Manchester United (MANU) vs. Its Peers Head-To-Head Survey

Manchester United (NYSE:MANUGet Rating) is one of 33 public companies in the “Amusement & recreation services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Manchester United to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.


Manchester United pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Manchester United pays out -14.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Amusement & recreation services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out -373.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Manchester United lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.


This table compares Manchester United and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manchester United -27.73% -25.52% -4.69%
Manchester United Competitors -2,737.81% -1.13% -206.04%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Manchester United and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Manchester United $665.67 million -$124.11 million -9.48
Manchester United Competitors $996.05 million -$74.95 million 67.95

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

Volatility & Risk

Manchester United has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manchester United’s peers have a beta of -0.33, meaning that their average share price is 133% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Manchester United and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manchester United 0 0 1 0 3.00
Manchester United Competitors 73 273 384 10 2.45

Manchester United presently has a consensus target price of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 47.18%. As a group, “Amusement & recreation services” companies have a potential upside of 51.72%. Given Manchester United’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Manchester United has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

34.7% of shares of all “Amusement & recreation services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.2% of shares of all “Amusement & recreation services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Manchester United peers beat Manchester United on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Manchester United Company Profile (Get Rating)

Manchester United plc, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates a professional sports team in the United Kingdom. The company operates Manchester United Football Club, a professional football club. It develops marketing and sponsorship relationships with international and regional companies to leverage its brand. The company also markets and sells sports apparel, training and leisure wear, and other clothing featuring the Manchester United brand; and sells other licensed products, such as coffee mugs and bed spreads featuring the Manchester United brand and trademarks, as well as distributes these products through Manchester United branded retail centers and e-commerce platforms, and through the company's partners' wholesale distribution channels. In addition, it distributes live football content directly, as well as through commercial partners; broadcasts television rights relating to the Premier League, Union of European Football Associations club competitions, and other competitions; and delivers Manchester United programming through MUTV television channel to territories worldwide. Further, the company offers a direct to consumer subscription mobile application; and operates Old Trafford, a sports venue with 74,239 seats, as well as invests in properties. Manchester United plc was founded in 1878 and is based in Manchester, the United Kingdom.

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