WideOpenWest (NYSE: WOW) and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WideOpenWest N/A N/A N/A
DISH Network Corporation 7.21% 27.88% 4.68%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares WideOpenWest and DISH Network Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WideOpenWest $1.22 billion 1.17 $443.80 million N/A N/A
DISH Network Corporation $14.73 billion 1.73 $3.05 billion $2.19 24.93

DISH Network Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than WideOpenWest.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.3% of WideOpenWest shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.9% of DISH Network Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 49.3% of DISH Network Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for WideOpenWest and DISH Network Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WideOpenWest 0 0 5 1 3.17
DISH Network Corporation 3 7 8 0 2.28

WideOpenWest presently has a consensus target price of $20.83, suggesting a potential upside of 29.80%. DISH Network Corporation has a consensus target price of $70.56, suggesting a potential upside of 29.23%. Given WideOpenWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe WideOpenWest is more favorable than DISH Network Corporation.

Summary

DISH Network Corporation beats WideOpenWest on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About WideOpenWest

WideOpenWest, Inc. is a cable operator in the United States. The Company provides high-speed data (HSD), cable television (Video), digital telephony (Telephony) and business-class services. The Company’s products are available either as a bundle or as an individual service to residential and business services customers. The Company’s services include data services, video services, telephony services, and business services. Its business-class service serves approximately 3 million homes and businesses. The Company’s services are delivered across 19 markets through hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) cable network.

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.

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