Head to Head Analysis: Dolby Laboratories (DLB) versus Bona Film Group (BONA)

Bona Film Group (NASDAQ: BONA) and Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.4% of Dolby Laboratories shares are held by institutional investors. 43.8% of Dolby Laboratories shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bona Film Group and Dolby Laboratories’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bona Film Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Dolby Laboratories $1.07 billion 4.64 $340.22 million $1.96 24.70

Dolby Laboratories has higher revenue and earnings than Bona Film Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Bona Film Group and Dolby Laboratories, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bona Film Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Dolby Laboratories 0 2 1 0 2.33

Dolby Laboratories has a consensus target price of $52.83, indicating a potential upside of 9.11%. Given Dolby Laboratories’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Dolby Laboratories is more favorable than Bona Film Group.


Dolby Laboratories pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Bona Film Group does not pay a dividend. Dolby Laboratories pays out 28.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Dolby Laboratories has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.


This table compares Bona Film Group and Dolby Laboratories’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bona Film Group 0.75% 1.33% 0.34%
Dolby Laboratories 19.02% 10.25% 8.78%


Dolby Laboratories beats Bona Film Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bona Film Group Company Profile

Bona Film Group Limited is a vertically integrated film company. The Company operates in multiple stages of the film industry value chain, including film distribution, film investment and production, talent agency services and movie theater operations. As of December 31, 2014, the Company distributed or invested in 202 films (including 55 films internationally). The Company distributes films through virtually all of the theater circuits in China. The Company has also expanded into non-theatrical distribution channels, including home video products, digital distribution and television. In addition to its film production and distribution operations, the Company owned and operated 25 movie theaters in commercial districts and residential areas in 15 cities in China as of December 31, 2014. The Company’s operational segments include film distribution, film investment and production, talent agency and movie theater.

Dolby Laboratories Company Profile

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. designs and manufactures audio and imaging products for the cinema, television, broadcast and entertainment industries. Its products for cinema include Digital Cinema Servers and Cinema Audio Products, and broadcast and other include Dolby Conference Phone and Other Products. It offers services to support theatrical and television production for cinema exhibition, broadcast and home entertainment, including equipment training and maintenance, mixing room alignment and equalization, as well as audio, color and light image calibration. Its technologies include Advanced Audio Coding and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding, Dolby AC-4, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Vision, Dolby Voice and High Efficiency Video Coding. It distributes its products in over 80 countries. Its technologies are incorporated in offerings in various end markets, such as the broadcast, Personal Computer, mobile, consumer electronics and other markets.

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