Critical Comparison: Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) vs. Its Peers

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is one of 32 public companies in the “Broadcasting” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Comcast Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

Comcast Corporation has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comcast Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.51, indicating that their average share price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.9% of Comcast Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.8% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Comcast Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by 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.

Profitability

This table compares Comcast Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comcast Corporation 11.45% 16.80% 5.23%
Comcast Corporation Competitors -21.34% 11.52% 1.96%

Dividends

Comcast Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Comcast Corporation pays out 31.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 38.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Comcast Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comcast Corporation 0 1 23 0 2.96
Comcast Corporation Competitors 193 960 2153 43 2.61

Comcast Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $45.83, suggesting a potential upside of 21.61%. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies have a potential upside of 24.14%. Given Comcast Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Comcast Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Comcast Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Comcast Corporation $83.97 billion $27.79 billion 18.99
Comcast Corporation Competitors $10.65 billion $3.19 billion 19.31

Comcast Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Comcast Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Comcast Corporation beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Comcast Corporation Company Profile

Comcast Corporation is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Its Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks. Its Cable Communications segment consists of the operations of Comcast Cable, which provides video, high-speed Internet and voice services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. Its Cable Networks segment consists of a portfolio of national cable networks. Its Broadcast Television segment operates the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks. Its Filmed Entertainment segment primarily produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment across the world, and it also develops, produces and licenses live stage plays. Its Theme Parks segment consists primarily of its Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California.

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