Carnival (NYSE: CUK) and GasLog Partners (NYSE:GLOP) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.
Volatility & Risk
Carnival has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GasLog Partners has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Carnival and GasLog Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
GasLog Partners has a consensus target price of $26.17, suggesting a potential upside of 8.35%. Given GasLog Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe GasLog Partners is more favorable than Carnival.
Carnival pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. GasLog Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. Carnival pays out 47.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. GasLog Partners pays out 101.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Carnival has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years and GasLog Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. GasLog Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
4.2% of Carnival shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.7% of GasLog Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Carnival shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Carnival and GasLog Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Carnival||$17.51 billion||0.80||$2.61 billion||$3.82||17.53|
|GasLog Partners||$311.47 million||3.18||$112.83 million||$2.09||11.56|
Carnival has higher revenue and earnings than GasLog Partners. GasLog Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Carnival, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Carnival and GasLog Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
GasLog Partners beats Carnival on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Carnival Company Profile
Carnival plc operates as a leisure travel and cruise company. It offers cruises under the Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Seabourn brands in North America; and Costa, AIDA, P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard, and P&O Cruises (Australia) brands in Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company operates approximately 100 cruise ships. It also owns Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, a tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon, which owns and operates hotels, lodges, glass-domed railcars, and motor coaches. In addition, the company is involved in the leasing of cruise ships. It sells its cruises primarily through travel agents and tour operators. The company was founded in 1850 and is based in Southampton, the United Kingdom. Carnival plc is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & Plc.
GasLog Partners Company Profile
GasLog Partners LP owns, operates, and acquires liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under multi-year charters. As of February 8, 2018, it had a fleet of 12 LNG carriers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco.
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