Comparing Charter Communications (CHTR) and Its Rivals

Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) is one of 82 publicly-traded companies in the “MEDIA” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Charter Communications to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

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Charter Communications has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Charter Communications’ competitors have a beta of 1.12, suggesting that their average stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Charter Communications and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Charter Communications $41.58 billion $9.90 billion 8.72
Charter Communications Competitors $7.24 billion $890.36 million 48.38

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

Profitability

This table compares Charter Communications and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Charter Communications 23.80% 1.11% 0.35%
Charter Communications Competitors 553.43% 18.47% 4.23%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Charter Communications and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Charter Communications 1 6 13 0 2.60
Charter Communications Competitors 690 2745 4653 138 2.52

Charter Communications currently has a consensus target price of $407.44, indicating a potential upside of 30.43%. As a group, “MEDIA” companies have a potential upside of 19.53%. Given Charter Communications’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Charter Communications is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.3% of Charter Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.9% of shares of all “MEDIA” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Charter Communications shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 19.0% of shares of all “MEDIA” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Charter Communications beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter) is a provider of cable services, offering various entertainments, information and communications solutions to residential and commercial customers. The Company’s services include Video Services, Internet Services, Voice Services, Commercial Services and Advertising Services. Its infrastructure consists of a hybrid of fiber and coaxial cable plant with approximately 12.8 million estimated passings, with over 98% at approximately 550 megahertz (MHz) or greater, over 99% of plant miles two-way active and approximately 100% of plant all-digital. It sells its video, Internet and voice services primarily on a subscription basis, often in a bundle of two or more services. It offers Charter Spectrum brand in its all-digital markets. Digital video enables its customers to access advanced video services, such as high definition (HD) television, video on demand programming, an interactive program guide and digital video recorder (DVR) service.

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