Head to Head Contrast: Ascent Capital Group (ASCMA) and ADT (ADT)

Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ: ASCMA) and ADT (NYSE:ADT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.4% of Ascent Capital Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of Ascent Capital Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ascent Capital Group and ADT’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ascent Capital Group $570.37 million 0.14 -$91.24 million ($9.03) -0.70
ADT $2.95 billion 3.03 -$536.58 million N/A N/A

Ascent Capital Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than ADT.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Ascent Capital Group and ADT, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ascent Capital Group 0 2 1 0 2.33
ADT 0 1 7 0 2.88

Ascent Capital Group presently has a consensus target price of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 126.08%. ADT has a consensus target price of $16.25, suggesting a potential upside of 36.10%. Given Ascent Capital Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ascent Capital Group is more favorable than ADT.

Profitability

This table compares Ascent Capital Group and ADT’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ascent Capital Group -19.68% -56.10% -5.20%
ADT N/A N/A N/A

Summary

ADT beats Ascent Capital Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ascent Capital Group Company Profile

Ascent Capital Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Monitronics International, Inc. (MONI) and LiveWatch Security, LLC (LiveWatch). The Company’s segments include MONI, LiveWatch and Other Activities. The MONI segment is primarily engaged in the business of providing security alarm monitoring services: monitoring signals arising from burglaries, fires, medical alerts and other events through security systems at subscribers’ premises, as well as providing customer service and technical support. LiveWatch is a do-it-yourself home security provider offering professionally monitored security services through a direct-to-consumer sales channel. LiveWatch offers a differentiated go-to-market strategy through direct response television, Internet and radio advertising. When a customer initiates the process to obtain monitoring services, LiveWatch pre-configures the alarm monitoring system based on customer specifications.

ADT Company Profile

ADT Inc. is a provider of monitored security, interactive home and business automation and related monitoring services in the United States and Canada. The Company offers a range of products home security systems, home automation, security cameras, fire, home and safety, and monitoring services. It also offers residential, commercial, and multi-site customers a comprehensive set of burglary, video, access control, fire and smoke alarm, and medical alert solutions. Its 24/7 monitoring capabilities are enabled by 12 monitoring centers.

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