Contrasting Graham Holdings (GHC) & Service Corporation International (SCI)

Graham Holdings (NYSE: GHC) and Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) are both mid-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Graham Holdings and Service Corporation International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Graham Holdings $2.48 billion 1.27 $168.59 million $22.14 25.68
Service Corporation International $3.03 billion 2.22 $177.03 million $1.90 18.88

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.7% of Graham Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.5% of Service Corporation International shares are owned by institutional investors. 22.5% of Graham Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of Service Corporation International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Graham Holdings and Service Corporation International’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%
Service Corporation International 11.83% 24.85% 2.38%

Volatility and Risk

Graham Holdings has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Service Corporation International has a beta of 0.96, meaning that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Graham Holdings and Service Corporation International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Graham Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Service Corporation International 0 0 3 0 3.00

Service Corporation International has a consensus target price of $39.67, suggesting a potential upside of 10.58%. Given Service Corporation International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Service Corporation International is more favorable than Graham Holdings.

Dividends

Graham Holdings pays an annual dividend of $5.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Service Corporation International pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Graham Holdings pays out 22.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Service Corporation International pays out 31.6% 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.

Summary

Service Corporation International beats Graham Holdings on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Graham Holdings Company Profile

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.

Service Corporation International Company Profile

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.

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