Analyzing 21st Century Fox (FOX) and Lee Enterprises (LEE)

21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX) and Lee Enterprises (NYSE:LEE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

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21st Century Fox pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Lee Enterprises does not pay a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

21st Century Fox has a beta of 1.26, suggesting that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lee Enterprises has a beta of 2.21, suggesting that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for 21st Century Fox and Lee Enterprises, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
21st Century Fox 0 0 2 0 3.00
Lee Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A

21st Century Fox currently has a consensus price target of $43.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.68%. Given 21st Century Fox’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe 21st Century Fox is more favorable than Lee Enterprises.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares 21st Century Fox and Lee Enterprises’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
21st Century Fox $28.50 billion 2.30 $2.95 billion N/A N/A
Lee Enterprises $566.94 million 0.21 $27.48 million $0.31 6.61

21st Century Fox has higher revenue and earnings than Lee Enterprises.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.3% of 21st Century Fox shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.6% of Lee Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. 39.4% of 21st Century Fox shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Lee Enterprises shares are held by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares 21st Century Fox and Lee Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
21st Century Fox 13.49% 19.01% 6.49%
Lee Enterprises 9.04% -18.41% 2.59%

Summary

21st Century Fox beats Lee Enterprises on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About 21st Century Fox

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified media and entertainment company primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It operates through Cable Network Programming, Television, and Filmed Entertainment segments. The company produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, factual entertainment, and movie programming for distribution primarily through cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunication companies, and online video distributors. It also broadcasts network programming; and operates 28 broadcast television stations, including 11 duopolies in the United States. In addition, the company produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in various formats and entertainment media, as well as produces and licenses television programming. Further, it provides video advertising services, including consumer engagement and on-demand marketing campaigns; operates two San Francisco-Bay area television stations; and broadcasts and operates Telugu language entertainment channels in India. The company was formerly known as News Corporation. Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Lee Enterprises

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated is a provider of local news and information, and a platform for print and digital advertising. The Company’s products included 46 daily and 34 Sunday newspapers, 300 weekly newspapers, and classified and niche publications, as of September 25, 2016. The Company also provides a range of digital products, including video, digital couponing, behavioral targeting, audience retargeting, banner advertisements and social networking. It provides digital marketing services to small and midsized businesses (SMBs), including search engine marketing (SEM), social media, audience extension, business profiles, and Website hosting and design. It offers small business solutions, including search engine optimization (SEO), local online marketing, social media marketing, video advertising and Website design. The markets it caters to are located primarily in the Midwest, Mountain West and West regions of the United States.

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