DHX Media (NASDAQ: DHXM) and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:LGF) are both entertainment production – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.7% of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.4% of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DHX Media and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DHX Media N/A N/A N/A ($0.02) -160.00
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. N/A N/A N/A $0.22 118.59

DHX Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares DHX Media and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DHX Media 4.46% 5.05% 1.91%
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. 17.36% 26.35% 7.85%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for DHX Media and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DHX Media 0 3 4 0 2.57
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. 0 1 14 0 2.93

DHX Media presently has a consensus target price of $9.13, indicating a potential upside of 185.16%. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has a consensus target price of $32.62, indicating a potential upside of 25.01%. Given DHX Media’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe DHX Media is more favorable than Lions Gate Entertainment Corp..

Summary

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. beats DHX Media on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

DHX Media Company Profile

DHX Media Ltd is a Canada-based creator, producer, distributor, licensor and broadcaster of kids and family television and film productions. The Company develops, produces and distributes films and television programs for the domestic and international market, broadcasts films and television programs for the domestic markets, as well, the Company manages copyrights, licensing and brands for third parties. It operates through three segments being: Content Business, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG) and 8504601 Canada Inc. (DHX Television). The Content Business segment includes production, distribution and merchandising operations. The CPLG segment manages copyrights, licensing and brands for third parties. It has five business lines: production (including production service); library and distribution (including digital distribution) of its third party acquired titles; television broadcasting; merchandising and licensing, and new media and interactive.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Company Profile

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is engaged in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment. The Company operates through two segments: Motion Pictures and Television Production. The Company’s Motion Pictures segment consists of the development and production of feature films, acquisition of North American and around the world distribution rights, North American theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution of feature films produced and acquired, and around the world licensing of distribution rights to feature films produced and acquired. The Company’s Television Production segment consists of the development, production and around the world distribution of television productions, including television series, television movies, and mini-series and non-fiction programming.

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