Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Belo (NYSE:BLC) are both broadcasting – nec companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Comcast and Belo’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comcast $80.40 billion 2.47 $8.70 billion $2.12 20.02
Belo N/A N/A N/A $0.88 N/A

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

82.3% of Comcast shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Comcast shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Comcast and Belo, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comcast 0 3 24 0 2.89
Belo 0 0 0 0 N/A

Comcast currently has a consensus target price of $46.83, indicating a potential upside of 10.35%.

Volatility & Risk

Comcast has a beta of 1, indicating that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Belo has a beta of 3.11, indicating that its stock price is 211% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Comcast and Belo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comcast 11.99% 17.17% 5.30%
Belo N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Comcast pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Belo does not pay a dividend. Comcast pays out 29.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Comcast beats Belo on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Comcast 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.

Belo Company Profile

Belo Corp. (Belo) is a television company. The Company owns 20 television stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV (MNTV) affiliates, and their associated websites, in 15 markets across the United States. The Company also has three local and two regional news channels. Belo also has a services agreement with the owner and operator of KFWD-TV, licensed to Fort Worth, Texas. Six of the Company’s stations are located in four metropolitan areas in the United States: ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth; CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston; NBC affiliate KING-TV and independent KONG-TV in Seattle/Tacoma, and Independent KTVK and The CW Network (CW) affiliate KASW-TV in Phoenix. Belo’s television stations have been recognized with numerous local, state and national awards for news coverage and community service. In December 2013, Gannett Co Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Belo Corp.

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