Discovery Inc. (DISCA) – Don’t Be So Quick to Call it Dead

800 institutions hold shares in Discovery Inc. (DISCA), with 18.07M shares held by insiders accounting for 2.84% while institutional investors hold 148.00% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 490.00M, and float is at 467.03M with Short Float at 9.94%. Institutions hold 143.81% of the Float.


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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 17.85 million shares valued at $536.97 million. The investor’s holdings represent 10.98% of the DISCA Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Credit Suisse Ag/ with 14.77 million shares valued at $444.28 million to account for 9.09% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Blackrock Inc. which holds 14.74 million shares representing 9.07% and valued at over $443.41 million, while ClearBridge Investments, LLC holds 7.96% of the shares totaling 12.94 million with a market value of $389.27 million.

Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA) is 44.20% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $18.56 and a high of $78.14 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The DISCA stock was last observed hovering at around $43.38 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.01% off its average median price target of $48.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 42.91% off the consensus price target high of $76.00 offered by 26 analysts, but current levels are -88.65% lower than the price target low of $23.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $43.39, the stock is -28.17% and -19.07% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 15.19 million and changing 0.02% at the moment leaves the stock 37.47% off its SMA200. DISCA registered 120.81% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 98.04%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $59.32 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $35.97.

The stock witnessed a -35.48% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 37.66%, and is -0.12% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 6.43% over the week and 10.34% over the month.

Discovery Inc. (DISCA) has around 9800 employees, a market worth around $19.67B and $10.67B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 23.96 and Fwd P/E is 13.34. Profit margin for the company is 8.60%. Distance from 52-week low is 133.78% and -44.47% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (7.80%).

Discovery Inc. (DISCA) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Discovery Inc. (DISCA) is a “Hold”. 26 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 3.00, where 16 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 4 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 3 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Discovery Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 08/10/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.67 with sales reaching $2.77B over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -37.10% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 11.60% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 3.20% in year-over-year returns.

Discovery Inc. (DISCA) Insider Activity

A total of 177 insider transactions have happened at Discovery Inc. (DISCA) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 121 and purchases happening 56 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Sanchez Daniel E., the company’s Director. SEC filings show that Sanchez Daniel E. sold 9,538 shares of the company’s common stock on Mar 16 at a price of $75.80 per share for a total of $0.72 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 12019.0 shares.

Discovery Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Mar 16 that Perrette Jean-Briac (Pres.&CEO, Discovery Int’l) sold a total of 199,017 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Mar 16 and was made at $76.11 per share for $15.15 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.33 million shares of the DISCA stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Mar 15, Locke Lori C. (Chief Accounting Officer) disposed off 1,301 shares at an average price of $73.10 for $95103.0. The insider now directly holds 21,514 shares of Discovery Inc. (DISCA).

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Discovery Inc. (DISCA): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include AMC Networks Inc. (AMCX) that is trading 130.42% up over the past 12 months and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) that is 88.35% higher over the same period. Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) is 50.70% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has fallen -4.95% from the last report on Mar 14, 2021 to stand at a total of 46.42 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 4.48.

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