Nielsen Audio (ARB) & Reading International (RDI) Head to Head Analysis

Nielsen Audio (NYSE: ARB) and Reading International (NASDAQ:RDI) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Nielsen Audio and Reading International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nielsen Audio 0 0 0 0 N/A
Reading International 0 0 1 0 3.00

Reading International has a consensus target price of $26.50, indicating a potential upside of 66.56%. Given Reading International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Reading International is more favorable than Nielsen Audio.

Profitability

This table compares Nielsen Audio and Reading International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nielsen Audio N/A N/A N/A
Reading International 3.71% 7.69% 2.91%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.6% of Reading International shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.8% of Reading International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nielsen Audio and Reading International’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Nielsen Audio N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Reading International $275.14 million 1.34 $51.92 million $0.44 36.16

Reading International has higher revenue and earnings than Nielsen Audio.

Summary

Reading International beats Nielsen Audio on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Nielsen Audio Company Profile

Arbitron Inc. (Arbitron) is a media and marketing information services firm primarily serving radio, advertisers, advertising agencies, cables and broadcast television, retailers, out-of-home media, online media, mobile media, telecommunications providers, and print media. The Company’s main service is estimating the size and composition of radio audiences in local markets and of audiences to network radio programming and commercials in the United States. The Company also provides services, such as qualitative information about consumers, including their lifestyles, shopping patterns, and use of media, and software to access and analyze media audience and marketing information data. In September 2013, Nielsen Holdings NV completed its acquisition of Arbitron Inc.

Reading International Company Profile

Reading International, Inc. (RDI) is engaged in the development, ownership and operation of multiplex cinemas in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and the development, ownership and operation of retail and commercial real estate in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. RDI operates through two segments: cinema exhibition and real estate. The cinema exhibition segment operates multiplex cinemas. RDI’s real estate segment includes real estate development and the rental of retail, commercial and live theater assets. The Company manages its cinema exhibition businesses around the world under various brands, including Reading Cinema, Angelika Film Centers, Consolidated Theatres and City Cinemas brands in the United States; under the Reading Cinema brand in Australia, and under the Reading Cinema and Rialto brands in New Zealand.

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