iHeartMedia (IHRT) versus Its Peers Critical Comparison

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ:IHRTGet Rating) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Radio broadcasting stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare iHeartMedia to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for iHeartMedia and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
iHeartMedia 1 1 3 0 2.40
iHeartMedia Competitors 137 568 974 26 2.52

iHeartMedia currently has a consensus target price of $26.40, suggesting a potential upside of 225.52%. As a group, “Radio broadcasting stations” companies have a potential upside of 107.09%. Given iHeartMedia’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe iHeartMedia is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares iHeartMedia and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
iHeartMedia $3.56 billion -$159.20 million 35.26
iHeartMedia Competitors $2.41 billion $42.25 million -0.09

iHeartMedia has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. iHeartMedia is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

80.2% of iHeartMedia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.3% of shares of all “Radio broadcasting stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of iHeartMedia shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 25.6% of shares of all “Radio broadcasting stations” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

iHeartMedia has a beta of 1.76, suggesting that its share price is 76% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, iHeartMedia’s competitors have a beta of 1.05, suggesting that their average share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares iHeartMedia and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
iHeartMedia 0.92% 5.23% 0.53%
iHeartMedia Competitors 6.69% -14.00% 1.04%


iHeartMedia beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

iHeartMedia Company Profile (Get Rating)

iHeartMedia, Inc. operates as a media and entertainment company worldwide. It operates through three segments: Multiplatform Group, Digital Audio Group, and Audio & Media Services Group. The Multiplatform Group segment offers broadcast radio stations, sponsorship, and live and virtual events; and operates Premiere Networks, a national radio network that produces, distributes, or represents approximately 120 syndicated radio programs and services to approximately 6,400 radio station affiliates. It also delivers real-time traffic flow and incident information, and weather updates, sports, and news through approximately 2,100 radio stations and 170 television affiliates, and Internet and mobile partnerships. As of December 31, 2021, this segment owned 863 radio stations, which included 249 AM and 614 FM radio stations. The Digital Audio Group segment provides podcasting, digital sites, newsletters, digital services, and programs; and iHeartRadio, a mobile app and web-based service for radio stations, digital-only stations, custom artist stations, and podcasts. The Audio and Media Services Group segment engages in the media representation business. This segment also provides cloud and on-premises broadcast software, such as radio and television automation, music scheduling, newsroom automation, advertising sales management, disaster recovery solutions; and real-time audio recognition technology to approximately 10,000 radio and television stations, cable channels, record labels, advertisers, and agencies, as well as media streaming and research services. The company was formerly known as CC Media Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to iHeartMedia, Inc. in September 2014. iHeartMedia, Inc. is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

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