Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCK) and CTC Media (NASDAQ:CTCM) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Discovery Communications and CTC Media’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Discovery Communications||$6.50 billion||1.29||$1.19 billion||$1.91||11.60|
This table compares Discovery Communications and CTC Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
48.2% of Discovery Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Discovery Communications shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility & Risk
Discovery Communications has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CTC Media has a beta of 2.44, indicating that its share price is 144% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Discovery Communications and CTC Media, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Discovery Communications currently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.72%. Given Discovery Communications’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Discovery Communications is more favorable than CTC Media.
Discovery Communications beats CTC Media on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Discovery Communications Company Profile
Discovery Communications, Inc. (Discovery) is a global media company. The Company provides content across multiple distribution platforms, including pay-television (pay-TV), free-to-air (FTA) and broadcast television, Websites, digital distribution arrangements and content licensing agreements. Its segments include U.S. Networks, which consists principally of domestic television networks and digital content services; International Networks, consisting primarily of international television networks and digital content services, and Education and Other, which consists principally of curriculum-based product and service offerings, and production studios. The Company’s portfolio of networks includes television brands, such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, Velocity (known as Turbo outside of the United States) and Eurosport. It is also engaged in extending content distribution across various platforms, including brand-aligned Websites, Web-native networks and online streaming.
CTC Media Company Profile
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.
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