Vail Resorts (MTN) versus Its Rivals Financial Analysis

Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN) is one of 24 public companies in the “Miscellaneous amusement & recreation services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Vail Resorts to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.1% of Vail Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.5% of shares of all “Miscellaneous amusement & recreation services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Vail Resorts shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.2% of shares of all “Miscellaneous amusement & recreation services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Vail Resorts and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vail Resorts 0 10 5 0 2.33
Vail Resorts Competitors 145 830 1573 42 2.58

Vail Resorts presently has a consensus price target of $309.09, suggesting a potential downside of 3.18%. As a group, “Miscellaneous amusement & recreation services” companies have a potential upside of 12.68%. Given Vail Resorts’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Vail Resorts has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Vail Resorts and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Vail Resorts $1.96 billion $98.83 million 100.08
Vail Resorts Competitors $3.79 billion -$344.29 million -80.69

Vail Resorts’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Vail Resorts. Vail Resorts is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Vail Resorts has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vail Resorts’ competitors have a beta of 1.77, suggesting that their average stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Vail Resorts and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vail Resorts 6.45% 8.00% 2.19%
Vail Resorts Competitors -260.74% -1,130.46% -47.54%


Vail Resorts competitors beat Vail Resorts on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates mountain resorts and urban ski areas in the United States. Its Mountain segment operates Vail Mountain, Breckenridge Ski, Keystone, Beaver Creek, and Crested Butte Mountain resorts in Colorado; Heavenly Mountain, Northstar, and Kirkwood Mountain resorts in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire; Park City resort in Utah; Stowe and Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont; and Stevens Pass Mountain Resort in Washington. This segment also operates Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher Ski Resort, and Falls Creek and Hotham Alpine Resort in Australia, as well as 3 urban ski areas, such as Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mount Brighton in Michigan, and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Its resorts offer various winter and summer recreational activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowtubing, sightseeing, mountain biking, guided hiking, zip lines, challenge ropes courses, alpine slides and mountain coasters, children's activities, and other recreational activities; and ski and snowboard lessons, equipment rental and retail merchandise services, dining venues, private club operations, and other winter and summer recreational activities. This segment also leases its owned and leased commercial space to third party operators; and provides real estate brokerage services. The company's Lodging segment owns and/or manages various luxury hotels and condominiums under the RockResorts brand, and other lodging properties; various condominiums located in proximity to the company's mountain resorts; destination resorts; and golf courses, as well as offers resort ground transportation services. This segment operates approximately 5,500 owned and managed hotel and condominium units. Its Real Estate segment owns, develops, and sells real estate properties in and around the company's resort communities. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Broomfield, Colorado.

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