Reviewing Constant Contact (CTCT) & National CineMedia (NCMI)

Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT) and National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI) are both services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Constant Contact and National CineMedia, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Constant Contact 0 0 0 0 N/A
National CineMedia 0 5 3 0 2.38

National CineMedia has a consensus target price of $14.26, suggesting a potential upside of 88.42%. Given National CineMedia’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe National CineMedia is more favorable than Constant Contact.

Profitability

This table compares Constant Contact and National CineMedia’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Constant Contact N/A N/A N/A
National CineMedia 5.57% -17.15% 2.33%

Dividends

National CineMedia pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.6%. Constant Contact does not pay a dividend. National CineMedia pays out 220.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Constant Contact and National CineMedia’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Constant Contact N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
National CineMedia $443.30 million 1.03 $203.70 million $0.40 18.93

National CineMedia has higher revenue and earnings than Constant Contact.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.1% of National CineMedia shares are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of National CineMedia shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

National CineMedia beats Constant Contact on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Constant Contact

Constant Contact, Inc. (Constant Contact) is a provider of online marketing tools for small organizations, including small businesses, associations and non-profits. The Company’s tools include Email Marketing, EventSpot, Social Campaigns, SaveLocal, SinglePlatform and Survey. It also provides Constant Contact Toolkit, which is an online marketing platform. Toolkit serves the small organizations to find and engage with customers across various marketing channels, including email, social, mobile and Web. Toolkit is available to customers in three packages: Email, Email Plus and Personal Marketer. Its Email offering is for the customers of email marketing product. Its Email Plus includes email marketing product, as well as access to its other marketing offerings, including running promotions and offers, managing events online, conducting surveys and getting feedback. Its Personal Marketer package includes various Toolkit offerings in Email Plus.

About National CineMedia

National CineMedia, Inc. (NCM, Inc.) is a holding company that manages its consolidated subsidiary National CineMedia, LLC (NCM LLC). The Company operates digital in-theater network in North America, allowing NCM LLC to sell advertising and certain third-party theater circuits under long-term network affiliate agreements. It is engaged in the sale of advertising to national, regional and local businesses in First Look, its cinema advertising and entertainment pre-show seen on movie screens across the United States It also sells advertising on its Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN), a series of screens located in movie theater lobbies, as well as other forms of advertising and promotions in theater lobbies. The Company sells online and mobile advertising through its Cinema Accelerator digital product to reach entertainment audiences beyond the theater. In-theater advertising and entertainment content is distributed across NCM LLC’s national theater network.

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