and Tropicana Entertainment’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Peak Resorts $131.66 million 0.54 $1.35 million $0.07 73.00
Tropicana Entertainment $898.19 million 1.96 $49.84 million N/A N/A

Tropicana Entertainment has higher revenue and earnings than Peak Resorts.

Profitability

This table compares Peak Resorts and Tropicana Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peak Resorts -1.41% -0.63% -0.13%
Tropicana Entertainment 5.77% 5.62% 4.35%

Dividends

Peak Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Tropicana Entertainment does not pay a dividend. Peak Resorts pays out 400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility & Risk

Peak Resorts has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tropicana Entertainment has a beta of 0.54, indicating that its share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Peak Resorts and Tropicana Entertainment, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peak Resorts 0 0 3 0 3.00
Tropicana Entertainment 0 0 0 0 N/A

Peak Resorts presently has a consensus target price of $6.33, indicating a potential upside of 23.94%. Given Peak Resorts’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Peak Resorts is more favorable than Tropicana Entertainment.

Summary

Tropicana Entertainment beats Peak Resorts on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Peak Resorts Company Profile

Peak Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and leases day and overnight drive ski resorts in the United States. Its resorts activities and amenities include skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, dining, lodging, equipment rentals and sales, ski and snowboard instruction, zip lines, mountain coasters, mountain biking, hiking, and other summer activities. The company also offers non-winter attractions, such as golf, roller coasters, swimming, summer concerts, and zip rides. It operates 14 ski resorts primarily located in the Northeast and Midwest. Peak Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Wildwood, Missouri.

Tropicana Entertainment Company Profile

Tropicana Entertainment Inc. owns and operates casino and entertainment properties in the United States. It operates two casinos in Nevada; and one casino in each of Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and New Jersey, as well as a hotel, timeshare, and casino resort property located on the island of Aruba. As of December 31, 2017, the company properties included approximately 399,000 square feet of gaming space with approximately 8,000 slot machines, 270 table games and 5,800 hotel rooms. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tropicana Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises Holdings L.P.

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