CTC Media (NASDAQ: CTCM) and Nexstar Broadcasting Group (NASDAQ:NXST) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares CTC Media and Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CTC Media N/A -65.84% -54.51%
Nexstar Broadcasting Group 5.44% 18.35% 2.62%

Dividends

Nexstar Broadcasting Group pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. CTC Media does not pay a dividend. Nexstar Broadcasting Group pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for CTC Media and Nexstar Broadcasting Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CTC Media 0 0 0 0 N/A
Nexstar Broadcasting Group 0 0 8 0 3.00

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has a consensus price target of $81.88, suggesting a potential upside of 33.78%. Given Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Nexstar Broadcasting Group is more favorable than CTC Media.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CTC Media and Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CTC Media N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nexstar Broadcasting Group $1.75 billion 1.62 $608.81 million $2.46 24.88

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has higher revenue and earnings than CTC Media.

Summary

Nexstar Broadcasting Group beats CTC Media on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CTC Media

CTC Media, Inc., through its approximately 25% interest in CTC Investments LLC (CTC Investments), operates television channels in Russia and Kazakhstan. The Company’s segment is its investment in CTC Investments. The Company operates the CTC, Domashny, Che and CTC Love television channels in Russia and Channel 31 in Kazakhstan, as well as other media assets. CTC offers entertainment programming for the whole family and targets 10 to 45 year-old viewers. Domashny is a channel focused on 25 to 59 year-old female viewers. Domashny’s programming focuses on women’s lifestyle programming. Che is a channel that targets 25 to 49 year-old viewers, and focuses primarily on men’s interests, habits and insights. CTC Love is a channel that focuses on love and relationships. CTC Love is aimed at young girls and women, and its principal target audience is 11 to 34 year-old viewers. Channel 31 is a Kazakh channel that targets 6 to 54 year-old viewers.

About Nexstar Broadcasting Group

Nexstar Media Group, Inc., formerly Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., is a television broadcasting and digital media company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and operation of television stations and interactive community Websites, and digital media services in medium-sized markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Broadcasting and Other. The Company’s broadcast segment includes television stations and related community-focused Websites that it owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to in various markets across the United States. The other activities of the Company include corporate functions, eliminations and other operations. As of December 31, 2016, it owned, operated, programmed or provided sales and other services to 104 full power television stations in 62 markets in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

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