Financial Survey: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) vs. The Competition

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Hotels & motels” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Las Vegas Sands to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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38.7% of Las Vegas Sands shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of shares of all “Hotels & motels” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.1% of Las Vegas Sands shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.4% of shares of all “Hotels & motels” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Las Vegas Sands and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Las Vegas Sands 0 8 9 0 2.53
Las Vegas Sands Competitors 306 1441 2186 74 2.51

Las Vegas Sands presently has a consensus target price of $72.29, indicating a potential downside of 1.65%. As a group, “Hotels & motels” companies have a potential upside of 0.91%. Given Las Vegas Sands’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Las Vegas Sands has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Las Vegas Sands pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Las Vegas Sands pays out 98.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Hotels & motels” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 48.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Las Vegas Sands has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Las Vegas Sands has a beta of 1.65, meaning that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Las Vegas Sands’ rivals have a beta of 1.15, meaning that their average share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Las Vegas Sands and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Las Vegas Sands $12.88 billion $2.81 billion 24.18
Las Vegas Sands Competitors $3.57 billion $470.05 million 186.45

Las Vegas Sands has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Las Vegas Sands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Las Vegas Sands and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Las Vegas Sands 21.78% 33.90% 11.95%
Las Vegas Sands Competitors 10.97% 12.75% 4.81%

Summary

Las Vegas Sands beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands Corp., together with its subsidiaries, develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in Asia and the United States. It owns and operates The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, the Sands Cotai Central, The Parisian Macao, The Plaza Macao and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip, and the Sands Macao in Macao, the People's Republic of China; and iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The company also owns and operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip; the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Its integrated resorts include accommodations, gaming, entertainment and retail, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and other amenities. Las Vegas Sands Corp. was founded in 1988 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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