Critical Comparison: tronc (TRNC) versus New York Times Company (The) (NYT)

tronc (NASDAQ: TRNC) and New York Times Company (The) (NYSE:NYT) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitabiliy and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for tronc and New York Times Company (The), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
tronc 0 0 1 0 3.00
New York Times Company (The) 1 2 0 0 1.67

tronc presently has a consensus target price of $21.00, indicating a potential upside of 62.16%. New York Times Company (The) has a consensus target price of $11.40, indicating a potential downside of 35.77%. Given tronc’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe tronc is more favorable than New York Times Company (The).

Profitability

This table compares tronc and New York Times Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
tronc 0.64% 57.51% 5.89%
New York Times Company (The) 3.21% 11.53% 4.20%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.1% of tronc shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of New York Times Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 41.2% of tronc shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of New York Times Company (The) 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 & Valuation

This table compares tronc and New York Times Company (The)’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
tronc $1.57 billion 0.27 $122.82 million $0.28 46.25
New York Times Company (The) $1.57 billion 1.83 $215.54 million $0.31 57.26

tronc is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than New York Times Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

tronc has a beta of 1.79, meaning that its share price is 79% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New York Times Company (The) has a beta of 1.86, meaning that its share price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

New York Times Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. tronc does not pay a dividend. New York Times Company (The) pays out 51.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. New York Times Company (The) has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

New York Times Company (The) beats tronc on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About tronc

tronc, Inc., formerly Tribune Publishing Company, is a media company. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated over 150 titles in nine markets. Its portfolio of news and information brands are in markets, including Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Hartford, Connecticut; Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Newport News, Virginia. The Company also offers an array of customized marketing solutions, and publishes a number of niche products, including Hoy and El Sentinel. troncM’s media groups include the Chicago Tribune Media Group, the Los Angeles Times Media Group, the San Diego Media Group, the Sun Sentinel Media Group, the Orlando Sentinel Media Group, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, the Morning Call Media Group and the Daily Press Media Group. troncX consists of the Company’s digital revenues and related digital expenses from more than 130 digital platforms online and mobile applications.

About New York Times Company (The)

The New York Times Company is a media company focused on creating, collecting and distributing news and information. The Company’s principal business consists of distributing content generated by its newsroom through its print, Web and mobile platforms. In addition, it distributes selected content on third-party platforms. The Company includes newspapers, print and digital products and investments. The Company’s businesses include newspapers, such as The New York Times (The Times); Websites, including NYTimes.com; mobile applications, including The Times’s news applications, as well as interest-specific applications, such as NYT Cooking, Crossword and others, and related businesses, such as The Times news services division, product review and recommendation Websites The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, digital archive distribution, NYT Live (its live events business) and other products and services under The Times brand.

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