Reviewing Tribune Media (TRCO) & The Competition

Tribune Media (NYSE: TRCO) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Broadcasting” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Tribune Media to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Tribune Media and its competitors, as reported 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 148 821 1892 41 2.63

Tribune Media presently has a consensus target price of $43.88, suggesting a potential upside of 5.62%. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies have a potential upside of 14.60%. Given Tribune Media’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Tribune Media has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Tribune Media $1.95 billion $14.24 million -31.23
Tribune Media Competitors $12.55 billion $1.47 billion 103.41

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.8% of Tribune Media shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.2% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Tribune Media shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

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 1.6% and pay out 46.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Tribune Media is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Tribune Media and its competitors’ 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 -8.97% 9.26% 2.30%

Volatility and Risk

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

Summary

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

About Tribune Media

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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