Critical Review: Ideanomics (IDEX) vs. Liberty Latin America (LILAK)

Ideanomics (NASDAQ:IDEX) and Liberty Latin America (NASDAQ:LILAK) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Ideanomics and Liberty Latin America, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ideanomics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Liberty Latin America 0 0 2 0 3.00

Liberty Latin America has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 55.62%. Given Liberty Latin America’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Latin America is more favorable than Ideanomics.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.4% of Ideanomics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.1% of Liberty Latin America shares are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of Ideanomics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Ideanomics has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Latin America has a beta of 1.88, suggesting that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ideanomics and Liberty Latin America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ideanomics -1.73% -7.79% -2.69%
Liberty Latin America N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ideanomics and Liberty Latin America’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ideanomics $377.74 million 0.40 -$27.43 million N/A N/A
Liberty Latin America $3.71 billion 0.85 N/A N/A N/A

Liberty Latin America has higher revenue and earnings than Ideanomics.

Summary

Liberty Latin America beats Ideanomics on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ideanomics Company Profile

Ideanomics, Inc. operates as a financial technology and asset digitization services company. The company operates in two segments, Legacy YOD and Wecast Service. It engages in the provision of business consulting services related to traditional financings, as well as in developing digital asset securitization services through artificial intelligence and blockchain enabled financial services platforms. In addition, the company engages in consumer electronics e-commerce and smart supply chain management operations, as well as in oil trading business. Further, it provides premium content and integrated value-added service solutions for the delivery of video on demand and paid video programing to digital cable providers, Internet protocol television providers, over-the-top streaming providers, mobile manufacturers, and operators, as well as direct customers. The company was formerly known as Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. Ideanomics, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Liberty Latin America Company Profile

Liberty Latin America Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed, mobile, and subsea telecommunications services. It offers communications and entertainment services, including video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, and mobile services to residential and business customers; and business products and services that include enterprise-grade connectivity, data center, hosting, and managed solutions, as well as information technology solutions for small and medium enterprises, international companies, and governmental agencies. The company also operates a sub-sea and terrestrial fiber optic cable network that connects approximately 40 markets. It provides its services in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under the brands of C&W, VTR, Liberty Puerto Rico, Cabletica, BTC, Flow, and Móvil. Liberty Latin America Ltd. was founded in 2017 and is based in Denver, Colorado.

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