Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings (NYSE: CCO) and OUTFRONT Media (NYSE:OUT) are both business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings and OUTFRONT Media, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings 0 3 0 0 2.00
OUTFRONT Media 0 3 3 0 2.50

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $8.42, suggesting a potential upside of 89.56%. OUTFRONT Media has a consensus target price of $30.17, suggesting a potential upside of 33.90%. Given Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings is more favorable than OUTFRONT Media.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings and OUTFRONT Media’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings $2.66 billion 0.60 $629.65 million ($0.08) -55.50
OUTFRONT Media $1.50 billion 2.08 $390.70 million $0.70 32.19

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than OUTFRONT Media. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than OUTFRONT Media, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

OUTFRONT Media pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings does not pay a dividend. OUTFRONT Media pays out 205.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility & Risk

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OUTFRONT Media has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings and OUTFRONT Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings -1.04% -14.75% -0.49%
OUTFRONT Media 6.40% 7.77% 2.56%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.2% of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.4% of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of OUTFRONT Media shares are owned by 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.

Summary

OUTFRONT Media beats Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Company Profile

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. is an outdoor advertising company. The Company provides clients with advertising opportunities through billboards, street furniture displays, transit displays and other out-of-home advertising displays, such as wallscapes and spectaculars. Its segments include Americas outdoor advertising (Americas) and International outdoor advertising (International). The Americas segment consists of operations primarily in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Its Americas assets consist of printed and digital billboards, street furniture and transit displays, airport displays and wallscapes and other spectaculars, which the Company owns or operates under lease management agreements. International segment primarily includes operations in Europe and Asia. The International assets consist of street furniture and transit displays, billboards, mall displays, Smartbike programs, and other spectaculars, which the Company owns or operates under lease agreements.

OUTFRONT Media Company Profile

OUTFRONT Media Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which provides advertising space (displays) on out-of-home advertising structures and sites in the United States and Canada. The Company’s segments are U.S. Media and Other. The U.S. Media segment includes U.S. Billboard and Transit. The Other segment includes International and Sports Marketing. The Company’s inventory consists of billboard displays, which are primarily located on the heavily traveled highways and roadways in Nielsen Designated Market Areas (DMAs), and transit advertising displays operated under multi-year contracts with municipalities in cities across the United States and Canada. The Company also has marketing and multimedia rights agreements with colleges, universities and other educational institutions, which entitle the Company to operate on-campus advertising displays, as well as manage marketing opportunities, media rights and experiential entertainment at sports events.

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