Financial Comparison: Entercom Communications (ETM) versus Its Rivals

Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) is one of 82 public companies in the “MEDIA” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Entercom Communications to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Entercom Communications and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Entercom Communications 39.55% 0.08% 0.03%
Entercom Communications Competitors 553.43% 18.47% 4.23%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Entercom Communications and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Entercom Communications 0 0 1 0 3.00
Entercom Communications Competitors 690 2745 4652 138 2.52

As a group, “MEDIA” companies have a potential upside of 20.83%. Given Entercom Communications’ rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Entercom Communications has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Entercom Communications pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Entercom Communications pays out 14.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “MEDIA” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 22.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Entercom Communications is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Entercom Communications and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Entercom Communications $592.88 million $233.85 million 3.59
Entercom Communications Competitors $7.24 billion $890.36 million 48.38

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

Risk & Volatility

Entercom Communications has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Entercom Communications’ rivals have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.6% of shares of all “MEDIA” companies are held by institutional investors. 32.6% of Entercom Communications shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 19.3% of shares of all “MEDIA” companies are held 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.

Summary

Entercom Communications rivals beat Entercom Communications on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Entercom Communications

Entercom Communications Corp. is a radio broadcasting company. The Company sells advertising time to local, regional and national advertisers and national network advertisers, purchasing spot commercials in varying lengths. It focuses on station-related digital platforms, which allow for audience interaction and participation, and integrated local digital marketing solutions and station events. Its stations are classified by their format, such as news, sports, talk, classic rock, urban, adult contemporary, alternative and country, among others. As of December 31, 2016, it had a portfolio of radio stations in 28 markets across the United States. It operates in various markets, which include Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle. Its radio stations include KSWD Frequency Modulation (FM), KOSI FM, KYGO FM, KEPN AM, KKFN FM, KQKS FM, KRWZ Amplitude Modulation (AM), WSTR FM, WAXY AM/FM, WLYF FM, WMXJ FM, KBZT FM, KSON FM/KSOQ FM and KIFM FM.

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