Vail Resorts (MTN) vs. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SEAS) Financial Review

Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Vail Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vail Resorts $1.91 billion 4.83 $210.55 million $5.22 43.63
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment $1.26 billion 1.16 -$202.38 million $0.21 77.24

Vail Resorts has higher revenue and earnings than SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Vail Resorts is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Vail Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vail Resorts 0 1 8 0 2.89
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment 2 4 4 0 2.20

Vail Resorts currently has a consensus price target of $249.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.33%. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has a consensus price target of $15.11, suggesting a potential downside of 6.84%. Given Vail Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Vail Resorts is more favorable than SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.


This table compares Vail Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vail Resorts 16.91% 13.17% 5.72%
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment -16.02% 23.42% 3.30%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.8% of Vail Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.5% of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Vail Resorts shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Vail Resorts has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has a beta of 0.79, meaning that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Vail Resorts pays an annual dividend of $5.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment does not pay a dividend. Vail Resorts pays out 112.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Vail Resorts has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


Vail Resorts beats SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vail Resorts Company Profile

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates mountain resorts and urban ski areas in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Mountain, Lodging, and Real Estate. The Mountain segment operates 11 mountain resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone resorts in Colorado; Park City Mountain resort in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Stowe Mountain resort in Northern Vermont; and Perisher in Australia, as well as three urban ski areas, such as Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, Afton Alps in Minnesota, and Mount Brighton in Michigan. Its resorts offer various winter and summer recreational activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowtubing, sightseeing, mountain biking, guided hiking, zip lines, challenge ropes courses, alpine slides and mountain coasters, children's activities, and other recreational activities; and ski and snowboard lessons, equipment rental and retail merchandise services, dining venues, private club operations, and other winter and summer recreational activities. This segment also leases its owned and leased commercial space to third party operators; and provides real estate brokerage services. The Lodging segment owns and/or manages various luxury hotels and condominiums under the RockResorts brand, and other lodging properties; various condominiums located in proximity to the company's mountain resorts; destination resorts; and golf courses, as well as offers resort ground transportation services. This segment operates approximately 4,700 owned and managed hotel and condominium units. The Real Estate segment owns, develops, and sells real estate properties in and around the company's resort communities. Vail Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in Broomfield, Colorado.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Company Profile

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a theme park and entertainment company in the United States. The company operates marine-life theme park under the SeaWorld brand in San Diego, Orlando, and San Antonio; Busch Gardens theme parks, which are family-oriented destinations with foreign geographic settings in Tampa and Williamsburg; and water parks under the Aquatica brand name in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. It also operates Discovery Cove marine life theme park in Orlando; Water Country USA, family water park in Williamsburg; Sesame Place, a seasonal park in Langhorne; and Adventure Island, a water park in Tampa. In addition, the company operates its theme park under the Shamu and Sea Rescue brands. It operates a portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks. The company was formerly known as SW Holdco, Inc. and changed its name to SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. in December 2012. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

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