Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE: CCO) and Yahoo! Japan (OTCMKTS:YAHOY) are both business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

8.9% of Clear Channel Outdoor shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Yahoo! Japan shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of Clear Channel Outdoor shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Clear Channel Outdoor has a beta of 1.66, suggesting that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yahoo! Japan has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor and Yahoo! Japan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clear Channel Outdoor -24.69% -0.52% -12.13%
Yahoo! Japan 15.50% 13.58% 8.87%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor and Yahoo! Japan’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clear Channel Outdoor $2.59 billion 0.65 -$639.71 million N/A N/A
Yahoo! Japan $7.90 billion 2.60 $1.22 billion $0.44 16.41

Yahoo! Japan has higher revenue and earnings than Clear Channel Outdoor.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Clear Channel Outdoor and Yahoo! Japan, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clear Channel Outdoor 1 2 0 0 1.67
Yahoo! Japan 0 2 0 0 2.00

Clear Channel Outdoor presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 72.04%. Given Clear Channel Outdoor’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Clear Channel Outdoor is more favorable than Yahoo! Japan.

Summary

Yahoo! Japan beats Clear Channel Outdoor on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clear Channel Outdoor

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., an outdoor advertising company, owns and operates advertising display faces in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Americas Outdoor Advertising and International Outdoor Advertising. The company offers advertising services through billboards, including bulletins and posters; transit displays, which are advertising surfaces on various types of vehicles or within transit systems; street furniture displays, such as advertising surfaces on bus shelters, information kiosks, freestanding units, and other public structures; and other displays comprising spectaculars and wallscapes, as well as retail and other small displays. It also provides street furniture equipment, cleaning and maintenance services, and production and creative services; and operates SmartBike bicycle rental program, which provides bicycles for rent to the general public in various municipalities. The company serves the business service, retail, healthcare and medical, media, restaurant, entertainment, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce, and food and food product industries. As of December 31, 2017, it owned or operated approximately 570,000 advertising displays. The company was formerly known as Eller Media Company and changed its name to Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. in August 2005. The company was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of iHeartCommunications, Inc.

About Yahoo! Japan

Yahoo Japan Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides search advertising, information listing, and e-commerce services to Internet users in Japan. It operates through two segments, Marketing Solutions Business and Consumer Business. The Marketing Solutions Business segment offers Internet-based advertising-related services, such as paid search, display advertising, and other advertising related services. The Consumer Business segment provides e-commerce related, membership, and information listing services. The company is also involved in financial and payment-related services; cloud-related services; and corporate services, such as data center related operations, and other services. In addition, it is involved in the operation of various Internet sites that provide reservation services for hotels and restaurants; mail-order services for office-related products and other delivery services; rental server information processing, domain registration, and cloud services; parcel delivery service; Internet distribution of video-streaming; planning, production, and sale of Internet advertising; and provision of entertainment information. Further, the company offers cloud and agent services; and advertising business and marketing automation services. Additionally, it engages in data center, venture capital, credit card, card loan, credit guarantee, foreign exchange margin trading, life/non-life insurance agency, and e-commerce, online media, as well as other businesses related to automobiles and total driving experience; and the collection and production of sports-related information, as well as production of articles and content. Yahoo Japan Corporation also operates Internet sites that provide reservation services for hotels and restaurants. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Yahoo Japan Corporation is a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp.

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