Head to Head Comparison: Virgin Media (VMED) versus Gray Television (GTN)

Virgin Media (NASDAQ: VMED) and Gray Television (NYSE:GTN) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.4% of Gray Television shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.0% of Gray Television shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Virgin Media and Gray Television’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Virgin Media N/A N/A N/A $15.59 N/A
Gray Television $812.47 million 1.77 $62.27 million $1.82 8.79

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Virgin Media and Gray Television, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Virgin Media 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gray Television 0 0 6 0 3.00

Gray Television has a consensus target price of $18.67, suggesting a potential upside of 16.67%.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Virgin Media N/A N/A N/A
Gray Television 14.91% 15.53% 2.91%

Summary

Gray Television beats Virgin Media on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

Gray Television Company Profile

Gray Television, Inc. is a television broadcast company. The Company owns and operates television stations and digital assets in various markets across the United States. As of February 21, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated television stations in 54 television markets broadcasting over 200 separate programming streams, including 37 affiliates of the CBS Network (CBS), 29 affiliates of the NBC Network (NBC), 20 affiliates of the ABC Network (ABC) and 15 affiliates of the FOX Network (FOX). In addition to a primary broadcast channel, each of its stations can also broadcast additional secondary digital channels within a market by utilizing the same bandwidth, but with different programming from the primary channel. The Company also broadcasts local news/weather channels in certain of its existing markets. Along with affiliations with ABC, CBS and FOX, the Company’s secondary channels are affiliated with various smaller networks and program services.

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