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Head to Head Analysis: Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) & Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New (SIX)

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New (NYSE: SIX) and Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Profitability

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This table compares Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New and Cedar Fair, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New 7.49% -41.86% 3.91%
Cedar Fair, L.P. 12.63% 724.36% 8.06%

Risk & Volatility

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cedar Fair, L.P. has a beta of 0.51, meaning that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New and Cedar Fair, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New 1 2 9 0 2.67
Cedar Fair, L.P. 0 1 6 0 2.86

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New currently has a consensus target price of $66.50, indicating a potential upside of 16.95%. Cedar Fair, L.P. has a consensus target price of $74.29, indicating a potential upside of 7.54%. Given Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New is more favorable than Cedar Fair, L.P..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.1% of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.7% of Cedar Fair, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Cedar Fair, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New and Cedar Fair, L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New $1.32 billion 3.69 $437.39 million $1.07 53.14
Cedar Fair, L.P. $1.28 billion 3.03 $450.35 million $2.85 24.24

Cedar Fair, L.P. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New. Cedar Fair, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New pays an annual dividend of $2.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Cedar Fair, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $3.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New pays out 239.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cedar Fair, L.P. pays out 120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Cedar Fair, L.P. has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Cedar Fair, L.P. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Cedar Fair, L.P. beats Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New Company Profile

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation New logoSix Flags Entertainment Corporation (Six Flags) is a regional theme park operator. The Company operates in the theme parks segment. The Company operates approximately 19 regional theme and water parks. Its parks occupy approximately 4,500 acres of land. Its parks are located in geographically diverse markets across North America. Its parks offer a selection of thrill rides, water attractions, themed areas, concerts and shows, restaurants, game venues and retail outlets. Its parks offer approximately 830 rides, including over 135 roller coasters. The Company’s parks include Six Flags America, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari/ Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Magic Mountain/ Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags Mexico and Six Flags New England.

Cedar Fair, L.P. Company Profile

Cedar Fair, L.P. logoCedar Fair, L.P. is an operator of regional amusement parks. The Company operates within a segment of amusement/water parks with accompanying resort facilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 11 amusement parks, two separately gated outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. The amusement parks include Cedar Point, located on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo in Sandusky, Ohio; Knott’s Berry Farm, near Los Angeles, California; Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto, Canada; Kings Island, near Cincinnati, Ohio; Carowinds, in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Dorney Park), in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Kings Dominion, near Richmond, Virginia; California’s Great America, in Santa Clara, California; Valleyfair, near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Worlds of Fun, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Michigan’s Adventure, in Muskegon, Michigan. It manages and operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California.

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