Head to Head Survey: ADT (ADT) vs. Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA)
ADT (NYSE: ADT) and Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ:ASCMA) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for ADT and Ascent Capital Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ascent Capital Group||0||2||1||0||2.33|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
80.7% of Ascent Capital Group shares are held by institutional investors. 9.6% of Ascent Capital Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
ADT pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Ascent Capital Group does not pay a dividend. ADT pays out 51.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ADT has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
This table compares ADT and Ascent Capital Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Ascent Capital Group||-19.68%||-56.10%||-5.20%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares ADT and Ascent Capital Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ascent Capital Group||$570.37 million||0.23||-$91.24 million||($9.03)||-1.17|
ADT has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Ascent Capital Group. Ascent Capital Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ADT, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
ADT beats Ascent Capital Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
ADT Company Profile
The ADT Corporation (ADT) is a provider of electronic security, interactive home and business automation, and monitoring services for residences and small businesses in the United States and Canada. The Company’s products and services include home and business solutions, and home health services. The Company’s brands include ADT, ADT Pulse and Companion Service. On August 2, 2013, the Company acquired Devcon Security Holdings, Inc. In November 2013, Kastle Systems International announced that it had acquired Mutual Central Alarm Services and Stat-Land Security Systems from ADT Corporation. In July 2014, ADT Corp acquired Reliance Protectron Inc, from Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership, a portfolio company of investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners.
Ascent Capital Group Company Profile
Ascent Capital Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Monitronics International, Inc. (MONI) and LiveWatch Security, LLC (LiveWatch). The Company’s segments include MONI, LiveWatch and Other Activities. The MONI segment is primarily engaged in the business of providing security alarm monitoring services: monitoring signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts and other events through security systems at subscribers’ premises, as well as providing customer service and technical support. LiveWatch is a do-it-yourself home security provider offering professionally monitored security services through a direct-to-consumer sales channel. LiveWatch offers a differentiated go-to-market strategy through direct response television, Internet and radio advertising. When a customer initiates the process to obtain monitoring services, LiveWatch pre-configures the alarm monitoring system based on customer specifications.
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