Analyzing Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) & Qurate Retail Inc Series B (NASDAQ:QRTEB)

Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) and Qurate Retail Inc Series B (NASDAQ:QRTEB) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Liberty Global and Qurate Retail Inc Series B, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Global 1 0 5 0 2.67
Qurate Retail Inc Series B 0 0 0 0 N/A

Liberty Global presently has a consensus price target of $31.20, indicating a potential upside of 12.84%. Given Liberty Global’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Liberty Global is more favorable than Qurate Retail Inc Series B.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty Global and Qurate Retail Inc Series B’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Global $11.96 billion 1.71 $725.30 million ($1.97) -14.04
Qurate Retail Inc Series B $14.07 billion 0.38 $916.00 million N/A N/A

Qurate Retail Inc Series B has higher revenue and earnings than Liberty Global.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Global and Qurate Retail Inc Series B’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Global 16.23% -2.41% -0.20%
Qurate Retail Inc Series B 4.22% 14.19% 4.56%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

23.3% of Liberty Global shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Qurate Retail Inc Series B shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Liberty Global shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Liberty Global has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its stock price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Qurate Retail Inc Series B has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Liberty Global beats Qurate Retail Inc Series B on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty Global

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.

About Qurate Retail Inc Series B

Qurate Retail, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the video and online commerce industries in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company markets and sells various consumer products primarily through live video programs, Websites, and mobile applications to 404 million households worldwide each day. It also operates as an online retailer offering women's, children's, and men's apparel; and other products, such as home, and beauty products through its desktop and mobile Websites, and mobile applications under the name Zulily. The company was formerly known as Liberty Interactive Corporation and changed its name to Qurate Retail, Inc. in April 2018. Qurate Retail, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

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