Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF) and Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXAV) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, risk and earnings.

Dividends

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Twenty-First Century Fox does not pay a dividend. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. pays out 122.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Twenty-First Century Fox has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. 0 2 15 0 2.88
Twenty-First Century Fox 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. currently has a consensus price target of $31.63, suggesting a potential upside of 21.22%. Given Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is more favorable than Twenty-First Century Fox.

Profitability

This table compares Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. 17.36% 26.35% 7.85%
Twenty-First Century Fox 8.25% 13.07% 4.41%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. N/A N/A N/A $0.22 118.60
Twenty-First Century Fox N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.7% of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.4% of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. beats Twenty-First Century Fox on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is engaged in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment. The Company operates through two segments: Motion Pictures and Television Production. The Company’s Motion Pictures segment consists of the development and production of feature films, acquisition of North American and around the world distribution rights, North American theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution of feature films produced and acquired, and around the world licensing of distribution rights to feature films produced and acquired. The Company’s Television Production segment consists of the development, production and around the world distribution of television productions, including television series, television movies, and mini-series and non-fiction programming.

About Twenty-First Century Fox

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. is a media and entertainment company. The Company’s segments include Cable Network Programming; Television; Filmed Entertainment, and Other, Corporate and Eliminations. The Cable Network Programming segment produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, factual entertainment and movie programming for distribution. The Television segment is engaged in the operation of broadcast television stations and the broadcasting of network programming in the United States. The Filmed Entertainment segment is engaged in the production and acquisition of live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in all formats in all entertainment media, and the production and licensing of television programming around the world. The Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment consists primarily of corporate overhead and eliminations, and other businesses.

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