Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) and Cable One (NYSE:CABO) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Cablevision Systems and Cable One’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cablevision Systems 5.75% N/A 5.59%
Cable One 12.44% 22.83% 6.77%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

70.4% of Cable One shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Cable One 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cablevision Systems and Cable One’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cablevision Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cable One $860.73 million 4.93 $372.61 million $18.63 39.78

Cable One has higher revenue and earnings than Cablevision Systems.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cablevision Systems and Cable One, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cablevision Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cable One 1 0 2 0 2.33

Cable One has a consensus target price of $646.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.82%. Given Cable One’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cable One is more favorable than Cablevision Systems.

Dividends

Cable One pays an annual dividend of $7.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Cablevision Systems does not pay a dividend. Cable One pays out 37.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Cable One beats Cablevision Systems on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cablevision Systems

Cablevision Systems Corporation (Cablevision), through its subsidiary, CSC Holdings, LLC (CSC Holdings), operates cable operations business in the United States. The Company operates in three segments: Cable, Lightpath and Other. The Company’s Cable segment offers Cable television service, which delivers multiple channels of video programming to subscribers who pay a monthly fee for the services they receive. The Company operates Lightpath segmeny, through its subsidiary, Cablevision Lightpath, Inc. (Lightpath), which provides Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice and video transport and managed services to the business market in the New York metropolitan area. Lightpath also provides managed information technology services to businesses, including hosted voice services, managed wireless fidelity, managed desktop and server backup, and managed collaboration services. The Other segment operations consist of the operations of Newsday, News 12 Networks and Cablevision Media Sales.

About Cable One

Cable One, Inc. is a provider of data, video and voice services. The Company offers products, including Residential Video Services, Residential Data Services, Residential Voice Services, Business Services and Advertising. As of May 1, 2017, the Company provided data, video and voice services in 21 Western, Midwestern and Southern states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided these broadband services to residential and business customers in more than 35 cable systems covering over 400 cities and towns. The Company provides these broadband services to residential and business customers in approximately 40 cable systems covering over 400 cities and towns. The markets it serves are non-metropolitan, secondary markets, with its customers located in five states: Arizona, Idaho, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The Company offers a range of residential video services, generally ranging from a basic video service to digital service with access to hundreds of channels.

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