Critical Analysis: Liberty Global PLC (LILAK) & Liberty Global PLC (LBTYK)

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.6% of Liberty Global PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.9% of Liberty Global PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Global PLC $3.33 billion 1.04 $1.29 billion ($2.74) -7.35
Liberty Global PLC $19.85 billion 1.46 $8.80 billion $2.17 12.99

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.

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 N/A N/A N/A
Liberty Global PLC 11.98% 14.26% 2.67%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current 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 0 0 2 0 3.00
Liberty Global PLC 0 0 0 0 N/A

Liberty Global PLC presently has a consensus target price of $35.00, suggesting a potential upside of 73.70%. Given Liberty Global PLC’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Liberty Global PLC is more favorable than Liberty Global PLC.

Summary

Liberty Global PLC beats Liberty Global PLC on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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