Is CBS Still an A+?
With shares of CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) trading at around $49.19, is CBS an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:
C = Catalyst for the Stock’s Movement
CBS relies heavily on entertainment. That being the case, let’s begin with television shows. The list below consists of the most popular CBS television shows and their IMDb ratings.
The Big Bang Theory 8.6
Two and a Half Men 7.0
How I Met Your Mother 8.5
Criminal Minds 8.1
Person of Interest 8.3
The Good Wife 7.8
NCIS: Los Angeles 6.4
2 Broke Girls 6.8
The Amazing Race 7.6
Blue Bloods 7.0
For the most part, these are very impressive ratings This is important, because popular shows lead to increased monetization opportunities with reruns, cable, and online streaming.
CBS management is optimistic about future prospects due to strong demand for its content. Currently, CBS is enjoying higher advertisement revenues as well as an increase in affiliate subscription fees. This is in addition to decreased interest expenses. Does the story get even better, or is there danger lurking somewhere?
|Operating Cash Flow||1.76B||3.83B||7.72B|
Let’s take a look at some more important numbers prior to forming an opinion on this stock.
T = Technicals Are Strong
CBS has performed exceptionally well over the past three years. There have been no indications of a slowdown.
|1 Month||Year-To-Date||1 Year||3 Year|
At $49.19, CBS is trading above its averages.
E = Equity to Debt Ratio Is Strong
The debt-to-equity ratio for CBS is stronger than the industry average of 1.10.
E = Earnings Are Strong
CBS seems to be very focused on the bottom line, which is good news for investors.
|Revenue ($) in millions||13,950||13,015||14,060||14,245||14,089|
|Diluted EPS ($)||-17.43||0.33||1.04||1.92||2.39|
When we look at the last quarter on a year-over-year basis, we see improvements in revenue and earnings. Revenue and earnings have also improved on a sequential basis.
|Quarter||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012||Mar. 31, 2013|
|Revenue ($) in millions||3,924||3,476||3,418||3,698||4,040|
|Diluted EPS ($)||0.54||0.65||0.60||0.60||0.69|
Now let’s take a look at the next page for the Conclusion. Is this stock an OUTPERFORM, a WAIT AND SEE, or a STAY AWAY?
Healthy EPS growth is likely for CBS. Revenue has been inconsistent on an annual basis, but it has been impressive over the past two quarters. Margins and cash flow are strong, and CBS is always looking to make strategic acquisitions to help fuel growth. Another positive is that analysts love the stock: 22 Buy, 7 Hold, 0 Sell. The biggest potential threat is a steep market correction (CBS isn’t very resilient). For those looking for something safer, Disney is a much better option. For those looking to ride the momentum wave, CBS is an OUTPERFORM.
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All content posted should not be considered professional advice. Please do your own research and consult with a professional financial advisor before making any investment decisions. I don’t have any positions in this stock.