A.H. Belo Corporation (AHC) vs. Lee Enterprises, (LEE) Critical Survey

A.H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) and Lee Enterprises, (NYSE:LEE) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.2% of A.H. Belo Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.5% of Lee Enterprises, shares are held by institutional investors. 12.6% of A.H. Belo Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.9% of Lee Enterprises, shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


A.H. Belo Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Lee Enterprises, does not pay a dividend. A.H. Belo Corporation pays out -28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares A.H. Belo Corporation and Lee Enterprises,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
A.H. Belo Corporation $254.87 million 0.42 $5.29 million ($1.14) -4.30
Lee Enterprises, $574.91 million 0.19 $132.35 million $0.45 4.33

Lee Enterprises, has higher revenue and earnings than A.H. Belo Corporation. A.H. Belo Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lee Enterprises,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

A.H. Belo Corporation has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lee Enterprises, has a beta of 2.18, indicating that its stock price is 118% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares A.H. Belo Corporation and Lee Enterprises,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
A.H. Belo Corporation -9.65% -1.93% -0.90%
Lee Enterprises, 4.30% -16.83% 2.88%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for A.H. Belo Corporation and Lee Enterprises,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
A.H. Belo Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lee Enterprises, 0 0 0 0 N/A

About A.H. Belo Corporation

A. H. Belo Corporation is a local news and information publishing company. The Company is engaged in providing commercial printing, distribution and direct mail services, as well as media and digital marketing services. The Company operates through two segments: Publishing and Marketing, Event Marketing and Other Services (MEMO). The Company’s Publishing segment includes its print operations associated with its newspapers, publications and related Websites. The Company’s publishing segment includes the operations of The Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com), a Texas newspaper, and the Denton Record-Chronicle (www.dentonrc.com), a daily newspaper operating in Denton, Texas. The Company’s MEMO segment consists of marketing, event marketing and other businesses. It offers digital marketing solutions through Your Speakeasy, LLC (Speakeasy) and DMV Digital Holdings Company, Inc., and provides event promotion and marketing services through DMN CrowdSource LLC (CrowdSource).

About Lee Enterprises,

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated is a provider of local news and information, and a platform for print and digital advertising. The Company’s products included 46 daily and 34 Sunday newspapers, 300 weekly newspapers, and classified and niche publications, as of September 25, 2016. The Company also provides a range of digital products, including video, digital couponing, behavioral targeting, audience retargeting, banner advertisements and social networking. It provides digital marketing services to small and midsized businesses (SMBs), including search engine marketing (SEM), social media, audience extension, business profiles, and Website hosting and design. It offers small business solutions, including search engine optimization (SEO), local online marketing, social media marketing, video advertising and Website design. The markets it caters to are located primarily in the Midwest, Mountain West and West regions of the United States.

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