Head-To-Head Contrast: ITV PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:ITVPY) & MSG Networks (MSGN)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ITV PLC/ADR and MSG Networks, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ITV PLC/ADR 0 1 0 0 2.00
MSG Networks 1 3 4 0 2.38

MSG Networks has a consensus target price of $25.17, indicating a potential upside of 3.35%. Given MSG Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MSG Networks is more favorable than ITV PLC/ADR.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.1% of ITV PLC/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.3% of MSG Networks shares are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of MSG Networks shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

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

Profitability

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

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

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.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ITV PLC/ADR $4.04 billion 2.08 $527.11 million N/A N/A
MSG Networks $696.65 million 2.61 $288.86 million $3.81 6.39

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.

About ITV PLC/ADR

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.

About MSG Networks

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.

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