Party City Holdco (NYSE:PRTY) and Acorn International (NYSE:ATV) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Party City Holdco and Acorn International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Party City Holdco $2.37 billion 0.45 $215.34 million $1.20 9.23
Acorn International $20.29 million 4.52 $12.38 million N/A N/A

Party City Holdco has higher revenue and earnings than Acorn International.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Acorn International shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Party City Holdco shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 51.8% of Acorn International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Party City Holdco and Acorn International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Party City Holdco 8.70% 14.86% 4.11%
Acorn International N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Party City Holdco and Acorn International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Party City Holdco 0 1 8 0 2.89
Acorn International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Party City Holdco presently has a consensus target price of $17.33, suggesting a potential upside of 56.44%. Given Party City Holdco’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Party City Holdco is more favorable than Acorn International.

Risk & Volatility

Party City Holdco has a beta of 2.05, meaning that its share price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Acorn International has a beta of -0.01, meaning that its share price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Party City Holdco beats Acorn International on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Party City Holdco Company Profile

Party City Holdco Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sources, and distributes party supplies in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Retail and Wholesale. It offers paper and plastic tableware, metallic and latex balloons, Halloween and other costumes, accessories and novelties, stationery, and decorations. As of March 9, 2018, the company offered its products through its 900 specialty retail party supply stores, including approximately 150 franchise stores in North America under the Party City and Halloween City names; and e-commerce Websites, principally through the domain name In addition, it franchises individual stores and franchise areas throughout the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico principally under the Party City name. The company offers its products through company-owned stores, independent party supply stores, mass merchants, grocery retailers, and dollar stores, as well as through other retailers and distributors. Party City Holdco Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Elmsford, New York.

Acorn International Company Profile

Acorn International, Inc., an integrated multi-platform marketing company, develops, promotes, and sells products in the People's Republic of China. It operates through two segments, Integrated Direct Sales and Nationwide Distribution Network. The company, through its direct sales business platform, markets and sells products directly to consumers through its outbound marketing platform and Internet sales platform. It also provides its products through its nationwide distribution network. The company offers health and collectible, mobile phones, kitchen and household, fitness, cosmetics, auto, consumer electronics, and other products. Acorn International, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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