Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE: DIS) is one of 32 public companies in the “Broadcasting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Walt Disney Company (The) to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

61.4% of Walt Disney Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Walt Disney Company (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Walt Disney Company (The) and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Walt Disney Company (The) 16.22% 19.69% 10.05%
Walt Disney Company (The) Competitors -21.34% 11.52% 1.96%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Walt Disney Company (The) and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Walt Disney Company (The) $55.50 billion $16.82 billion 17.69
Walt Disney Company (The) Competitors $10.65 billion $3.19 billion 19.71

Walt Disney Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Walt Disney Company (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Walt Disney Company (The) has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walt Disney Company (The)’s rivals have a beta of 1.51, suggesting that their average stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Walt Disney Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Walt Disney Company (The) pays out 27.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 38.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Walt Disney Company (The) and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Walt Disney Company (The) 4 12 17 0 2.39
Walt Disney Company (The) Competitors 193 958 2150 42 2.61

Walt Disney Company (The) presently has a consensus target price of $113.62, indicating a potential upside of 13.50%. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies have a potential upside of 23.63%. Given Walt Disney Company (The)’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Walt Disney Company (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


Walt Disney Company (The) rivals beat Walt Disney Company (The) on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Walt Disney Company (The) Company Profile

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company. The Company operates in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The media networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations. Under the Parks and Resorts segment, the Company’s Walt Disney Imagineering unit designs and develops new theme park concepts and attractions, as well as resort properties. The studio entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. It also develops and publishes games, primarily for mobile platforms, books, magazines and comic books. The Company distributes merchandise directly through retail, online and wholesale businesses. Its cable networks consist of ESPN, the Disney Channels and Freeform.

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