Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) and GasLog (GLOG) Financial Comparison

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Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) and GasLog (NYSE:GLOG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.2% of Royal Caribbean Cruises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.9% of GasLog shares are held by institutional investors. 15.3% of Royal Caribbean Cruises shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Royal Caribbean Cruises has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GasLog has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Royal Caribbean Cruises pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. GasLog pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Royal Caribbean Cruises pays out 31.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Royal Caribbean Cruises has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Royal Caribbean Cruises and GasLog’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Royal Caribbean Cruises 18.52% 15.85% 7.27%
GasLog 4.87% -0.15% -0.05%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Royal Caribbean Cruises and GasLog, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Royal Caribbean Cruises 1 4 11 0 2.63
GasLog 1 3 2 0 2.17

Royal Caribbean Cruises currently has a consensus target price of $136.31, indicating a potential upside of 31.58%. GasLog has a consensus target price of $20.30, indicating a potential upside of 6.28%. Given Royal Caribbean Cruises’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Royal Caribbean Cruises is more favorable than GasLog.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Royal Caribbean Cruises and GasLog’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Royal Caribbean Cruises $8.78 billion 2.50 $1.63 billion $7.53 13.76
GasLog $525.23 million 2.94 $15.50 million N/A N/A

Royal Caribbean Cruises has higher revenue and earnings than GasLog.

Summary

Royal Caribbean Cruises beats GasLog on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Company Profile

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. operates as a cruise company. The company operates cruises under the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises brands. The Royal Caribbean International brand provides itineraries to destinations worldwide, including Alaska, Asia, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, the Panama Canal, and New Zealand with cruise lengths that range from 2 to 23 nights. The Celebrity Cruises brand offers itineraries to destinations, such as Alaska, Asia, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, India, New Zealand, the Panama Canal, and South America with cruise lengths ranging from 2 to 19 nights. The Azamara Club Cruises brand offers cruise itineraries ranging from 4 to 21 nights to destinations, including Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Northern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean, Central and North America, and the less-traveled islands of the Caribbean. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 49 ships with itineraries ranging from 2 to 23 nights to approximately 540 destinations. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida.

GasLog Company Profile

GasLog Ltd. operates as an owner, operator, and manager of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers providing support to international energy companies. It provides maritime services for the transportation of LNG on a worldwide basis and vessel management services. As of February 28, 2018, its owned fleet consisted of 28 LNG carriers, including 23 ships on the water and 5 on order. GasLog Ltd. was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Monaco.

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