A. H. Belo (NYSE: AHC) and Daily Journal (NASDAQ:DJCO) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for A. H. Belo and Daily Journal, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A. H. Belo 0 0 0 0 N/A
Daily Journal 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

A. H. Belo has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Daily Journal has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

A. H. Belo pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Daily Journal does not pay a dividend. A. H. Belo pays out -32.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.2% of A. H. Belo shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.7% of Daily Journal shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.6% of A. H. Belo shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.4% of Daily Journal shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares A. H. Belo and Daily Journal’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
A. H. Belo $259.98 million 0.41 -$19.31 million ($1.00) -4.85
Daily Journal $41.38 million 8.00 -$910,000.00 ($0.66) -363.64

Daily Journal has lower revenue, but higher earnings than A. H. Belo. Daily Journal is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than A. H. Belo, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares A. H. Belo and Daily Journal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A. H. Belo -8.59% 1.70% 0.80%
Daily Journal -2.22% -0.63% -0.36%

A. H. Belo Company Profile

A. H. Belo Corporation is a local news and information publishing company. The Company is engaged in providing commercial printing, distribution and direct mail services, as well as media and digital marketing services. The Company operates through two segments: Publishing and Marketing, Event Marketing and Other Services (MEMO). The Company’s Publishing segment includes its print operations associated with its newspapers, publications and related Websites. The Company’s publishing segment includes the operations of The Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com), a Texas newspaper, and the Denton Record-Chronicle (www.dentonrc.com), a daily newspaper operating in Denton, Texas. The Company’s MEMO segment consists of marketing, event marketing and other businesses. It offers digital marketing solutions through Your Speakeasy, LLC (Speakeasy) and DMV Digital Holdings Company, Inc., and provides event promotion and marketing services through DMN CrowdSource LLC (CrowdSource).

Daily Journal Company Profile

Daily Journal Corporation publishes newspapers and Websites covering California and Arizona, and produces various specialized information services. The Company also serves as a newspaper representative specializing in public notice advertising. It operates through two segments: Traditional Business and Journal Technologies. The Traditional Business segment provides newspaper publishing and related services. The Journal Technologies segment supplies case management software systems and related products to courts, prosecutor and public defender offices, probation departments and other justice agencies, including administrative law organizations, city and county governments and bar associations. These organizations use the Journal Technologies family of products to help manage cases and information electronically, to interface with other justice partners and to extend electronic services to bar members and the public. Its subsidiary is Journal Technologies, Inc. (Journal Technologies).

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