Head to Head Contrast: MSG Networks (MSGN) vs. Its Peers

MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN) is one of 32 public companies in the “Cable & other pay television services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare MSG Networks to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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83.2% of MSG Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.2% of shares of all “Cable & other pay television services” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of MSG Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.9% of shares of all “Cable & other pay television services” companies 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MSG Networks and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
MSG Networks $675.35 million $167.34 million 10.16
MSG Networks Competitors $12.86 billion $1.94 billion 56.36

MSG Networks’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than MSG Networks. MSG Networks 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for MSG Networks and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MSG Networks 1 2 4 0 2.43
MSG Networks Competitors 298 1480 2281 75 2.52

MSG Networks presently has a consensus target price of $24.40, suggesting a potential upside of 8.20%. As a group, “Cable & other pay television services” companies have a potential upside of 22.98%. Given MSG Networks’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MSG Networks has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

MSG Networks has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MSG Networks’ rivals have a beta of 1.23, suggesting that their average stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares MSG Networks and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MSG Networks 40.97% -19.52% 20.90%
MSG Networks Competitors 1,300.26% 29.29% 4.81%


MSG Networks rivals beat MSG Networks on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

MSG Networks Company Profile

MSG Networks Inc. engages in the sports production, and content development and distribution businesses in the United States. The company owns and operates MSG Network and MSG+, which are regional sports and entertainment networks. It also operates MSG GO that provides live streaming and video on demand, as well as a Website and social media platforms for its brands. The company was formerly known as The Madison Square Garden Company and changed its name to MSG Networks Inc. in October 2015. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in New York, New York.

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