Comparing Tribune Media (TRCO) and The Competition

Tribune Media (NYSE: TRCO) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Broadcasting” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Tribune Media to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tribune Media and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Tribune Media $1.95 billion $14.24 million -30.99
Tribune Media Competitors $12.55 billion $1.47 billion 183.67

Tribune Media’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Tribune Media. Tribune Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Tribune Media has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tribune Media’s rivals have a beta of 1.50, indicating that their average stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Tribune Media and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tribune Media 1 4 1 0 2.00
Tribune Media Competitors 204 1048 2287 44 2.61

Tribune Media currently has a consensus target price of $43.88, suggesting a potential upside of 6.44%. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies have a potential upside of 14.56%. Given Tribune Media’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Tribune Media has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Tribune Media pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Tribune Media pays out -75.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 58.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Tribune Media is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.8% of Tribune Media shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.3% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Tribune Media shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Tribune Media and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tribune Media -6.12% 4.11% 1.50%
Tribune Media Competitors -9.48% 11.56% 2.37%

Summary

Tribune Media rivals beat Tribune Media on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

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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