Head-To-Head Comparison: Global Eagle Entertainment (ENT) vs. Comcast Corporation (CMCSA)

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Global Eagle Entertainment (NASDAQ:ENT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.3% of Comcast Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.2% of Global Eagle Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Comcast Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Global Eagle Entertainment shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Comcast Corporation and Global Eagle Entertainment, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comcast Corporation 0 1 22 0 2.96
Global Eagle Entertainment 0 4 1 0 2.20

Comcast Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $45.69, indicating a potential upside of 11.14%. Global Eagle Entertainment has a consensus price target of $10.50, indicating a potential upside of 253.54%. Given Global Eagle Entertainment’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Global Eagle Entertainment is more favorable than Comcast Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

Comcast Corporation has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Eagle Entertainment has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Comcast Corporation and Global Eagle Entertainment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comcast Corporation 11.45% 16.80% 5.23%
Global Eagle Entertainment N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Comcast Corporation and Global Eagle Entertainment’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Comcast Corporation $83.97 billion 2.31 $27.79 billion $1.99 20.71
Global Eagle Entertainment $486.23 million 0.52 $31.07 million ($0.34) -8.74

Comcast Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Global Eagle Entertainment. Global Eagle Entertainment is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Comcast Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Comcast Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.63 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Global Eagle Entertainment does not pay a dividend. Comcast Corporation pays out 31.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Comcast Corporation beats Global Eagle Entertainment on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation is a media and technology company. The Company has two primary businesses: Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Its Comcast Cable business operates in the Cable Communications segment. Its NBCUniversal business operates in four business segments: Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment and Theme Parks. Its Cable Communications segment consists of the operations of Comcast Cable, which provides video, high-speed Internet and voice services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. Its Cable Networks segment consists of a portfolio of national cable networks. Its Broadcast Television segment operates the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks. Its Filmed Entertainment segment primarily produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment across the world, and it also develops, produces and licenses live stage plays. Its Theme Parks segment consists primarily of its Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California.

About Global Eagle Entertainment

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. is a provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry. The Company’s segments include Connectivity and Content. Its Connectivity segment provides airline partners and their passengers with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity over Ku-band satellite transmissions, and to a lesser extent operations solutions to airline customers. Its Content segment selects, manages and distributes wholly owned and licensed media content, video and music programming, applications, digital advertising solutions and games to over 150 airlines across the world, as well as to maritime and other away-from-home non-theatrical markets. The Company, through its product and services platform, provide airlines with a range of in-flight solutions, including Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions, content management services and e-commerce solutions.

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