E. W. Scripps (SSP) and Its Competitors Financial Analysis

E. W. Scripps (NYSE: SSP) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Television broadcasting stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare E. W. Scripps to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

77.0% of E. W. Scripps shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.1% of shares of all “Television broadcasting stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of E. W. Scripps shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Television broadcasting stations” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.



Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for E. W. Scripps and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
E. W. Scripps 0 2 2 0 2.50
E. W. Scripps Competitors 119 450 905 29 2.56

E. W. Scripps currently has a consensus price target of $19.67, suggesting a potential upside of 74.81%. As a group, “Television broadcasting stations” companies have a potential upside of 41.18%. Given E. W. Scripps’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe E. W. Scripps is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares E. W. Scripps and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
E. W. Scripps $864.83 million -$13.10 million -28.85
E. W. Scripps Competitors $3.96 billion $355.86 million 17.81

E. W. Scripps’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than E. W. Scripps. E. W. Scripps is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

E. W. Scripps has a beta of 2, indicating that its share price is 100% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, E. W. Scripps’ peers have a beta of 1.34, indicating that their average share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares E. W. Scripps and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
E. W. Scripps -1.44% 1.51% 0.79%
E. W. Scripps Competitors 13.95% 15.97% 4.85%

Dividends

E. W. Scripps pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. E. W. Scripps pays out -51.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Television broadcasting stations” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 33.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

E. W. Scripps peers beat E. W. Scripps on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About E. W. Scripps

The E. W. Scripps Company is a media enterprise with interests in television and radio broadcasting, as well as local and national digital media brands. The Company’s segments include television, radio, digital, and syndication and other. As of December 31, 2016, the Television segment included approximately 15 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) affiliates, five National Broadcasting Company (NBC) affiliates, two FOX affiliates, two Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) affiliates and four non big-four affiliated stations. As of December 31, 2016, the radio segment owned 34 radio stations in eight markets. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 28 frequency modulation (FM) stations and six Amplitude Modulation (AM) stations. The digital segment includes the digital operations of its local television and radio businesses. Its Syndication and other segment primarily includes the syndication of news features and comics and other features for the newspaper industry.

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