Financial Survey: ITV (ITVPY) and Dish Network (DISH)

ITV (OTCMKTS: ITVPY) and Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ITV and Dish Network, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ITV 1 1 0 0 1.50
Dish Network 1 9 8 0 2.39

Dish Network has a consensus price target of $61.56, indicating a potential upside of 65.75%. Given Dish Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Dish Network is more favorable than ITV.

Profitability

This table compares ITV and Dish Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ITV N/A N/A N/A
Dish Network 14.59% 22.56% 4.35%

Dividends

ITV pays an annual dividend of $1.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Dish Network does not pay a dividend. ITV pays out 59.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ITV 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
ITV $4.04 billion 2.04 $527.11 million $2.30 8.89
Dish Network $14.39 billion 1.20 $2.10 billion $2.54 14.60

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of ITV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of Dish Network shares are owned by institutional investors. 49.2% of Dish Network shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

ITV has a beta of 1.23, indicating that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dish Network has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Dish Network beats ITV on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

ITV Company Profile

ITV plc, an integrated producer broadcaster, creates, owns, and distributes content on various platforms worldwide. It operates through Broadcast & Online, and ITV Studios segments. The Broadcast & Online segment broadcasts various contents on its family of free-to-air channels, including ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe, ITV Encore, CITV, ITV Breakfast, CITV Breakfast, and various related +1 and HD equivalents; and offers television advertising services. It also delivers content through linear television broadcasting; ITV Hub, an over-the-top service on 29 platforms, including itv.com Website; and pay providers, such as Virgin and Sky, as well as through direct content deals with services comprising Amazon, Apple, and Netflix. In addition, this segment offers online advertising, HD digital channel on pay platform, and ITV Choice subscription services, as well as licenses DTT Multiplex A. The ITV Studios segment creates and produces programs and formats that include drama, entertainment, and factual entertainment for its own channels and other broadcasters, such as the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Sky. It also operates as an unscripted independent producer of content in the United States; and produces content for local broadcasters in Australia, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the Nordics. In addition, this segment's distribution business licenses finished programs and formats, and third-party content internationally, as well as finances productions. The company also engages in the development of platform, broadband, transactional, and mobile services; operation of Freeview Multiplex A; rights ownership and distribution of television programs and films; and scheduling and commissioning of television programs. ITV plc was founded in 1955 is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Dish Network Company Profile

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides pay-TV services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Pay-TV and Wireless. It offers video services under the DISH TV brand; and programming packages that include programming through national broadcast networks, local broadcast networks, and national and regional cable networks, as well as regional and specialty sports channels, premium movie channels, and Latino and international programming packages. The company also provides access to movies and TV shows via TV or Internet-connected tablets, smartphones, and computers; and dishanywhere.com and mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings, and remotely control certain features. In addition, it offers Sling TV services, including Sling International, Sling Latino, Sling Orange, and Sling Blue services that require an Internet connection and are available on streaming-capable devices, such as TVs, tablets, computers, game consoles, and smart phones primarily to consumers who do not subscribe to traditional satellite and cable pay-TV services. Further, the company provides satellite and wireline broadband services under the dishNET brand, as well as has wireless spectrum licenses and related assets. As of December 31, 2017, it had 13.242 million Pay-TV subscribers. The company offers receiver systems and programming through direct sales channels, small satellite retailers, direct marketing groups, local and regional consumer electronics stores, retailers, and telecommunications companies. DISH Network Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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