Global Eagle Entertainment (NASDAQ: ENT) and CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Global Eagle Entertainment and CBS Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Eagle Entertainment 0 4 1 0 2.20
CBS Corporation 0 4 22 0 2.85

Global Eagle Entertainment presently has a consensus target price of $10.50, suggesting a potential upside of 235.46%. CBS Corporation has a consensus target price of $75.10, suggesting a potential upside of 27.18%. Given Global Eagle Entertainment’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Global Eagle Entertainment is more favorable than CBS Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Global Eagle Entertainment and CBS Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Eagle Entertainment -20.60% -14.87% -6.53%
CBS Corporation 1.27% 49.51% 7.68%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Global Eagle Entertainment and CBS Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Eagle Entertainment $486.23 million 0.55 $31.07 million ($1.38) -2.27
CBS Corporation $13.20 billion 1.80 $3.05 billion $0.34 173.68

CBS Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Global Eagle Entertainment. Global Eagle Entertainment is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CBS Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

CBS Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Global Eagle Entertainment does not pay a dividend. CBS Corporation pays out 211.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CBS Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.0% of Global Eagle Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of CBS Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of Global Eagle Entertainment shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of CBS Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Global Eagle Entertainment has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CBS Corporation has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CBS Corporation beats Global Eagle Entertainment on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Global Eagle Entertainment Company Profile

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. is a provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry. The Company’s segments include Connectivity and Content. Its Connectivity segment provides airline partners and their passengers with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity over Ku-band satellite transmissions, and to a lesser extent operations solutions to airline customers. Its Content segment selects, manages and distributes wholly owned and licensed media content, video and music programming, applications, digital advertising solutions and games to over 150 airlines across the world, as well as to maritime and other away-from-home non-theatrical markets. The Company, through its product and services platform, provide airlines with a range of in-flight solutions, including Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions, content management services and e-commerce solutions.

CBS Corporation Company Profile

CBS Corporation is a mass media company. The Company operates through four segment: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Media. The Entertainment segment comprises the CBS TV Network; CBS TV Studios; CBS Studios International and CBS TV Distribution; CBS Interactive; CBS Films; and the Company’s digital streaming services, CBS All Access and CBSN. The Cable Networks segment comprises Showtime Networks, which operates its subscription program services, Showtime, The Movie Channel, and Flix. The Publishing segment comprises Simon & Schuster, which publishes and distributes consumer books under imprints such as Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Scribner and Gallery Books. The Local Media segment comprises CBS TV Stations, it owns 30 broadcast TV stations; and CBS Local Digital Media. Its businesses span the media and entertainment industries, including the CBS TV Network, cable networks and content production and distribution.

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