Critical Comparison: Liberty Braves Group Series B (OTCMKTS:BATRB) & Cincinnati Bell (OTCMKTS:CBB)

Liberty Braves Group Series B (OTCMKTS:BATRB) and Cincinnati Bell (NYSE:CBB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.0% of Liberty Braves Group Series B shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Cincinnati Bell shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Liberty Braves Group Series B and Cincinnati Bell, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty Braves Group Series B 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cincinnati Bell 1 3 0 0 1.75

Cincinnati Bell has a consensus price target of $14.67, suggesting a potential downside of 1.50%. Given Cincinnati Bell’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cincinnati Bell is more favorable than Liberty Braves Group Series B.

Volatility and Risk

Liberty Braves Group Series B has a beta of 0.67, suggesting that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cincinnati Bell has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Liberty Braves Group Series B and Cincinnati Bell’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty Braves Group Series B $476.00 million 0.06 $106.00 million N/A N/A
Cincinnati Bell $1.54 billion 0.49 -$66.60 million ($1.13) -13.18

Liberty Braves Group Series B has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Cincinnati Bell.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty Braves Group Series B and Cincinnati Bell’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty Braves Group Series B 9.87% 0.21% 0.11%
Cincinnati Bell -4.79% N/A -0.57%

Summary

Cincinnati Bell beats Liberty Braves Group Series B on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Liberty Braves Group Series B Company Profile

The Liberty Braves Group, through its subsidiary, Braves Holdings, LLC, owns the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Club, stadium, and mixed use development project. The company is based in Englewood, Colorado. The Liberty Braves Group is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.

Cincinnati Bell Company Profile

Cincinnati Bell Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides diversified telecommunications and technology services to residential and business customers in the United States. It operates in two segments, Entertainment and Communications, and IT Services and Hardware. The Entertainment and Communications segment offers data services, including high-speed Internet access, data transport, and interconnection services, as well as metro-Ethernet products; and voice local services, as well as long distance, digital trunking, switched access, and other value-added services, such as caller identification, voicemail, call waiting, and call return. This segment also provides video services comprising entertainment channels, including digital music, local, movie, and sports programming with high-definition (HD) channels, parental controls, HD DVR, and video on-demand. In addition, this segment undertakes wiring projects for business customers; and offers advertising, directory assistance, maintenance, and information services. The IT Services and Hardware segment provides consulting services consisting of IT staffing and project-based engagements, including engineering and installation of voice, connectivity and IT technologies, development of digital application solutions, and staff augmentation; and hosted solutions comprising converged IP communications platforms of data, voice, video, and mobility applications. This segment also offers cloud services, such as virtual data center, storage, and backup services; and monitoring and managing technology environments and applications, as well as sells, architects, and installs telecommunications and IT infrastructure equipment. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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