Belo (NYSE: BLC) and Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) are both broadcasting – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.5% of Walt Disney shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Walt Disney shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Belo and Walt Disney, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Belo 0 0 0 0 N/A
Walt Disney 3 13 15 0 2.39

Walt Disney has a consensus price target of $112.03, suggesting a potential upside of 6.43%.

Profitability

This table compares Belo and Walt Disney’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Belo N/A N/A N/A
Walt Disney 16.29% 19.66% 9.80%

Volatility & Risk

Belo has a beta of 3.11, suggesting that its stock price is 211% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walt Disney has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Walt Disney pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Belo does not pay a dividend. Walt Disney pays out 27.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Belo and Walt Disney’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Belo N/A N/A N/A $0.88 N/A
Walt Disney $55.14 billion 2.88 $8.98 billion $5.68 18.53

Walt Disney has higher revenue and earnings than Belo. Belo is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Walt Disney, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Walt Disney beats Belo on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Belo Company Profile

Belo Corp. (Belo) is a television company. The Company owns 20 television stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV (MNTV) affiliates, and their associated websites, in 15 markets across the United States. The Company also has three local and two regional news channels. Belo also has a services agreement with the owner and operator of KFWD-TV, licensed to Fort Worth, Texas. Six of the Company’s stations are located in four metropolitan areas in the United States: ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth; CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston; NBC affiliate KING-TV and independent KONG-TV in Seattle/Tacoma, and Independent KTVK and The CW Network (CW) affiliate KASW-TV in Phoenix. Belo’s television stations have been recognized with numerous local, state and national awards for news coverage and community service. In December 2013, Gannett Co Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Belo Corp.

Walt Disney 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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