Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ: CETV) and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Comcast Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Central European Media Enterprises does not pay a dividend. Comcast Corporation pays out 31.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Central European Media Enterprises has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comcast Corporation has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Central European Media Enterprises and Comcast Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Central European Media Enterprises $650.66 million 0.91 $162.63 million ($0.10) -41.00
Comcast Corporation $83.97 billion 2.26 $27.79 billion $1.99 20.29

Comcast Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Central European Media Enterprises. Central European Media Enterprises is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comcast Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.4% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.9% of Comcast Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Comcast Corporation shares 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 Central European Media Enterprises and Comcast Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Central European Media Enterprises 2.82% -18.46% 1.26%
Comcast Corporation 11.45% 16.80% 5.23%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Central European Media Enterprises and Comcast Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Central European Media Enterprises 0 0 2 0 3.00
Comcast Corporation 0 1 22 0 2.96

Central European Media Enterprises currently has a consensus target price of $3.30, indicating a potential downside of 19.51%. Comcast Corporation has a consensus target price of $45.69, indicating a potential upside of 13.46%. Given Comcast Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Comcast Corporation is more favorable than Central European Media Enterprises.

Summary

Comcast Corporation beats Central European Media Enterprises on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Central European Media Enterprises Company Profile

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME Ltd.) is a media and entertainment company operating in Central and Eastern Europe. The Company’s assets are held through a series of Dutch and Curacao holding companies. The Company manages its business on a geographical basis, with six segments: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. The Bulgaria segment operated one general entertainment channel, BTV, and five other channels, including BTV CINEMA, BTV COMEDY, RING.BG, BTV ACTION and BTV LADY, as of December 31, 2016. The Croatia segment operated one general entertainment channel, NOVA TV (Croatia), as of December 31, 2016. The Czech Republic segment operated one general entertainment channel, TV NOVA (Czech Republic), as of December 31, 2016. The Romania segment operated one general entertainment channel, PRO TV, as of December 31, 2016. The Slovak Republic segment operated one general entertainment channel, TV MARKIZA, as of December 31, 2016.

Comcast Corporation Company Profile

Comcast Corporation is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Its Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks. Its Cable Communications segment consists of the operations of Comcast Cable, which provides video, high-speed Internet and voice services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. Its Cable Networks segment consists of a portfolio of national cable networks. Its Broadcast Television segment operates the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks. Its Filmed Entertainment segment primarily produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment across the world, and it also develops, produces and licenses live stage plays. Its Theme Parks segment consists primarily of its Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California.

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