Virgin Media (NASDAQ:VMED) versus CBS (CBS) Head-To-Head Contrast

CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Virgin Media (NASDAQ:VMED) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares CBS and Virgin Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CBS 2.61% 67.23% 7.80%
Virgin Media N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.0% of CBS shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.0% of CBS shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CBS and Virgin Media, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CBS 0 7 16 0 2.70
Virgin Media 0 0 0 0 N/A

CBS presently has a consensus target price of $69.95, indicating a potential upside of 30.05%.

Dividends

CBS pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Virgin Media does not pay a dividend. CBS pays out 17.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CBS has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CBS and Virgin Media’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CBS $13.69 billion 1.50 $357.00 million $4.19 12.84
Virgin Media N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

CBS has higher revenue and earnings than Virgin Media.

Summary

CBS beats Virgin Media on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

CBS Company Profile

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, and Local Media. The Entertainment segment distributes a schedule of news and public affairs broadcasts, and sports and entertainment programming; produces, acquires, and/or distributes programming, including series, specials, news, and public affairs; operates online content networks for information and entertainment; produces, acquires, and distributes theatrical motion pictures; and digital streaming services. The Cable Networks segment offers subscription program services, such as original series, theatrical feature films, documentaries, boxing and other sports-related programming, and special events. This segment also operates CBS Sports Network, a 24-hour cable program service that provides college sports and related content; and Smithsonian Networks, which operates a channel featuring cultural, historical, scientific, and educational programs. The Publishing segment publishes and distributes adult and children's consumer books in printed, digital, and audio formats; develops special imprints and publishes titles based on the products of the company, as well as that of third parties; and distributes products for other publishers. This segment also delivers content; and promotes its products on its Websites, social media, and general Internet sites, as well as those related to individual titles. The Local Media segment owns 29 broadcast television stations; and operates local Websites, including content from the company's television stations. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Virgin Media Company Profile

Virgin Media Inc. (Virgin Media)is engaged in entertainment and communications business. The Company has two segments: Consumer and Business. The Company is a provider of broadband Internet, television, mobile telephony and fixed line telephony services that offer a range of entertainment and communications services to residential and commercial customers throughout the United Kingdom. It is a provider of residential broadband Internet, pay television and fixed line telephony services by number of customers. As of December 31, 2011, the Company provided services to approximately 4.8 million residential cable customers on its network. The Company is also a mobile virtual network operators by number of customers, providing mobile telephone service to 1.5 million prepay mobile customers and approximately 1.5 million contract mobile customers over third party networks. In June 2013, Liberty Global Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Virgin Media Inc (Virgin Media).

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