World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Its Rivals Financial Survey

World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Entertainment Production” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare World Wrestling Entertainment to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

World Wrestling Entertainment pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. World Wrestling Entertainment pays out 154.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Entertainment Production” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 29.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

49.5% of World Wrestling Entertainment shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Entertainment Production” companies are held by institutional investors. 49.8% of World Wrestling Entertainment shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.7% of shares of all “Entertainment Production” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares World Wrestling Entertainment and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
World Wrestling Entertainment $762.15 million $81.40 million 70.58
World Wrestling Entertainment Competitors $6.27 billion $1.49 billion 41.77

World Wrestling Entertainment’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than World Wrestling Entertainment. World Wrestling Entertainment is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for World Wrestling Entertainment and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
World Wrestling Entertainment 1 2 6 0 2.56
World Wrestling Entertainment Competitors 142 530 1234 31 2.60

World Wrestling Entertainment presently has a consensus price target of $24.43, indicating a potential upside of 11.65%. As a group, “Entertainment Production” companies have a potential upside of 20.40%. Given World Wrestling Entertainment’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe World Wrestling Entertainment has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

World Wrestling Entertainment has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, World Wrestling Entertainment’s rivals have a beta of 0.91, indicating that their average stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares World Wrestling Entertainment and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
World Wrestling Entertainment 3.29% 13.07% 5.51%
World Wrestling Entertainment Competitors 5.12% 12.66% 4.31%

Summary

World Wrestling Entertainment rivals beat World Wrestling Entertainment on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

World Wrestling Entertainment Company Profile

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company. The Company’s segments are Network, Television, Home Entertainment, Digital Media, Live Events, Licensing, Venue Merchandise, WWEShop, WWE Studios, and Corporate and Other. The Company is engaged in the production and distribution of content through various channels, including its WWE Network, television rights agreements, pay-per-view event programming, live events, feature films, licensing of various WWE themed products, and the sale of consumer products featuring its brands. Its Network, Television, Home Entertainment and Digital Media are individual segments that comprise the Media Division. Its Live Events, Licensing, Venue Merchandise and WWEShop are individual segments that comprise the Consumer Products Division. Its Network segment consists of subscriptions to WWE Network. The Company’s Television segment consists of television rights fees and advertising.

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