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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.5% of Liberty Global PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 21.6% of Liberty Global PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Liberty Global PLC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Liberty Global PLC and Liberty Global PLC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Global PLC 0 2 11 0 2.85
Liberty Global PLC 1 2 3 0 2.33

Liberty Global PLC currently has a consensus target price of $41.27, indicating a potential upside of 23.57%. Liberty Global PLC has a consensus target price of $31.42, indicating a potential upside of 19.68%. Given Liberty Global PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly 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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Global PLC $19.36 billion 0.39 $8.61 billion $1.19 28.07
Liberty Global PLC $3.65 billion 0.36 $1.42 billion ($0.92) -28.53

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.

Risk and Volatility

Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.67, meaning that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Global PLC has a beta of 1.64, meaning that its share price is 64% 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.

Liberty Global PLC Company Profile

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).

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