Financial Survey: Central European Media Enterprises (CETV) versus Gray Television, Inc. Class A (GTN.A)

Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ: CETV) and Gray Television, Inc. Class A (NYSE:GTN.A) are both small-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 Central European Media Enterprises and Gray Television, Inc. Class A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Central European Media Enterprises 10.77% 475.27% 3.91%
Gray Television, Inc. Class A 25.99% 11.89% 3.35%

Risk and Volatility

Central European Media Enterprises has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gray Television, Inc. Class A has a beta of 2.74, meaning that its stock price is 174% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.7% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Gray Television, Inc. Class A shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Gray Television, Inc. Class A shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Central European Media Enterprises and Gray Television, Inc. Class A, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Central European Media Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A
Gray Television, Inc. Class A 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Central European Media Enterprises and Gray Television, Inc. Class A’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Central European Media Enterprises $574.21 million 1.54 $49.76 million N/A N/A
Gray Television, Inc. Class A $882.73 million 1.53 $261.95 million N/A N/A

Gray Television, Inc. Class A has higher revenue and earnings than Central European Media Enterprises.

About Central European Media Enterprises

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. operates as a media and entertainment company in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the Slovak Republic. It broadcasts a total of 26 television channels, including general entertainment and other channels. The company also develops and produces content for television channels; and provides premium television content through a series of portals, including Voyo, a subscription based video-on-demand service, and advertising supported catch-up services on its Websites. Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About Gray Television, Inc. Class A

Gray Television, Inc. is a television broadcast company. The Company owns and operates television stations and digital assets in various markets across the United States. As of February 21, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated television stations in 54 television markets broadcasting over 200 separate programming streams, including 37 affiliates of the CBS Network (CBS), 29 affiliates of the NBC Network (NBC), 20 affiliates of the ABC Network (ABC) and 15 affiliates of the FOX Network (FOX). In addition to a primary broadcast channel, each of its stations can also broadcast additional secondary digital channels within a market by utilizing the same bandwidth, but with different programming from the primary channel. The Company also broadcasts local news/weather channels in certain of its existing markets. Along with affiliations with ABC, CBS and FOX, the Company’s secondary channels are affiliated with various smaller networks and program services.

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