Comparing Daily Journal (DJCO) & tronc (TRNC)

Daily Journal (NASDAQ: DJCO) and tronc (NASDAQ:TRNC) are both small-cap cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Daily Journal has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, tronc has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Daily Journal and tronc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Daily Journal -2.22% -0.63% -0.36%
tronc 1.67% 65.52% 5.80%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Daily Journal and tronc’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Daily Journal $41.38 million 8.07 -$910,000.00 ($0.66) -366.67
tronc $1.61 billion 0.38 $6.53 million $0.72 25.44

tronc has higher revenue and earnings than Daily Journal. Daily Journal is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than tronc, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Daily Journal and tronc, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Daily Journal 0 0 0 0 N/A
tronc 0 0 1 0 3.00

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.7% of Daily Journal shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.0% of tronc shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.4% of Daily Journal shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 41.2% of tronc shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

tronc beats Daily Journal on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Daily Journal Company Profile

Daily Journal Corporation publishes newspapers and Websites covering California and Arizona, and produces various specialized information services. The Company also serves as a newspaper representative specializing in public notice advertising. It operates through two segments: Traditional Business and Journal Technologies. The Traditional Business segment provides newspaper publishing and related services. The Journal Technologies segment supplies case management software systems and related products to courts, prosecutor and public defender offices, probation departments and other justice agencies, including administrative law organizations, city and county governments and bar associations. These organizations use the Journal Technologies family of products to help manage cases and information electronically, to interface with other justice partners and to extend electronic services to bar members and the public. Its subsidiary is Journal Technologies, Inc. (Journal Technologies).

tronc Company Profile

tronc, Inc., formerly Tribune Publishing Company, is a media company. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated over 150 titles in nine markets. Its portfolio of news and information brands are in markets, including Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Hartford, Connecticut; Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Newport News, Virginia. The Company also offers an array of customized marketing solutions, and publishes a number of niche products, including Hoy and El Sentinel. troncM’s media groups include the Chicago Tribune Media Group, the Los Angeles Times Media Group, the San Diego Media Group, the Sun Sentinel Media Group, the Orlando Sentinel Media Group, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, the Morning Call Media Group and the Daily Press Media Group. troncX consists of the Company’s digital revenues and related digital expenses from more than 130 digital platforms online and mobile applications.

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