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Head to Head Review: MSG Networks (MSGN) vs. DreamWorks Animation (DWA)

MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN) and DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership. Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for MSG Networks and DreamWorks Animation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MSG Networks 0 5 4 0 2.44
DreamWorks Animation 0 2 0 0 2.00

MSG Networks currently has a consensus price target of £24.13, suggesting a potential upside of 15.16%. DreamWorks Animation has a consensus price target of £29.50, suggesting a potential downside of 28.00%. Given MSG Networks’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe MSG Networks is more favorable than DreamWorks Animation.

Profitability This table compares MSG Networks and DreamWorks Animation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MSG Networks 26.21% -16.20% 20.43%
DreamWorks Animation 0.63% 0.80% 0.29%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

78.3% of MSG Networks shares are owned by institutional investors.

18.1% of MSG Networks shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings This table compares MSG Networks and DreamWorks Animation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MSG Networks £673.00 million 1.91 £323.63 million £2.33 8.99
DreamWorks Animation N/A N/A N/A £0.63 65.03

MSG Networks has higher revenue and earnings than DreamWorks Animation. MSG Networks is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DreamWorks Animation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk MSG Networks has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DreamWorks Animation has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary MSG Networks beats DreamWorks Animation on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks. MSG Networks Company Profile

MSG Networks logoMSG Networks Inc., formerly The Madison Square Garden Company, is engaged in sports production, and content development and distribution. The Company owns and operates two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSGN) and MSG+, collectively MSG Networks. Its networks are distributed throughout its territory, which includes all of New York State and significant portions of New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as parts of Pennsylvania.

The Company delivers live games of the New York Knicks (the Knicks) of the National Basketball Association (NBA); the New York Rangers (the Rangers), New York Islanders (the Islanders), New Jersey Devils (the Devils) and Buffalo Sabres (the Sabres) of the National Hockey League (NHL); the New York Liberty (the Liberty) of the Women’s National Basketball Association; the New York Red Bulls (the Red Bulls) of Major League Soccer (MLS), and the Westchester Knicks of the National Basketball Association Developmental League. DreamWorks Animation Company Profile DreamWorks Animation logoDreamworks Animation, LLC (DreamWorks Animation), formerly DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., creates and exploits branded family entertainment, including animated feature films, television series and specials, live entertainment properties and related consumer products.

The Company’s segments include Feature Films, Television Series and Specials, Consumer Products, New Media and All Other.

The Company has released a total of over 30 animated feature films, including the franchise properties Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.

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