Reviewing Discovery (DISCB) & Genius Brands (GNUS)

Discovery (NASDAQ: DISCB) and Genius Brands (NASDAQ:GNUS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

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This table compares Discovery and Genius Brands’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Discovery -4.90% 21.68% 5.92%
Genius Brands -642.35% -49.40% -27.78%

Risk & Volatility

Discovery has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genius Brands has a beta of -0.66, meaning that its stock price is 166% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Discovery shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.3% of Genius Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. 60.0% of Genius Brands shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Discovery and Genius Brands’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Discovery $6.87 billion 1.92 -$337.00 million N/A N/A
Genius Brands $5.33 million 4.42 -$6.21 million ($1.59) -1.81

Genius Brands has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Discovery.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Discovery and Genius Brands, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Discovery 0 0 0 0 N/A
Genius Brands 0 0 2 0 3.00

Genius Brands has a consensus target price of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 161.32%. Given Genius Brands’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Genius Brands is more favorable than Discovery.

Discovery Company Profile

Discovery Communications, Inc. (Discovery) is a global media company. The Company provides content across multiple distribution platforms, including pay-television (pay-TV), free-to-air (FTA) and broadcast television, Websites, digital distribution arrangements and content licensing agreements. Its segments include U.S. Networks, which consists principally of domestic television networks and digital content services; International Networks, consisting primarily of international television networks and digital content services, and Education and Other, which consists principally of curriculum-based product and service offerings, and production studios. The Company’s portfolio of networks includes television brands, such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, Velocity (known as Turbo outside of the United States) and Eurosport. It is also engaged in extending content distribution across various platforms, including brand-aligned Websites, Web-native networks and online streaming.

Genius Brands Company Profile

Genius Brands International, Inc., a content and brand management company, creates and licenses animated multimedia content for toddlers to tweens worldwide. The company offers Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, a STEM-based comedy adventure series; Baby Genius, a catalogue of songs, music videos, and toys, which feature classic nursery rhymes, learning songs, classical music, holiday favorites, and others for toddlers; and Warren Buffet's Secret Millionaire's Club, an animated series for kids. It also develops and produces animated series, such as Llama Llama, SpacePop, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, and Rainbow Rangers. In addition, the company acts as a licensing agent for Llama Llama, From Frank, and Celessence Technologies. It serves various customers and partners, including broadcasters, consumer products licensees, and retailers. Genius Brands International, Inc. sells its products directly at wholesale to retail stores or through online retailers. The company was formerly known as Pacific Entertainment Corporation and changed its name to Genius Brands International, Inc. in October 2011. Genius Brands International, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Beverly Hills, California.

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