Financial Analysis: DISH Network (DISH) versus Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA)

Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) and DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) are both large-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Twenty-First Century Fox has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DISH Network has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

54.1% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.3% of DISH Network shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.3% of Twenty-First Century Fox shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 49.2% of DISH Network shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Twenty-First Century Fox and DISH Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Twenty-First Century Fox 14.68% 18.71% 6.88%
DISH Network 17.80% 20.60% 4.78%


Twenty-First Century Fox pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. DISH Network does not pay a dividend. Twenty-First Century Fox pays out 18.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Twenty-First Century Fox has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Twenty-First Century Fox and DISH Network, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Twenty-First Century Fox 0 8 10 0 2.56
DISH Network 2 5 5 0 2.25

Twenty-First Century Fox currently has a consensus target price of $45.44, indicating a potential downside of 0.94%. DISH Network has a consensus target price of $43.55, indicating a potential upside of 25.17%. Given DISH Network’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DISH Network is more favorable than Twenty-First Century Fox.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Twenty-First Century Fox and DISH Network’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Twenty-First Century Fox $30.40 billion 2.80 $4.46 billion $1.97 23.28
DISH Network $14.39 billion 1.13 $2.10 billion $2.54 13.67

Twenty-First Century Fox has higher revenue and earnings than DISH Network. DISH Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Twenty-First Century Fox, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Twenty-First Century Fox beats DISH Network on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Twenty-First Century Fox

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. operates as a diversified media and entertainment company primarily in the United States and Canada, Europe, and internationally. It operates through Cable Network Programming, Television, and Filmed Entertainment segments. The company produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, factual entertainment, and movie programming for distribution primarily through cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunication companies, and online video distributors. It also broadcasts network programming; and operates 28 broadcast television stations, including 11 duopolies in the United States. In addition, the company produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in various formats in entertainment media, as well as produces and licenses television programming. The company was formerly known as News Corporation. Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About DISH Network

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides pay-TV services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Pay-TV and Wireless. It offers video services under the DISH TV brand; and programming packages that include programming through national broadcast networks, local broadcast networks, and national and regional cable networks, as well as regional and specialty sports channels, premium movie channels, and Latino and international programming packages. The company also provides access to movies and TV shows via TV or Internet-connected tablets, smartphones, and computers; and and mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings, and remotely control certain features. In addition, it offers Sling TV services, including Sling International, Sling Latino, Sling Orange, and Sling Blue services that require an Internet connection and are available on streaming-capable devices, such as TVs, tablets, computers, game consoles, and smart phones primarily to consumers who do not subscribe to traditional satellite and cable pay-TV services. Further, the company provides satellite and wireline broadband services under the dishNET brand, as well as has wireless spectrum licenses and related assets. As of December 31, 2017, it had 13.242 million Pay-TV subscribers. The company offers receiver systems and programming through direct sales channels, small satellite retailers, direct marketing groups, local and regional consumer electronics stores, retailers, and telecommunications companies. DISH Network Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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