Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI) & Townsquare Media (TSQ) Head-To-Head Review

Beasley Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: BBGI) and Townsquare Media (NYSE:TSQ) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

Beasley Broadcast Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Townsquare Media does not pay a dividend. Beasley Broadcast Group pays out 8.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.4% of Beasley Broadcast Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.9% of Townsquare Media shares are owned by institutional investors. 61.6% of Beasley Broadcast Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 25.7% of Townsquare Media shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Beasley Broadcast Group and Townsquare Media’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Beasley Broadcast Group $136.66 million 2.60 $47.48 million $2.20 5.61
Townsquare Media $516.87 million 0.25 $23.05 million $0.66 10.42

Beasley Broadcast Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Townsquare Media. Beasley Broadcast Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Townsquare Media, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Beasley Broadcast Group has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Townsquare Media has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Beasley Broadcast Group and Townsquare Media’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Beasley Broadcast Group 25.94% 12.35% 4.05%
Townsquare Media 3.81% 5.74% 2.09%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Beasley Broadcast Group and Townsquare Media, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Beasley Broadcast Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Townsquare Media 1 1 3 0 2.40

Townsquare Media has a consensus price target of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 67.15%. Given Townsquare Media’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Townsquare Media is more favorable than Beasley Broadcast Group.

Summary

Beasley Broadcast Group beats Townsquare Media on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Beasley Broadcast Group

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. is a radio broadcasting company. The Company’s primary business is operating radio stations throughout the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 63 radio stations in various radio markets, Atlanta and Augusta in Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Fort Myers-Naples, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Middlesex, New Jersey; Monmouth, New Jersey; Morristown, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tampa-Saint Petersburg, Florida; West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Florida, and Wilmington, Delaware. The Company operates its radio stations in clusters to capture a range of demographic listener groups.

About Townsquare Media

Townsquare Media, Inc. is a media, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company principally focused on small and mid-sized markets across the United States. The Company operates through two segments: Local Advertising and Live Events. The Company’s Local Advertising segment offers broadcast, digital and mobile advertising within its local markets. The Company’s Live Events segment consists of a range of live events, which the Company creates, promotes and produces, including music concerts, multi-day music festivals, fairs, consumer expositions and trade shows, athletic events, lifestyle events and other forms of entertainment. The Company reports the remainder of its business in its Other Media and Entertainment category, which principally provides digital marketing solutions, e-commerce solutions and digital advertising services nationally. The Company’s assets include radio stations, live events, and digital, mobile, video and social media properties.

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