Time Warner (TWX) and DISH Network (DISH) Head-To-Head Contrast

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) and DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Dividends

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Time Warner pays an annual dividend of $1.61 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. DISH Network does not pay a dividend. Time Warner pays out 25.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Time Warner and DISH Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Time Warner 16.78% 18.96% 7.54%
DISH Network 14.59% 22.56% 4.35%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.8% of Time Warner shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of DISH Network shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Time Warner shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 49.3% of DISH Network shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Time Warner and DISH Network’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Time Warner $31.27 billion 2.38 $5.25 billion $6.42 14.88
DISH Network $14.39 billion 1.25 $2.10 billion $2.54 15.16

Time Warner has higher revenue and earnings than DISH Network. Time Warner is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DISH Network, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Time Warner has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DISH Network has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Time Warner and DISH Network, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Time Warner 0 13 8 0 2.38
DISH Network 1 8 8 0 2.41

Time Warner presently has a consensus target price of $104.33, suggesting a potential upside of 9.23%. DISH Network has a consensus target price of $63.53, suggesting a potential upside of 64.97%. Given DISH Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DISH Network is more favorable than Time Warner.

Summary

Time Warner beats DISH Network on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Time Warner Company Profile

Time Warner Inc. is a media and entertainment company. The Company operates through three segments: Turner, which consists of cable networks and digital media properties; Home Box Office, which consists of premium pay television and over the top (OTT) services and premium pay, basic tier television and OTT services internationally, and Warner Bros., which consists of television, feature film, home video, and videogame production and distribution. It also holds interests in companies that operate broadcast networks. The Company holds interest in Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME), which is a broadcasting company that operates television networks in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia and The CW broadcast network (The CW), which includes a lineup of advertising-supported original programming, such as The 100, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Frequency, iZombie, Jane the Virgin and No Tomorrow.

DISH Network Company Profile

DISH Network Corporation is a holding company. The Company operates through two segments: Pay-TV and Broadband, and Wireless. It offers pay-TV services under the DISH brand and the Sling brand (collectively Pay-TV services). The DISH branded pay-TV service consists of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses authorizing it to use direct broadcast satellite and Fixed Satellite Service spectrum, its owned and leased satellites, receiver systems, third-party broadcast operations, customer service facilities, a leased fiber optic network, in-home service and call center operations, and certain other assets utilized in its operations. The Sling branded pay-TV services consist of live, linear streaming over-the-top Internet-based domestic, international and Latino video programing services. The Company markets broadband services under the dishNET brand. The Company makes investments in the research and development, wireless testing and wireless network infrastructure.

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