Nexstar Media Group (NXST) vs. LIN Media (TVL) Head to Head Survey

Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST) and LIN Media (NYSE:TVL) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Nexstar Media Group and LIN Media’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nexstar Media Group $1.10 billion 3.24 $91.53 million $2.67 29.36
LIN Media N/A N/A N/A $2.87 N/A

Nexstar Media Group has higher revenue and earnings than LIN Media. LIN Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Nexstar Media Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Nexstar Media Group and LIN Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nexstar Media Group 5.60% 16.20% 2.49%
LIN Media N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Nexstar Media Group and LIN Media, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nexstar Media Group 0 0 10 0 3.00
LIN Media 0 0 0 0 N/A

Nexstar Media Group currently has a consensus price target of $87.11, suggesting a potential upside of 11.11%.


Nexstar Media Group pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. LIN Media does not pay a dividend. Nexstar Media Group pays out 44.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Nexstar Media Group beats LIN Media on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nexstar Media Group Company Profile

Nexstar Media Group, Inc., formerly Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc., is a television broadcasting and digital media company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and operation of television stations and interactive community Websites, and digital media services in medium-sized markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Broadcasting and Other. The Company’s broadcast segment includes television stations and related community-focused Websites that it owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to in various markets across the United States. The other activities of the Company include corporate functions, eliminations and other operations. As of December 31, 2016, it owned, operated, programmed or provided sales and other services to 104 full power television stations in 62 markets in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

LIN Media Company Profile

LIN Media LLC (LIN Media) is a local multimedia company. The Company operates or services 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 of the United States markets, and a portfolio of Websites, applications and mobile products. Its television stations deliver local news, community service, and sports and entertainment programming to viewers, reaching 10.5% of homes owning televisions in the United States. In April 2013, it acquired a majority ownership position in HYFN. On July 30, 2013, LIN Media announced that it had completed its merger with LIN TV Corp., with LIN Media, as the surviving company in the merger. In February 2014, the Company acquired Federated Media Publishing, Inc.

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