Critical Comparison: Tribune Media (TRBAA) and Its Rivals

Tribune Media (OTCMKTS: TRBAA) is one of 38 public companies in the “Broadcasting” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Tribune Media to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Tribune Media has a beta of 1.74, meaning that its share price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tribune Media’s competitors have a beta of 1.49, meaning that their average share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Tribune Media and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tribune Media N/A N/A N/A
Tribune Media Competitors -21.33% 9.73% 1.69%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.8% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.7% of shares of all “Broadcasting” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tribune Media and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Tribune Media N/A N/A -59.42
Tribune Media Competitors $11.84 billion $1.36 billion 135.16

Tribune Media’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Tribune Media. Tribune Media is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Tribune Media and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tribune Media 0 0 0 0 N/A
Tribune Media Competitors 201 1086 2497 62 2.63

As a group, “Broadcasting” companies have a potential upside of 20.93%. Given Tribune Media’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Tribune Media has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


Tribune Media competitors beat Tribune Media on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

Tribune Media Company Profile

Tribune Media Company, formerly Tribune Company, is a media and entertainment company engaged in newspaper publishing, television and radio broadcasting and entertainment through its subsidiaries. The Company’s operations are divided into two industry segments: publishing and broadcasting and entertainment. In publishing, the Company’s daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. The Company’s broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago’s WGN-AM. In February 2014, Sony Corporation sold all of the shares of Gracenote, Inc. to Tribune Media Company. In August 2014, Tribune Media Co completed its spin-off of Tribune Publishing Company.

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