Streaming Wars and the Future of Entertainment – Top Stocks to Watch
Entertainment related companies control vast media empires that can influence millions of viewers.
Not only do they produce content, but they also have a significant wait in advertisement if they control their own networks. Companies like Disney can also have derivative products that can produce significant cash-flow. These companies are able to shape culture by their offerings and what they decide to produce.
The Entertainment industry has been in deep transformation for years. It’s shaken up by streaming players and technology companies that are now getting into Entertainment Production. Netflix, Apple, Amazon and the likes are now as much content producers as technology companies.
Who is building the next Media Empire?
Here is a quick overview of the top entertainment production companies stocks you should watch…à
🎬 Entertainment Production
Cineplex Inc (CGX-T)
It looks like they are going to be bought by a UK company. The stock price surged on the announcement, although there is a long period before the deal closes and Cineplex still has a chance of finding a higher bid. They offer a sustainable dividend thanks to theatre traffic remaining constant and with other additions to their revenue stream.
Trevor Rose’s Insights - Trevor’s most-liked answers from 5i Research Revenue growth is coming back a bit, with lower comparables from last year helping the year-over-year figures. Its debt levels are high, with net debt of $1.9B, and a net debt/EBITDA of 6.8X. Interest costs are $137M (last 12 months) and these will likely rise…
Netflix Inc. (NFLX-Q)
Netflix is the online streaming service that most people know and use. It’s still one of the staples of the online streaming offerings. The space is starting to get crowded with Disney+ and Apple TV+ entering the arena. Their focus on their in-house content, which has won awards and keeps subscribers, will be key as the content war ramps up.
Upgraded today He agrees, thinks Netflix could hit $500. In recent years, he has bought on weakness and sold on strength, based on the company's direction of revenue growth, now 16% (3 years) and 8% (2 years) and 3% (1 year). We could easily see that accelerate. He would buy it back.
The iPhone has been a staple in Apple’s line and has been their key product for some years. Now, they are building off their hardware to move into services such as News+ and TV+. Although there isn’t a load of content, more is in their pipeline. They have the budget to make high quality shows, and their advantage of being ingrained in the Apple ecosystem could be a major advantage.
Discovery Communications Inc (DISCB-Q)
A US based media company, that most people will know. Their most well-known network in their collection is probably the Discovery Channel. They also do partnerships and buy distribution rights for sports broadcasting.
Today, Wall Street hailed news of the AT&T and Discovery merger as a transformational blockbuster, but he sees it as the final act in one of the dumbest deals in recent history, AT&T's $85-billion buy of Time-Warner of nearly three years ago. Why would a telephone company buy a media business? Synergy? Really? AT&T took…
IMAX Corp. (IMAX-N)
The stock chart has closely resembled that of Cineplex with pressure from changing consumption patterns. People are watching movies at home rather than going to the cinema. The stock has been range-bound for some time. They are moving into China so there is a chance the stock may pick up.
Trevor Rose’s Insights - Trevor’s most-liked answers from 5i Research IMAX has been around a very long time, and even had takeover overtures a couple of decades ago. But it hasn't created much value. The stock is about 1/3rd the level of ten years ago. It is not too expensive (but not cheap) at 23X…
A dividend favourite that has good cash flow. They bought Time Warner, who is a major player in distribution, and production of shows and films. Analysts expect the dividends to continue and the stock is great for those looking for income.
AT&T Inc. is an American multinational telecommunications holding company headquartered at Whitacre Tower in Downtown Dallas, Texas. It is the worlds third-largest telecommunications company by revenue and the third-largest provider of mobile telephone services in the U.S. Social media mentions are up 300% in the past 24h.
Comcast Corp (CMCSA-Q)
A cable and broadband operator. It’s the largest cable company in the U.S.. Cord-cutting is a major challenge for this company, although they are the infrastructure that supports access to online content, so the growth of streaming services can counteract the cord-cutters.
Gets no respect, as it's seen as cable/TV, a dying business. Has 6 growth businesses: broadband for residential and business, wireless, theme parks, streaming, and studios. Together, those are growing about 10% a year, and will be 75% of the business over the next few years. Anemic 11x, growth of 10%. Defensive, still room to…
Walt Disney (DIS-N)
The Disney+ streaming service has given the stock a boost. The deal with 20th Century Fox was taken positively by analysts. It is currently trading at 20x earnings and is well-positioned to be a competitor to Netflix.
Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, including the executive suite. Expectations of the cruise lines and theme parks rebounding post-pandemic are overshadowed by the streaming and broadcast businesses, a competitive space that changes rapidly. He's in wait and see mode.
CBS Corp (CBS-N)
An American mass media corporation. They are in commercial broadcasting, publishing and television production. A value play. However, they have faced headwinds from cord-cutting in cable.
Believes a good opportunity to buy with share price undervalued. Recent legal problems with resolve themselves. Double digit EPS growth expected. Strong dividend that will rise in the future.
Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (LYV-N)
A global entertainment company that came out of a merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster. A top concert venue and ticketing company in the world. It recently found a short term bottom.
Trevor Rose’s Insights - Trevor’s most-liked answers from 5i Research LYV is up 21% this year, which we would not consider so bad. Sales have tripled since 2020 in the covid rebound, and are expected to rise about 10% next year. Concert sales rose 29% last quarter. There are some legal issues, regarding concentration in…
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOX-Q)
A Mass media corporation that is global. They regularly buyback stocks and bring value back to investors. They have many different interesting assets, including sports so it is worth a closer look.
They've bought back 16% of shares so far this year. Surprising. Other streamers have broken the bank to produce content, but not Fox which has one of the best balance sheets in this sector. It helps that they sold the bulk of the business to Disney (and many feel DIS paid too much). Are currently…
A cloud service, e-commerce, and media company that is synonymous with North American online shopping. The Prime package gives access to a host of different services, including Amazon Prime Video. The service has original content as well as some well-known shows and movies. The content is bundled with the prime subscription, which may help buoy their entertainment business.
With the inverted yield curve and high interest rates, you really have to go to the growth stocks with deep pockets. So many horses in the race, tremendous free cashflow. Hiring 250K in fulfillment just for Christmas. Still likes it despite its great run. His price target is $164.85. The runway just keeps going on…