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

Analyst Recommendations

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

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

Equal Energy presently has a consensus target price of $8.65, indicating a potential upside of 198.28%. Liberty Media Corporation has a consensus target price of $34.00, indicating a potential downside of 12.66%. Given Equal Energy’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Equal Energy is more favorable than Liberty Media Corporation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Equal Energy and Liberty Media Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equal Energy $486.23 million 0.51 $31.07 million N/A N/A
Liberty Media Corporation $712.00 million 11.76 $108.00 million $0.27 144.19

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

Profitability

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

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.0% of Liberty Media Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Liberty Media Corporation beats Equal Energy on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Equal Energy Company Profile

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.

Liberty Media Corporation Company Profile

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.

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