Comparing MDC Partners (MDCA) & Its Rivals

MDC Partners (NASDAQ: MDCA) is one of 37 public companies in the “Advertising & Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare MDC Partners to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for MDC Partners and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MDC Partners 0 4 3 0 2.43
MDC Partners Competitors 44 419 875 16 2.64

MDC Partners presently has a consensus price target of $12.17, suggesting a potential upside of 8.63%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 11.86%. Given MDC Partners’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe MDC Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.7% of MDC Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.3% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of MDC Partners shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

MDC Partners has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MDC Partners’ competitors have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MDC Partners and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
MDC Partners $1.47 billion $150.77 million -20.00
MDC Partners Competitors $1.17 billion $156.81 million 19.23

MDC Partners has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. MDC Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares MDC Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MDC Partners -1.70% -5.72% 1.77%
MDC Partners Competitors -9.42% -10.59% -3.78%

About MDC Partners

MDC Partners Inc. is a provider of global marketing, advertising, activation, communications and strategic consulting solutions. The Company and its subsidiary agencies (Partner Firms) deliver a range of customized services. The Company’s segments include Reportable Segment, All Other and Corporate. The Reportable segment consists of the Company’s integrated advertising, media and public relations service companies. The All Other segment consists of the companies that provide the Company’s specialist marketing offerings, such as direct marketing, sales promotion, market research, strategic communications, database and customer relationship management, data analytics and insights, corporate identity, and design and branding. The Reportable segment includes the operations of various companies, such as Allison & Partners, Anomaly, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Doner, Forsman & Bodenfors, Hunter PR, kbs, MDC Media Partners and 72andSunny.

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