Financial Survey: Grupo Televisa (TV) versus Starz Acquisition (STRZA)

Grupo Televisa (NYSE: TV) and Starz Acquisition (NASDAQ:STRZA) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Grupo Televisa and Starz Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grupo Televisa 4.85% 5.16% 1.73%
Starz Acquisition -68.21% -14.75% -6.41%

Risk and Volatility

Grupo Televisa has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Starz Acquisition has a beta of 0.07, meaning that its share price is 93% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.1% of Grupo Televisa shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.2% of Starz Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Starz Acquisition shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Grupo Televisa and Starz Acquisition, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grupo Televisa 0 3 1 0 2.25
Starz Acquisition 0 0 0 0 N/A

Grupo Televisa presently has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 45.24%. Given Grupo Televisa’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Grupo Televisa is more favorable than Starz Acquisition.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Grupo Televisa and Starz Acquisition’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grupo Televisa $5.17 billion 2.06 $199.46 million $0.39 47.67
Starz Acquisition N/A N/A N/A $1.80 19.73

Grupo Televisa has higher revenue and earnings than Starz Acquisition. Starz Acquisition is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Grupo Televisa, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Grupo Televisa pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Starz Acquisition does not pay a dividend. Grupo Televisa pays out 20.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Grupo Televisa beats Starz Acquisition on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Grupo Televisa Company Profile

Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. is a media company in the international entertainment business. The Company operates in four business segments: Content, Sky, Telecommunications, and Other Businesses. It operates four broadcast channels in Mexico City and has affiliated stations throughout the country. It produces pay-television channels with national and international feeds, throughout Latin America, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. It exports its programs and formats to television networks around the world. It is also a Spanish-language magazine publisher. Its pay-television channels include three music, six movie, seven variety and entertainment channels and two sports channels. Its programs include telenovelas, newscasts, situation comedies, game shows, reality shows, children’s programs, comedy and variety programs, musical and cultural events, movies and educational programming. Its programming also includes broadcasts of special events and sports events in Mexico.

Starz Acquisition Company Profile

Starz Acquisition LLC, formerly Starz, is an integrated media and entertainment company. The Company provides premium subscription video programming in the United States to cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies and online video providers. The Company’s segments include Starz Networks and Starz Distribution. The Starz Networks segment provides premium subscription video programming to the United States multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), including cable operators (such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable), satellite television providers (such as DIRECTV and DISH Network) and telecommunications companies (such as AT&T and Verizon). The Starz Distribution segment includes the operations of its Anchor Bay Entertainment, Starz Digital and Starz Worldwide Distribution businesses. It also develops, produces and acquires entertainment content and distributes this content to consumers in the United States and throughout the world.

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