Emerald Expositions Events (NYSE: EEX) and Collectors Universe (NASDAQ:CLCT) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Emerald Expositions Events and Collectors Universe’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Emerald Expositions Events $331.61 million 4.85 $145.51 million N/A N/A
Collectors Universe $68.58 million 3.24 $16.31 million $1.10 22.65

Emerald Expositions Events has higher revenue and earnings than Collectors Universe.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.3% of Collectors Universe shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.9% of Collectors Universe shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Emerald Expositions Events and Collectors Universe, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Emerald Expositions Events 0 3 5 0 2.63
Collectors Universe 0 0 0 0 N/A

Emerald Expositions Events currently has a consensus price target of $24.28, suggesting a potential upside of 9.05%. Given Emerald Expositions Events’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Emerald Expositions Events is more favorable than Collectors Universe.

Dividends

Emerald Expositions Events pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Collectors Universe pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Collectors Universe pays out 127.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Emerald Expositions Events and Collectors Universe’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Emerald Expositions Events N/A N/A N/A
Collectors Universe 13.72% 66.87% 33.85%

About Emerald Expositions Events

Emerald Expositions Events, Inc. (Emerald), formerly Expo Event Holdco, Inc, is an operator of business-to-business (B2B) trade shows. The Company operates across multiple sectors, which includes: Gift, Home and General Merchandise; Sports; Design and Construction; Technology; Jewelry; Other Trade Shows; and Other Events. The Company operates more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows. It operates 13 trade shows in the Gift, Home and General Merchandise sector; 18 trade shows in Sports sector; five trade shows in Design and Construction; six trade shows in the Technology sector; six trade shows in Jewelry sector; and remaining 10 trade shows in other sectors . In 2016, its events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied over 6.5 million net square foot (NSF) of exhibition space.

About Collectors Universe

Collectors Universe, Inc. provides authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of coins, trading cards, event tickets, autographs and historical and sports memorabilia (collectibles). The Company operates through three segments: coins, trading cards and autographs, and other collectibles. The Company is engaged in the authentication, grading, publication and Web-based advertising, subscription-based business and product sales. The other collectibles segment includes the Certified Coin Exchange (CCE) subscription business, the Coinflation.com business and its collectibles conventions business. The Company is also engaged in selling of printed publications and collectibles price guides and advertising in such publications; selling of membership subscriptions in its Collectors Club; selling of subscriptions to its CCE dealer-to-dealer Internet bid-ask market for certified coins and to its CoinFacts Website, and conducting collectibles trade shows and conventions.

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