WideOpenWest (NYSE: WOW) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for WideOpenWest and Time Warner Cable, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WideOpenWest 0 0 5 1 3.17
Time Warner Cable 0 0 0 0 N/A

WideOpenWest presently has a consensus target price of $20.83, indicating a potential upside of 29.88%. Given WideOpenWest’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe WideOpenWest is more favorable than Time Warner Cable.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.3% of WideOpenWest shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares WideOpenWest and Time Warner Cable’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WideOpenWest $1.22 billion 1.17 $443.80 million N/A N/A
Time Warner Cable N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

WideOpenWest has higher revenue and earnings than Time Warner Cable.

Profitability

This table compares WideOpenWest and Time Warner Cable’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WideOpenWest 1.68% N/A 0.70%
Time Warner Cable 7.98% 21.59% 4.00%

Summary

WideOpenWest beats Time Warner Cable on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

WideOpenWest Company Profile

WideOpenWest, Inc. is a cable operator in the United States. The Company provides high-speed data (HSD), cable television (Video), digital telephony (Telephony) and business-class services. The Company’s products are available either as a bundle or as an individual service to residential and business services customers. The Company’s services include data services, video services, telephony services, and business services. Its business-class service serves approximately 3 million homes and businesses. The Company’s services are delivered across 19 markets through hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) cable network.

Time Warner Cable Company Profile

Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) is a provider of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States with clustered cable systems located in approximately five geographic areas, including New York State, the Carolinas, the Midwest, Southern California and Texas. The Company operates through three segments: Residential Services, Business Services and Other Operations. The Company’s residential services segment includes security and home management services. Its business services segment includes networking and transport services, including cell tower backhaul services, and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. The Company serves approximately 15.9 million residential and business services customers. The Company also sells video and online advertising inventory to various local, regional and national customers.

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