Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: BATRK) and Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Liberty Media Corporation and Walt Disney Company (The)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Media Corporation $308.00 million 3.91 -$11.00 million ($2.31) -10.54
Walt Disney Company (The) $55.50 billion 2.80 $16.82 billion $5.66 17.79

Walt Disney Company (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Media Corporation. Liberty Media Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Walt Disney Company (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Walt Disney Company (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Liberty Media Corporation does not pay a dividend. Walt Disney Company (The) pays out 27.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.0% of Liberty Media Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of Walt Disney Company (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Walt Disney Company (The) shares are owned by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Liberty Media Corporation and Walt Disney Company (The), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Media Corporation 1 0 0 0 1.00
Walt Disney Company (The) 4 14 15 0 2.33

Liberty Media Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.65%. Walt Disney Company (The) has a consensus price target of $115.76, indicating a potential upside of 14.95%. Given Walt Disney Company (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Walt Disney Company (The) is more favorable than Liberty Media Corporation.

Risk and Volatility

Liberty Media Corporation has a beta of 2.41, suggesting that its stock price is 141% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walt Disney Company (The) has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Liberty Media Corporation and Walt Disney Company (The)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Media Corporation N/A N/A N/A
Walt Disney Company (The) 16.22% 19.69% 10.05%


Walt Disney Company (The) beats Liberty Media Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Media Corporation

Liberty Media Corporation owns interests in subsidiaries and other companies, which are engaged in the media and entertainment industries. The Company’s principal businesses and assets include its consolidated subsidiaries Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRIUS XM) and Braves Holdings, LLC (Braves Holdings), and its equity affiliate Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (Live Nation). The Company’s segments are SIRIUS XM, and Corporate and other. SIRIUS XM provides a subscription-based satellite radio service. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company principally operates in North America. The Company also owns a portfolio of minority equity investments in publicly traded media companies, including Time Warner, Inc. and Viacom, Inc. SIRIUS XM transmits music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic and weather channels, as well as infotainment services, in the United States on a subscription fee basis through two satellite radio systems.

About Walt Disney Company (The)

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company. The Company operates in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The media networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations. Under the Parks and Resorts segment, the Company’s Walt Disney Imagineering unit designs and develops new theme park concepts and attractions, as well as resort properties. The studio entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. It also develops and publishes games, primarily for mobile platforms, books, magazines and comic books. The Company distributes merchandise directly through retail, online and wholesale businesses. Its cable networks consist of ESPN, the Disney Channels and Freeform.

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