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

Profitability

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

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DISH Network Corporation $14.73 billion 1.68 $3.05 billion $2.19 24.23
WideOpenWest $1.22 billion 1.19 $443.80 million N/A N/A

DISH Network Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than WideOpenWest.

Analyst Ratings

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

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

DISH Network Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $70.56, suggesting a potential upside of 32.95%. WideOpenWest has a consensus target price of $20.83, suggesting a potential upside of 26.96%. Given DISH Network Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DISH Network Corporation is more favorable than WideOpenWest.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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

Summary

DISH Network Corporation beats WideOpenWest on 10 of the 13 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 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.

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