Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF) and Function(x) (OTCMKTS:FNCX) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Lions Gate Entertainment pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Function(x) does not pay a dividend. Lions Gate Entertainment pays out 122.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Lions Gate Entertainment has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Lions Gate Entertainment has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Function(x) has a beta of -0.65, indicating that its share price is 165% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lions Gate Entertainment and Function(x)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lions Gate Entertainment 1.37% 2.22% 0.60%
Function(x) N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lions Gate Entertainment and Function(x)’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lions Gate Entertainment N/A N/A N/A $0.22 141.09
Function(x) $4.51 million 0.50 -$61.86 million N/A N/A

Lions Gate Entertainment has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Function(x).

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Lions Gate Entertainment and Function(x), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lions Gate Entertainment 0 1 14 0 2.93
Function(x) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Lions Gate Entertainment presently has a consensus price target of $32.62, indicating a potential upside of 5.08%. Given Lions Gate Entertainment’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Lions Gate Entertainment is more favorable than Function(x).

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.7% of Lions Gate Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Function(x) shares are owned by institutional investors. 30.4% of Lions Gate Entertainment shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 60.5% of Function(x) shares are owned 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.

Summary

Lions Gate Entertainment beats Function(x) on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lions Gate Entertainment

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. is engaged in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment. The Company operates through two segments: Motion Pictures and Television Production. The Company’s Motion Pictures segment consists of the development and production of feature films, acquisition of North American and around the world distribution rights, North American theatrical, home entertainment and television distribution of feature films produced and acquired, and around the world licensing of distribution rights to feature films produced and acquired. The Company’s Television Production segment consists of the development, production and around the world distribution of television productions, including television series, television movies, and mini-series and non-fiction programming.

About Function(x)

Function(x) Inc., formerly DraftDay Fantasy Sports, Inc., is a diversified media and entertainment company. The Company conducts three lines of businesses, which are digital publishing through Wetpaint.com, Inc. (Wetpaint) and Rant, Inc. (Rant); fantasy sports gaming through DraftDay Gaming Group, Inc. (DDGG), and digital content distribution through Choose Digital, Inc. (Choose Digital). The Company’s segments include Wetpaint, which is a media channel reporting original news stories and publishing information content covering television shows, music, celebrities, entertainment news and fashion; Choose Digital, which is a business-to-business platform for delivering digital content; DDGG, which is a business-to-business operator of daily fantasy sports, and Other. The Company’s digital publishing business also includes Rant, which is a digital publisher that publishes original content in over 13 verticals, such as in sports, entertainment, pets, cars and food.

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