Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) and Graham Holdings (NYSE:GHC) are both mid-cap personal services – nec companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Service Corporation International and Graham Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Service Corporation International||$3.03 billion||2.21||$177.03 million||$1.90||18.80|
|Graham Holdings||$2.48 billion||1.27||$168.59 million||$22.14||25.66|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
85.5% of Service Corporation International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.1% of Graham Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Service Corporation International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.5% of Graham Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Service Corporation International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Graham Holdings pays an annual dividend of $5.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Service Corporation International pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Graham Holdings pays out 22.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Graham Holdings has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Service Corporation International and Graham Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Service Corporation International||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Service Corporation International currently has a consensus target price of $39.67, suggesting a potential upside of 11.05%. Given Service Corporation International’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Service Corporation International is more favorable than Graham Holdings.
This table compares Service Corporation International and Graham Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Service Corporation International||11.83%||24.85%||2.38%|
Risk and Volatility
Service Corporation International has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Graham Holdings has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Service Corporation International beats Graham Holdings on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Service Corporation International
Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It offers various brands, such as Dignity Memorial, Dignity Planning, National Cremation Society, Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services, and Funeraria del Angel. Its funeral service and cemetery operations consist of funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and related businesses. It sells cemetery property, and funeral and cemetery merchandise and services.
About Graham Holdings
Graham Holdings Company, formerly The Washington Post Company, is a diversified education and media company whose principal operations include educational services, television broadcasting, cable television systems, and online, print and local TV news. The Company owns Kaplan, a provider of educational services to individuals, schools and businesses, serving over one million students annually with operations in more than 30 countries. Its programs include higher education, test preparation, language instruction and professional training. Its Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc owns six television stations which include WDIV-Detroit (NBC), KPRC-Houston (NBC),WPLG-Miami (ABC), WKMG-Orlando (CBS), KSAT-San Antonio (ABC) and WJXT-Jacksonville (independent). The stations also broadcast digital channels focusing on classic television and lifestyle programming, in addition to operating mobile sites and mobile applications delivering breaking news, weather and community news.
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