Comparing Manchester United (MANU) and Its Rivals

Manchester United (NYSE:MANUGet Rating) is one of 34 public companies in the “Amusement & recreation services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Manchester United to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

32.5% of shares of all “Amusement & recreation services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 31.6% of shares of all “Amusement & recreation services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Manchester United pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Manchester United pays out -14.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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. Manchester United lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Manchester United and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manchester United 0 0 1 0 3.00
Manchester United Competitors 73 267 376 10 2.44

Manchester United currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.85%. As a group, “Amusement & recreation services” companies have a potential upside of 69.42%. Given Manchester United’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Manchester United has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Manchester United has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manchester United’s rivals have a beta of -0.49, suggesting that their average stock price is 149% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Manchester United and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Manchester United $665.67 million -$124.11 million -10.95
Manchester United Competitors $914.79 million -$75.39 million 53.56

Manchester United’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Manchester United. Manchester United is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Manchester United and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manchester United -27.65% -21.56% -4.63%
Manchester United Competitors 2,290.89% 1.22% 170.83%


Manchester United rivals beat Manchester United on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Manchester United Company Profile (Get Rating)

Manchester United plc, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a professional sports team in the United Kingdom. The company operates Manchester United Football Club, a professional football club. It develops marketing and sponsorship relationships with international and regional companies to leverage its brand. The company also markets and sells sports apparel, training and leisure wear, and other clothing featuring the Manchester United brand; and sells other licensed products, such as coffee mugs and bed spreads featuring the Manchester United brand and trademarks, as well as distributes these products through Manchester United branded retail centers and e-commerce platforms, and through the company's partners' wholesale distribution channels. In addition, it distributes live football content directly, as well as through commercial partners; broadcasts television rights relating to the Premier League, Union of European Football Associations club competitions, and other competitions; and delivers Manchester United programming through MUTV television channel to territories worldwide. Further, the company offers a direct to consumer subscription mobile application; and operates Old Trafford, a sports venue with 74,239 seats, as well as invests in properties. Manchester United plc was founded in 1878 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

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