New Media Investment Group (NEWM) and Torstar (TORSF) Critical Contrast

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New Media Investment Group (NYSE:NEWM) and Torstar (OTCMKTS:TORSF) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for New Media Investment Group and Torstar, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New Media Investment Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Torstar 0 1 0 0 2.00

Dividends

New Media Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.7%. Torstar does not pay a dividend. New Media Investment Group pays out 389.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. New Media Investment Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.9% of New Media Investment Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of New Media Investment Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares New Media Investment Group and Torstar’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New Media Investment Group $1.53 billion 0.48 $18.20 million $0.39 30.77
Torstar N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

New Media Investment Group has higher revenue and earnings than Torstar.

Profitability

This table compares New Media Investment Group and Torstar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New Media Investment Group 1.19% 2.73% 1.39%
Torstar N/A N/A N/A

Summary

New Media Investment Group beats Torstar on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About New Media Investment Group

New Media Investment Group Inc. invests in, owns, and operates local media assets in the United States. The company's principal products include 142 daily newspapers with total paid circulation of approximately 1.5 million; 326 weekly newspapers with total paid circulation of approximately 318,000 and total free circulation of approximately 2.0 million; 140 shoppers with total circulation of approximately 3.5 million; and 569 locally-focused Websites, including Internet and mobile devices with approximately 290 million page views per month. Its principal products also comprise 2 yellow page directories with a distribution of approximately 290,000 that cover a population of approximately 419,000 people; 70 business publications; and UpCurve Cloud and ThriveHive digital marketing services. In addition, the company produces niche publications that address specific local market interests, such as recreation, sports, healthcare, and real estate. Further, it produces approximately 250 annual events with a collective attendance approximately 300,000, such as themed expo, signature event, and white label event services. Additionally, the company offers print and online products that offer local market news and information on various topics comprising local news and politics, community and regional events, youth sports, opinion and editorial pages, local schools, obituaries, weddings, and police reports, as well as print and digital marketing products, and commercial printing services. It reaches approximately 22 million people per week; and serves approximately 215,000 business customers. New Media Investment Group Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in New York, New York.

About Torstar

Torstar Corporation operates as a media company in Canada, the United States, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Community Brands, Daily Brands, and Digital Ventures. The company publishes the Toronto Star newspaper; the Metro daily print editions; Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese-language daily newspaper, as well as operates thestar.com, a newspaper Website in Canada; and operates Toronto.com, Torstar Syndication Services, and The Kit, a print and digital publication focuses on beauty, fashion, and wellness. It also publishes newspapers comprising The Hamilton Spectator, the Waterloo Region Record, the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls review, Welland Tribune, and Peterborough Examiner; and digital properties, including Localwork.ca, Homefinder.ca, Gottarent.com, Goldbook.ca, and Wheels.ca, as well as provides specialty publications, directories, and consumer show services. The Digital Ventures segment provides digital media services comprising programmatic advertising; and offers advertisers access to audiences in automotive, power sports, outdoors, home, and health verticals. The company was founded in 1892 and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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