Tribune Publishing (TPCO) versus Twenty-First Century Fox (…


Tribune Publishing (NASDAQ:TPCO) and Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Tribune Publishing and Twenty-First Century Fox’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tribune Publishing $1.52 billion 0.34 $5.53 million $1.08 13.31
Twenty-First Century Fox $30.40 billion 2.98 $4.46 billion $1.97 24.83

Twenty-First Century Fox has higher revenue and earnings than Tribune Publishing. Tribune Publishing is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Twenty-First Century Fox, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Tribune Publishing and Twenty-First Century Fox, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tribune Publishing 0 0 0 0 N/A
Twenty-First Century Fox 0 0 1 0 3.00

Twenty-First Century Fox has a consensus target price of $43.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.10%. Given Twenty-First Century Fox’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Twenty-First Century Fox is more favorable than Tribune Publishing.

Volatility and Risk

Tribune Publishing has a beta of 1.67, meaning that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Twenty-First Century Fox has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.4% of Tribune Publishing shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.9% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Tribune Publishing shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 39.4% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Twenty-First Century Fox pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Tribune Publishing does not pay a dividend. Twenty-First Century Fox pays out 18.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Twenty-First Century Fox has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Tribune Publishing and Twenty-First Century Fox’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tribune Publishing 18.92% 6.90% 2.11%
Twenty-First Century Fox 16.01% 18.01% 6.91%

Summary

Twenty-First Century Fox beats Tribune Publishing on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tribune Publishing Company Profile

Tribune Publishing Company, a media company, publishes newspapers worldwide. The company operates in two segments, troncM and troncX. It publishes daily newspapers; weekly newspapers; and digital platforms, such as Websites and mobile applications. The company also provides various digital marketing services, which include the development of mobile Websites, search engine marketing and optimization, social media account management, and content marketing for its customers’ Web presence for small to medium size businesses. In addition, it offers TCA, a syndication and licensing business that provides daily news service and syndicated premium content to 1,700 media and digital information publishers; and forsalebyowner.com, a national consumer-to-consumer focused real estate Website. The company was formerly known as tronc, Inc. and changed its name to Tribune Publishing Company in October 2018. Tribune Publishing Company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Twenty-First Century Fox Company Profile

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company primarily in the United States and Canada, Europe, and internationally. 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 in entertainment media, as well as produces and licenses television programming. 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.

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