Head to Head Contrast: iPic Entertainment (NASDAQ:IPIC) versus Empire Resorts (NYNY)

iPic Entertainment (NASDAQ: IPIC) and Empire Resorts (NASDAQ:NYNY) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.4% of iPic Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of Empire Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Empire Resorts shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares iPic Entertainment and Empire Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iPic Entertainment N/A N/A N/A
Empire Resorts -65.96% -21.14% -6.72%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares iPic Entertainment and Empire Resorts’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
iPic Entertainment N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Empire Resorts $65.85 million 9.99 -$46.34 million N/A N/A

iPic Entertainment has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Empire Resorts.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for iPic Entertainment and Empire Resorts, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
iPic Entertainment 0 0 3 0 3.00
Empire Resorts 0 0 0 0 N/A

iPic Entertainment currently has a consensus price target of $16.17, suggesting a potential upside of 87.98%. Given iPic Entertainment’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe iPic Entertainment is more favorable than Empire Resorts.

Summary

iPic Entertainment beats Empire Resorts on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About iPic Entertainment

iPic Entertainment Inc. operates restaurants and theaters in the United States. The company operates a casual restaurant, a farm-to-glass full-service bar, and theater auditoriums with in-theater dining under the City Perch Kitchen + Bar, Tanzy, The Tuck Room, The Tuck Room Tavern, and iPic Express brands. It operates 121 screens at 16 locations in 10 states. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

About Empire Resorts

Empire Resorts, Inc. engages in hospitality and gaming businesses in New York. The company owns and operates Monticello Casino and Raceway, a video gaming machine (VGM) and harness horseracing facility in Monticello that operates 1,110 VGMs, including 1,070 video lottery terminals and 40 electronic table game positions, as well as Resorts World Catskills, a casino resort located in Sullivan County, New York. It is also involved in conducting pari-mutuel wagering on the running of live harness horse races; the import simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred horse races from racetracks across the United States and internationally; and the export simulcasting of its races to offsite pari-mutuel wagering facilities, as well as in the development of an entertainment village and a golf course. Empire Resorts, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Monticello, New York.

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