TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) and Gray Television (NYSE:GTN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.0% of TiVo Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.5% of Gray Television shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of TiVo Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Gray Television shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

TiVo Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Gray Television does not pay a dividend. TiVo Corporation pays out 240.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares TiVo Corporation and Gray Television’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TiVo Corporation 2.47% 10.59% 5.99%
Gray Television 13.38% 17.32% 3.12%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TiVo Corporation and Gray Television’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TiVo Corporation $414.32 million 5.57 $123.92 million $0.30 63.83
Gray Television $872.25 million 1.05 $332.14 million $1.60 8.66

Gray Television has higher revenue and earnings than TiVo Corporation. Gray Television is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TiVo Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for TiVo Corporation and Gray Television, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TiVo Corporation 0 0 5 0 3.00
Gray Television 0 0 4 0 3.00

TiVo Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $27.60, indicating a potential upside of 44.13%. Gray Television has a consensus target price of $18.25, indicating a potential upside of 31.77%. Given TiVo Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe TiVo Corporation is more favorable than Gray Television.

Risk and Volatility

TiVo Corporation has a beta of 0.14, indicating that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gray Television has a beta of 3.29, indicating that its stock price is 229% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Gray Television beats TiVo Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TiVo Corporation

TiVo Corporation is engaged in offering media and entertainment products. The Company operates through two segments: Intellectual Property Licensing and Product. The Company’s Product segment includes a suite of component technologies that can be integrated into media service provider internally developed platforms or deployed as an integrated TiVo solution. The Company provides a range of intellectual property, cloud-based services and set-top box solutions that enable people to use online video, television, movies and music entertainment, including content discovery through device embedded and cloud-based interactive program guides (IPGs), digital video recorders (DVRs), natural language voice and text search, cloud-based recommendations services and its entertainment metadata (descriptive information, promotional images or other content that describes or relates to television shows, videos, movies, sports, music, books, games or other entertainment content).

About Gray Television

Gray Television, Inc. is a television broadcast company. The Company owns and operates television stations and digital assets in various markets across the United States. As of February 21, 2017, the Company owned and/or operated television stations in 54 television markets broadcasting over 200 separate programming streams, including 37 affiliates of the CBS Network (CBS), 29 affiliates of the NBC Network (NBC), 20 affiliates of the ABC Network (ABC) and 15 affiliates of the FOX Network (FOX). In addition to a primary broadcast channel, each of its stations can also broadcast additional secondary digital channels within a market by utilizing the same bandwidth, but with different programming from the primary channel. The Company also broadcasts local news/weather channels in certain of its existing markets. Along with affiliations with ABC, CBS and FOX, the Company’s secondary channels are affiliated with various smaller networks and program services.

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