Critical Survey: WideOpenWest (WOW) and The Competition

WideOpenWest (NYSE: WOW) is one of 32 public companies in the “Cable & other pay television services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare WideOpenWest to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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54.8% of WideOpenWest shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.2% of shares of all “Cable & other pay television services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of WideOpenWest shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of shares of all “Cable & other pay television services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares WideOpenWest and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WideOpenWest N/A N/A N/A
WideOpenWest Competitors 1,300.24% 29.22% 4.79%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for WideOpenWest and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WideOpenWest 0 2 4 1 2.86
WideOpenWest Competitors 297 1479 2279 75 2.52

WideOpenWest presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 175.36%. As a group, “Cable & other pay television services” companies have a potential upside of 21.03%. Given WideOpenWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe WideOpenWest is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WideOpenWest and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
WideOpenWest $1.19 billion $159.50 million 10.00
WideOpenWest Competitors $12.86 billion $1.94 billion 56.87

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

Summary

WideOpenWest peers beat WideOpenWest on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About WideOpenWest

WideOpenWest, Inc. operates as a cable operator in the United States. It provides high-speed data, cable television, voice over IP-based telephony, and business-class services to residential and business services customers. Its video services include basic cable services that comprise local broadcast television and local community programming; digital cable services; and ultra video products, as well as provides commercial-free movies, sports, and other special event entertainment programs. The company's telephony services consist of local area calling plans, local and long-distance plans, caller ID and waiting, voicemail, and toll packages. Its business telephony and data services include enhanced telephony services, data speeds of up to 10 gigabit per second on its fiber network, and office-to-office metro Ethernet services; hosted voice products that can replace customers' legacy private branch exchange products; session initiated protocol trunking services; and colocation infrastructure, cloud computing, managed backup, and recovery services. The company offers its services through hybrid fiber coaxial cable network. It offers its services in approximately 300 communities in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. As of December 31, 2017, its networks passed 3,109 thousand homes and businesses and served 777 thousand customers. The company was formerly known as WideOpenWest Kite, Inc. and changed its name to WideOpenWest, Inc. in March 2017. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Englewood, Colorado. WideOpenWest, Inc. is a subsidiary of WideOpenWest Holdings, LLC.

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