Critical Contrast: Discovery Communications (DISCA) & Qurate Retail Inc Series B (QRTEB)

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Qurate Retail Inc Series B (NASDAQ:QRTEB) and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Qurate Retail Inc Series B shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.3% of Discovery Communications shares are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Discovery Communications shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Qurate Retail Inc Series B and Discovery Communications, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Qurate Retail Inc Series B 0 0 0 0 N/A
Discovery Communications 0 5 13 0 2.72

Discovery Communications has a consensus price target of $32.66, suggesting a potential upside of 21.81%. Given Discovery Communications’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Discovery Communications is more favorable than Qurate Retail Inc Series B.

Volatility & Risk

Qurate Retail Inc Series B has a beta of 1.02, indicating that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Discovery Communications has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Qurate Retail Inc Series B and Discovery Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Qurate Retail Inc Series B $10.38 billion 0.88 $2.44 billion N/A N/A
Discovery Communications $6.87 billion 2.04 -$337.00 million $2.24 11.97

Qurate Retail Inc Series B has higher revenue and earnings than Discovery Communications.

Profitability

This table compares Qurate Retail Inc Series B and Discovery Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Qurate Retail Inc Series B 9.88% 22.24% 7.84%
Discovery Communications -8.52% 17.05% 4.64%

Summary

Discovery Communications beats Qurate Retail Inc Series B on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Qurate Retail Inc Series B

Qurate Retail, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the video and online commerce industries in North America, Europe, and Asia. It markets and sells various consumer products primarily through live televised shopping programs, Websites, and mobile applications to 374 million households worldwide each day. The company also operates as an online retailer offering women's, children's, and men's apparel; and other products, such as home, beauty, and personalized products through its desktop and mobile Websites, and mobile applications. It also operates evite.com, an online invitation and social event planning service on the Web. The company was formerly known as Liberty Interactive Corporation and changed its name to Qurate Retail, Inc. in April 2018. Qurate Retail, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery, Inc. operates as a media company worldwide. The company operates through U.S. Networks, International Networks, and Education and Other segments. It owns and operates various television networks under the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Velocity, Discovery Family Channel, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Life, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Eurosport, Discovery Kids, DMAX, and Discovery Home & Health brands, as well as other regional television networks. The company's content spans genres, including survival, exploration, sports, lifestyle, general entertainment, heroes, adventure, crime and investigation, health, and kids. It also develops and sells curriculum-based education products and services, such as an online suite of curriculum-based video on demand (VOD) tools, professional development services, and digital textbooks, as well as student assessments; and publishes hard copy curriculum-based content for K-12 schools. In addition, the company operates production studios that develop content; and Websites. It provides content through various distribution platforms comprising pay-television, free-to-air and broadcast television, Websites, digital distribution arrangements, and content licensing agreements, as well as various platforms that include brand-aligned Websites, online streaming, mobile devices, VOD, and broadband channels. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated approximately 400 distribution feeds in 40 languages internationally. Discovery, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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