SoOum (OTCMKTS:SOUM) and Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SoOum and Viacom’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SoOum $630,000.00 0.01 -$340,000.00 N/A N/A
Viacom $12.94 billion 0.92 $1.72 billion $4.12 7.15

Viacom has higher revenue and earnings than SoOum.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.7% of Viacom shares are owned by institutional investors. 71.4% of SoOum shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Viacom shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

SoOum has a beta of 1.58, indicating that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Viacom has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Viacom pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. SoOum does not pay a dividend. Viacom pays out 19.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for SoOum and Viacom, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SoOum 0 0 0 0 N/A
Viacom 1 15 7 0 2.26

Viacom has a consensus price target of $34.26, indicating a potential upside of 16.38%. Given Viacom’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Viacom is more favorable than SoOum.

Profitability

This table compares SoOum and Viacom’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SoOum N/A N/A N/A
Viacom 13.28% 23.68% 7.15%

Summary

Viacom beats SoOum on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SoOum

SoOum, Corp. operates as a commodity trading arbitrage firm in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Arbitrage and Construction Services. It performs arbitrage on a defined supply and demand conditions creating price discrepancies of physical commodities in opposing markets. The company trades in soft commodities, such as rice, wheat, sugar, soybeans, meats, live cattle, seafood, live seafood, and other soft commodities; and hard commodities, including iron ore, crude oil, coal, salt, aluminum, copper, gold, silver, palladium and platinum, cement, fly ash, precious metals, and other such hard commodities. It also develops applications for mobile and TV smart devices. The company was formerly known as Swordfish Financial, Inc. and changed its name to SoOum, Corp. in October 2015. SoOum, Corp.is based in New York, New York.

About Viacom

Viacom Inc. operates media brands that create entertainment content worldwide. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment offers entertainment content, services, and related branded products for consumers through approximately 314 locally programmed and operated television channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Nick Jr., VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5, Milkshake!, Telefe, Colors, Paramount Channel, TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick Music, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, BET Her, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop, as well as through online, mobile, and apps. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires, and distributes motion pictures, television programming, and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films, and BET Films brands. It exhibits motion pictures theatrically through home entertainment, licensing to television and digital platforms, and ancillary activities, as well as DVDs and Blu-ray discs, TVOD, pay television, SVOD, cable, and free television; and airlines and hotels. The company is headquartered in New York, New York.

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