Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX) and Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Twenty-First Century Fox and Twenty-First Century Fox’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Twenty-First Century Fox $28.40 billion 1.81 $7.01 billion $1.63 17.00
Twenty-First Century Fox $28.40 billion 1.83 $7.01 billion $1.63 17.19

Twenty-First Century Fox is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Twenty-First Century Fox, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Twenty-First Century Fox has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Twenty-First Century Fox has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Twenty-First Century Fox pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Twenty-First Century Fox pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Twenty-First Century Fox pays out 22.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Twenty-First Century Fox pays out 22.1% 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

23.2% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.0% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.4% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 20.1% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Twenty-First Century Fox and Twenty-First Century Fox’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Twenty-First Century Fox 10.72% 24.40% 7.65%
Twenty-First Century Fox 10.72% 24.40% 7.65%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Twenty-First Century Fox and Twenty-First Century Fox, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Twenty-First Century Fox 0 3 2 0 2.40
Twenty-First Century Fox 0 5 15 0 2.75

Twenty-First Century Fox presently has a consensus target price of $32.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.48%. Twenty-First Century Fox has a consensus target price of $33.17, indicating a potential upside of 18.35%. Given Twenty-First Century Fox’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Twenty-First Century Fox is more favorable than Twenty-First Century Fox.

Summary

Twenty-First Century Fox beats Twenty-First Century Fox on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Twenty-First Century Fox Company Profile

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. is a media and entertainment company. The Company’s segments include Cable Network Programming; Television; Filmed Entertainment, and Other, Corporate and Eliminations. The Cable Network Programming segment produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, factual entertainment and movie programming for distribution. The Television segment is engaged in the operation of broadcast television stations and the broadcasting of network programming in the United States. The Filmed Entertainment segment is engaged in the production and acquisition of live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in all formats in all entertainment media, and the production and licensing of television programming around the world. The Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment consists primarily of corporate overhead and eliminations, and other businesses.

Twenty-First Century Fox Company Profile

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. is a media and entertainment company. The Company’s segments include Cable Network Programming; Television; Filmed Entertainment, and Other, Corporate and Eliminations. The Cable Network Programming segment produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, factual entertainment and movie programming for distribution. The Television segment is engaged in the operation of broadcast television stations and the broadcasting of network programming in the United States. The Filmed Entertainment segment is engaged in the production and acquisition of live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in all formats in all entertainment media, and the production and licensing of television programming around the world. The Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment consists primarily of corporate overhead and eliminations, and other businesses.

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