New York Times Company (The) (NYT) and News Corporation (NWS) Head to Head Survey

News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS) and New York Times Company (The) (NYSE:NYT) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for News Corporation and New York Times Company (The), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
News Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00
New York Times Company (The) 1 3 0 0 1.75

New York Times Company (The) has a consensus price target of $13.93, indicating a potential downside of 19.92%. Given New York Times Company (The)’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe New York Times Company (The) is more favorable than News Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares News Corporation and New York Times Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
News Corporation -7.96% 2.27% 1.74%
New York Times Company (The) 6.02% 13.46% 5.37%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares News Corporation and New York Times Company (The)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
News Corporation $8.14 billion 1.11 -$738.00 million ($1.13) -13.76
New York Times Company (The) $1.56 billion 1.81 $29.06 million $0.60 29.00

New York Times Company (The) has higher revenue, but lower earnings than News Corporation. News Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than New York Times Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

News Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. New York Times Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. News Corporation pays out -17.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. New York Times Company (The) pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. New York Times Company (The) has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. News Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.6% of News Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.4% of New York Times Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.4% of News Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of New York Times Company (The) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

News Corporation has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its stock price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New York Times Company (The) has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

New York Times Company (The) beats News Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

News Corporation Company Profile

News Corporation is a diversified media and information services company. The Company operates in five segments: News and Information Services, Cable Network Programming, Digital Real Estate Services, Book Publishing, and Other. The Company’s business consists of range of media, including news and information services, sports programming in Australia, digital real estate services, book publishing, and pay-television (TV) distribution in Australia, that are distributed under the brands, including The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Herald Sun, The Sun, The Times, HarperCollins Publishers, FOX SPORTS Australia and realestate.com.au. The Company is a developing provider of digital education content, assessment and delivery services. The Company’s business component includes News and Information Services, Cable Network Programming, Digital Real Estate Services, Book Publishing, Amplify and Foxtel. In July 2014, it completed the acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corp.

New York Times Company (The) Company Profile

The New York Times Company is a media company focused on creating, collecting and distributing news and information. The Company’s principal business consists of distributing content generated by its newsroom through its print, Web and mobile platforms. In addition, it distributes selected content on third-party platforms. The Company includes newspapers, print and digital products and investments. The Company’s businesses include newspapers, such as The New York Times (The Times); Websites, including NYTimes.com; mobile applications, including The Times’s news applications, as well as interest-specific applications, such as NYT Cooking, Crossword and others, and related businesses, such as The Times news services division, product review and recommendation Websites The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, digital archive distribution, NYT Live (its live events business) and other products and services under The Times brand.

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