Warner Music Group (NASDAQ:WMG – Get Rating) is one of 34 public companies in the “Amusement & recreation services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Warner Music Group to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Warner Music Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Warner Music Group||$5.30 billion||$304.00 million||40.96|
|Warner Music Group Competitors||$914.79 million||-$75.39 million||53.56|
Warner Music Group pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Warner Music Group pays out 84.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Amusement & recreation services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out -573.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Warner Music Group has raised its dividend for 1 consecutive years.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
22.3% of Warner Music Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.0% of shares of all “Amusement & recreation services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 76.6% of Warner Music Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 29.4% of shares of all “Amusement & recreation services” companies 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.
Risk and Volatility
Warner Music Group has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Warner Music Group’s competitors have a beta of -0.49, suggesting that their average stock price is 149% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Warner Music Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Warner Music Group||2||2||8||0||2.50|
|Warner Music Group Competitors||73||267||376||10||2.44|
Warner Music Group currently has a consensus price target of $45.50, indicating a potential upside of 56.46%. As a group, “Amusement & recreation services” companies have a potential upside of 69.14%. Given Warner Music Group’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Warner Music Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
This table compares Warner Music Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Warner Music Group||6.45%||421.73%||5.93%|
|Warner Music Group Competitors||2,290.52%||1.06%||170.79%|
Warner Music Group beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
About Warner Music Group (Get Rating)
Warner Music Group Corp. operates as a music entertainment company in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and internationally. The company operates through Recorded Music and Music Publishing segments. The Recorded Music segment is involved in the discovery and development of recording artists, as well as related marketing, promotion, distribution, sale, and licensing of music created by such recording artists; markets its music catalog through compilations and reissuances of previously released music and video titles, as well as previously unreleased materials; and conducts its operation primarily through a collection of record labels, such as Warner Records and Atlantic Records, as well as Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Erato, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Roadrunner, Sire, Spinnin' Records, Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville. This segment markets, distributes, and sells music and video products to retailers and wholesale distributors; independent labels to retail and wholesale distributors; and various distribution centers and ventures, as well as retail outlets, online physical retailers, streaming services, and download services. The Music Publishing segment owns and acquires rights to approximately one million musical compositions comprising pop hits, American standards, folk songs, and motion picture and theatrical compositions. Its catalog includes approximately 100,000 songwriters and composers; and various genres, including pop, rock, jazz, classical, country, R&B, hip-hop, rap, reggae, Latin, folk, blues, symphonic, soul, Broadway, electronic, alternative, and gospel. This segment also administers the music and soundtracks of various third-party television and film producers and studios. The company was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in New York, New York.
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