Critical Analysis: tronc (TRNC) and Its Peers

tronc (NASDAQ: TRNC) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “PUBLISHING” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare tronc to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares tronc and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
tronc $1.52 billion $5.53 million 90.12
tronc Competitors $1.40 billion $89.19 million 46.16

tronc has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. tronc is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

tronc has a beta of 1.92, suggesting that its stock price is 92% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, tronc’s rivals have a beta of 1.25, suggesting that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
tronc 0.36% 53.46% 4.14%
tronc Competitors 7.08% 12.17% 4.38%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for tronc and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
tronc 0 0 2 0 3.00
tronc Competitors 38 205 148 11 2.33

tronc currently has a consensus price target of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.64%. As a group, “PUBLISHING” companies have a potential downside of 3.02%. Given tronc’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe tronc is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.1% of tronc shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.6% of shares of all “PUBLISHING” companies are owned by institutional investors. 41.2% of tronc shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of shares of all “PUBLISHING” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

tronc beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

tronc Company Profile

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.

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