Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE: FUN) and Function(x) (NASDAQ:FNCX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Cedar Fair, L.P. and Function(x)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cedar Fair, L.P. 12.63% 724.36% 8.06%
Function(x) N/A N/A -48.16%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cedar Fair, L.P. and Function(x)’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cedar Fair, L.P. $1.28 billion 3.11 $450.35 million $2.85 24.80
Function(x) $3.13 million 0.50 -$10.43 million N/A N/A

Cedar Fair, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Function(x).

Risk and Volatility

Cedar Fair, L.P. has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Function(x) has a beta of -0.62, indicating that its stock price is 162% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Cedar Fair, L.P. and Function(x), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cedar Fair, L.P. 0 1 7 0 2.88
Function(x) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cedar Fair, L.P. presently has a consensus target price of $73.13, indicating a potential upside of 3.46%. Given Cedar Fair, L.P.’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cedar Fair, L.P. is more favorable than Function(x).

Dividends

Cedar Fair, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $3.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Function(x) does not pay a dividend. Cedar Fair, L.P. pays out 120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Function(x) has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.8% of Cedar Fair, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Function(x) shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of Cedar Fair, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 66.9% of Function(x) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cedar Fair, L.P. beats Function(x) on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cedar Fair, L.P. Company Profile

Cedar Fair, L.P. is an operator of regional amusement parks. The Company operates within a segment of amusement/water parks with accompanying resort facilities. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned approximately 11 amusement parks, two separately gated outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. The amusement parks include Cedar Point, located on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo in Sandusky, Ohio; Knott’s Berry Farm, near Los Angeles, California; Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto, Canada; Kings Island, near Cincinnati, Ohio; Carowinds, in Charlotte, North Carolina; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Dorney Park), in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Kings Dominion, near Richmond, Virginia; California’s Great America, in Santa Clara, California; Valleyfair, near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Worlds of Fun, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Michigan’s Adventure, in Muskegon, Michigan. It manages and operates Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California.

Function(x) Company Profile

Function(x) Inc., formerly DraftDay Fantasy Sports, Inc., is a diversified media and entertainment company. The Company conducts three lines of businesses, which are digital publishing through Wetpaint.com, Inc. (Wetpaint) and Rant, Inc. (Rant); fantasy sports gaming through DraftDay Gaming Group, Inc. (DDGG), and digital content distribution through Choose Digital, Inc. (Choose Digital). The Company’s segments include Wetpaint, which is a media channel reporting original news stories and publishing information content covering television shows, music, celebrities, entertainment news and fashion; Choose Digital, which is a business-to-business platform for delivering digital content; DDGG, which is a business-to-business operator of daily fantasy sports, and Other. The Company’s digital publishing business also includes Rant, which is a digital publisher that publishes original content in over 13 verticals, such as in sports, entertainment, pets, cars and food.

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