A. H. Belo (AHC) and TheStreet (TST) Financial Contrast

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A. H. Belo (NYSE: AHC) and TheStreet (NASDAQ:TST) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for A. H. Belo and TheStreet, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A. H. Belo 0 0 0 0 N/A
TheStreet 0 0 3 0 3.00

TheStreet has a consensus target price of $3.00, indicating a potential upside of 66.67%. Given TheStreet’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe TheStreet is more favorable than A. H. Belo.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.2% of A. H. Belo shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of TheStreet shares are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of A. H. Belo shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 30.0% of TheStreet shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares A. H. Belo and TheStreet’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
A. H. Belo $248.63 million 0.41 $10.16 million N/A N/A
TheStreet $62.47 million 1.42 $2.62 million $0.08 22.50

A. H. Belo has higher revenue and earnings than TheStreet.

Profitability

This table compares A. H. Belo and TheStreet’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A. H. Belo 4.46% 1.38% 0.75%
TheStreet 4.96% 8.57% 4.45%

Dividends

A. H. Belo pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. TheStreet does not pay a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

A. H. Belo has a beta of 0.37, suggesting that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TheStreet has a beta of 0.45, suggesting that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

TheStreet beats A. H. Belo on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About A. H. Belo

A.H. Belo Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a local news and information publishing company primarily in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Publishing and Marketing Services. The Publishing segment publishes The Dallas Morning News, a newspaper; Briefing newspaper; and Al Dia, a Spanish-language newspaper, as well as operates related Websites and applications. It also provides commercial printing, distribution, and direct mail services; event activation and promotion services; and automotive classifieds on the cars.com platform. The Marketing Services Segment offers digital marketing services, such as multi-channel marketing solutions through subscription sales of its cloud-based software; marketing analytics, search engine marketing, and other marketing related services; social media account management and content marketing services; and multi-channel advertising campaigns management services, as well as promotional products for businesses. A.H. Belo Corporation was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

About TheStreet

TheStreet, Inc., a financial news and information provider, provides business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) content and products worldwide. The company operates through three segments: TheDeal/BoardEx, RateWatch, and Business to Consumer. Its B2B products include The Deal, a digital subscription model that delivers coverage primarily to institutional investors on changes in corporate control comprising merges and acquisitions, private equity, corporate activism, and restructuring; and BoardEx, an institutional relationship capital management database and platform, which holds profiles of approximately 1 million business leaders. The company's B2B products also consist of RateWatch, which publishes bank rate market information, such as competitive deposit, loan, and fee rate data for financial institutions, government agencies, academic researchers, banks, credit unions, and other commercial organizations. Its RateWatch product also offers banking-related product and fee comparisons, financial strength reporting, educational Webinars, mystery shopping, and consumer and financial institution surveys. The company's B2C products comprise TheStreet.com, an advertising-supported digital platform that provides business news and market analysis to individual investors; RealMoney and RealMoney Pro, which offer market commentary and analysis for active market participants and self-directed investors; and Action Alerts PLUS that teaches consumers on how to manage money for long term. TheStreet, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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