Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE: DIS) is one of 32 publicly-traded companies in the “Broadcasting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Walt Disney Company (The) to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.4% of Walt Disney Company (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Walt Disney Company (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are held 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.

Volatility and Risk

Walt Disney Company (The) has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walt Disney Company (The)’s competitors have a beta of 1.54, meaning that their average share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Walt Disney Company (The) and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Walt Disney Company (The) 16.22% 19.69% 10.05%
Walt Disney Company (The) Competitors -21.31% 10.47% 1.62%


Walt Disney Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Walt Disney Company (The) pays out 27.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 38.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Walt Disney Company (The) and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Walt Disney Company (The) $55.50 billion $16.82 billion 17.42
Walt Disney Company (The) Competitors $10.65 billion $3.19 billion 19.92

Walt Disney Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Walt Disney Company (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Walt Disney Company (The) and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Walt Disney Company (The) 4 12 17 0 2.39
Walt Disney Company (The) Competitors 224 1029 2175 49 2.59

Walt Disney Company (The) presently has a consensus target price of $113.62, suggesting a potential upside of 15.27%. As a group, “Broadcasting” companies have a potential upside of 24.63%. Given Walt Disney Company (The)’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Walt Disney Company (The) has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


Walt Disney Company (The) competitors beat Walt Disney Company (The) on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Walt Disney Company (The)

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company. The Company operates in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The media networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations. Under the Parks and Resorts segment, the Company’s Walt Disney Imagineering unit designs and develops new theme park concepts and attractions, as well as resort properties. The studio entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. It also develops and publishes games, primarily for mobile platforms, books, magazines and comic books. The Company distributes merchandise directly through retail, online and wholesale businesses. Its cable networks consist of ESPN, the Disney Channels and Freeform.

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