Critical Review: Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LILA) and Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA)

Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ: LBTYA) and Liberty Global PLC (NASDAQ:LILA) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.1% of Liberty Global PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.4% of Liberty Global PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Liberty Global PLC shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty Global PLC and Liberty Global PLC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Global PLC $19.36 billion 0.37 $8.61 billion $1.19 26.95
Liberty Global PLC $3.65 billion 0.35 $1.42 billion ($0.92) -27.85

Liberty Global PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Global PLC. Liberty Global PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Liberty Global PLC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Liberty Global PLC and Liberty Global PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Global PLC 1 2 11 0 2.71
Liberty Global PLC 1 2 3 0 2.33

Liberty Global PLC currently has a consensus price target of $41.45, suggesting a potential upside of 29.26%. Liberty Global PLC has a consensus price target of $31.25, suggesting a potential upside of 21.98%. Given Liberty Global PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Global PLC is more favorable than Liberty Global PLC.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Global PLC and Liberty Global PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Global PLC 7.24% 8.40% 1.59%
Liberty Global PLC N/A N/A N/A

Volatility & Risk

Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.66, suggesting that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Liberty Global PLC beats Liberty Global PLC on 13 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Global PLC

Liberty Global PLC, formerly Liberty Global, Inc., is an international cable company with operations in 14 countries. The Company’s tripleplay services are provided through networks and technology platforms that connect approximately 25 million customers subscribing to over 47 million television, broadband Internet and telephony services. The Company’s consumer brands include Virgin Media, UPC, Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Telenet and VTR. The Company’s operations also include Chellomedia, the Company’s content division, Liberty Global Business Services, a commercial division and Liberty Global Ventures, its investment fund. In June 2013, Liberty Global Inc completed the acquisition of Virgin Media Inc (Virgin Media).

About Liberty Global PLC

LiLAC Group provides various broadband services over cable distribution systems, and mobile services in Chile and Puerto Rico. It offers triple-play services consisting of video, broadband Internet, and fixed-line telephony services in 34 communities within Santiago; and 42 communities outside Santiago, including Iquique, Antofagasta, Concepción, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, and Rancagua, as well as smaller cities across Chile. The company also carries domestic Chilean cable programming, which includes local events, such as football (soccer) matches and regional content; and provides a range of digital video services and video on demand services, including catch-up television. In addition, it offers digital broadband services in the San Juan metropolitan area and other municipalities in Puerto Rico; and video services, including digital programming and video on demand services. LiLAC Group is based in London, the United Kingdom. LiLAC Group is a subsidiary of Liberty Global plc.

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