MSG Networks (OTCMKTS: ITVPY) and ITV PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ITVPY) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for MSG Networks and ITV PLC/ADR, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MSG Networks 1 3 4 0 2.38
ITV PLC/ADR 1 1 0 0 1.50

MSG Networks currently has a consensus price target of $25.17, suggesting a potential upside of 4.21%. Given MSG Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MSG Networks is more favorable than ITV PLC/ADR.

Profitability

This table compares MSG Networks and ITV PLC/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MSG Networks 41.46% -24.41% 21.66%
ITV PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.3% of MSG Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of ITV PLC/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.4% of MSG Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ITV PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. MSG Networks does not pay a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

MSG Networks has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ITV PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MSG Networks and ITV PLC/ADR’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MSG Networks $696.65 million 2.59 $288.86 million $3.81 6.34
ITV PLC/ADR $4.04 billion 2.06 $527.11 million N/A N/A

ITV PLC/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than MSG Networks.

Summary

MSG Networks beats ITV PLC/ADR on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

MSG Networks Company Profile

MSG Networks Inc. engages in the sports production, and content development and distribution businesses in the United States. The company owns and operates MSG Network and MSG+, which are regional sports and entertainment networks. It also operates MSG GO that provides live streaming and video on demand, as well as a Website and social media platforms for its brands. The company was formerly known as The Madison Square Garden Company and changed its name to MSG Networks Inc. in October 2015. MSG Networks Inc. was founded in 1969 and is based in New York, New York.

ITV PLC/ADR Company Profile

ITV plc, an integrated producer broadcaster, creates, owns, and distributes content on various platforms worldwide. It operates through Broadcast & Online, and ITV Studios segments. The Broadcast & Online segment broadcasts various contents on its family of free-to-air channels, including ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe, ITV Encore, CITV, ITV Breakfast, CITV Breakfast, and various related +1 and HD equivalents; and offers television advertising services. It also delivers content through linear television broadcasting; ITV Hub, an over-the-top service on 29 platforms, including itv.com Website; and pay providers, such as Virgin and Sky, as well as through direct content deals with services comprising Amazon, Apple, and Netflix. In addition, this segment offers online advertising, HD digital channel on pay platform, and ITV Choice subscription services, as well as licenses DTT Multiplex A. The ITV Studios segment creates and produces programs and formats that include drama, entertainment, and factual entertainment for its own channels and other broadcasters, such as the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky. It also operates as an unscripted independent producer of content in the United States; and produces content for local broadcasters in Australia, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Nordics. In addition, this segment's distribution business licenses finished programs and formats, and third-party content internationally, as well as finances productions. The company also engages in the development of platform, broadband, transactional, and mobile services; operation of Freeview Multiplex A; rights ownership and distribution of television programs and films; and scheduling and commissioning of television programs. ITV plc was founded in 1955 is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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