Cannabis Sativa (OTCMKTS: CBDS) and Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) are both services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Cannabis Sativa and Service Corporation International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cannabis Sativa -97,837.88% -263.43% -195.21%
Service Corporation International 11.83% 24.85% 2.38%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cannabis Sativa and Service Corporation International’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cannabis Sativa N/A N/A N/A ($0.36) -8.42
Service Corporation International $3.03 billion 2.15 $177.03 million $1.90 18.29

Service Corporation International has higher revenue and earnings than Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Sativa is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Service Corporation International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Cannabis Sativa has a beta of -7.48, indicating that its stock price is 848% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Service Corporation International has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Service Corporation International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Cannabis Sativa does not pay a dividend. Service Corporation International pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Service Corporation International has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cannabis Sativa and Service Corporation International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cannabis Sativa 0 0 0 0 N/A
Service Corporation International 0 0 3 0 3.00

Service Corporation International has a consensus price target of $39.67, indicating a potential upside of 14.15%. Given Service Corporation International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Service Corporation International is more favorable than Cannabis Sativa.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.5% of Service Corporation International shares are held by institutional investors. 6.2% of Service Corporation International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Service Corporation International beats Cannabis Sativa on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa, Inc. develops and promotes natural cannabis products. The Company is engaged in the research, development and licensing of natural cannabis products, including cannabis formulas, edibles, topicals, strains, recipes and delivery systems. The Company plans to develop, produce and market products through joint ventures with companies licensed under state regulations applicable to cannabis businesses. It holds the license for a medicinal cannabis strain called NZT, a cannabis lozenge delivery methodology, and a cannabis trauma cream formula. The Company is also developing a third strain of cannabis plant named CT22. The Company also conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Wild Earth Naturals, Inc. (Wild Earth). Wild Earth is an herbal skin care products formulation and marketing company that plans to target the natural healthcare products market in the United States and abroad. It offers Go Deep, Go Deep EXTRA (GDX), Face Garden, Body Garden and Lip Garden.

About Service Corporation International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It offers various brands, such as Dignity Memorial, Dignity Planning, National Cremation Society, Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, and Funeraria del Angel. Its funeral service and cemetery operations consist of funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and related businesses. It sells cemetery property, and funeral and cemetery merchandise and services.

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