Tegna (NYSE: TGNA) and LIN Media (NYSE:TVL) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tegna and LIN Media’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tegna $3.34 billion 0.86 $436.69 million $1.34 9.99
LIN Media N/A N/A N/A $2.87 N/A

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Tegna and LIN Media, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tegna 1 5 4 0 2.30
LIN Media 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tegna currently has a consensus target price of $17.88, suggesting a potential upside of 33.59%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.9% of Tegna shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Tegna shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Tegna and LIN Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tegna 11.10% 20.50% 4.93%
LIN Media N/A N/A N/A


Tegna pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. LIN Media does not pay a dividend. Tegna pays out 20.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Tegna beats LIN Media on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tegna

Tegna Inc. has a portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content. The Company’s segments include TEGNA Media (Media) and TEGNA Digital (Digital). As of December 31, 2016, its media business included 46 television stations operating in 38 markets and offered television programming and digital content. Its Media segment includes core advertising, including local and national non-political advertising; political advertising during elections; retransmission that represents satellite and cable networks, and telecommunications companies to carry its television signals; digital that includes digital marketing services and advertising on the stations’ Websites, tablet and mobile products, and other services. Its Digital business segment includes G/O Digital and Cofactor.

About LIN Media

LIN Media LLC (LIN Media) is a local multimedia company. The Company operates or services 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 of the United States markets, and a portfolio of Websites, applications and mobile products. Its television stations deliver local news, community service, and sports and entertainment programming to viewers, reaching 10.5% of homes owning televisions in the United States. In April 2013, it acquired a majority ownership position in HYFN. On July 30, 2013, LIN Media announced that it had completed its merger with LIN TV Corp., with LIN Media, as the surviving company in the merger. In February 2014, the Company acquired Federated Media Publishing, Inc.

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