Comparing Meredith (MDP) & Its Rivals

Meredith (NYSE: MDP) is one of 15 public companies in the “PUBLISHING” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Meredith to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current recommendations for Meredith and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Meredith 0 2 4 0 2.67
Meredith Competitors 38 205 147 10 2.32

Meredith currently has a consensus target price of $74.50, suggesting a potential upside of 40.96%. As a group, “PUBLISHING” companies have a potential downside of 10.88%. Given Meredith’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Meredith is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Meredith and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Meredith 16.41% 16.72% 6.34%
Meredith Competitors 7.23% 12.16% 4.37%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Meredith and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Meredith $1.71 billion $188.92 million 8.75
Meredith Competitors $1.40 billion $89.19 million 56.84

Meredith has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Meredith 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

Meredith has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Meredith’s peers have a beta of 1.25, indicating that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Meredith pays an annual dividend of $2.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Meredith pays out 36.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “PUBLISHING” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 59.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Meredith has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Meredith is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.1% of Meredith shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of shares of all “PUBLISHING” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.0% of Meredith shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of shares of all “PUBLISHING” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Meredith beats its peers on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Meredith Company Profile

Meredith Corporation is a diversified media company. The Company is focused primarily on the home and family marketplace. The Company operates through two segments: Local Media and National Media. As of June 30, 2016, the Company’s Local Media segment includes 16 owned television stations, one managed television station and related digital and mobile media operations. Its National Media segment includes magazine publishing, custom content and customer relationship marketing, digital and mobile media, brand licensing, database-related activities, and other related operations. Its National Media segment focuses on the food, home, parenthood, and health markets and is a publisher of magazines serving women. As of June 30, 2016, the Company’s owned television stations consist of seven CBS affiliates, five FOX affiliates, two MyNetworkTV affiliates, one NBC affiliate, one ABC affiliate and one independent station. The National Media segment also focuses on run-of-press display advertising.

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