Head to Head Contrast: Graham Holdings (GHC) vs. Cannabis Sativa (CBDS)

Graham Holdings (NYSE: GHC) and Cannabis Sativa (OTCMKTS:CBDS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.


Graham Holdings pays an annual dividend of $5.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Cannabis Sativa does not pay a dividend. Graham Holdings pays out 22.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Graham Holdings and Cannabis Sativa’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Graham Holdings $2.48 billion 1.27 $168.59 million $22.20 25.59
Cannabis Sativa N/A N/A N/A ($0.36) -8.33

Graham Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Sativa is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Graham Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Graham Holdings and Cannabis Sativa, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Graham Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cannabis Sativa 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

Graham Holdings has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cannabis Sativa has a beta of -7.48, meaning that its stock price is 848% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Graham Holdings and Cannabis Sativa’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Graham Holdings 4.90% 5.50% 3.07%
Cannabis Sativa -97,837.88% -263.43% -195.21%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.1% of Graham Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 22.5% of Graham Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Graham Holdings beats Cannabis Sativa on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis Sativa, Inc. develops and promotes natural cannabis products. The Company is engaged in the research, development and licensing of natural cannabis products, including cannabis formulas, edibles, topicals, strains, recipes and delivery systems. The Company plans to develop, produce and market products through joint ventures with companies licensed under state regulations applicable to cannabis businesses. It holds the license for a medicinal cannabis strain called NZT, a cannabis lozenge delivery methodology, and a cannabis trauma cream formula. The Company is also developing a third strain of cannabis plant named CT22. The Company also conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Wild Earth Naturals, Inc. (Wild Earth). Wild Earth is an herbal skin care products formulation and marketing company that plans to target the natural healthcare products market in the United States and abroad. It offers Go Deep, Go Deep EXTRA (GDX), Face Garden, Body Garden and Lip Garden.

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