The current stock market environment rewards the biggest risk takers. And while this trend may last for many years, it will eventually come to a halt. When it does, you will want to own best in breed companies, those with strong fundamentals. If you’re patient, and you’re willing to give up high-risk/high-reward trades for the short term, then The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) might be for you.
The right moves
The subtitle above was almost “All the right movies,” but after The Lone Ranger (27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes/6.7 on IMDb), that wasn’t a possibility. At least Monsters University and Oz: The Great and Powerful were hits. Since we’re on the movie theme, let’s see what else The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has in store for the remainder of 2013:
- Magic Kingdom
- Phineas and Ferb Movie
- The Hill
- Super Buddies
- Saving Mr. Banks
- Teen Beach Movie
While it’s unlikely that all these movies will be hits, it’s safe to assume, that at least one of them will be a big score. Planes might stand out as having the most potential. Even if the movie is just halfway decent, kids will still enjoy watching planes flying around. That sounds overly simplistic, but it’s true.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is well known for its theme parks, but many people aren’t aware that Disney owns ESPN, ABC, Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, Touchstone Pictures, and Lucasfilm. If you study this list, you will see that Disney is targeting all different types of viewers and consumers. Disney is also set up for brand exposure through its content delivery deals with Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Cox Communications, and Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR).
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) have extended their Marvel agreement for two more years, which means Hasbro will pay Disney $80 million for the rights to design and sell Marvel character toys. Hasbro will also pay Disney $225 million for the rights to design and sell Star Wars character toys based on the upcoming trilogy.
Disney vs. peers
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has seen revenue and earnings improvements for three consecutive years. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)’s brand is phenomenal on an international basis and Disney is constantly looking for growth opportunities. Management is top-notch, especially considering the company is capable of growing the top and bottom line while maintaining a debt-to-equity ratio of just 0.39.
Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWX) reaches approximately 100 million American households, which is amazing, considering there are just over 300 million people in the United States. Despite this enormous reach, Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWC) faces some serious threats in video streaming, which is evidenced by the company’s revenue decline in 2012.
Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWC) attempted to get in on Hulu, but Hulu backed out. This would have been a good move for Time Warner, as Hulu has 4 million subscribers, and it generated $700 million in revenue last year. But perhaps it was a blessing since Time Warner is loaded with debt. Plus, Hulu is still well behind Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX).
Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has seen consistent revenue improvements and the company is growing domestically and internationally. With a fee of just $8 per month, demand remains high. Past failures have taught Netlfix that it shouldn’t try to increase this fee. But with 38 million members, it might not need too.