CorePoint Lodging (NYSE:CPLG) and VICI Properties (NYSE:VICI) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.1% of CorePoint Lodging shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.4% of VICI Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of CorePoint Lodging shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of VICI Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CorePoint Lodging and VICI Properties’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CorePoint Lodging $862.00 million 0.73 -$262.00 million $2.06 5.29
VICI Properties $897.98 million 10.91 $523.61 million $1.43 14.87

VICI Properties has higher revenue and earnings than CorePoint Lodging. CorePoint Lodging is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VICI Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CorePoint Lodging and VICI Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CorePoint Lodging -31.35% -7.22% -3.94%
VICI Properties 64.39% 8.15% 5.02%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for CorePoint Lodging and VICI Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CorePoint Lodging 1 0 0 0 1.00
VICI Properties 0 1 10 0 2.91

CorePoint Lodging currently has a consensus price target of $11.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.92%. VICI Properties has a consensus price target of $25.32, suggesting a potential upside of 19.09%. Given VICI Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe VICI Properties is more favorable than CorePoint Lodging.

Dividends

CorePoint Lodging pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. VICI Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. CorePoint Lodging pays out 38.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. VICI Properties pays out 80.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CorePoint Lodging is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

CorePoint Lodging has a beta of 0.84, meaning that its share price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VICI Properties has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

VICI Properties beats CorePoint Lodging on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

CorePoint Lodging Company Profile

CorePoint Lodging Inc., a real estate investment trust company, operates midscale and upper-midscale select-service hotels primarily under the La Quinta brand. As of March 21, 2019, it had a portfolio of 313 hotels and approximately 40,000 rooms across 41 states in the United States. CorePoint Lodging Inc. is based in Irving, Texas.

VICI Properties Company Profile

VICI Properties is an experiential real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest portfolios of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations, including the world-renowned Caesars Palace. VICI Properties' national, geographically diverse portfolio consists of 22 gaming facilities comprising approximately 39 million square feet and features approximately 14,800 hotel rooms and approximately 150 restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Its properties are leased to Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Penn National Gaming, two industry leading gaming and hospitality operators. VICI Properties also owns four championship golf courses and 34 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. VICI Properties' strategy is to create the nation's highest quality and most productive experiential real estate portfolio.

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