Head-To-Head Review: AMC Networks (AMCX) versus E.W. Scripps Company (The) (SSP)

E.W. Scripps Company (The) (NYSE: SSP) and AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for E.W. Scripps Company (The) and AMC Networks, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
E.W. Scripps Company (The) 0 2 1 0 2.33
AMC Networks 1 8 7 0 2.38

E.W. Scripps Company (The) presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 32.26%. AMC Networks has a consensus price target of $60.58, indicating a potential upside of 11.63%. Given E.W. Scripps Company (The)’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe E.W. Scripps Company (The) is more favorable than AMC Networks.

Volatility & Risk

E.W. Scripps Company (The) has a beta of 1.99, suggesting that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMC Networks has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares E.W. Scripps Company (The) and AMC Networks’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
E.W. Scripps Company (The) $944.55 million 1.52 $175.34 million $0.73 23.82
AMC Networks $2.77 billion 1.30 $845.29 million $4.14 13.11

AMC Networks has higher revenue and earnings than E.W. Scripps Company (The). AMC Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than E.W. Scripps Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares E.W. Scripps Company (The) and AMC Networks’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
E.W. Scripps Company (The) 6.40% 6.45% 3.55%
AMC Networks 10.59% 502.40% 8.63%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.1% of E.W. Scripps Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.7% of AMC Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of E.W. Scripps Company (The) shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.7% of AMC Networks shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

AMC Networks beats E.W. Scripps Company (The) on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About E.W. Scripps Company (The)

The E. W. Scripps Company is a media enterprise with interests in television and radio broadcasting, as well as local and national digital media brands. The Company’s segments include television, radio, digital, and syndication and other. As of December 31, 2016, the Television segment included approximately 15 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) affiliates, five National Broadcasting Company (NBC) affiliates, two FOX affiliates, two Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) affiliates and four non big-four affiliated stations. As of December 31, 2016, the radio segment owned 34 radio stations in eight markets. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 28 frequency modulation (FM) stations and six Amplitude Modulation (AM) stations. The digital segment includes the digital operations of its local television and radio businesses. Its Syndication and other segment primarily includes the syndication of news features and comics and other features for the newspaper industry.

About AMC Networks

AMC Networks Inc. is a holding company, which conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company owns and operates entertainment businesses and assets. It operates through two segments: National Networks, and International and Other. National Networks includes activities of its programming businesses, which include its programming networks distributed in the United States and Canada. The International and Other segment includes AMC Networks International (AMCNI), the Company’s international programming businesses consisting of a portfolio of channels in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa; IFC Films, the Company’s independent film distribution business; AMCNI- DMC, the broadcast solutions unit of certain networks of AMCNI and third-party networks, and various developing online content distribution initiatives. National Networks’ programming networks include AMC, WE tv, BBC AMERICA and SundanceTV.

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