Liberty Media Corporation (NASDAQ: FWONK) and Equal Energy (NYSE:ENT) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.0% of Liberty Media Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty Media Corporation and Equal Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Media Corporation $712.00 million 11.74 $108.00 million $0.27 144.04
Equal Energy $486.23 million 0.52 $31.07 million N/A N/A

Liberty Media Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Equal Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Media Corporation and Equal Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Media Corporation N/A 0.70% 0.42%
Equal Energy N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Liberty Media Corporation and Equal Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Media Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33
Equal Energy 0 5 1 0 2.17

Liberty Media Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.57%. Equal Energy has a consensus target price of $8.65, indicating a potential upside of 192.23%. Given Equal Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Equal Energy is more favorable than Liberty Media Corporation.

Summary

Liberty Media Corporation beats Equal Energy on 7 of the 8 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, communications and entertainment industries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company operates in North America. The Company’s businesses and assets include its consolidated subsidiaries SIRIUS XM and the Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc., and its equity affiliate Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. SIRIUS XM broadcasts 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 its two satellite radio systems. Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc. (ANLBC) owns and operates the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and five league baseball clubs. Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (Live Nation) has four business segments: Concerts, Ticketing, Artist Nation and Sponsorship & Advertising.

About Equal Energy

Equal Energy Ltd. (Equal) is an exploration and production of oil and gas company. Equal’s oil and gas properties are located in Oklahoma. Equal Energy has an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary, EEUSHI. EEUSHI holds all of Equal’s Oklahoma oil and gas properties and associated assets through its wholly owned subsidiary, Equal Energy US Inc. The Company also reviews new drilling opportunities and potential acquisitions in Oklahoma to supplement its exploration and development activities. The Company, during 2013 produced an average 6,448 boe/d and was comprised of approximately 48% natural gas 3% crude oil and 49% natural gas liquids (NGLs). As of December 31, 2013, Equal had 130 gross (110 net) producing wells, virtually all of which were operational. Equal has approximately 87,998 gross (58,108 net) total acres under lease or held by production.

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