Contrasting Central European Media Enterprises (CETV) and Belo (BLC)

Central European Media Enterprises (NASDAQ: CETV) and Belo (NYSE:BLC) are both small-cap broadcasting – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Central European Media Enterprises and Belo’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Central European Media Enterprises $638.01 million 1.06 -$180.29 million $0.10 46.50
Belo N/A N/A N/A $0.88 N/A

Belo has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Central European Media Enterprises. Belo is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Central European Media Enterprises, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Central European Media Enterprises has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Belo has a beta of 3.11, indicating that its stock price is 211% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Central European Media Enterprises and Belo, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Central European Media Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A
Belo 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.1% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Central European Media Enterprises shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Central European Media Enterprises and Belo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Central European Media Enterprises 4.70% -42.57% 2.44%
Belo N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Central European Media Enterprises beats Belo on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Central European Media Enterprises Company Profile

Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME Ltd.) is a media and entertainment company operating in Central and Eastern Europe. The Company’s assets are held through a series of Dutch and Curacao holding companies. The Company manages its business on a geographical basis, with six segments: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. The Bulgaria segment operated one general entertainment channel, BTV, and five other channels, including BTV CINEMA, BTV COMEDY, RING.BG, BTV ACTION and BTV LADY, as of December 31, 2016. The Croatia segment operated one general entertainment channel, NOVA TV (Croatia), as of December 31, 2016. The Czech Republic segment operated one general entertainment channel, TV NOVA (Czech Republic), as of December 31, 2016. The Romania segment operated one general entertainment channel, PRO TV, as of December 31, 2016. The Slovak Republic segment operated one general entertainment channel, TV MARKIZA, as of December 31, 2016.

Belo Company Profile

Belo Corp. (Belo) is a television company. The Company owns 20 television stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV (MNTV) affiliates, and their associated websites, in 15 markets across the United States. The Company also has three local and two regional news channels. Belo also has a services agreement with the owner and operator of KFWD-TV, licensed to Fort Worth, Texas. Six of the Company’s stations are located in four metropolitan areas in the United States: ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth; CBS affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston; NBC affiliate KING-TV and independent KONG-TV in Seattle/Tacoma, and Independent KTVK and The CW Network (CW) affiliate KASW-TV in Phoenix. Belo’s television stations have been recognized with numerous local, state and national awards for news coverage and community service. In December 2013, Gannett Co Inc announced that it has completed the acquisition of Belo Corp.

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