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Comparative Study: Comcast And Industry Competitors In Media Industry

Published 14/02/2024, 16:01
Updated 14/02/2024, 17:10
© Reuters.  Comparative Study: Comcast And Industry Competitors In Media Industry

Benzinga - by Benzinga Insights, Benzinga Staff Writer.

In the dynamic and cutthroat world of business, conducting thorough company analysis is essential for investors and industry experts. In this article, we will undertake a comprehensive industry comparison, evaluating Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and its primary competitors in the Media industry. By closely examining key financial metrics, market position, and growth prospects, our aim is to provide valuable insights for investors and shed light on company's performance within the industry.

Comcast Background Comcast is made up of three parts. The core cable business owns networks capable of providing television, internet access, and phone services to 62 million U.S. homes and businesses, or nearly half of the country. About 55% of the homes in this territory subscribe to at least one Comcast service. Comcast acquired NBCUniversal from General Electric in 2011. NBCU owns several cable networks, including CNBC, MSNBC, and USA, the NBC broadcast network, the Peacock streaming platform, several local NBC affiliates, Universal Studios, and several theme parks. Sky, acquired in 2018, is the dominant television provider in the U.K. and has invested heavily in proprietary content to build this position. Sky is also the largest pay-television provider in Italy and has a presence in Germany and Austria.

CompanyP/EP/BP/SROEEBITDA (in billions)Gross Profit (in billions)Revenue Growth
Comcast Corp 11.28 2.01 1.43 3.94% $8.59 $21.0 2.29%
Charter Communications Inc 9.76 3.83 0.81 9.54% $5.14 $9.07 0.27%
EchoStar Corp 11.32 0.95 0.58 0.09% $0.12 $0.24 -16.95%
Cable One Inc 34.39 1.51 1.75 2.21% $0.19 $0.31 -1.03%
Average 18.49 2.1 1.05 3.95% $1.82 $3.21 -5.9%
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.dividend-frequency { font-size: 12px; color: #6c757d; } Through a detailed examination of Comcast, we can deduce the following trends:

  • A Price to Earnings ratio of 11.28 significantly below the industry average by 0.61x suggests undervaluation. This can make the stock appealing for those seeking growth.

  • With a Price to Book ratio of 2.01, significantly falling below the industry average by 0.96x, it suggests undervaluation and the possibility of untapped growth prospects.

  • With a relatively high Price to Sales ratio of 1.43, which is 1.36x the industry average, the stock might be considered overvalued based on sales performance.

  • The company has a lower Return on Equity (ROE) of 3.94%, which is 0.01% below the industry average. This indicates potential inefficiency in utilizing equity to generate profits, which could be attributed to various factors.

  • The Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) of $8.59 Billion is 4.72x above the industry average, highlighting stronger profitability and robust cash flow generation.

  • Compared to its industry, the company has higher gross profit of $21.0 Billion, which indicates 6.54x above the industry average, indicating stronger profitability and higher earnings from its core operations.

  • The company's revenue growth of 2.29% is notably higher compared to the industry average of -5.9%, showcasing exceptional sales performance and strong demand for its products or services.

Debt To Equity Ratio

The debt-to-equity (D/E) ratio assesses the extent to which a company relies on borrowed funds compared to its equity.

Considering the debt-to-equity ratio in industry comparisons allows for a concise evaluation of a company's financial health and risk profile, aiding in informed decision-making.

By analyzing Comcast in relation to its top 4 peers based on the Debt-to-Equity ratio, the following insights can be derived:

  • When compared to its top 4 peers, Comcast has a moderate debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17.

  • This implies that the company maintains a balanced financial structure with a reasonable level of debt and an appropriate reliance on equity financing.

Key Takeaways Comcast's low PE and PB ratios suggest that it may be undervalued compared to its peers in the Media industry. However, its high PS ratio indicates that investors are willing to pay a premium for its revenue. The low ROE suggests that Comcast may not be generating strong returns on shareholder equity. On the other hand, its high EBITDA, gross profit, and revenue growth indicate strong financial performance. Overall, Comcast's valuation analysis suggests a mixed picture, with potential undervaluation in terms of PE and PB ratios but a premium valuation based on its PS ratio.

This article was generated by Benzinga's automated content engine and reviewed by an editor.

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