Critical Contrast: Liberty Media (FWONK) versus Its Rivals

Liberty Media (NASDAQ: FWONK) is one of 21 public companies in the “Television broadcasting stations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Liberty Media to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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86.2% of Liberty Media shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.6% of shares of all “Television broadcasting stations” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.0% of shares of all “Television broadcasting stations” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Liberty Media and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Media $1.78 billion $255.00 million 24.53
Liberty Media Competitors $3.96 billion $355.86 million 17.87

Liberty Media’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Media. Liberty Media is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Liberty Media and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Media 14.30% N/A N/A
Liberty Media Competitors 13.95% 15.97% 4.85%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Liberty Media and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Media 0 2 3 0 2.60
Liberty Media Competitors 119 451 905 29 2.56

Liberty Media presently has a consensus price target of $42.40, indicating a potential upside of 42.86%. As a group, “Television broadcasting stations” companies have a potential upside of 40.96%. Given Liberty Media’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Liberty Media is more favorable than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Liberty Media has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Liberty Media’s peers have a beta of 1.34, meaning that their average stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Liberty Media peers beat Liberty Media on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Liberty Media

Formula One Group, through its subsidiaries, engages in the media and entertainment businesses in North America. Formula One Group was formerly known as The Liberty Media Group. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado. Formula One Group is a former subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.

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