Reviewing Cable One (CABO) and WideOpenWest (WOW)

Cable One (NYSE: CABO) and WideOpenWest (NYSE:WOW) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Cable One pays an annual dividend of $6.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. WideOpenWest does not pay a dividend. Cable One pays out 32.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cable One and WideOpenWest’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cable One $824.25 million 4.95 $346.62 million $18.28 38.99
WideOpenWest $1.23 billion 0.00 $448.60 million N/A N/A

WideOpenWest has higher revenue and earnings than Cable One.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.8% of Cable One shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Cable One shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cable One and WideOpenWest’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cable One 12.75% 23.30% 7.54%
WideOpenWest N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cable One and WideOpenWest, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cable One 1 0 2 0 2.33
WideOpenWest 0 0 5 1 3.17

Cable One currently has a consensus target price of $636.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.76%. WideOpenWest has a consensus target price of $20.83, indicating a potential upside of 19.59%. Given WideOpenWest’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe WideOpenWest is more favorable than Cable One.

About Cable One

Cable One, Inc. is a provider of data, video and voice services. The Company offers products, including Residential Video Services, Residential Data Services, Residential Voice Services, Business Services and Advertising. As of May 1, 2017, the Company provided data, video and voice services in 21 Western, Midwestern and Southern states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided these broadband services to residential and business customers in more than 35 cable systems covering over 400 cities and towns. The Company provides these broadband services to residential and business customers in approximately 40 cable systems covering over 400 cities and towns. The markets it serves are non-metropolitan, secondary markets, with its customers located in five states: Arizona, Idaho, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The Company offers a range of residential video services, generally ranging from a basic video service to digital service with access to hundreds of channels.

About WideOpenWest

WideOpenWest, Inc. is a cable operator in the United States. The Company provides high-speed data (HSD), cable television (Video), digital telephony (Telephony) and business-class services. The Company’s products are available either as a bundle or as an individual service to residential and business services customers. The Company’s services include data services, video services, telephony services, and business services. Its business-class service serves approximately 3 million homes and businesses. The Company’s services are delivered across 19 markets through hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) cable network.

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