Reviewing New Media Investment Group (NEWM) and John Wiley & Sons (JW.B)

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New Media Investment Group (NYSE:NEWM) and John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.B) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

New Media Investment Group pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.3%. John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. New Media Investment Group pays out 389.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. New Media Investment Group has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. New Media Investment Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for New Media Investment Group and John Wiley & Sons, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
New Media Investment Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
John Wiley & Sons 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility and Risk

New Media Investment Group has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.1, suggesting that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.6% of New Media Investment Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of New Media Investment Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 29.7% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares New Media Investment Group and John Wiley & Sons’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
New Media Investment Group 1.19% 2.73% 1.39%
John Wiley & Sons 8.91% 13.99% 5.91%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares New Media Investment Group and John Wiley & Sons’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
New Media Investment Group $1.53 billion 0.45 $18.20 million $0.39 29.41
John Wiley & Sons $1.80 billion 1.42 $192.18 million N/A N/A

John Wiley & Sons has higher revenue and earnings than New Media Investment Group.

Summary

John Wiley & Sons beats New Media Investment Group on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

New Media Investment Group Company Profile

New Media Investment Group Inc. invests in, owns, and operates local media assets in the United States. The company's principal products include 142 daily newspapers with total paid circulation of approximately 1.5 million; 326 weekly newspapers with total paid circulation of approximately 318,000 and total free circulation of approximately 2.0 million; 140 shoppers with total circulation of approximately 3.5 million; and 569 locally-focused Websites, including Internet and mobile devices with approximately 290 million page views per month. Its principal products also comprise 2 yellow page directories with a distribution of approximately 290,000 that cover a population of approximately 419,000 people; 70 business publications; and UpCurve Cloud and ThriveHive digital marketing services. In addition, the company produces niche publications that address specific local market interests, such as recreation, sports, healthcare, and real estate. Further, it produces approximately 250 annual events with a collective attendance approximately 300,000, such as themed expo, signature event, and white label event services. Additionally, the company offers print and online products that offer local market news and information on various topics comprising local news and politics, community and regional events, youth sports, opinion and editorial pages, local schools, obituaries, weddings, and police reports, as well as print and digital marketing products, and commercial printing services. It reaches approximately 22 million people per week; and serves approximately 215,000 business customers. New Media Investment Group Inc. was founded in 1997 and is based in New York, New York.

John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. operates as a research and learning company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Research, Publishing, and Solutions. The Research segment offers scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, as well as related content and services. This segment also publishes journals in the areas of physical sciences and engineering, health sciences, social science, and humanities and life sciences; and provides publishing software for scholarly and professional societies to deliver, host, enhance, market, and manage content on the Web. This segment serves academic, corporate, government, and public libraries, funders of research, researchers, scientists, clinicians, engineers and technologists, and students and professors. This segment sells its products in digital and print formats through research libraries and library consortia, and independent subscription agents, as well as directly to professional society members and other customers. The Publishing segment acquires, develops, and publishes scientific, professional, and education books and related content, as well as provides test preparation services and course workflow tools, to libraries, corporations, students, professionals, and researchers. This segment serves business, finance, accounting, workplace learning, management, leadership, technology, behavioral health, engineering/architecture, science and medicine, and education communities. This segment distributes its products in digital and print formats through chain and online booksellers, libraries, colleges and universities, corporations, direct to consumer, Web sites, distributor networks, and other online applications. The Solutions segment provides online program management services for higher education institutions; corporate learning services; and development and assessment services for businesses and professionals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. was founded in 1807 and is headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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