AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) and CTC Media (NASDAQ:CTCM) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares AMC Networks and CTC Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMC Networks 11.40% 683.16% 9.65%
CTC Media N/A -65.84% -54.51%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AMC Networks and CTC Media’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMC Networks $2.79 billion 1.29 $859.59 million $4.63 12.23
CTC Media N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

AMC Networks has higher revenue and earnings than CTC Media.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for AMC Networks and CTC Media, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMC Networks 1 6 6 0 2.38
CTC Media 0 0 0 0 N/A

AMC Networks presently has a consensus target price of $59.44, indicating a potential upside of 5.01%. Given AMC Networks’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AMC Networks is more favorable than CTC Media.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.0% of AMC Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. 17.7% of AMC Networks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

AMC Networks beats CTC Media on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMC Networks

AMC Networks Inc. is a holding company, which conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company owns and operates entertainment businesses and assets. It operates through two segments: National Networks, and International and Other. National Networks includes activities of its programming businesses, which include its programming networks distributed in the United States and Canada. The International and Other segment includes AMC Networks International (AMCNI), the Company’s international programming businesses consisting of a portfolio of channels in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa; IFC Films, the Company’s independent film distribution business; AMCNI- DMC, the broadcast solutions unit of certain networks of AMCNI and third-party networks, and various developing online content distribution initiatives. National Networks’ programming networks include AMC, WE tv, BBC AMERICA and SundanceTV.

About CTC Media

CTC Media, Inc., through its approximately 25% interest in CTC Investments LLC (CTC Investments), operates television channels in Russia and Kazakhstan. The Company’s segment is its investment in CTC Investments. The Company operates the CTC, Domashny, Che and CTC Love television channels in Russia and Channel 31 in Kazakhstan, as well as other media assets. CTC offers entertainment programming for the whole family and targets 10 to 45 year-old viewers. Domashny is a channel focused on 25 to 59 year-old female viewers. Domashny’s programming focuses on women’s lifestyle programming. Che is a channel that targets 25 to 49 year-old viewers, and focuses primarily on men’s interests, habits and insights. CTC Love is a channel that focuses on love and relationships. CTC Love is aimed at young girls and women, and its principal target audience is 11 to 34 year-old viewers. Channel 31 is a Kazakh channel that targets 6 to 54 year-old viewers.

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