Financial Comparison: CUR Media (CURM) vs. Townsquare Media (TSQ)

CUR Media (OTCMKTS:CURM) and Townsquare Media (NYSE:TSQ) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CUR Media and Townsquare Media, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CUR Media 0 0 0 0 N/A
Townsquare Media 0 1 3 0 2.75

Townsquare Media has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 58.73%. Given Townsquare Media’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Townsquare Media is more favorable than CUR Media.

Dividends

Townsquare Media pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. CUR Media does not pay a dividend. Townsquare Media pays out 40.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

CUR Media has a beta of -0.13, indicating that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Townsquare Media has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CUR Media and Townsquare Media’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CUR Media N/A N/A -$2.54 million N/A N/A
Townsquare Media $507.43 million 0.23 -$10.27 million $0.74 8.51

CUR Media has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Townsquare Media.

Profitability

This table compares CUR Media and Townsquare Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CUR Media N/A N/A -252.15%
Townsquare Media -9.68% 6.09% 2.16%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

42.7% of Townsquare Media shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.9% of CUR Media shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.7% of Townsquare Media shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Townsquare Media beats CUR Media on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CUR Media Company Profile

CÜR Media, Inc., an Internet music service, focuses on providing a paid subscription Internet radio service offering listeners streaming music on the Web and mobile devices under the CÜR brand. It also intends to offer personalized advertising in the form of display ads, email, and text messages; and to sell music, concert tickets, and merchandise through its music streaming service, as well as music downloads. The company was formerly known as Duane Street Corp and changed its name to CÜR Media, Inc. in January 2014. CÜR Media, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is based in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Townsquare Media Company Profile

Townsquare Media, Inc. operates as a radio, digital media, entertainment, and digital marketing solutions company in small and mid-sized markets. It operates through two segments, Local Marketing Solutions and Entertainment. The Local Marketing Solutions segment provides broadcast and digital solutions to advertisers and businesses through its radio stations, Websites, radio stations' online streams, and mobile applications. It also offers digital marketing solutions, such as traditional and mobile enabled Website development and hosting services, e-commerce platforms, search engine and online directory optimization services, online reputation management, and social media management services under the Townsquare Interactive brand; and e-commerce products to consumers and advertisers through its proprietary deal and auction platform. As of December 31, 2017, this segment owned and operated 317 radio stations and approximately 325 Websites in 67 markets in the United States. The Entertainment segment creates, promotes, and produces live events, including festivals, fairs, concerts, expositions, and other experiential events. This segment also offer event production services to third parties; and digital advertising services, as well as owns a proprietary ticketing platform. In addition, it owns and operates a portfolio of 9 music and entertainment based national Websites. The company was formerly known as Regent Communications, Inc. and changed its name to Townsquare Media, Inc. in May 2010. Townsquare Media, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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