Viacom, Inc. Class A (VIA) vs. Destination XL Group (DXLG) Critical Analysis

Viacom, Inc. Class A (NASDAQ: VIA) and Destination XL Group (NASDAQ:DXLG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Viacom, Inc. Class A has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Destination XL Group has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Viacom, Inc. Class A pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Destination XL Group does not pay a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.3% of Viacom, Inc. Class A shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.0% of Destination XL Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Viacom, Inc. Class A shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 31.5% of Destination XL Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Viacom, Inc. Class A and Destination XL Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Viacom, Inc. Class A 2 1 1 0 1.75
Destination XL Group 0 0 2 0 3.00

Viacom, Inc. Class A presently has a consensus price target of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.07%. Destination XL Group has a consensus price target of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 71.43%. Given Destination XL Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Destination XL Group is more favorable than Viacom, Inc. Class A.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Viacom, Inc. Class A and Destination XL Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Viacom, Inc. Class A $13.26 billion 1.02 $1.87 billion N/A N/A
Destination XL Group $467.98 million 0.18 -$18.82 million ($0.26) -6.73

Viacom, Inc. Class A has higher revenue and earnings than Destination XL Group.


This table compares Viacom, Inc. Class A and Destination XL Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Viacom, Inc. Class A 16.74% 24.97% 6.76%
Destination XL Group -3.35% -14.81% -4.21%


Viacom, Inc. Class A beats Destination XL Group on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Viacom, Inc. Class A

Viacom, Inc. operates media brands that create entertainment content worldwide. The company creates television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events, and social media experiences. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for consumers through approximately 300 locally programmed and operated TV channels, including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, BET, Comedy Central, SPIKE, VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5, Telefe, Colors, Paramount Channel, TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick Music, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, BET Her, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop, as well as through online, mobile, and apps. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires, and distributes motion pictures, television programming, and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Nickelodeon Movies, and MTV Films brands. This segment exhibits motion pictures theatrically through home entertainment, licensing to television and digital platforms, and ancillary activities. The company releases its content through DVDs, Blu-ray discs, transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, pay television, cable television, free television, and free video-on-demand, as well as airlines and hotels. Viacom, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Destination XL Group

Destination XL Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of big and tall men's apparel. Its stores offer sportswear and dress wear; shoes; accessories, such as belts, ties, and socks; fashion-neutral items, including jeans, casual slacks, T-shirts, polo shirts, dress shirts, and suit separates; casual clothing; and lifestyle products comprising chairs, outdoor accessories, travel accessories, bed and bath products, and fitness equipment. The company offers its products under the Destination XL, DXL, DXL Men's Apparel, DXL outlets, Casual Male XL, Casual Male XL outlets, Rochester Clothing, ShoesXL, and LivingXL brands. It also provides sportswear and loungewear, jeanswear, sportcoats, dress shirts, neckwear, tailored-related separates, blazers, dress slacks, vintage-screen T-shirts and wovens, camp shirts, printed woven shirts, and relaxed island-inspired pants under various private labels. As of March 23, 2018, Destination XL Group, Inc. operated 342 store locations in the United States; London, England; and Toronto, Canada, as well as through its and e-commerce sites. The company was formerly known as Casual Male Retail Group, Inc. and changed its name to Destination XL Group, Inc. in February 2013. Destination XL Group, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts.

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