DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ:HMTV) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitabiliy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.0% of DISH Network Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.1% of Hemisphere Media Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 49.3% of DISH Network Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.7% of Hemisphere Media Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares DISH Network Corporation and Hemisphere Media Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DISH Network Corporation $14.95 billion 1.89 $3.17 billion $2.19 27.68
Hemisphere Media Group $140.71 million 3.81 $57.69 million $0.45 27.89

DISH Network Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Hemisphere Media Group. DISH Network Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hemisphere Media Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

DISH Network Corporation has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hemisphere Media Group has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for DISH Network Corporation and Hemisphere Media Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DISH Network Corporation 3 6 8 0 2.29
Hemisphere Media Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

DISH Network Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $71.09, indicating a potential upside of 17.28%. Hemisphere Media Group has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.49%. Given Hemisphere Media Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hemisphere Media Group is more favorable than DISH Network Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares DISH Network Corporation and Hemisphere Media Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DISH Network Corporation 7.21% 28.68% 4.75%
Hemisphere Media Group 12.82% 6.81% 3.44%

Summary

DISH Network Corporation beats Hemisphere Media Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DISH Network Corporation

DISH Network Corporation is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Pay-TV and Broadband, and Wireless. It offers pay-TV services under the DISH brand and the Sling brand (collectively Pay-TV services). The DISH branded pay-TV service consists of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses authorizing it to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, its owned and leased satellites, receiver systems, third-party broadcast operations, customer service facilities, a leased fiber optic network, in-home service and call center operations, and certain other assets utilized in its operations. The Sling branded pay-TV services consist of live, linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programing services. The Company markets broadband services under the dishNET brand. The Company makes investments in the research and development, wireless testing and wireless network infrastructure.

About Hemisphere Media Group

Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. is a Spanish-language media company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company served the United States Hispanic and Latin American markets with five Spanish-language cable television networks distributed in the United States, two Spanish-language cable television networks distributed in Latin America, and a broadcast television network in Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated the Spanish language networks and content production platform, including movie and telenovela channels, two Hispanic entertainment genres, and the cable television networks. The Company’s United States Hispanic groups include Cinelatino, WAPA, WAPA America, Pasiones, Centroamerica TV and Television Dominicana. WAPA is an independent broadcast television network. WAPA is distributed by various cable, satellite and telecommunication service providers in Puerto Rico.

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