WideOpenWest (NASDAQ: AMCX) and AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock (NASDAQ:AMCX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.8% of WideOpenWest shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.5% of AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of WideOpenWest shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.0% of AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

WideOpenWest has a beta of 2.02, indicating that its stock price is 102% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock has a beta of 0.74, indicating that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for WideOpenWest and AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WideOpenWest 0 3 3 0 2.50
AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock 1 12 2 0 2.07

WideOpenWest presently has a consensus price target of $15.25, indicating a potential upside of 33.30%. AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock has a consensus price target of $61.70, indicating a potential downside of 4.35%. Given WideOpenWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe WideOpenWest is more favorable than AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock.

Profitability

This table compares WideOpenWest and AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WideOpenWest -8.17% -5.46% 0.78%
AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock 17.22% 278.30% 9.74%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WideOpenWest and AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WideOpenWest $1.19 billion 0.80 $159.50 million $0.69 16.58
AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock $2.81 billion 1.31 $471.31 million $7.37 8.75

AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock has higher revenue and earnings than WideOpenWest. AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WideOpenWest, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock beats WideOpenWest on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

WideOpenWest Company Profile

WideOpenWest, Inc. operates as a cable operator in the United States. It provides high-speed data, cable television, voice over IP-based telephony, and business-class services to residential and business services customers. Its video services include basic cable services that comprise local broadcast television and local community programming; digital cable services; and ultra video products, as well as provides commercial-free movies, sports, and other special event entertainment programs. The company's telephony services consist of local area calling plans, local and long-distance plans, caller ID and waiting, voicemail, and toll packages. Its business telephony and data services include enhanced telephony services, data speeds of up to 10 gigabit per second on its fiber network, and office-to-office metro Ethernet services; hosted voice products that can replace customers' legacy private branch exchange products; session initiated protocol trunking services; and colocation infrastructure, cloud computing, managed backup, and recovery services. The company offers its services through hybrid fiber coaxial cable network. It offers its services in approximately 300 communities in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee. As of December 31, 2017, its networks passed 3,109 thousand homes and businesses and served 777 thousand customers. The company was formerly known as WideOpenWest Kite, Inc. and changed its name to WideOpenWest, Inc. in March 2017. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Englewood, Colorado. WideOpenWest, Inc. is a subsidiary of WideOpenWest Holdings, LLC.

AMC NETWORKS INC Common Stock Company Profile

AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates various cable television's brands delivering content to audiences, and a platform to distributors and advertisers in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, National Networks; and International and Other. The National Networks segment operates five distributed entertainment programming networks under the AMC, WE tv, BBC AMERICA, IFC, and SundanceTV names in high definition and standard definition formats. This segment distributes its networks in the United States through cable and other multichannel video programming distribution platforms, such as direct broadcast satellite and platforms operated by telecommunications providers. The International and Other segment delivers entertaining and acclaimed programming services for subscribers in approximately 140 countries and territories, including Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the parts of Asia and Africa. This segment also operates in independent film distribution business that distributes films across various media platforms, including theaters, cable/satellite video on demand, cable network television, streaming/downloading to internet-connected screens, and DVDs. The company also provides subscription streaming services. AMC Networks Inc. was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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