Reviewing Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) & Its Competitors

Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE: CCO) is one of 29 public companies in the “Advertising” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Clear Channel Outdoor to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Clear Channel Outdoor and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clear Channel Outdoor 0 5 3 0 2.38
Clear Channel Outdoor Competitors 133 580 637 11 2.39

Clear Channel Outdoor presently has a consensus price target of $3.33, indicating a potential upside of 2.15%. As a group, “Advertising” companies have a potential upside of 61.54%. Given Clear Channel Outdoor’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Clear Channel Outdoor has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Clear Channel Outdoor has a beta of 2.49, indicating that its stock price is 149% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clear Channel Outdoor’s peers have a beta of 1.27, indicating that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Clear Channel Outdoor $1.85 billion -$582.74 million -2.86
Clear Channel Outdoor Competitors $1.15 billion $263.69 million -6.68

Clear Channel Outdoor has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Clear Channel Outdoor is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Clear Channel Outdoor and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clear Channel Outdoor -25.98% N/A -7.26%
Clear Channel Outdoor Competitors -18.86% 14.37% -5.43%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.7% of Clear Channel Outdoor shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.6% of shares of all “Advertising” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Clear Channel Outdoor shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.5% of shares of all “Advertising” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Clear Channel Outdoor peers beat Clear Channel Outdoor on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Clear Channel Outdoor Company Profile

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. provides outdoor advertising solutions. It operates through Americas Outdoor Advertising and International Outdoor Advertising segments. The Americas Outdoor Advertising segment consists of operations primarily in the U.S. The International Outdoor Advertising segment consists of operations primarily in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The firm products include billboards, street furniture and transit advertising in traditional and digital formats. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Antonio, TX.

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