Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE: CCO) and Quotient Technology (NYSE:QUOT) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and dividends.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor and Quotient Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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|Clear Channel Outdoor
Clear Channel Outdoor has higher revenue and earnings than Quotient Technology. Quotient Technology is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clear Channel Outdoor, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Clear Channel Outdoor and Quotient Technology, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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|Clear Channel Outdoor
Clear Channel Outdoor presently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 61.62%. Quotient Technology has a consensus target price of $17.63, suggesting a potential upside of 32.02%. Given Clear Channel Outdoor’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Clear Channel Outdoor is more favorable than Quotient Technology.
Volatility & Risk
Clear Channel Outdoor has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Quotient Technology has a beta of -0.24, suggesting that its stock price is 124% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
9.0% of Clear Channel Outdoor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.8% of Quotient Technology shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of Clear Channel Outdoor shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.5% of Quotient Technology shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor and Quotient Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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|Clear Channel Outdoor
Clear Channel Outdoor beats Quotient Technology on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
Clear Channel Outdoor Company Profile
Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., an outdoor advertising company, owns and operates advertising display faces. It operates in two segments, Americas Outdoor Advertising (Americas) and International Outdoor Advertising (International). The company offers advertising services through billboards comprising bulletins and posters; street furniture displays, including advertising surfaces on bus shelters, information kiosks, freestanding units, and other public structures; transit displays, which are advertising surfaces on various types of vehicles or within transit systems; and other out-of-home advertising displays, such as wallscapes and spectaculars, as well as mall displays and other small displays. It also operates SmartBike bicycle rental program, which provides bicycles for rent to the general public in various municipalities; and sells street furniture equipment, as well as provides cleaning and maintenance, and production and creative services. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. serves business services, technology, beverage, travel, retail, entertainment, telecommunications, food and food products, and automotive accessories and equipment industries. As of December 31, 2016, it owned or operated approximately 590,000 advertising displays worldwide. The company was formerly known as Eller Media Company and changed its name to Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. in August 2005. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of iHeartCommunications, Inc.
Quotient Technology Company Profile
Quotient Technology Inc. is a provider of digital platform that enables consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands and retailers to engage shoppers through personalized and targeted promotions and media. Through the Company’s platform, CPGs and retailers are able to use online and in-store point-of-sale (POS) shopper data and analytics. The Company’s network includes its Website and mobile properties of its consumer brand, Coupons.com, as well as its other owned and operated properties, and thousands of its publisher partners. In addition, the Company operates its platform, Retailer iQ, on a co-branded or white label basis with its retailer partners, providing them a digital platform to directly engage their shoppers across their Websites, mobile, e-commerce, and social channels. Retailer iQ integrates with retailers’ POS technology and leverages a set of shopper insights, including online behaviors, purchase, and purchase intent data to drive personalized and targeted promotions and media.
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