Head-To-Head Review: Manchester United F.C. (MANU) versus Dover Motorsports (DVD)

Manchester United F.C. (NYSE: MANU) and Dover Motorsports (NYSE:DVD) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Manchester United F.C. and Dover Motorsports’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manchester United F.C. -0.23% 8.17% 2.66%
Dover Motorsports 18.03% 7.31% 4.71%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.1% of Manchester United F.C. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.6% of Dover Motorsports shares are held by institutional investors. 50.3% of Dover Motorsports shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Manchester United F.C. has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dover Motorsports has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Manchester United F.C. and Dover Motorsports, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manchester United F.C. 0 0 2 0 3.00
Dover Motorsports 0 0 1 0 3.00

Manchester United F.C. currently has a consensus target price of $20.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.67%. Given Manchester United F.C.’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Manchester United F.C. is more favorable than Dover Motorsports.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Manchester United F.C. and Dover Motorsports’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manchester United F.C. $737.29 million 1.06 $49.68 million $0.27 71.85
Dover Motorsports $46.74 million 1.61 $8.42 million $0.10 20.50

Manchester United F.C. has higher revenue and earnings than Dover Motorsports. Dover Motorsports is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Manchester United F.C., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Manchester United F.C. pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Dover Motorsports pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Manchester United F.C. pays out 66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dover Motorsports pays out 80.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Manchester United F.C. has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Manchester United F.C. beats Dover Motorsports on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manchester United F.C. Company Profile

Manchester United plc, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a professional sports team in the United Kingdom. The company operates Manchester United Football Club, a professional football club. It develops marketing and sponsorship relationships with regional and international companies to leverage its brand. The company also markets and sells sports apparel, training and leisure wear, and other clothing featuring the Manchester United brand; and sells other licensed products ranging from coffee mugs to bed spreads featuring the Manchester United brand and trademarks, as well as distributes these products through Manchester United branded retail centers and e-commerce platforms, and through the company's partners' wholesale distribution channels. In addition, it markets mobile and content to its followers through its Website, www.manutd.com, and associated mobile properties. Further, the company distributes live football content directly, as well as through commercial partners; broadcasts television rights relating to the Premier League, European competitions, and other competitions; and delivers Manchester United programming through MUTV television channel to territories worldwide. Additionally, it offers a direct to consumer mobile application in approximately 168 territories; and operates Old Trafford, a sports venue with 75,457 seats. The company was founded in 1878 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom. Manchester United plc is a subsidiary of Red Football LLC.

Dover Motorsports Company Profile

Dover Motorsports, Inc. markets and promotes motorsports entertainment in the United States. It owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware; and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee. The company was formerly known as Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. Dover Motorsports, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is based in Dover, Delaware.

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