Virgin Media (NASDAQ: VMED) and Tribune Media (NYSE:TRCO) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
90.8% of Tribune Media shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Tribune Media shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Virgin Media and Tribune Media, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Tribune Media has a consensus target price of $43.88, indicating a potential upside of 0.68%.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Virgin Media and Tribune Media’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Tribune Media||$1.95 billion||1.95||$14.24 million||($1.33)||-32.77|
Tribune Media has higher revenue and earnings than Virgin Media. Tribune Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Virgin Media, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Tribune Media pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Virgin Media does not pay a dividend. Tribune Media pays out -75.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This table compares Virgin Media and Tribune Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Tribune Media beats Virgin Media on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
Virgin Media Company Profile
Virgin Media Inc. (Virgin Media)is engaged in entertainment and communications business. The Company has two segments: Consumer and Business. The Company is a provider of broadband Internet, television, mobile telephony and fixed line telephony services that offer a range of entertainment and communications services to residential and commercial customers throughout the United Kingdom. It is a provider of residential broadband Internet, pay television and fixed line telephony services by number of customers. As of December 31, 2011, the Company provided services to approximately 4.8 million residential cable customers on its network. The Company is also a mobile virtual network operators by number of customers, providing mobile telephone service to 1.5 million prepay mobile customers and approximately 1.5 million contract mobile customers over third party networks. In June 2013, Liberty Global Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Virgin Media Inc (Virgin Media).
Tribune Media Company Profile
Tribune Media Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States. It offers news, entertainment, and sports programming through Tribune Broadcasting local television stations, including FOX television affiliates, CW Network, LLC television affiliates, CBS television affiliates, ABC television affiliates, NBC television affiliates, and independent television stations; and television series and movies on WGN America, a national general entertainment cable network. The company also operates Antenna TV and THIS TV, a digital multicast networks; Tribune Studios, a development and production studio; Screener, an entertainment Website; and WGN 720 AM, a radio station in Chicago. It owns and operates 42 local television stations. The company was formerly known as Tribune Company and changed its name to Tribune Media Company in July 2014. Tribune Media Company was founded in 1847 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
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