Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: LVS) and Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wyndham Worldwide 13.78% 94.96% 6.21%
Las Vegas Sands 28.06% 35.22% 12.80%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Wyndham Worldwide and Las Vegas Sands, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wyndham Worldwide 1 2 5 0 2.50
Las Vegas Sands 0 7 5 0 2.42

Wyndham Worldwide currently has a consensus target price of $143.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.87%. Las Vegas Sands has a consensus target price of $76.42, suggesting a potential upside of 16.60%. Given Wyndham Worldwide’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Wyndham Worldwide is more favorable than Las Vegas Sands.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.1% of Wyndham Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.1% of Las Vegas Sands shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Wyndham Worldwide shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of Las Vegas Sands shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Wyndham Worldwide and Las Vegas Sands’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Wyndham Worldwide $5.08 billion 2.13 $871.00 million $5.50 19.72
Las Vegas Sands $12.88 billion 4.01 $2.81 billion $3.04 21.56

Las Vegas Sands has higher revenue and earnings than Wyndham Worldwide. Wyndham Worldwide is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Las Vegas Sands, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Wyndham Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Las Vegas Sands pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Wyndham Worldwide pays out 48.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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. Wyndham Worldwide has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years and Las Vegas Sands has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Wyndham Worldwide has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Las Vegas Sands has a beta of 1.61, meaning that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Wyndham Worldwide Company Profile

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation provides hospitality services and products to individual and business customers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Hotel Group, Destination Network, and Vacation Ownership. The Hotel Group segment primarily franchises hotels in the upscale, upper midscale, midscale, economy, and extended stay segments, as well as provides property management services for full-service and select limited-service hotels. This segment operates approximately 8,422 franchised hotels and 728,000 hotel rooms. The Destination Network segment provides vacation exchange services and products to owners of vacation ownership interests (VOIs); and manages and markets vacation rental properties primarily on behalf of independent owners. This segment operates vacation exchange network with approximately 3.9 million members. The Vacation Ownership segment develops, markets, and sells VOIs to individual consumers; and provides consumer financing in connection with the sale of VOIs, as well as offers property management services at resorts. The company offers its hospitality services and products under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Wingate by Wyndham, Microtel Inns & Suites by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, RCI, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Shell Vacations Club, and WorldMark by Wyndham. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Las Vegas Sands Company Profile

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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