Analyzing Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYB) & DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH)

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.0% of DISH Network shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Liberty Global shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 52.8% of DISH Network shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Global and DISH Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Global 112.38% -2.82% -0.20%
DISH Network 10.47% 14.55% 4.27%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Liberty Global and DISH Network, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Global 0 0 0 0 N/A
DISH Network 4 8 1 1 1.93

DISH Network has a consensus target price of $34.27, indicating a potential downside of 3.92%. Given DISH Network’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe DISH Network is more favorable than Liberty Global.

Risk and Volatility

Liberty Global has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DISH Network has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Liberty Global and DISH Network’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Global $11.96 billion 1.47 $725.30 million N/A N/A
DISH Network $13.62 billion 1.23 $1.58 billion $3.00 11.89

DISH Network has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Global.

Summary

DISH Network beats Liberty Global on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liberty Global Company Profile

Liberty Global plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides video, broadband Internet, fixed-line telephony, mobile, and other communications services to residential customers and businesses in Europe. It offers video services, including digital video programming and audio services starting with a basic video service, video-on-demand, electronic programming guide, various premium channel packages, digital video recorders, various mobile applications, and set-top boxes. The company provides entertainment, sports, movies, documentaries, lifestyles, news, adult, children, and ethnic and foreign channels. It also offers Wi-Fi and Internet services, such as email, address book, and parental controls; security; online storage solutions and Web spaces; and Connect Box, a connectivity device that delivers in-home Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, it offers community Wi-Fi via routers in home, which provides access to the Internet; public Wi-Fi access points in train stations, hotels, bars, restaurants, and other public places. In addition, the company provides circuit-switched telephony services; and mobile services comprising voice, short message service, and Internet access. Further, it offers voice, advanced data, video, wireless, cloud-based services, and mobile and converged fixed-mobile services to small or home offices, small businesses, and medium and large enterprises, as well as on a wholesale basis to other operators. Liberty Global plc was founded in 2004 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

DISH Network Company Profile

DISH Network Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides pay-TV services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Pay-TV and Wireless. It offers video services under the DISH TV brand; and programming packages that include programming through national broadcast networks, local broadcast networks, and national and regional cable networks, as well as regional and specialty sports channels, premium movie channels, and Latino and international programming packages. The company also provides access to movies and TV shows through TV or Internet-connected tablets, smartphones, and computers; and dishanywhere.com and mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings, and remotely control certain features. In addition, it offers Sling TV services, including Sling International, Sling Latino, Sling Orange, and Sling Blue services that require an Internet connection and are available on streaming-capable devices, such as TVs, tablets, computers, game consoles, and smart phones primarily to consumers who do not subscribe to traditional satellite and cable pay-TV services. Further, the company provides satellite and wireline broadband services under the dishNET brand, as well as has wireless spectrum licenses and related assets. As of December 31, 2018, it had 12.322 million Pay-TV subscribers. The company offers receiver systems and programming through direct sales channels, small satellite retailers, direct marketing groups, local and regional consumer electronics stores, retailers, and telecommunications companies. DISH Network Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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